Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp
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Okonjima Plains Camp review
This was a great place to finish our holiday. A fantastic room with a fantastic view. Food great. Staff great. Did the night drive, the Africat visit and cheetah tracking and enjoyed them all. The new lounge/eating area behind reception was very impressive.
The information in the rooms referred to a night hide but when we asked about this it wasn't available at the Plains camp. I'm not clear if it was at the other camp, but it is something we would have enjoyed using, particularly as we were a bit unlucky on the night drive and didn't see too much.
Okonjima Plains Camp
Very welcoming. New rooms and dining room very smart. Excellent excursions with very committed staff. Thoroughly recommended.
Be sure to take warm layers for early morning drives.
Okonjima is beautful but lacking character
Although the rooms are stunning and the view from the bedroom window amazing, the overall feel of the camp is slightly cold and characterless. The staff are not very helpful and seem disinterested. It has a factory like feel to it.Read more about the whole safari
A different experience
This was a large operation and didn't feel as personal as the other places. Beautiful facility. Very nice and hardworking guide. I was surprised how hard it was to find cheetahs and the next day how hard to find leopards. In the literature it makes it sound like they're everywhere.
We had a problem getting into the property as the gate wouldn't open. We sat in the very hot sun with cars lining up behind us and with not much information from the people we called. Eventually they did come and open the gate and we did have a good time there. But probably liked it the least of all the other places we stayed. But it was still very nice. We did finally see cheetah cubs and the next day my daughter finally saw a leopard
Okonjima Plains Camp review
Very pleasant place to stay for our first night. New camp, just opened with immaculate rooms.
Meals and bar served in the very impressive glass-fronted Barn, which over looks the plains and a small waterhole. Comfortable 3 hour drive from Windhoek airport.
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