Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp
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When I selected Okonjima Plains Camp, I was thinking of the United States zoo's. I expected to take pictures of cats in large cages or fenced in areas The ex-farm is a wildlife preserve and it was my introduction to Africa's enormous wildlife diversity, nothing like it on earth.
I went on 4 guided trips which made me late leaving, but I had to make the gamble. Their wild cats and dogs have radio collars and the guides have no trouble finding them. We searched for the cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards and found them all. I loved watching the three legged dog trying to keep up with the others. I toured the AfriCat Foundation and then became a donor.
If I had returned home after my 2 day stay there, the trip would have been a success. I have taken both wolf and Cougar classes in Yellowstone Park but the experience can't match Okonjima Camp. Yellowstone's approach is hands off, which maybe more realistic but observations are at a cold distance. Cat observations are close at Okonjima which makes outstanding wildlife photos.
Food was outstanding. My room had a large picture window where I watched herds of African animals go by. I captured this scene with my camera. There is nothing close to this in the United States, if it were the price would be out of reach.
We have to return!
Great place to finish a fabulous holiday. Staff attentive and not too pushy as far as trips etc concerned. We tracked and found Leopard and Cheetah and walked with the Cheetah. Our guide Gideon was the best guide we have encountered, not just on this trip, but on previous trips.
They provided us with a bottle of Champagne to celebrate our anniversary which was a lovely touch. Our room had a great view out over the plain with hills in the distance, and Warthogs, Oryx and Impala in sight. In fact our room was stunningly spacious.
We have to return as we have adopted a Leopard - 2 years time all being well.
Okonjima Plains Camp review
Rooms well appointed with stunning views, lovely evening meal in the barn, with excellent food.
Leopard drive fully recommended and not to be missed, Previous was a great guide who gave an excellent game drive and went out of his way to show us as much as possible. The vegetarian options were very good. Highly recommend this camp.
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.