Okonjima Bush Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Bush Camp

Excellent(97%) From 121 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 121 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.
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.

Ms H and Family - Surrey
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fabulous service at Okonjima Bush Camp

Its hard to describe how much we enjoyed our stay at Okonjima! I loved our chalet and the bird bath outside provided hours of entertainment. The shower was so cleverly designed, it was wonderful to lift the canopy and feel surrounded by the bush and thank goodness for the blankets as we were there during a cold snap.

Albert, our guide, was superb, really professional, knowledgable but also with a great sense of humour, with his guidance we trekked two cheetahs and a leopard which was really exciting. Also the blankets on our vehicle were a treat, as was the expertly mixed G&T!

My main comment would be on the service, I have never had such good service before, everyone was really polite, courteous, friendly, charming, and seemed to enjoy their jobs and each others' company which made a big difference. I was also impressed with the attention to dietary requirements and how well the kitchen managed to meet these requests.

I would recommened a stay here to anyone who plans to visit Namibia

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Mr S & Ms M from Banstead
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Worth going just to visit Africat

We have colleagues in the UK who know Carla and Dave who run Africat and arranged a behind the scenes visit. Dave took us out to feed 78 cheetahs, 3 lions, several leopards and caracal. An amazing experience. We have adopted a 4 month old cheetah cub and a leopard cub who will eventually be released back into the wild.

The lodge was also very impressive.

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Mr &Mrs D from London
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okanjima Afrocat foundation

Despite having booked in January, we were told at Palmweg that we were being moved from the Bush camp to the main camp. On arrival at Okanjima this was confirmed but no explanation was offered, despite our asking and we would like to know why this happened.

However we found the main camp garden and setting a real oasis and enjoyed our stay. The guides were all very committed and we enjoyed seeing the cheetah and leopard.

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Expert Africa comments

After a mistake was made in the booking of this trip, we were pleased to be able to swiftly make alternative arrangements. We contacted our travellers with the news of the change as soon as we could.

Expert Africa have taken full responsibility, and we will naturally refund these travellers for the difference in between Okonjima's Bush Camp (where they were meant to be) and it's Main Lodge (where they ended up)!

Mr & Mrs H - Isle of Wight
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A cat experience

A must for all who have an interest in leopard and cheetah.

Welcoming and helpful staff who are completely dedicated to their cats. Time is fully occupied with the activities. Close contact with the cats is fascinating especially the cheetah tracvking on foot!

Your own individually located bungalow gives you the feeling of isolation but you are soon back in the midst with the short walk to the main building.

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