Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

Excellent(95%) From 166 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 166 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.
Ms S & Mr B - Charlotte
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

We stayed in Main camp. It is hard to imagine 2 levels of nicer facilities at this place. This was beautiful. My favorite interior design was at this facility. I took pictures all around the room.

We loved our Cheetah walk and leopard tracking. We had a sundowner with a sleeping leopard. The staff seemed to be completely oriented toward our satisfaction. The internet was unusable. It was just too slow. Our view room was nice but we had quite a hike to the lodge. The food was excellent.

We had a little ant problem... but no big deal.

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Mr K & Mrs A - Sumer family trip in Namibia
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima main camp review

Not to be missed. We loved it here and the work they are doing with cheetahs. Definitely choose the 'view room' which is lovely- clean, comfortable, tea/coffee/hot chocolate. Amazing to wake up looking over Oryx and Jackall across the land. We would thoroughly recommend it as a great start to any holiday- a chance to get to see Cheetahs and Leopards close up and to go with a guide to radio-track them.

The lodge and surrounding area is 'safe from predators' so don't worry if you have children - it is fine. Our guide (Martin) was fantastic. Lovely food, cakes with afternoon tea and breakfasts excellent. Our only very minor comment was we felt the staff were just a little too enthusiastic in constantly offering drinks to us and the children during every evening. Just left a slight feeling of them trying to extract as much money from us as they could.

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Mr & Mrs R from Bristol
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Upgraded!

We were upgraded from the main camp to the more exclusive Bush Camp!

Lovely room which opened down one side straight onto the open bush. We had Helmeted Guineafowl and Hornbills sitting outside waiting to be fed!

We all ate at big tables, which gave us a chance to talk to the other guests, who were mainly Dutch, German and Swiss, all speaking excellent English!

Two amazing trips out with Rohan , tracking both Cheetah and Leopard, with really close sightings of both. Should have stayed another night!

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Mrs KP & Mr P - Dorset
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

We were upgraded to the Bush Camp where we had a rondavel surrounded by guinea fowl, warthogs and hornbills.

A lovely place, with wonderful big cats. The leopard tracking and cheetah tracking were very special - did leopards twice.

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Mr & Mrs M - Newbridge
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Final night

Arrived in time for afternoon tea. After a slightly stressful journey as our car had been damaged in Etosha it was lovely to arrive to the relaxed hospitality of Okinjima. We were the first residents in 1 of the new view chalets. Amazing acoomodation with panoramic windows. Enjoyed afternoon watching oryx and warthogs

Dinner was very good and enjoyed the company of others during the meal. Went on the after dinner drive in search of cheetah - no luck but did see a pangolin

Exceptionally comfortable night's sleep

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Mr F and family - Belgium
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Okonjima is a place that gave us mixed feelings.

It gives the opportunity to get close to cheetah and leopards, big cats you won't see at Etosha except when you're lucky. The Africat Project is very informative and does a good job it seems. On the other hand it sometimes gives the impression of a commercial fenced in safari park.

The accomodation is good but not so impressive as the glossy brochures and website show. The bungalows are concrete buildings with less attention to style than other lodges in Namibia. The food is good but nothing more than that, we got much better food in most other places. Maybe travelling in Namibia got us spoiled an bit?

The tracking of cheetah and leopard is obvious less exciting than finding animals in the wild. They only track a few leopards they know they can find rather easy, although this still is not a guarantee. Tracking cheetah seems to be easier.

It was clear that at least our guide only wanted to track the animal you payed the activity for. Finding the other cat was for the next activity to pay, although he sometimes mentioned 'to stay in the car because there was a leopard close by'.

The visiting of the evening hide is a joke. In fact the guides only empty a bucket and then the waiting porcupine chases every other animal away (I saw a flash of a genet cat). There is no chance to stay there waiting for other animals, because the (noisy) guides want to return as soon as possible to the lodge! This gave us a very uncomfortable feeling...

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Mr J & Ms D - Namibia in July
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

A taste of paradise. Everyone was enthusiastic about the camp and activities. The upgrade was definitely appreciated.

The bird seed was great for attracting the birds and although a small gesture was appreciated as we saw a huge amount of birds attracted by the food.

The safaris to search for the cats were well run and successful. The porcupine hide was an amazing bonus and a recommended activity

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The M family - Hampshire
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima great for cats

On arrival we were informed that we had been upgraded to Bush Camp.

Staff were slightly business like when we arrived but guides very friendly, and after initial welcome all staff very friendly. We did not arrive in time for evening game drive which did not matter as we were there for 2 days, but it would have been helpful to have been alerted to this if we had only been staying one night.

Good accommodation although I repeatedly fell over an unmarked, unlit step in our room (light present but no bulb).

Excellent viewing of cheetah and 2 leopard at close quarters (although we were warned there was only 50% of seeing leopard). Also porcupine and honey badgers at night hide.

Obviously everything here is a bit more "laid on" and not so genuinely wild but it does mean you have a good chance of seeing leopard which it would be sad to miss. Starts to bring you back to civilisation before the last drive to Windhoek.

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Mr C & Mrs S - Namibia in July
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Is it a safari park ?

We had the experience of cheetahs 2 metres away, a leopard palyng with it's cub and also eating its kill up a tree - unbeatable photo opportunities; although the area is fenced and the animals used to human contact, the area is large and you'd be pushed to get a closer view of leopards in the (semi) wild.

The lodge itself is excellent.

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Mr H & Mrs M - Dunedin, NZ
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

I loved the imaginative yet simple accommodation. It was inspirational.

I had on arrival gone out on a very successful expedition looking for and finding a leopard. This was followed by a delightful evening meal. The next morning an early start for another expedition when we found a family of cheetahs, 1 sister 2 brothers. They had become estranged after an early morning hunt and the sister of the 2 brothers was calling for her brothers by putting much effort into a "meow" that had a powerful vibrato sending it long distance. I walked ahead of the group of people and close to the female cheetah. I wanted to talk to her but didn't. She knew I was just a few metres behind her and she and I both,were comfortable. She was reunited with her brothers and there was much joyful licking going to and fro. This was an experience of a lifetime for me.

After that we rode in the truck and the driver/guide managed to find a Leopard and her cub. This too was a memorable experience.

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