Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

Excellent(95%) From 162 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 162 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.
Mrs A with party of five - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp

The rooms were beautiful, with everything you could want for, including an amazing view. The main areas also superb, as was the food.
All the guides were very informative and had a very high knowledge level.

We were all a little disappointed to find that the rescue and rehabilitation side to Africat at Okonjima was being run down, however did understand the fact that this is very expensive, and is being done by other parties. The education side, which is now the main focus, is, understandibly, very important, however, the interest for visitors will become much less, as most hope to see Leopard and Cheetah.

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Mr & Mrs K - Nottingham
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review**

** We were actually upgraded to Bush Camp so many thanks if this was due to anything you mentioned (although I'm sure Main Camp would have been pretty bearable too).

What an amazing experience - I really did think I'd died and gone to heaven here!!

For me there aren't enough superlatives for Africat - everything was just perfect. Brilliant accommodation (everything just right - 'natural', well-thought-out luxury), delicious food, lovely posters on walls of cats who actually live there, staff great - particularly our guides, really nice touches, e.g. staff 'drumming' everyone in to dinner, each chalet having supply of seed for feeding birds, torches for finding way back to chalets.

We'd spent quite a lot of time enjoying ourselves at Lake Otjikoto and Tsumeb on our way to Okonjima so we thought we'd probably arrive there too late for the first afternoon drive. But we rang Africat just to let them know to expect us that evening and when we did arrive our nice guide (and lovely German family who made up the rest of our group) had kindly waited for us. No sooner had we parked our car (and signed the accident indemnity form and had a welcome drink!) than we were off in the back of the truck to spot leopards - as you do!

All of our drives/walks were successful as regards the animals we encountered - 3 leopards, more cheetah than I can remember (particularly two who posed beautifully for ages on top of a mound in the early morning sunshine), hyena, hunting dogs and porcupine (who make far more noise than I would ever have imagined as they rattle their quills to push each other out of the way to get at food). We were incredibly lucky, though, to be at Okonjima during a visit from the vet to do routine dental checks and treatment on some of the cats - we saw (and stroked!) a leopard and later a lion on the operating table at the clinic there. Hope we didn't get in the vet's way too much.

The daily 'routine' at Okonjima seems to be early wake-up call at 5.30am (!) for light breakfast (cereal/cake/juice/coffee) then out animal tracking by 6.45am. After successful cat-spotting thanks to our brilliant guide - a really friendly, enthusiastic, humorous and knowledgeable young man called Rohan - we returned to camp at about 9.30-10.00am for delicious brunch and then about 4 hours free to relax as you wish - snoozing, dipping in the pool, sunbathing, feeding the birds, etc. Coffee and cake at about 3.00pm before going off on another drive for more animal tracking followed by sundowners in good company looking out over the Okonjima estate - bliss! The lovely dinner was at 7pm with an optional night drive (to see porcupine, honey badgers) for those with any energy left.

Africat definitely lived up to my expectations and provided the highlight of an already amazing trip around Namibia. We shall have to start doing the Lottery so we can try and go back one day!

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Mr C & Mrs C and family - Sheffield
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

An awesome experience. We had Bush View rooms, which were out of this world. Going to sleep to the roar of lions, waking up to a view of oryx and warthogs!

The rooms were really nicely decorated. Everything ran like clockwork there, you went to get your dinner, handed in your key, then got it back with a torch later. The food was excellent. Paid for lunch on the first day, which was a little over priced really at $100. [Ed: that's N$100 which is about US$14, or UK£9, at today's rates] The following day we had a late breakfast after going leopard tracking at 6am, so the breakfast then lasted us till we had coffee and cakes at 2.30 before the afternoon activities.

The activities were pricey (as there were 5 of us) but equally excellent value for money when yo considered what you got to see. The guides were excellent too (ours Jonas was very enthusiastic and very amusing) When you got back from the night drive or a visit to the night hide, it was lovely to find hot water bottles in your bed!

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Dr O & Dr J - Hungary
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

View room was actually a spacious chalet furnished with style and the view was beautiful. The activities were very good, Daniel was a perfect and professional guide.

It was no internet access, and as we flew out next day, we could not make our check-in online, fact which complicated our travel later on. We were offered that they call for ticket confirmation, and then charged us for the call, which partially spoiled in the last morning my good feelings about Okonjima.

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The E family - Bath
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

A long way from the main road to the camp itself but well worth it when you arrive.

We were given details of activities when we arrived but it would have been useful to have had details of these especially cost in advance to allow for budgeting. Saw cheetah, leopard and wild dogs on activity drives at close quarters.

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Dr K - Cheshire
Arrived on: 12-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Excellent all round. Only spent one night here but the team made sure that we had 18 hours packed full of activities - hence much better value for money.

Fantastic trips to see leopard by jeep (evening) and cheethas on foot (morning). Excellent guides.

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Mr & Mrs H from Nottingham
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

We should have stayed 2 nights!!

The accommodation at Bush Camp was exceptional but we were so busy with all the activities that we didn't have enough time to really appreciate our lodge. Our guide, Rohan , was excellent.

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Mr G & Mrs S - Aberdeen
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Between Etosha and Okonjima we diverted to the Hoba Meteorite - this was well signposted.

The camp was 24km from the main road and this would be tricky in the wet season but arrangements have been made to cater for that. Okonjima was a superb camp although it was very quiet during our two nights there. The game drives were excellent with very good sighting of cheetah, leopard and hyena. Highly recommended as part of any Namibia trip.

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Mr and Mrs H -Belgium
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima- cheetahs and leopards

By far the largest rooms we had on our trip. Two large double beds facing a single large window (almost floor to ceiling) to give you a view of the plains. Food was also excellent.

The highlight of the visit (and of course why everyone comes) is to see the cheetahs and leopards that they rehabilitate. The cheetahs are radio collared (making it a very different experience from spotting game at Etosha) but this at least gives one the opportunity to find them easily and get up close. The camp is quite busy (it seems to be a "must do" for most) so expect that there will be two or three 4x4s setting off at the same time as yours. This place has more of a "business" feel to it, but having said that, the opportunity to come close to cheetah was too good for us to miss.

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The Ramblers
Arrived on: 27-May-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Good
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Staying at Okonjima for the last night of our trip was special and we regretted not staying longer to enjoy more of the facilities. Our View room was enormous and superbly equipped. Our guide Daniel was excellent on the leopard tracking and we were delighted to see not just a leopard munching on a steenbok, but other game too. The evening meal was of a very high standard and the staff helpful. The camp is 24km / half an hour along a rough track, and you need to time your arrival before the activities start at 15:30 (winter).

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