Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

Excellent(95%) From 180 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 180 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 H & Mr L - Wales
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

We had a view room, which was spacious and possessed a veranda. We did cheetah and leopard tracking: both excellent as well as the bushman trail, which is also recommended.

Only negative point was that at meal times we had no opportunity to eat as a couple as we were seated with others on a large table.

Don't miss afternoon tea and cake: not for dieters.

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Ms C & Mr B - Inverness
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp Review

Must confess to being mysteriously up-graded to Bush Camp - Honeymoon Suite too. Wow!

Extremely comfortable, huge room. Very reluctant to leave. Outstandingly good food, staff, everything. Providing bird food outside room was a nice touch.

Very close encounters with leopards, cheetah and wild dogs. Stunning. Loved the owners commitment to the cause.

Faultless. Highlight of our trip. Not to be missed.

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Dr G & Mrs Y - Walton on Thames
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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This was luxury at all levels

We came here for the birding, but the game drive activities were excellent and different from other lodges.

The food here is excellent.

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Dr D & Mrs V - Nottingham
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Our return visit here lived up to expectations. (Enhanced by being upgraded!)

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Mr & Mrs N - Devon
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

We had not realised that lunch was included on the day of arrival so when we arrived at 1.30 we were presented with lunch at 2.30, followed by tea at 3.30, before going out cheetah spotting at 4pm! If we had realised we could have easily arrived earlier..

The two activities were very well organised and our guide was superb. We were upgraded to a View Room, which was beautiful but unfortunately we had very little time to sit and enjoy it.

The food and service were excellent.

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Mr & Mrs S - Surrey
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Location:
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Okonjima Main Camp review

We were upgraded to Bush Camp on arrival - the chalet was beautiful and had a fantastic view with oryx and warhogs wandering past. A nice touch is the bird seed supplied at the chalet to attract the birds and we were lucky enough to have a friendly yellowbilled hornbill that seemed to know what was on offer!

We only stayed one night but the activities included an afternoon drive tracking leopards, a visit to a hide after dinner (where we saw porcupine and honey badgers) and an early morning tracking (on foot) of the cheetahs. A very full, and enjoyable, itinerary. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable.

The only criticism would be that check-out and 'brunch' was a little hurried after the morning activity (you leave for the activity before breakfast) and the choice of food was less than at some lodges we visited.

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Mr J & Family - Cape and Namibia
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

A perfect end to a holiday !

The two activities provided in the package were excellent, with an excellent guide. The camp was perfect and we also upgraded from Garden Room to View Room. The rooms were more than you would expect from a 5* hotel.

One small comment - dinner service was slow, but the food was very good.
A little cold after sunset, so take a thick jumper to dinner !

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Ms J & Mr S - California, USA
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Main Camp review

Our cheetah and leopard tracking game drives were very interesting. We were lucky to see a female cheetah stalk and kill a steenbok and carry it away in her mouth.

Our guide then tracked the leopard to a tree where she was sitting high in the branches with her prey.

The food was very good. The staff members were friendly and professional.

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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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