The New, Plains Camp design honours the Okonjima cattle-farming history. In the early 1920’s, Okonjima became a cattle farm and was bought by Val (VJ) & Rose Hanssen in 1970. They were well-established Brahman breeders and continued to farm cattle until the need for solutions to increasing livestock losses became pertinent and post-independence interest in Namibia as a tourist destination, escalated. In 1993, the herds of Brahman and Jersey cattle were sold, changing the face of Okonjima as well as that of Carnivore Conservation!
PLAINS CAMP has now replaced the old Main Camp, which was the original Hanssen-family home, reconstructed as a Lodge in 1993.
The Barn (aka ‘Lapa’), pool & entertainment area hosts the 3-tier accommodation facility and is family & wheel-chair friendly!
Plains Camp now has 3 types of room to choose from – Garden Rooms, Standard Rooms and the new 10 exclusive and spacious VIEW ROOMS.
The new VIEW ROOMS are set further apart than the Standard rooms providing more privacy and are more spacious, offering a unique, affordable, wilderness experience. All have a view across the Okonjima grass plains!
The fabulous NEW BARN (entertainment area: including – curio-shop / lounge & dining area / swimming-pool) overlooks a water-hole and open grass-plain, providing a unique wilderness experience for all our Plains Camp guests. The kraal is a wonderful place to meet around the fire in the evening to discuss your sightings of the day with other guests.