Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Close encounters at Okonjima
What can one say about Okonjima? We found the whole experience wonderful. Although a lot of the animals were tagged because of the very nature of the place, we felt privileged to have close encounters with them. Our guide, Chris, (very recently engaged to be married) was absolutely fantastic and greatly added to our enjoyment of all the activities.
Food again excellent although the wine was a liittle expensive. Hospitality second to none. Every member of staff we came into contact with was cheerful and helpful.
All nine people on our table signed up to an animal sponsorship - a very worthwhile cause. We look forward to hearing about our orphan cheetah!
We enjoyed a helicopter ride which showed us the full extent of the property and we spied on some of the wildlife. We felt very sad to leave such a fabulous place.
Okonjima Main Camp review
Mixed feelings. Felt quite pressurised by the staff when we arriived as we were told what we were booked in for and when.
Dinner arrangements were not properly explained, hence we held everybody up.
Activities : leopard tracking was too artificial and we felt as though we were crowding the poor beast when we eventually tracked it down. The Wild Dog and Cheetah experience the following morning would have been interesting, as opposed to depressing, if we'ld have had chance to read all the background material first.
Perhaps if we had come here before Etosha, etc. we might have felt a bit more positive.
Expert Africa comments
In each room at Okonjima there is a folder explaining the aims of the AfriCat Foundation and the work that it does in helping to rehabilitate the large cats found in Namibia back into the wild. This information is also on large, colourful boards at the swimming pool. Guests are encouraged to study the information before going on trails in order to get an idea of what the AfriCat foundation is about, but if you are only staying for one night there is often very little time to do this. By the time you arrive, go to your room to freshen up then head straight out onto your afternoon activity, then back for a quick shower before dinner, then to the night-hide, your first day has vanished. The next morning you will wake-up early for your morning activity, then return for breakfast and then depart the lodge. Consequently, on a one night stay, there is not much time to see and read all the available information. A two night stay will give you more time to take in the good work done by this foundation.
Up and personal with the cheetahs
We appreciate the work being done at Africat and were impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff.
Guests should check their bill carefully as there were a lot of mistakes on ours.
Expert Africa comments
The mistakes made on these client’s bills are an unusual occurrence and quickly followed up with Okonjima Main Camp. Okonjima have dealt with the issue to ensure this is a once off and have extended their apologies to the client for the inconvenience caused.
Leopards & wild dog interesting exp
Stayed in Bush Camp - upgrade - excellent probably better than main camp as smaller and more individual than previous visit to main camp
All comment s below refer to Bush Camp
really full experience, a bit more upmarket than other places.
would be nice to see the black assistant guides taking a more prominent role
All of the activities were extremely well-structured, and our guide, Jacques, and his assistants were a pleasure to be with. Jacques was very knowledgeable indeed, and we loved seeing the cheetahs and MJ, the leopard, who strolled casually across the track in front of our vehicle (after much searching!)
The layout of Main Camp was good - the garden area, the bird tables we could see from the restaurant etc. And we liked the lions too (though Tess growled at me!)
On our last morning we did the Bushman walk, and were very impressed.