Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

Excellent(95%) From 187 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 187 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 H - York
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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an excellent place to visit

what a wonderful place with really good trips to see cheetahs and leopards which were quite magnificent. The whole experience from arrival to departure could not be faulted.

I left wishing we had had more time here.

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Ms L & Mr H - West Boylston, USA
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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The cats were a treat

I did not think that seeing radio-collared leopards would be a big treat, but it was actually quite exciting.

The new rooms are beautiful; the older rooms looked as though they were small, but I did not see any interiors.

The gardens were a great place to relax, with many birds (thanks to several birdfeeders).

We only stayed here one night, but I think two would have been nice, because there seemed to be good walking, in addition to the cat-viewing rides, and it was just a nice place to hang out.

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Mr B & Ms D - Dublin
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Leopard tracking is an excellent experience!

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Mr & Mrs H - West Sussex
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

After a minor hiccup regarding which room grade we had booked, fortunately Expert Africa's voucher system confirmed our booking precisely our luggage was transferred to one of the new view rooms ( a bungalow really ).. These are huge with a wall of glass over looking the savannah.
We arrived early afternoon and after lunch went on a game drive in search of Leopard... did we find one ? yes we did.... a beautiful male out walking, thanks to our guide.
Back at the lodge we had a very good evening meal with our guide.. Martin... joining us which was a very nice touch.
After dinner we went to a hide to watch porcupine.
In the morning after breakfast we went on another drive this time to look for cheetah... did we find them ? yes we did... not one but 5.. and they came right up close to the vehicle.
On the way back we also found a female leopard with a cub although they were hard to see as they were so well concealed in the bushes.
Our only negative comment was that the gift shop was closed and since the trust receives its income from the lodge and shop we found it strange that they were not prepared to open it... this was our last day in Namibia and we were ready to buy gifts... this therefore had to wait until we were in Cape Town

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Mr & Mrs S - York
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Cheetah are guaranteed.

Leopard is not guaranteed but is so worth the extra time and far more exciting.

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Mr & Mrs R - Hereford
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Compared with our last visit three years ago this camp has lost its charm but no doubt it caters for more clients.The new public areas are pleasant to look at and provide a good dining and sitting area,The new cabins, however, give the impression of luxurious garage conversions.

Activities were extensive and well organized,collared leopard tracking was particularly rewarding considering how difficult these cats are to see in the wild. What a pity we have to cheat to achieve it but I am not really complaining. Our only complaint, a serious one, was using a metallic radio tracking aerial on top of a hillock in a tropical thunder storm with lightning strikes within half a mile of us. On the positive side, the bushman trail was very well done and should not be missed.

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Dr S - Loughborough
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great dining experience

Perhaps because of the buffet system in Etosha, I really appreciated having waiter service at Okonjima and to be able to be seated with other guests.

The room view here was marvellous with a sense of quiet isolation even though the main camp was quite close. The game drives I had here were conducted by a very knowledgeable guide, Peereu, and the whole experience was by turns exciting and relaxing.

The oryx that night at dinner was superb, as were the choice of wines!

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Mr. R & Mrs S - Tyne & Wear
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okanjima - dont miss it!!

Probably our favourite place we stayed on our trip to Namibia. Its not really about the accommodation here, its about the cats, but we had a view room ( a few minutes walk from the central building) which was very very spacious and comfortable, and as the name suggests has a panoramic view over the surrounding bush where springbok, oryx and warthog roamed freely. The other garden rooms, although we didnt see inside them, gave the impression of being smaller and were in close proximity to where dinner etc is served.

We were a little put off in the first few hours of our stay as we couldnt get any clear information about what activities we could do when, but once allocated a guide (Michael, who was excellent) this was much better explained and organised. The activities were very good, trips in open landrovers to see the cheetah, and leopard tracking was both fun and successful. We werent expecting to see as many other animals (especially giraffe) so that was an added bonus. We did the night drive which was also worthwhile as we got fleeting glimpses of a good number of animals.

Food was very good, breakfast, freshly baked/cooked food for afternoon tea, and dinner (much better one night than the other). Would recommend you to budget for the activities here, as you can't do much on your own, and whilst they are quite pricey if you do a few of them they are what make the stay as good as it is.

We learnt alot about the work of the foundation and the characteristics of the cats in general here, much more so than any other place / safari we have been on so far. We went on to Etosha and in comparison saw relatively few cats there (lion) so if you want guaranteed big cat then do stay over here even if only for one night.

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Mr & Mrs P - Belgium
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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excellent cats watchings with luxury lodge

First night in bush camp; second in main camp.

Exellent on all the points.

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Mr. T & Mr. B - Crowthorne
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Memorable stay at Okonjima Bush camp

This the best run lodge we have stayed during our 16 days in Namibia. We were booked for Main Camp but upgraded to Bush chalets so that was nice.

The staff are super efficient, friendly and willingly to go extra mileage for their clients. The staff were very helpful with communicating with the lost luggage office in locating our lost luggage.

The guides are knowledgeable and friendly. Seeing the female leopard and her cub sitting on the tree was one of the highlight of our trip.

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