Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp
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We spent our 20th wedding anniversary here and had such an amazing experience (included being upgraded to the Bush Suite) that we planned the whole trip to coincide with our 25th anniversary.
We booked a View Room which was spacious, well equiped, private and with great bathroom/wet room facilities. Game drives as fabulous as last time although saddened to be informed by Chris that the 4 cheetahs we had seen on our previous trip had all died. However, Norman our guide managed to find us a hunting pack of 3 cheetahs on the day we arrived and TJ the leopard eating his kill on the day we left.
The home of Africat
The first impression when arriving at the gate is of a place of maximum security but of course there are good reasons for this. On our last trip we stayed at the Bush Camp but this time had a view room at Main Camp. It proved an excellent choice and was a large room with a beautiful picture window of the bush and mountains. The room facilities were excellent and given the amount of time we planned to spend in it was more than adequate for our needs.
We used the activities to the full and had a super guide, Jonas, who took good care of us but also went out of his way to secure good animal sightings especially when tracking Leopard. For us the the animal sighting of the trip was here when we found TJ and a beautiful 8 yr old male who ate his dinner of Kudu whilst we enjoyed our sundowner next to him. That day we had sightings of five Leopard which was just great.
Service in the boma was good and the food amongst the best if only it had been hot when we got it.
Always be patient
This is a well run commercial enterprise that endeavours to provide a real bush experience. It is well packaged and well run, the staff are excellent and the accommodation of the highest quality.
The game sightings are disappointing if you have spent a lot of time in the bush but you can never really get bored of seeing the large cats. I fear for the future as it is proposed to introduce lions in 2013 which will have a dramatic impact on cheetah tracking and possibly drive the leopards to more remote areas.
The main highlight was seeing a small pack (4) Wild Dogs make a kill but it took us 2 trips and 6 hours to find them, but was a unbelievable experience.
Our forth visit , even better than expected.
We were surprised to be given an up-grade and initially a bit concerned as we really like the garden rooms at the Main camp, but really enjoyed the Bush Camp.
The standard of the Game drives is excellent, as is the knowledge of the guides.
The staff always friendly and efficient and food very good.
We are interested in the education and research aspect of Africat, we had a very informative talk with Tristan Boheme, one of the owners .
We found that our room was quite chilly at night time.
Okonjima Main Camp review
We were upgraded to the Bush camp.
Oh my goodness. The rondoval was stunning. The only problem was that we weren't there long enough to enjoy it. Meals were just superb. The excursions were fabulous.
I could have spent a week there. Wow!
Okonjima Main Camp review
Only stayed 1 night here but should have stayed longer.
The cheetah tracking was great fun with very professional guides. We would have liked to have done the Leopard tracking but our schedule did'nt allow us time in the morning. We stayed in a view room which was a nice experience.
Great staff and a shared table for evening meal with other guests was a pleasant finish for the last evening of the holiday.
Great safari at Okonjima
This was possibly the highlight of our trip. We loved the beautiful surroundings and the food was absolutely delicious. We had a great guide called Neil who drove us to within 10 feet of a leopard!! We also tracked three cheetah on foot and managed to see the very rare wild dogs. Everything was really well organised and you felt very well looked after. The night hide was also a great chance to see porcupine and honey badgers which you would rarely see normally.
Unfortunately my husband suffered a bad electric shock when he opened one of the perimeter gate as there was noone there to open the gate for us. There should be warning signs on the gates
Great big-cat experience
When we booked this camp as our last stop on a 3-week circuit, we thought it might be the most commercialised and therefore perhaps less enjoyable. Were we wrong! Although the budget end of the Okonjima set-up, it was a beautiful setting and our large view-room with its picture window looking on to the veldt was perfect.
The included activities (cheetah tracking on foot, leopard tracking by vehicle) were extraordinary experiences, and our guides Jonas and Angela thoughtful and knowledgeable. And the night hide gave us wonderful views of elusive honey-badgers and porcupines, including a dramatic fight in which the badger came off worse!
Dinner, although a set menu with no choices, was excellent in all respects.
Okonjima was a perfect end to an amazing holiday
Great trips at Okonjima
We were lucky enough to be given an upgrade to the Bush Camp.
Rooms comfortable, food excellent and yet again friendly, helpful staff.
We did the leopard hunt (leopard finally spotted just before it got dark) and the cheetah hunt on foot. Would recommend both but would advise doing the leopard hunt in the morning rather than afternoon if possible as it got dark too quickly (5.30pm).
Only suggestion would be for the staff to give you a written outline of the various trips on offer on arrival - this is much easier to take in than the spoken word.
Restaurant was cold in the evening - more gas needed for the patio heaters !
Okonjima Main Camp review
A one night stop just the right distance for the afternoon flight from Windhoek.
We went leopard tracking and although we were excited to see a leopard I now have my doubts about vehicles following the animal with its radio collar. At least two vehicles were on its tail.