Okonjima Bush Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Bush Camp

Excellent(96%) From 117 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 117 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 Pririt Batis from Kent
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Again, very friendly and helpful staff, both on arrival and throughout our visit.

We stayed in a stone-built building, not one of the chalets shown on the website. Our "chalet" had excellent facilities, but it heated up quickly in the sun and housekeeping staff seemed to feel a need to close all the windows, so each time we returned to the "chalet" we weere met with oven-like heat.

The food was more than acceptable, but dinner menus were a little pretentious and both dinners we had were unsatisfying (for instance, small portions of vegetables that were little more than decorative; too-fancy deserts (such as mille feuille that had gone soggy); we preferred the more straightforward food offered at our earlier stops.

We enjoyed all three game drives - one to look for cheetah, one for hyena, one for leopard, and our guide was excellent. Neither the website nor any other information available to us had really told us what these activities were. It would have been helpful to have had more information before booking - we knew that we would be offerd something to do with cheetahs, and a chance to look for leopard, but we had no indication that each of these would be in the context of a (very helpful and interesting) wider look at game in the area; and we did not know that the cheetah event would in fact be a visit to several different compounds giving us an enjoyable chance to see a number of animals in different situations.

We certainly enjoyed our visit to Okonjima, but it was much the most expensive of our visits.

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Mr. D - Elegy
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Rooms lovely, food good. They are pushing it a little to entertain guests for the two days. Little contrived with Leopards and Cheetahs having radio collars so whilst they make it that they are hard to find, it is not as hard as they make out. Also less exciting for us as we had seen a leopard in Etosha.

Guides, good with sound knowledge.

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The Lanner Falcons from Surrey
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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You must stay 2 days

The best experience of all, for us.

Given that we went to Okonjima last, we think we did the right thing - those that go round Namibia anti-clockwise are doing it wrong, especially if they don't come here!

Despite the animals being "in captivity" - we saw cheetah, leopard, wild dog, hyena, etc etc - it remains somehow a real wild experience which the staff contribute to in full measure. We really enjoyed the "tracking" elements, both in vehicle and on foot. They enabled us to believe we were doing what we have done on safari elsewhere in Africa - looking for animals in their native environment. Dean and Sunday were our main guides and super guys they were - clearly there's not much about the place they don't know and their enthusiasm is so infectious, even the cynical would be won over.

The bungalows were great, comfortable amd roomy, with Bungalows 1 & 2 very special. We loved watching the birds feeding, drinking and washing in our private viewing area, even though some take advantage and come indoors to get more food from the tin, causing chaos.

We were told that there is to be a huge expansion to the Okonjima area shortly which, if properly managed, could make it a place to stay for even more than 2 nights.

The food was great and it was nice to be served with dinner and the hot breakfast at the table. It was also good that the guides joined us for dinner - just like Botswana in 2006

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The Sparrows from London
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Very good accommodation with good food and a sociable atmosphere. We benefitted from great guides.

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Mr. J - Erin
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

We were given the breathtaking new honeymoon lodge which had only recently opened. Everything about Okonjima was first class. It was a perfect end to our holiday.

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Mr and Mrs B from Teddington
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fun with the Cheetas

The staff were very friendly, and joked a lot. We felt like part of the team. They were really committed to the Africat project, and sold it to us by their enthusiasm and gentle explanation.

The accommodation and food was really good too.

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The Pangolin family from London
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Unmissable. The whole experience was fantastic, with a huge variety of wildlife - not just the cats - and a really enthusiastic and knowledgable guide - Dean.

The activities were well planned and really filled up the day. We just wished we had stayed for longer than one night.

Really great rooms with imaginative design, but barely time to appreciate it with everything else on offer.

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Crowned plovers from Suffolk
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Okonjima was really just an overnight stop on the way to Windhoek and home, but it was well worth doing.

The ethos is very different - we have reservations about leopards with radio collars just so they can be located for tourists. But the night hide was great - seeing porcupines for the first time was very rewarding. A slick operation which felt rather more commercial than other camps we visited.

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The Dassies from Cumbria
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

The visit here was a particular highlight of our holiday. The accommodation was very spacious and attention had been given to small details such as providing a small pool for the birds immediately outside our room and a supply of bird food which enabled us to attract birds to the logs adjacent to the pool. We saw a number of exotic species and spent several hours watching and photographing them.

There were great opportunities here for viewing leopards and cheetahs. We enjoyed a particularly exciting drive tracking leopard and were rewarded with sightings of two leopards relatively close up.

Our guide on this occasion, Maurice, was particularly expert at finding the cats and very helpful in postioning the vehicle so that we could take photos. We also tracked cheetahs on foot which was also very enjoyable and rewarding.

On the last day morning we visited the Africat project and our guide described in detail the work that the project is undertaking, including rehabilitating injured cheetahs in to the wild. It was very interesting and their were numerous opportunities to take close up photos.

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Ms. Z - Ford
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

We had a lovely stay at the Bush Camp. On arrival, we were actually upgraded to the Bush Suite, which was absolutely incredible, although by all accounts the accommodation at the Bush Camp was meant to be very good too.

The activities were really interesting as we were able to go cheetah and leopard tracking and the food was delicious.

An excellent end to our holiday in Namibia.

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