Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

Excellent(95%) From 175 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 175 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.
Mr A & Ms M - Sante Fe, USA
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

A very nice way to end our trip. Staff was excellent.

We have some mixed feelings as to Okojima as a destination. The area is not as scenic as a lot of the other places we visited and as Africat has (for good reason) made education its main mission, what visitors see is a lot different from what we had read about Okijima. There are not a lot of cats there and they no longer are allowed to roam near the main camp area. They are changing the camp to be a "plains" camp by removing nonnative plants. It all makes sense but as a tourist experience it's not what it was. But we enjoyed it and appreciate the dedication of Africat to deal with the complexities in the survival of large cats.

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Mr A & Mrs L - Norfolk
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Not the Traditional Safari

This is not the traditional 'big 5' safari experience. As the home of the AfriCat Foundation it is firmly focused on cheetah and leopard. This should be seen as complementary to safari elsewhere (it is easy to combine with the excellent Etosha National Park) or for those particularly interested in these beautiful big cats.

We had a View Room at the Main Camp which was spacious, well equipped and comfortable. Free wi-fi in the public area. The tariff includes two activities each day - primarily to look for either cheetah (more or less guaranteed) or leopard (much more difficult). Both wear radio collars to assist location for research purposes. We found that the cheetah safari was the most satisfying as you are taken through a bigger area of the park and we saw a very impressive range of animals. In fact during this activity we were very lucky and found a superb un-collared leopard that we were able to see from very close range and get great pictures. We also walked 100 yards or so into the bush with a guide and tracker to see a mother cheetah and her cub. Cheetah don't see people as prey so that makes it possible to do this in relative safety.

Food was adequate if a little hit and miss. As long as you are clear how the Okonjima experience will fit into your overall plan/time available, it is highly recommended. In order to enjoy the activities to the full, I would strongly suggest you stay for two nights.

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Mr G & Mrs F - North Vancouver
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

Due to the large size of the facility, this was our least favourite camp in Namibia. It can't help but be less personal with so many guests. That said, the rooms and meals were fine and we did get to see cheetahs close up.

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Expert Africa comments

Okonjima asked Expert Africa to clarify that they offer three different lodge styles on their reserve. The very comfortable Plains Camp is the largest and most economic; Okonjima Bush Camp is smaller with 9 smart, well-appointed rooms and a higher price tag; and the Bush Suite and Okonjima Villa are booked on a private basis for travellers looking for an up-market, exclusive stay.

Mr & Mrs C - Norwich
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Loved it!

The bungalows are really well appointed with a large picture window opposite the beds. There is a large shower and 2 basins.

This camp is all about the activities and we were booked on them all! We tracked leopards (twice), walked up to a group of cheetahs and visited the Africat Foundation.

We were grouped with 2 other couples from the UK for the game drives and meals and kept the same guide throughout.

We couldn't visit the hide though as the storm knocked out the lights there.

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Mr C & Mrs V - Namibia fly-in
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

The staff were extremely friendly,helpful and nothing was too much trouble.

The rooms were excellent and fully equiped with fridge, coffee/tea making facilites and quality toiletries etc.

Given the size of the lodge dinner was disappointing. There was no choice. Whilst it's presentation was more sophisticated the quality of the actual food was no where near the quality we had experienced at the other lodges. Breakfast was good.

We were rather rushed into an afternoon activity as soon as we arrived and didn't get a chance to catch our breath. The same guide (Norman) was allocated to us during the stay who was very good and obviously very committed / enthusiastic about the project. It did feel a bit like being bomarded with information. Our other activities with Norman were excellent and possibly the highlight has to be the afternoon drive through a thunderstom being pelleted with hailstones and getting soaked. All was taken with good humour as we sought refuge at the other camp, were given warming drinks, dried out a little and then continued our drive.

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Mr N and Mrs J - three weeks in Namibia
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Another highlight of our stay. We enjoyed the emphasis on conservation, and admired the dedication of the staff.

The rooms were excellent and the trips really informative.

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Prof. P & Prof S - Namibia highlights
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Well worth a visit - beautiful lodge. The staff were absolutely superb. Bush view rooms have stunning vistas. Afternoon tea and cake is a really nice touch when you have just arrived.

Be aware the cheetah tracking is on foot from the vehicle.

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Miss. M and Mr. M - Co. Down
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Got upgraded to Bush Camp!!

We were upgraded on arrival. Loved bush camp. Rooms were amazing and we had our own family of warthog!! Food was fantastic and all staff were very friendly and willing to help.

Bit dissapointed that we didnt get to 'adopt a spot' and felt surprised that staff werent more willing to assist with us donating to the Foundation.

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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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