Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Busy camp, unique big cat experiences
This is a relatively large establishment, busy and with a full programme of activities.
The great attraction is the unique opportunity to follow cheetah, wild dogs and leopards with radio tracking. We had some great sightings of all 3.
Great wildlife viewing and walks at Okonjima
An excellent Safari experience with Peter our guide very determined and obliging.
We had however expected to see more evidence of Cheetah and Leopard conservation.
Expert Africa comments
Okonjima are always very pleased to get feedback from our travellers. The manager responded to this review by saying that it was great that they enjoyed thier stay and that they had Peter as their guide; amazing person. They also commented that there is a lot of information at the AfriCat Foundation Centre and www.africat.org on all the research and conservation projects they do at Okonjima.
Okonjima Plains Camp review
Wonderful place, but the modernisation it has undergone now lacks some of the charm of our pervious visit three years ago.Read more about the whole safari
This is a convenient place to spend a night either on the way to or from Windhoek and there is a considerable amount of game to see, some of it seemingly almost tame, so it's probably a good place for first-timers. The trouble is that a lot of it has been introduced and isn't native to the area so you'll see animals that shouldn't really be there - it feels like they've been put there for the tourists rather than for anything to do with conservation, as if it were a safari park in Europe. We were offered a choice of three tracking drives, one for cheetah, one for leopard and one for wild dogs. Tracking collared animals still doesn't guarantee a sighting, so we chose to go on the wild dogs drive, partly because we knew everyone else would choose the cats and partly because we'd never seen wild dogs.
So we had the vehicle and guide to ourselves, and he was a very good guide, but there are only two wild dogs in the conservancy. There was a third but he had met his demise. Neither three nor two make a pack. Herein lies the problem, I think. They aren't native to the area and aren't being prepared to be returned to the wild somewhere else. We had the impression they were 'placed' there as a tourist attraction. We had expected a pack so initially we were disappointed when we were told there were only two to see. However, our guide was so good that he made the experience fascinating and adventurous all the same and we ended up really enjoying the outing (and seeing both dogs at close quarter).
The staff were, as ever, welcoming, helpful, friendly and efficient, but there was little warmth there and you felt as though you were just another client passing through, which indeed you are of course, but you were never made to feel a guest. Some of the food was very good but some of it was not (the main course at dinner was kudu and tougher than boot leather!).
The accommodation was spacious and comfortable enough, if a little spartan (or just lacking in character), but there was a huge plate glass window overlooking the bush, which couldn't be opened and which caused huge amounts of solar gain in the room. It would be very uncomfortable in summer. The main area (called the barn, and a barn it was) also has one side entirely glazed and apparently birds do fly into it. The overall feeling was that something was missing, that the place had no charm. It's difficult to put your finger on it but it's not somewhere we'd choose to go back to.
Fabulous camp and activities
Accommodation is first rate. Staff relaxed and welcoming.
We tracked leopards and cheetahs, great fun!
Of limited interest
Good facilities but next time we would choose a more convenient stopover on the way to or from Etosha.
Of limited game interest with exception of released cheetahs and leopards.
One night would have been sufficient for us.
Okonjima Plains Camp review
Slightly frosty welcome, told twice that we were late even through we arrived at 4.30. Think that they meant that we were too late for afternoon drives at 4.00.
New accommodation at Plains camp was good, central barn with restaurant and barn was nice but reminded me of a farm, which I suppose it is. Slightly lacking in atmosphere. Told when and at which table we had to eat, no choice of food. Saw leopard on the early morning drive, guide quite pushy to sell further drives.
Good for stop off between Windhoek and Etosha. Arrive before 4pm if you want to go on the afternoon drives.
Okonjima was very good
Great rooms and 2 very good game drives. Food was very ordinary but a most enjoyable stayRead more about the whole safari
Amazing leopards at Okonjima
The view rooms are very well appointed and designed. We had a wonderful view of the bush from the bed and verandah. The food was good.
However, the highlight was the drive to see the leopards. We saw 5, an amazing experience. The next morning we went on a drive to see the cheetahs and visit the Africat Centre.
Again, a wonderful experience. Our guide on both drives, Peter, was excellent.
This reserve is situated 23kms off the B1 - not 10kms as stated in some literature - but the track is quite firm (sand based) and an easy drive.
The Plains Camp (standard room) chalet was very spacious including 2 double beds, large shower/ washing area, plenty of clothes storage, large viewing window (overlooking the plain) and own veranda. Own private parking just outside. Telephone to reception (not working - reported to management but not rectified during our 1 night stay).
Seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to track the radio collared cats but were eventually rewarded with excellent views of leopard and cheetah - 3 resting after a kill.
Good eating/lounge area - food above average.