Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp
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We were upgraded to Bush Camp from Plains Camp and it was amazing. Fabulous room, with its own little waterhole - guinea fowl and warthogs visited us.
The staff were incredibly helpful - our guide, Richard, was superb. Saw leopard in the evening and walked with cheetahs the next morning.
Can't fault it and want to go back. we will definitely recommend to our friends.
Lovely gift shop too!
An absolutely stunning facility.
Okonjima is a stunning facility which has been upgraded and modernized in every way.
Our "view" room (as it is called) gave us an up close look at the animals as they sauntered past our window. Our cheetah tracking tour was excellent and professionally managed. We were fortunate enough to spot two orphan cheetah sisters.
Another facet of Okonjima which we liked is their affiliation with the Africats organization which rescues endangered and at-risk animals.
A wonderful experience
Okonjima is centred on it's conservancy work and it's game drives. The accommodation was extremely spacious with a large picture window looking out over the bush. What a wonderful view to wake up to!
The main area is functional and a bit like a large canteen but serves it's purpose. The staff were very friendly and efficient.
We did four tracking activities leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena while at the camp as well as visiting the Africat Centre.
All of the drives were extremely successful and our guide Emms together with assistant Michael were very engaging,knowledgeable and helpful.
Okonjima Plains Camp review
The accommodations and main reception and dining areas were exquisite. It was a very nice place.
Having visited CCF the day before, we had a very different idea in our minds as to what AfriCat would be like considering they too rescue, rehabilitate and help African cats. We had a great safari guide who located several leopards and we got an up close look at these very elusive and hard-to-find animals. That was amazing!
Other than that, I felt like AfriCat was more of a theme park than an important organization doing great work to help African cats. I would have liked for there to be more of an emphasis and opportunity to experience the behind the scenes of the work they do just like we did at CCF.
Bush Camp: Just beautiful!
Originally only booked to break the drive from Windhoek to Etosha, but so worth it.
We were upgraded from Plains Camp to Bush Camp and had the most wonderful experience. The staff were lovely and really made a fuss over our honeymoon and really made us feel welcome. The food was great and they catered for our dietary requirements.
We did the leopard tour and were not disappointed! The guide was knowledgable and made the tour fun. Would love to stay here again.
FYI, minor point: you will probably also miss the turn off from the road as the sign is at the turnoff and doesn't give you enough time to slow!
Review of Bush Camp
This is a review of Okonjima Bush Camp, because the kind folks at Okonjima upgraded us!
Bush Camp is a wonderful place to start or end a trip in Namibia. Each chalet is tastefully furnished and has a separate, very comfortable and shady sala from which to view the plains and its animals. The room has amazing floor to ceiling windows with private views out to the plains and a small watering hole to attract the animals. The main dining area and pool were also really beautifully done up, and Bush Camp was the first place we enjoyed spending time within the lodge itself.
The costs of the accommodations, meals and activities all go to benefit the Africat Foundation - which is a worthy cause to support!
The only issue we had was that the food was over-salted. Otherwise, the service was impeccable and staff were super-friendly. Our guide was also very knowledgeable, and we learned a lot about leopards and cheetahs.
Suggestion: While I know it is not possible to enforce a tour of the Africat Foundation, the cost of the Africat Foundation tour should be included or added to the room charge so that everyone staying in Okonjima goes to see the work that Africat Foundation does. Unless you're a repeat visitor, then perhaps that becomes an optional donation.
An excellent venue
We were lucky to be upgraded but our location made no difference to the safaris.
Excellent leopard tracking and superb foot safari.
Cannot recommend this palce to highly. Genuine value for money.
A must for Namibia visitors.
Amazing stay to see the africats
We had so much fun at Okonjima Plains Camp - the staff were fab and the tours were amazing. Our guide (we had the same one for all of them so built up a nice rapport) really, really tried (and succeeded) to find us Cheetah and Leopard even through a massive thunderstorm!
The accommodation was once again amazing, with massive, spacious rooms and beautiful bathrooms.
The main building at Okonjima was great - with ample room for the kids to knock about and make friends with other kids. The food was great and the service was again wonderful.
The management staff really made us feel welcome and special, wonderful
Wonderful place to end our holiday in Namibia
What a wonderful camp to finish our memorable trip! We absolutely loved it - the room - even though called Standard - was excellent, the massive lapa brilliant for relaxing and for food, the activities and getting to know the work of AfriCat were all outstanding.
We really enjoyed the drives, and by far the highlights of the stay at this camp was the quality of the food at dinners, the acknowledgement of our honeymoon, and - most importantly - the friendliness of all the staff. We had a wonderful guide, Ims, helped by Opari, who were both extremelly funny and friendly, open-minded and helpful, and Ims particularly knowledgeable for a guide who is only 21 years old. And of course the staff at the Camp - led by Tobias, Angel and all their other colleagues, particularly Dennis, who looked after so well in terms of drinks from the bar. Absolutely fantastic time and we felt it was definitely worth spending two days before flying back there.
We will certainly consider staying at this camp again, and will be following the work of AfriCat, as we have made a donation to the NGO already.
Okonjima Plains Camp review
We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at Okonjima Plains Camp as we had been upgraded to the bush camp. The introduction to the camp was good and the room was exceptional. The only down side was that there was an issue with the water supply the following morning which was quickly fixed.
The game drives use telemetry tracking as some of the animals are collared. We enjoyed our game drives and had good sightings of leopard and cheetah. We did struggle to understand why so many animals, leopards in particular, were collared. The room also had a supply of birdseed and the feeding of Honey Badgers and Porcupines at night differs from most other camps we have been to where you are actively discouraged from feeding the animals.
The food at the camp was good and accompanied by good service.