Okonjima farm was originally relatively small and during the development of the Okonjima Park, additional farms Ombujongwe, Joumbira and Marathon were merged. The Okonjima farm boundary traces a central plateau, at an altitude of 1700 metres, surrounded by the Omboroko Mountains (remnants of Etjo Sandstone are evident). The Highest point is the top of the Hidden Valley at an altitude 1 900m and the land is tree-and-scrub savannah, interspersed with Yellow Wood (Terminalia sericea) and a number of Acacia species.
In 1989, a cheetah cub named Chinga, came to live at Okonjima. Initially, she was extremely wild, but slowly became used to people. Chinga was free to roam around the garden and the surrounding veldt, visible to the guests. As word of Okonjima’s success with cheetah and leopard spread, it wasn’t long before the owners were approached by a number of farmers, to take on the cheetah & leopard that had been trapped on their farms, in an effort to relieve livestock losses. By this time, hunting had ceased on Okonjima and it had been turned into a guest farm, with an active conservation project and a lodge. This was the start of the Okonjima of today: a successful tourism venture supporting Carnivore Conservation and in 1993 The Africat Foundation was born, a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of large carnivores.