Okonjima Bush Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Bush Camp

Excellent(97%) From 198 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 198 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 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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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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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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Mr M & Ms E from France
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

Although we only had one quick night here, our stay was wonderful.

Upon arrival in the afternoon, we immediately went for the leopard drive and were surprised to see many animals.

The staff here were so lovely and the room was very cosy, eclectically decorated, and immaculately clean.

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Prof. R from Goring
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

We were too busy with the activities to enjoy all the facilities at the hotel but it was, overall, an excellent place to start our safari holiday.

The use of radio transmitters to find the cheetahs and leopards seemed a little odd at first but, as we learned later from the many safari drives elsewhere, both animals are difficult to spot and we did not see any after the Okonjima drives, and were grateful for the experience.

Highlight: observing the stand-off between a group of giraffes and two cheetahs ... the giraffes won.

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D & K from Texas
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tracking Leopards and Cheetahs

Okonjima Bush Camp is in a fenced private reserve that is a sanctuary for cheetah, leopards and other big cats. The camp is inside the reserve, but a fence separates the camp area from the cats. It has kilometers of well-marked, maintained trails on which guests can hike. The camp has 9 widely spaced chalets connected by groomed lighted paths. The common area is large, airy and, like the entire camp, is attractively decorated. Unlike the other camps we stayed at in Namibia, it has a green lawn and landscaping.

The guides track leopards and cheetahs with radio collars. Even using a radio direction finder, it was exciting to track find a large cat. We were excited when we tracked a female leopard and found it in a tree eating a warthog. We were thrilled when its "teenage" cub showed up to take away kill. We watched a major drama unfold in front of us as they sparred with one another.

Tracking and finding a cheetah on foot was a thrill. The guide allowed us to approach and observe at very close range.

Visiting the AfricaCat center and learning about the history, mission and activities of its program was interesting. However, seeing the cheetahs living in restricted fenced areas was a let down after tracking them in the "wild".

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Mr & Mrs F from St Albans
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Bush Camp review

The camp and the facilities were excellent. The small waterhole outside our room was a little pointless.

The game drive was disappointing. Africat is all about cheetahs and leopards, but seeing the cheetahs was a real disappointment.

The cheetahs were collared so they could be found. When we found them, we saw two rather scruffy looking animals, fast asleep in the back yard of a small house. The collars reinforced the impression that they were rather domesticated. Not a patch on the beautiful beasts in Ekosha. We cried off from the next drive which was supposed to be about finding a leopard.

On the same drive we experience the worst "sun downer" of the whole trip. The car stopped in a windy, not-very-special spot, and we were handed a can of drink. A cold and unmemorable experience, best forgotten asap.

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Mr S from UK
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful experience

Lovely accommodation and wonderful atmosphere

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