Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

Excellent(95%) From 191 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 191 of our travellers who have visited Okonjima Plains Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr A - Namibia trip with friends
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Amazing leopards at Okonjima

The view rooms are very well appointed and designed. We had a wonderful view of the bush from the bed and verandah. The food was good.

However, the highlight was the drive to see the leopards. We saw 5, an amazing experience. The next morning we went on a drive to see the cheetahs and visit the Africat Centre.

Again, a wonderful experience. Our guide on both drives, Peter, was excellent.

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Mr. B - Welwyn
Arrived on: 20-Dec-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Interesting place

This reserve is situated 23kms off the B1 - not 10kms as stated in some literature - but the track is quite firm (sand based) and an easy drive.

The Plains Camp (standard room) chalet was very spacious including 2 double beds, large shower/ washing area, plenty of clothes storage, large viewing window (overlooking the plain) and own veranda. Own private parking just outside. Telephone to reception (not working - reported to management but not rectified during our 1 night stay).

Seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to track the radio collared cats but were eventually rewarded with excellent views of leopard and cheetah - 3 resting after a kill.

Good eating/lounge area - food above average.

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Mr and Mrs B from Horsham
Arrived on: 15-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

Friendly and helpful staff. Larger scale lodge and less luxurious than others we stayed at. However rooms furnished well, great location, and guided drives excellent. Well worth the trip to hear about Africat foundation and to see leopard and cheetahs.

Would recommend.

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Ms C & Mr M - northern Namibia and Botswana
Arrived on: 5-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

We really liked the room at Okonjima and wish we had arrived earlier. The main camp area was also very well constructed, and the food was OK. Staff were pleasant and helpful. Computer for 3 mail was easily accessable

The "Locate the Leopard" tour was good and the guide was knowledgeable, and we did eventually find a leopard resting under a thorn bush. The tour of the AfriCat study centre was interesting, and we saw the leopard feeding which was entertaining but fairly contrived!

Undoubtedly the AfriCat foundation does a lot of valuable work at Okonjima, however the keeping of healthy cheetahs and leopards in captivity is a controversial subject. Nevertheless, we had a good time at Okonjima and would recommend this to other Namibia visitors.

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Ms M &n Mr H from West Midlands
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

We did not realise until we got there that it was a good 3/4 hour drive from the road gate to the lodge reception. There was loads to see on the way in including Springbok, Oryx, Baboons and all sorts of birds so it took us somewhat longer. Visitors need to ensure they get there well before dusk to make the most of this and to find the way more easily.

Superbly equipped, stylish and comfortable room with awesome views over the open plain and distant mountains. We had a standard room and were able to bird and animal watch from our comfortable king size bed thanks to the huge picture window at the end of the bed. We had warthogs nesting nearby, colourful birds on the verandah and passing springbok and guinea fowl. It was neve a dull moment and difficult to break ourselves away to go to breakfast. Location of the room was great from a wildlife and view perspective but it was a long walk over rough ground in the dark to get to dinner. The manager very kindly arranged for us to be driven back to our room. Fortunatley we were able to park right outside the room and the restaurant so went in the car one night and then took up the offer of a lift both ways from the staff on the third night.

The restaurant was stylish, not particularly comfortable and noisy but had a nice view in daylight hours with some common wildlife visiting the watering hole. Waiter service was a bit slow but complaints were handled efficiently by the managment.. The food was average and quality was a bit hit and miss. Breakfast was good but the serving area was some way from the dining area. I think they need to improve the quality of the food if they wish to attract passing travellers to eat there. The gift shop is uninspiring and expensive. Don't plan on doing your shopping here.


Apart from the views and wildlife around our room the highlight for us was the wildlife viewing trips, particularly the Cheetah safari where we were able to get very close on foot and obtained some great photos. There was also plenty of possibilities for birdwatching on foot in the grounds and a very pleasant bird hide.

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Ms J and Ms C - North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

upgraded from plains camp to rndevals. very exclusive only eight. Food good. Nice location

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Mr & Mrs W - VIC Australia
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Beautiful setting

Would like to have spent another day here and see the cheetahs and hopefully leopards. But what we saw and did was worth the stop.

Will rectify another time.

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Mr & Mrs H Ulverston
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okanjima a great experience

Everything about Okonjima was good. The staff were very organised and we had already been booked onto an afternoon drive on our arrival mid afternoon.

As it would have been a rush to be ready on time we elected to do both a morning and evening drive the following day and the staff were very helpful with that. The cheetah tracking on foot was excellent and we were so lucky to witness a kill.

Our evening guide, Jonas, went beyond the call of duty in successful pursuit of a leopard. We then followed him to 2 further viewing locations. Fantastic.

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Mr M & Ms H - 5th visit to Namibia
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

Plains camp -view room
It was a nice, clean and comfortable room with a view across the plain from the big bed, and quite private. We were able to watch many animals just from the room! And it was a good place to relax. The staff were all very welcoming and helpful.

We last stayed at Okonjima four years ago at Bush Camp, which we thoroughly enjoyed and the game drives had been very well orgainsed. However, we felt that Plains camp is quite large and more corporate than our previous experience. Although staff were generally very helpful & knowledgeable, we felt that too much pressure was put on a few animals by tracking radio collared animals on foot. This was however for many people the best opportunity to see endangered species, such as wild dogs and Cheetah, and to get close up to an hyena, but it did feel uncomfortable and animals looked not too happy by being continually disturbed.

Despite Expert Africa putting in the request for soya milk and us having completed a form on arrival at Okonjima, confirming the request for soya milk -n o one we asked knew anything about it, nor were they prepared to go and find out if there was any. After asking the 5th person on our second day did anyone actually try to find out, and eventually the soya milk arrived from Bush camp. After that the soya milk was available, but it had been a struggle to obtain it.

REST
After leaving Plains camp, we called in at REST (Rare & endangered species Trust). We had a fascinating guided tour of the facility and were introduced to owls, eagles, a pangolin and a wild cat kitten, as examples of their work. It was an interesting experience.

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Mr & Mrs M - Midlothian
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fantastic - accommodation and experiences

We loved our time here - it is a stunning location, fabulous accommodation and what amazing opportunities to get close to iconic wildlife.

Great welcome, huge new public area, but beautifully designed and although a busy place, it didn't feel crowded (apart from maybe mealtimes).

Our room was described as a 'Standard Room' - they really should reconsider the naming as it was anything but standard. Huge windows overlooking the plain, huge bathroom and shower area, beautifully decorated and plenty of space for clothes, bags, lounging around.

The food was very good, a choice of vegetarian options and most food was collected from the outside cooking area. On the second night we ate with people we'd met at Grootberg who were on their 14th Namibia visit and knew Okonjima and its founders very well. We sat in a VIP area with them and met the new resident vet, again a very memorable night.

We did 3 Game experiences and yes, some of the Cheetahs and Leopards we saw were collared and tracked by radio, but it was still amazing to get so close (on foot to the cheetahs) to these beautiful animals. The trip to the Africat centre was worth it too as we witnessed a cheetah having a minor op and got to learn what the foundation is all about.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time here - great people, lovely rooms, great surroundings and of course, the beautiful cats.

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