Okonjima Bush Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Bush Camp

Excellent(97%) From 203 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 203 of our travellers who have visited Okonjima Bush Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs G from Cambridge
Arrived on: 4-Dec-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Our Favourite Lodge

We absolutely loved our stay at the Okonjima Bush Camp. The accomodation was amazing. It included a separate area with loungers to view wildlife. We would definitely recommend people stay here for a minimum of two nights.

We signed up for all the activities. Opari was our guide for the whole time (and Usha for the night activity to the hide out). Opari was absolutely hilarious, and extremely knowledgeable about all the conservation and activities that the foundation undertakes.

The first afternoon we went looking for leopards, and found two young brothers sleeping not far from each other. During the night activity we saw a porcupine and brown hyena (which seemed to know where we were headed) at the hide out.

The next morning, we took part in the cheetah walk. We tracked them for a little while before they decided to have a nap!

In the afternoon, we took part in the rhino tracking activity, but we asked if we could track leopards as well. We were extremely fortunate that we came across the rhino in the area where the biggest leopard also was active, so we were able to follow rhino on foot, and then track and eventually follow the leopard, which came right up to the jeep. All activities were incredible experiences.

The staff were extremely accomodating and friendly. We particularly enjoyed the educuational centre, rehabilitation centre and newsletters, learning about the foundation's research and medical provision for the animals. We are indebted to such reserves rescuing and protecting wild animals and making every effort to successfully rehabilitate them into the wild.

N.B - at the time of our visit, the wild dog pack had become too large for the reserve, so had been moved to an alternative location. Understandably, sightings of certain animals isn't guaranteed. The foundation are continually working hard to understand the balance of different animals in an ecosystem which is (currently) relatively small. We hope they continue to expand the site and the good work into the future.

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Mr C & Ms B from UK
Arrived on: 1-Dec-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great ending for trip

Very comfortable room - large, beautifully appointed, with an outside deck overlooking the bush with plenty of game/birdlife to watch.
The restaurant/pool etc was quite a walk away, but was no problem.

We went on the cheetah, leopard and night hide activities. All were good, but the leopard tracking activity was outstanding, with the guide Rohan brilliant. The activity coincided with a huge thunderstorm, which turned the sand rivers into real rivers - something we had never seen before.

It was a great place to end our trip, although it is a good 3.5hr drive back to the airport which could be problematic if there are any hold-ups on the roadwork stricken B1.

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Mr & Mrs R from UK
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Feels exclusive

We stayed here for two nights on our trip and really enjoyed it. We were originally booked into Okonjima Plains Camp but got upgraded on arrival, which was a nice surprise. The accommodation was very spacious and luxurious with a separate lounge area. There were two king sized beds in the bedroom, which were very comfortable with open views across the savannah. At night you can see the outline of giraffes and other animals just outside the windows, as they seem to shelter near the chalets at night. The shower and the loo with a view are also very unique. We made the mistake of leaving biscuits in one of our bags on the luggage rack which got infested with ants, so be careful.

The food was excellent and I was serenaded by all the staff at breakfast for my birthday, which was really nice. They even made me lots of cup cakes which I gave out to other people staying there.

We did two of the self guided walks. On one of them you go up to a lookout and we saw a sable hiding in the bushes in the fenced area below. We could also see the trucks heading out on a game drive. We did the Leopard viewing drive and had a great view of one leopard, who kindly jumped up onto an old hide so we got a good view of him. We were less fortunate with the tracking on foot of the Large Carnivore (cheetah) as we tried to locate a recently released one, with no luck. We also visited the hide after dinner one night and saw brown hyena and porcupine. We got some great photos of birds and animals by just sitting in our lounge area. There is lots of different bird species here and it was very tranquil.

This was a fantastic place to stay with all the staff being very friendly and helpful and it felt very exclusive. I would definitely go back here if I visited Namibia again.

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Mr & Mrs E from Herts
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Another luxury camp but I was really annoyed to see that they water their lawns! There are notices in the bathrooms asking guests to conserve water and then they waste water watering the lawns. A very mixed message considering this is a very arid environment. I did make this comment to them on their feedback form.

Apart from that the guide was good and the food good also.

I haven't included the animals in the Afri cat compounds in the survey as they are basically captive.

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Mr & Mrs L from Norwich
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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perfect safari experience at Villa

perfect safari experience at the Villa

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Mr& Mrs T from Poole
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp

Excellent lodge, very comfortable, friendly staff and very good food. The game drives were well organised and we had an excellent guide. We saw plenty of wildlife. You did have to drive a long time to find the tracked leopards. The night drive to the hide felt a bit stage managed as left over food was put out to attract the animals.

The visit to the Africat centre was interesting though sad to see some of the big cats would never be realised back into the wild.

Overall a great start to the holiday.

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Dr A & Mrs E from Berks
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A fantastic finale.

We were so lucky to arrive and find we had been upgraded to The Villa, together with 2 charming couples, one Dutch and one German. We shared both facilities and game drives and got on extremely well, which greatly added to the experience.

Our hostess Zanelle was charming, knowledgeable and efficient, and her husband Richard was a brilliant guide, nicknamed "bushkiller" for his off-road performances. Emily is a superb chef.

The Villa itself is quite remarkable for the standards of workmanship, the attention to detail and the extreme good taste with which it has been furnished and adorned. Beyond excellent!

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Mr & Mrs S from E Sussex
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Enjoyed the stay, well worth a visit

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Dr D & Prof H from UK
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

This is a review of Okonjima Bush Camp as we were given an upgrade from Plains Camp.

This was a wonderful way to end our stay in Namibia. The accommodation was spacious, quiet and very comfortable. The lounge area was a really nice place to linger. The fire pit outside the lounge was a real treat, as were the log fires indoors.

The staff went out of their way to be helpful, the guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the food was superb. The activities were very well organised indeed and we saw a male leopard with a kill.

We didn't want to leave.

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Dr & Mrs C from W Sussex
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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When can we return?

Having stayed previously at the Plains Camp, this was a totally different experience. Our rondavel was at the edge of the lodge with its own small waterhole. Beside it was a second, smaller rondavel, open to the savannah as a day-room, with beds and refreshments - and birdseed! As if they needed encouragement. Two king-sized beds, thick duvets and floor to ceiling glass made our room perfect.

The food was of a similarly high standard, as was the service.

We did several game-drives with Gert, to see leopard and cheetah, and to learn more of the Africat foundation, which now has a new well-equipped education centre.

The new night hide (only accessible from this Bushcamp) was a must as was walking with cheetahs. We even saw an Aardvark and a Pangolin.

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