Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp
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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.
Okonjima Plains Camp review
Do not miss!
We stayed at the bush camp which was a wonderful place. Our only regret was that we didn't stay here longer! The rooms were amazing with a large vista window looking out on the bush. Very clean and comfortable accomodation. The chalets were spaced out which was nice so everyone had their own parking area and it was quiet.
The quality of the guides was fantastic, especially Richard and Previus (Hope i've spelt it correctly) who were like a very informative comedy double act. We saw several cheetahs close up and other game one memorable evening. Sadly we didn't see a leopard but it was not for the want of trying. Two of the best guides I have ever encountered, friendly, fun and knowledgeable, and they made every effort to get you close to the wildlife. The food was also lovely and plentiful.
The home of the Africat foundation, I can highly recommend this as a place to stay.
Wonderful stay at Okonjima
Our two night stay at Okonjima was the highlight of our trip.
Wonderful food and service, beautiful room and the game drives to seek out cheetahs and leopards was great fun.
Okonjima Plains Camp Review
Enjoyed the visit to the Africat facilities.Read more about the whole safari
Stop and Go
We were fortunate to see both one cheetah and two leopard, the cheetah very close. Beautiful animals.
However, the place let itself down by the lack of personal service and the dining staff were not good. The food was OK but rushed. As we saw the animals on two enjoyable game drives, we left a day early and headed to Windhoek for our last night. We were later told that a new lodge is being built and the staff may have been distracted.
Overall, it is a great place to track and see cheetah and leopard, but once you have seen them, move on.
unforgettable interaction with rare big cats
Our accommodation was spectacular --a small villa on the outskirts of the camp with enormous rooms, large picture windows and completely private. Possible to lie in bed watching animals go past .Decorated with modern African art and beautifully furnished.Manager very helpful--arranged for us to be picked up by vehicle because of distance from Lodge.
This place cannot fail to please because of the close up view of the cheetahs & leopards in the wild----a very moving experience
Only minor quibble ---no choice of menu---food could be more imaginative but breakfasts very good.
We found out only after arrival we could have booked to include all drinks
Okonjima Plains Camp review
The experience of seeing leopard and cheetah at close quarters was extraordinary. All professionally done.
Only negative observation was that we had not been told in advance that game drives would be charged as extras. Why charge this way when it is the main point of people going there? It would be much simpler to have an all in deal like Kulala. With extras also being charged for drinks, save for a sundowner on the game drive, it all came across as quite commercial. We want our money to be taken but in a way that makes it seem pleasant!!
Expert Africa comments
We're really sorry about this misunderstanding.
In the past Okonjima Plains Camp had two different rate options: one that included all meals & activities, and one that only included breakfast and dinner. For 2014, Okonjima stopped offering the rate that included activities. The choice remains available for Bush Camp.
These travellers were booked in on the new rates, without activities, and were charged accordingly. Although our communications to them were always correct, were really sorry that we didn't specifically draw their attention to how Okonjima had changed the way that they work.