Reviews of Okonjima Bush Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A wonderful surprise
Having been prepared to find this camp touristy we were very pleasantly surprised and had a most comfortable and enjoyable stay. The accommodation was spectacular and we could have stayed longer.
If the collars gave a false sense of how easy it was to track down game it was still good to see leopard, cheetah and wild dog in a much larger area than we had expected. Also, good to see honey badger even if the circumstances were manufactured.
THE ROOMS HAD THE XX FACTOR WITH GOOD VIEWS
THE GAME DRIVE AND SUNDOWNER WAS EXCELLENT ESPECIALLY AFTER FINDING A LEOPARD AND CUB
What a finale!
Everything here was a delight
A huge bedroom and a separate sitting area where we could look out at wild-life. A jar of food thoughtfully provided by the camp allowed us to entice the guinea fowl and warthogs. View from the loo (in chalet 7) was a huge termite mound! A weaver bird nest hangs from the thatch and we have our own little water-hole.
Highlights for us were: the game drives (especially cheetahs and leopards); trekking cheetahs on foot; the enthusiasm of our guide, Mike; the visit to Africat. We fitted in 5 activities while we were her, and every one was special.
Okonjima Bush Camp review
Not such an exciting place as some others but it offers walking trails and real chances to see leopards and cheetahs up close. Great scenery and views too.
One place where they might offer a birding game drive.
very comfortable and well designed camp
The emphasis at Okonjima has in the past been on the cats that have been saved from farmers traps and then released into Okonjima's reserve. This approach has various reservations attached to it and other, more commercial organisations, elsewhere in southern Africa have featured recently in critical press coverage. We were pleased to see when we got to Okonjima that they now stress that their prime activity is working with farmers to find ways of avoiding conflict between people and animals and developing approaches and techniques to decrease predation by wild big cats on livestock.
The leopard programme seems to be a real success, not least because of 'naturally present' leopards in the Reserve as well as 'rescued' animals. But we felt that the Camp would benefit from being more open about the fact that the three cheetahs and one spotted hyena in the Reserve are very unlikely to form the basis of a breeding population, and in reality their role is to be a visitor attraction and to see out their lives in the reserve.
But that being said, the camp is a very pleasant place to stay, with a resident population of wart hogs who provide entertainment, and a lot of birdlife who can provide hours of interest beside your hut, if you fill the small bird bath that sits outside. It is also a privilege to be able to get so close to leopards, with the aid of the guides and the radio collars on a number of the animals.
Cheetah and leopard encounters!
Luxury bungalows in an extensive grounds. The birds (and warthogs) come right to the door and some feed is provided which certainly attracts a few visitors.
On our first trip out, we found a leopard in typical pose, resting in a tree. We we're able to get up really close for some amazing photos and watched as she darted off on a hunt. Rohan (assisted by John) was our guide. He was knowledgable, humorous and above all passionate about the wildlife.
On our second day we tracked cheetah, initially by jeep, but then on foot. It was a special experience to follow a wild animal as she zig-zagged through the bush, hunting for something to eat. Suddenly the cheetah stopped and seemed nervous and twitchy. "I think there's a leopard" whispered our guide, and a few seconds later we saw it through the trees. "Whatever you do, don't run, or it will think you are food". We watched nervously for a few minutes, then retreated to the safety of the jeep. A unique experience.
Okonjima Bush Camp-Brilliant
Very friendly,good food,leopard safari fantastic-leopard in tree with kill.
Wish we had more than one night there
Okonjima is the height of comfort. We received a very warm welcome from Zanelle and all of the staff.
Our room was fabulous and could be opened so that you felt you were really in the midst of nature. It had a comfy sitting area, a large very comfortable bed and a lovely walk in shower. The food was excellent and served by friendly and helpful staff. Sundowners overlooking the a reserve, a wonderful stay. All the staff were enthusiastic and keen to explain the project and the reasons for its existence.
A great place to stay.
Okonjima Bush Camp review
Had a really good stay here. Great food and hospitality, but shame we all sat at different tables for dinner and often on our own as it's nice to share stories about the day. Also may have been nice of the guides joined you for dinner which often happens at other places. Rohan was a great guide - fun and very knowledgeable.
We weren't aware that house wine at 200 Namibian dollars a bottle was included in our stay. Would have been good to know in advance either from Expert Africa or the lodge.
Loved it! Fantastic way to finish our holiday
Great camp, beautiful park, passionate team, great finale to our trip. We were perhaps a little cynical about the conservation work being done here, and not convinced about tracking animals which are tagged (would it feel like a safari park?).
We did some fantastic drives through this beautiful reserve - we tracked hyena and cheetah on foot (and got very close) - and left feeling very impressed by the passion and commitment of the team, and the work they are doing.
Tracking animals using tracking devices was a different experience, but just as exciting. A very action packed couple of days which we really enjoyed, and great for families.