Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

Excellent(95%) From 180 travellers
Excellent
143
Good
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 180 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.
Miss. F & Mr. E - Surbiton
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2009 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

Wonderful and welcoming even if we arrived quite late due to our second flat tyre of the trip!!!View room was spacious and confortable and you could watch some of the wildlife passing by from the comfort of your bed.

The staff were very nice and even when, after dinner, we found an extra guest in our room ( a bat), one of the guides came to our rescue.........of course we called him batman after that! Armin our guide for the leopard tracking went the extra mile for us and we found one on top of a tree... He then found Pooh the hyena for us too and we were so close we could nearly touch - really special day... followed by the cheetah sanctuary which was also wonderful!! It was so refreshing to find such a enthusiastic person who clearly loves his job.

The quality of the food was of a very high standard.

We were sad to leave this wonderful place.

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Ms W & Ms B - Alaska
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2009 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
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Okonjima Main Camp review

We had a wonderful stay at Okonjima. While there we participated in the cheetah and leopard drives as well as the bushman walk.

We had a few different guides, and we especially enjoyed Rohan, Arnold, and Martin - they were all very knowledgeable and helped to make our experience a good one. The cheetah and leopard drives were really great, however, we highly recommend the bushmen walk to visitors as well.

While seeing the animals is cool, learning about the people and history of the area was nice.

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Mr & Mrs. C - Lancashire
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Good
Good

Super new VIEW ROOMS

The new View Rooms are superb and a big improvement on the room we stayed in last year.
The food is good, staff are excellent. My big complaint would be the game drives, very disappointing and the Wild Dogs were in a very small
enclosure of which I am sure Expert Africa would not approve of.

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Expert Africa comments

AfriCat/Okonjima have decided that they are no longer offering the activity to see the wild dogs. They now intend to keep the wild dogs away from public viewing with the hope that they will then become less habituated and ready for their release in 2010 – if all goes to plan.

As a bit of background information, these wild dogs were rescued and hand-raised. Although AfriCat desperately tried to keep them from the public, a BBC programme introduced them to viewers and due to popular demand AfriCat were pressurized to allow our guests the opportunity to see these special and famous orphans. The AfriCat Foundation aims to rehabilitate and return to the wild all of their rescued predators, and time is now right for this to happens for the wild dogs.

Mr & Mrs S - Tunbridge Wells
Arrived on: 30-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Conservation view of big game

Our last stay. By this time we were needing something different and this was to an extent. Nice grounds and buildings. This time a (wild) male warthog was in the 'yard', sleeping off a good meal from the lawn; he later moved to the small lawn round the raised pool where my wife was surprised, unlike the warthog, to confront him at the top of the steps.

The game drives were into controlled areas. We apparently came within some 10 meters of the tagged leopard but he was hidden in the scrub out of view but others saw him in the open later in a different part. The 5 man-reared cheetahs were good to see at nil range, especially Portia jumping for the meat thrown to her. The rescue and release programmes for wild animals were interesting to learn about and the staff clearly highly caring for the animals' welfare.

We were encouraged to take unaccompanied safari walks but I chickened out and later was glad to have done so, learning that a cheetah had escaped that day (seen by some guests on a drive catching a young warthog but driven off it by its mother) and that a leopard was one of the visitors to the after dinner viewing at the water hole where the day's leftovers are put out.

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Honeymooners from Surrey
Arrived on: 22-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Great for seeing leopards

Excellent experience to see the leopards so close (particularly the ones we tracked for hours). It was good to learn about their work with the cheetahs too.

When our guide was talking about the plans for the camp (expanding and introducing other big animals) we were a little concerned that they might loose focus on what makes Okonjima so special - their work with the Africat Foundation! Don't loose focus on the cats!!

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Mr A & Ms G - Ireland, honeymoon
Arrived on: 19-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good

Okonjima Main Camp review

We arrived at Okonjima and were met at the gate to the reserve and the security man seemed to be having some trouble locating our names as guests in the lodge! he then told us that we had been upgraded to the bush camp and that we were not in the main camp. We were delighted as we had tried to get into the bush camp but there was no availabity. We drove down and were greeted and shown to our room.

The lodge was lovely. It was quite dated in terms of decor compared to some of the luxury lodges that we had stayed in but was still very comfortable. we didn't really like the way that our time was spent on lots of differnt activities and that this was all prearranged. We felt that this was a little overwhelming after such a laid back experience. We only did 2 activities here which were very good as these were our last days in Namibia and we wanted to have some rest before our long trip back to Cornwall.

the food was excellent and the service was good. we asked for a packed breakfast on the last morning as we left early to get back to Windhoek to take our flight to SA to go back to the UK. they were great and packed us up with a feast!

Okonjima is a great place to stay to see what they are doing with the community and in terms of rescuing cheetahs and their work is excellent.

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Mr M & Mrs L and Mr P & Ms H - Hampshire
Arrived on: 7-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okonjima Main Camp review

This was the beginning of our Namibia trip, the road that leads down to camp is very bumpy and long, however there was a lot of wildlife on the way, we saw a lot of warthogs, giraffe, spring bok and several birds, it took about half an hour, when we arrived we were greeted by June who was very helpful, she gave us a torch to take to our rooms and then shown to our rooms, which were spectacular.

Once we unpacked we were guided to a camp fire with nibbles and pre dinner drinks to arrange our itinary for that evening and the following day, we were greeted by Martin our guide who was very informative, after a lovely meal, we were taken to the hyde a short walk away 5mins at most, there we saw the porcipine being fed with the scraps from our meal (not a lot left though) we must have spent a good half an hour or more just watching them, it was amazing.

In the morning we were given an early morning call about 5ish and were given muffins and coffee, then Martin met us to take us to track the Leopards. Words cannot describe how wonderful it was to see a female leopard walking in front of our jeep, we followed her and were even able to see her take her kill up into a tree. In the afternoon we went out to see the Cheetas and were privallaged to see all nine males sitting on the road in front of us, we must have watched them for about 20mins and they walked around the jeep to look at us also, it was just incredible.

We were then given a full english breakfast in the garden area, which was most welcome, The food was excellent and service top class, the only down side was that they did not seem to cater for vegetarian and one of our party was a veggie, they seemed to think vegetarians ate either chicken or fish. However once informed they tried very hard to please.

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Mr & Mrs. O from Jersey
Arrived on: 5-May-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okonjima Main Camp review

What can we say - just about the best all round accommodation on the whole trip!

Superb setting, fantastic activities,stunning rooms, excellent food.

Cannot praise this establishment high enough with the wonderful work they do for the welfare of cats via the Africat Foundation being the icing on the cake.

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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
Excellent
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.