Okonjima Bush Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Bush Camp

Excellent(97%) From 115 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 115 of our travellers who have visited Okonjima Bush Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
The Eagle family from Quarry
Arrived on: 4-Jan-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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mixing it with the cats at okonjima

Okonjima is an amazing place and well worth including in anybody's itinerary if interested in leopard & cheetah.

Tracking the leopard with our wonderful guide, Arnold, was great fun and getting up close to the cheetahs the following morning equally amazing. It was also nice to see wild dog, even if they were in captivity. The venture is a little bit commercial, but then you could say that about most private reserves and Donna and her team do it better than most.

The night time viewing of honey badger and porcupine also produced a brown hyena sighting - magic.

We'll be back. Top quality service and very good food.

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Ms. F - War
Arrived on: 18-Dec-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Okonjima is an eficiently run operation. We we welcomed by a young training hotel manager who belted through a list of instructions and directions in a gasp and clearly needed to learn to hide her stress in fornt of guess.

Happy to report that the rest of our stay was excellent. The food probably the best we had had at all the lodges and the drives were run by knowledgeable and pleasant guides who clearly loved what they were doing.

In a one night stay we packed in a lot in the 20 hours we had (lunch, afternoon drive, dinner, night hide, morning drive, breakfast, exit) and we enjoyed every moment. For a more leisureIy pace I would recommend 2 night stay.

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Mr. J - Rose
Arrived on: 11-Dec-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

We wish we had come here first. Seemed all together a little false. Rooms very good, staff good, food was great though.

Lots of added costs, most places were inclusive which is a nice touch. Sun downer seemed like a chore to the guide, and at one stage it felt like a disney ride in our 4 wheel truck chasing leopards. Pity, probably a good place to start a holiday when you are non the wiser.

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Mr. T & Ms. M - West Molesey
Arrived on: 10-Dec-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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welcoming reception

Excellent accommodation , very good food including vegetarian options,knowledgeable and friendly guides.

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Mr. S - Syre
Arrived on: 25-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

We thought it was fantastic. A wonderful place, great accomodation, excellent food.

Very good at explaining the ethos of the Africat Foundation.

Would love to go back.

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Mrs. E - Broom
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great seeing the leopards & cheetahs up close

Seeing the leopards and cheetahs up close was fantastic and the guides were very well-informed. The food was very good although the communal dinner was a little formal (especially as we were probably the youngest by about 25 years).

Everyone was very friendly but for our last night it would have been nice to have dinner a deux. Overall a very well worth doing.

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Miss. Alma Square
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

This was brilliant and the place was really relaxed and friendly

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Mr. P - Penny
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A glorious end

Everything about Okonjima is exceptional. From the first welcome and introductions, through some wonderful meals, to guided activities of the highest standard, this was a treat. Again, it's not all about money; it's about attention to detail, putting your guest first, accurate information delivered with good humour and authority, openness. Even Kulala could do that, with sound management.

Before we arrived, we were concerned about the artificiality of a setting in which big cats were compulsorily housed - we would see leopards because they are tagged and available. The sheer professionalism and dedication of the whole enterprise dispelled all that. The search for the animals was as exciting as any we had experienced in unconfined areas, the final discovery entirely fulfilling. And the opportunity to learn as well as to see was unique. These peple are doing a magnificent job of preservaton and education with no sense of exploitation or intrusion. Special mention of our guide Sanel - enthusiastic, fresh, informed, wholly committed. A model for the country and its tourist ambitions.

Just the smallest gripe; something of a traffic jam when brunch was being served after the morning drive. We had a suspicion that guests staying in the very super accommodation, the suites, were being given preferential treatment in the queue. If that's so, then even here, that won't do.

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Expert Africa comments

We were delighted to hear that these clients had such a good experience at Okonjima and we are assured by the owners there that no priority is given to any specific guests in the brunch queue!

Mr I & Mrs K - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Okonjima was very luxurious and something different. For us, we had never seen a leopard and it was high on our priorities. Not only did we see a leopard, we saw it kill a baby oryx, mere yards away. We considered ourselves to be exceptionally lucky.

It was educational and informative and we were privileged to see and learn of the measures taken in preserving the co-existence of the animals with humans.

The evident enthusiasm and expertise of the staff shone through.

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Mr & Mrs D
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Brilliant

After a long drive Okonjima was a welcome stop. Everything about it was first class, the staff, activities, food. The only downside was that the drink was expensive compared with the other places we visited, We were even charged for small bottles of water and our sundowners .

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Expert Africa comments

Okonjima offer a great variety of drinks for guests. As well as the standard soft drinks, beers and spirits they have some wonderful wines that could be considered pricey. The lodge has made a conscious decision not to buy the standard wines from the Nederburg and Zonneblom Estates as most lodges throughout Namibia do, but to buy from smaller South African estates where the wines have been highly recommended.

Subsequent to these comments, Okonjima Bush Camp has informed Expert Africa that one drink per sundowner activity should be complimentary for guests staying on a full board and activities basis. Any additional drinks on these activities will then be for the clients account. Expert Africa will now state this clearly on traveller’s accommodation vouchers.