Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp
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Africat and the honeymoon suite
When we arrived at the first entrance gate we were told we had been upgraded to Bush Camp from Garden Suite. When we finally reached the Bush Camp (27 km later) the welcome was very warm and friendly and we found we had been further upgraded to the Honeymoon Suite. Unfortunately there was no heating in the suite which was a grave disadvantage as the temperature plummeted after our arrival and the hot water bottles provided were an essential item.
Food was taken around dining tables which seated 6-8 and was well presented and served, with a good variety.
The game drive on the first day was a disappointment. The tracking equipment did not seem to be working very well. We did manage to get a glimpse of one leopard (which strangely did not have a collar!) On the second day we looked for Cheetah and found two very placid looking ones which had not long since been released into the hunting area. A special treat was the Porcupine watching after dinner from a specially constructed hide.
We were lucky to get a room with a waterhole view. Excellent bird life in the garden, good reception area and very friendly and helpful staff.
Rooms were clean but functional.
Wonderful stay at Okonjima
Our two night stay at Okonjima was the highlight of our trip.
Wonderful food and service, beautiful room and the game drives to seek out cheetahs and leopards was great fun.
Stop and Go
We were fortunate to see both one cheetah and two leopard, the cheetah very close. Beautiful animals.
However, the place let itself down by the lack of personal service and the dining staff were not good. The food was OK but rushed. As we saw the animals on two enjoyable game drives, we left a day early and headed to Windhoek for our last night. We were later told that a new lodge is being built and the staff may have been distracted.
Overall, it is a great place to track and see cheetah and leopard, but once you have seen them, move on.
unforgettable interaction with rare big cats
Our accommodation was spectacular --a small villa on the outskirts of the camp with enormous rooms, large picture windows and completely private. Possible to lie in bed watching animals go past .Decorated with modern African art and beautifully furnished.Manager very helpful--arranged for us to be picked up by vehicle because of distance from Lodge.
This place cannot fail to please because of the close up view of the cheetahs & leopards in the wild----a very moving experience
Only minor quibble ---no choice of menu---food could be more imaginative but breakfasts very good.
We found out only after arrival we could have booked to include all drinks
Okonjima Plains Camp review
The experience of seeing leopard and cheetah at close quarters was extraordinary. All professionally done.
Only negative observation was that we had not been told in advance that game drives would be charged as extras. Why charge this way when it is the main point of people going there? It would be much simpler to have an all in deal like Kulala. With extras also being charged for drinks, save for a sundowner on the game drive, it all came across as quite commercial. We want our money to be taken but in a way that makes it seem pleasant!!
Expert Africa comments
We're really sorry about this misunderstanding.
In the past Okonjima Plains Camp had two different rate options: one that included all meals & activities, and one that only included breakfast and dinner. For 2014, Okonjima stopped offering the rate that included activities. The choice remains available for Bush Camp.
These travellers were booked in on the new rates, without activities, and were charged accordingly. Although our communications to them were always correct, were really sorry that we didn't specifically draw their attention to how Okonjima had changed the way that they work.
One of the highlights of the trip !
We had New Year`s Eve here at Main Camp in Okonjima and they really went to town and tried hard. Excellent service and food. The activities were excellent and our guide was superb. It was very rewarding to visit the Africat Foundation. We got some superb sunset photos here.
We cannot praise all the staff there enough. No one should miss staying there.
Amazing place; great experience.
The rooms (the ones with views) are exceptional: big, well designed and with beautiful vistas. Great location.
Very interesting the big-cats-tracking activity.
Okonjima Main Camp review
The facility and food were excellent and there was a lovely pool for hot afternoons. The staff was very good. We had a garden room which was fine. Our tour guide, Jonas, was just adequate. We wish there were more information given on tours rather than concentrating solely on looking for cats. On one of our tours there was a private guide with a small group and he was full of fascinating information which he generously translated into English and shared with us. It made us realize what we were missing.
Choosing the education center as an an activity should be skipped as all it involved was reading information boards which could be done on your own. Again, this may have been what we experienced because of our particular guide who was napping in the truck.
The sundowner at the Zen garden and other overlooks was just beautiful and not to be missed. Overall definitely worth the visit.
Wonderful family experience
Great location accommodation and staff . We felt one night here was not enough and felt we had to rush some of the activities or miss some although the lady who met us on arrival did her best to ensure we got the optimum out of our time here . Seeing the leopards and cheetahs in this location was a memorable experience that we as a family will never forget. Previous our guide was brilliant he was so informative and although at times we didn't think we would get to see a young leopard ,he got us deep into the undergrowth where we closely experienced the interaction between mother and cub ...truly wonderful to see .
On leaving the camp we made a detour to the REST sanctuary , that we again thoroughly enjoyed and found fascinating especially holding the Pangolin . We definitely would recommend a longer stay here .