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.
Ms N & Mr S - Bristol
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Didn't want to leave

Probably the highlight of our holiday. Arriving at our chalet with the sides of the tent removed and warthogs on the lawn was a magical experience. We had the chalet furthest from the restaurant but nearest to the wildlife, which was great. Bird food was provided to attract the smaller inhabitants and we sat for hours soaking up the sun and watching the birds.

Trips are expensive, but worth it. We went out on our first night to find leopards. The leopard's collar didn't detract from the experience at all for us and it was almost a hard to find as an uncollared one. The next morning we tracked cheetahs on foot. Our guide Rohan was excellent, although not so popular when he pointed out the frost beside the road - we were cold enough already! The cold was forgotten once we found 4 cheetah having their breakfast (an oryx apparently). We stood watching them for nearly an hour and there was no pressure to leave until we were ready and craving a nice warm breakfast.

The food was excellent and sitting around large tables chatting to the other guests was great. We'd have been happy to stay for another week, although we would have liked more jumpers as it was freezing cold.

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Mr K & Ms C from New Jersey
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

We went on drives to track leopard, cheetah and hyena. The leopard, cheetah and hyena wear transmitters and our guides found them every time.

The animals we tracked did not seem to mind our presence at all - so to that extent it is nothing like seeing one of these animals in the wild - but it is still interesting to get close to them.

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Mr & Mrs V - Surrey
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Villa Review

We were delighted to be upgraded to the best room in the Villa complex. What an amazing, exclusive place. We were well looked after by AJ (guide and manager), Martin the cook and Joanna the housekeeper. We had a lovely time here and didn't want to leave!!! Six other guests were also upgraded and we had a great time talking at table and around a fire after dinner.

Fabulous!

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Mr H & Ms E - London
Arrived on: 28-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Fascinating to come back here after 16 years and see how it has developed in both facilities and strategy. Okonjima is not your regular lodge and tracking cats via radio collars in very large enclosures is a different experience - but a fantastic one!

We stayed in Bush Camp, which has lovely, comfortable, open rooms, well spread out. The bird food was a nice touch and attracted a flock of great sightings. Our guide Albert was a top man who really went the distance for us. We tracked leopard, cheetah and scrambled up a bushy escarpment on foot to find hyena.

It was really interesting to visit Africat and see its work in action and hear about the increased focus on education.

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Mr & Mrs R - Hereford
Arrived on: 17-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lovely to be back.

On arrival we found we were not booked for a garden room as requested, fortunately this was rectified.

As returning guests we were made very welcome.

Both Leopard and Cheetah tracking was excellent. I was privileged to be lent an ATV to track their four wild dogs, a rare and unforgettable experience. I also had the opportunity to talk to Tristan about my interest in Cheetahs which has already given me some new avenues to explore.

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Mr & Mrs M from Portugal
Arrived on: 19-Jan-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Excellent Game drives and information on the rehabitation, a very good cause.

The hospitality staff seemed pre -occupied in the communial areas had little time for guests.

Loved the venue.

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Mr M & Mrs J - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 28-Dec-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Final Days with Cheetah

What a fantastic place to end our trip.

Although the cats are semi-captive and radio tracked it was still a thrill to see them so close. Leopard, Cheetah and our favourite , Wild Dog. Not sure if everyone gets the chance to see the dogs, we were fortunate to be able to ask the Africat staff. They are hand raised and although can never be released fully wild, they do hunt for themselves. Howeve because they are used to humans we could get off the vehicle and walk closer to them - amazing.

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Mr S & Ms H - Surrey
Arrived on: 5-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

We were somewhat apprehensive about staying here in advance of our trip, having had mixed feedback from friends and fearing it might be too commercialised.

In fact, we liked it very much - well run, delightful accommodation, very enjoyable game drives and a thoroughly professional and friendly staff.

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Mr & Mrs R - Northumberland
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

A wonderful experience.

Staff were knowledgeable and helpful. Although this was relatively expensive there were no hidden extras and it was good value with the included activities. We were glad we started our trip here because it set the standard for game viewing.

Catering was excellent and there was a good atmosphere when sharing the table with other guests at dinner.

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Mr C & Mrs A - Nottingham
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Superb experience

Food was outstanding. The dining area was superb, 3 safaris a day which were all excellent except for the night safari for which we paid extra and felt the guide really did not want to do it.

The safaris were a bit false because of what the camp is all about. The walking safari was really superb with good guide.

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