Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

Excellent(95%) From 162 travellers
Excellent
129
Good
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 162 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 & Mrs Falcon - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 28-Mar-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okonjima Main Camp review

Note; We were upgraded to the Bush Camp - we loved it. It is a very good example of what a really well run lodge should be like.

All the answer below refer to the Bush Camp, not Main Camp. We did visit Main Camp briefly. The general atmosphere was not as attractive as at te Bush Camp.

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Mr. & Mrs. T from Welling, Kent
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Poor
Poor
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Disappointing Okonjima

Their fame has gone to their heads! The camp has been doubled in size with the addition of 10 very ugly looking rooms. From the outside they look like square concrete storage huts!

Inside they are spacious and modern. They are called View rooms but the view is of a buiding site. Everywhere there is building work and landscaping going on - whilst guests are trying to relax.

A very impersonal service - this and the Burning Shore were the only places where we weren't known by name. The only bright spot was hyena tracking with Jack - he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The other guide we had for leapard tracking and cheetahs was Arnold and he seemed to be going through the motions.

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Expert Africa comments

We’re very sorry that these clients didn’t enjoy Okonjima – and have discussed the issues at length with the team from Okonjima.

Ten rooms were added to Okonjima Main Camp after the rains around April/May 2008. Currently the landscape around these is dry and scarred in parts, which has left these new rooms looking a bit ‘boxy’ from the outside. However, this should change as soon as the rain comes, when they expect the vegetation to burst into life, and ‘soften’ the look of everything – blending it into the rest of the lodge.

When we sent these comments to Okonjima, they were quite concerned. Roselea Hanssen, one of the Hanssen family who own and run Okonjima, assured us that no building work was going on whilst these clients were staying at the lodge. However, she apologised if the garden landscaping work that was happening disturbed them in any way.

The description of the guiding from Arnold as ‘going through the motions’ isn’t at all typical of the normal praise that we get from Okonjima’s visitors for its guides – but Roselea is looking into the circumstances of this for us.

Mr A & Mrs A - Twickenham
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okonjima Main Camp review

Lived up to expectations. Very well organised, excellent guiding (succesful leopard tracking and very knowledgeable) and great atmosphere.

New bungalows are probably more modern than the garden rooms (no AC or fridge) and there is an ongoing plan of rennovations to the older parts of the lodge.

Well worth visiting for 1 night or 2. 2 are probably needed to take part in all the activities. Facilities include a pool and also self-guided walking trails which means you avoid the "cabin-fever" of some lodges.

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The Blue waxbills from Gloucester
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okonjima Main Camp Review

What a way to finish the trip. We knew this would be a highspot and were not disappointed. The work they are doing in conjunction with Africat is truly valuable.

Our guide there who took us to see the cheetah and on the second day the leopard was brilliant. He, along with his colleague did more than "go the extra mile" in search of the leopard. He asked us if we minded "extreme driving" We of course did not object and we had an incredible drive literally through, over, round trees, bushes, large holes in the ground that housed goodness knows what to be rewarded with very close up contact with a beautiful leopard. She literally walked calmly along the side of the vehicle and we were able to follow her for some time. A great experience and privilege.

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Mr J & friends from Bristol
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okonjima Main Camp review

We stayed in the new accommodation at the Main Camp. This was excellent and will be even better once the surroundings have matured.

Guided activities were also excellent and tailored to our photographic needs whilst recognising that I and some other group members had visited several times before.

It is important to stay for at least two nights to get the benefits of what Okionjima can offer.

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Mrs. A-C from California
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Great cheetah viewing.

Wonderful accomodations, good food and game drives. The leopard tracking was a highlight.

Accomodating staff. We arrived late afternoon due to delays at the airport and they arranged to have us join the game drive.

Only suggestion is warmer blankets for the bed. The nights were cold!

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Mr & Mrs Goshawk - Middlesex
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good

Okonjima Main Camp review

best combination of comfort, game and service. wished we had stayed one more night

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The Dune larks from Sheffield
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okonjima Main Camp review

If there is only one reason to go to Namibia this should be it. On arrival we were upgraded to the Bush Camp which was wonderful! Lodge amazing, staff fantastic from the minute of arrival at the door to the minute of departure.

Customer service was pitched perfectly - not over done but attentive when required.

The guides were brilliant - we had Marius and Dean - whose knowledge of the animals and their environment together with their great sense of humour just added to the greatness of the place. Don't miss it.

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Mr & Mrs Hyena - West Midlands
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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A brilliant cat experience

The Main Camp at Okonjima is well situated and offers plenty of "must do" activities.

We went Cheetah tracking on foot. Leopard tracking by vehicle.

Every day was a new experience

We are slightly concerned that by adding more accomodation Okonjima is going to become less friendly which would be a great pity.

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The Hornbills from Ffestiniog - Wales
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Okinjima is a highly sophisticated, professional and well tuned operation. The welcome was very warm, but as we arrived at 3pm, it was a rush to take advantage of the afternoon activity- advise others to arrive by 230pm at the latest.

The meals too were of a very high standard and excellent formal service. We were a little surprised to have two European style meals, but the quality was excellent. The bushman's omelette as a brunch was excellent too!

The viewing of the cheetahs, leopards and the rescue work was all very polished too, but again excelllent, and the guides were keen to please the guests, as were the rest of the very professional team. The tracking of a cheetah on foot was exciting, especially as it had a kill, and although it is easier to be successful, when the animals are tagged, it was stiil exciting and rewarding.

The rooms had some quality and thoughtful touches (wall hangings, ornaments etc) and were good, but not outstanding, compared to 2 other lodges we had stayed in.

Overall, highly recommended, used to high turnover and we hope they maintain the quality with the big planned developments and extensions

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