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Spot endangered species on an Okonjima game drive

The reserve sprawls over 22,000 hectares and is home to a strong population of leopards, rhinos and brown hyenas…

By Tristan Boehme
Head of Marketing at Okonjima

Take game drives in Okonjima Nature Reserve to spot leopards and endangered species. The reserve sprawls over 22,000 hectares of mountains, plains and riverine thickets where a strong population of leopards thrives. They’re such elusive, stealthy animals that are difficult to find in places like Etosha, so we get lots of wows from guests when they catch a glimpse of one at Okonjima.

Okonjima is also home to the AfriCat Foundation, which has been researching leopards here since the 1990s. So, some of our leopards are fitted with tracking collars that allow us to protect and monitor the population while they roam freely within the reserve. Sightings aren’t guaranteed – the leopards might be sleeping in a thicket or guarding their kill up in a tree – but the tracking collars mean it’s a lot easier to spot them than on a traditional safari.

If you do find a leopard, about fifty per cent of the time you’ll see a brown hyena nearby hunting for food scraps. They’re another key species your guide will look out for, along with rhinos. There was a big python here recently that was fascinating to watch. Our expert guides will tell you all about the species we encounter and the challenges they face. There are plenty of nature trails to enjoy in the reserve too, as well as night drives where you can spot everything from bat-eared foxes to owls and aardwolves.


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Alfred & Tristan Boehme

Tristan Boehme grew up on a farm near Etosha, which sparked his love for nature and wildlife. After school, he began a career in tourism and hospitality, working for a rafting company in South Africa and then at various lodges across Namibia. In 1999, Tristan joined Okonjima, where he is now a shareholder and marketing manager. Intensively involved in the AfriCat Foundation, Tristan is passionate about conservation and preserving Okonjima for the next generation to enjoy.
Tristan Boehme, Okonjima Bushcamp and Plains Camp

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