Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

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Below are independent comments from 286 of our travellers who have visited Okonjima Plains Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Gurinder & Jill, UK
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The Gem in the heartlands of Namibia

Okonjima Plains Camp was superb. We really enjoyed our stay at this Camp. Our garden/bush camp room (no 1) was absolutely fabulous, it was very spacious with a great bathroom and even better views. The main complex eating/relaxing area is also exceptional - fabulous aspect straight out to the marvellous watering hole. Food was very good, and the service we received was superb. The game drives are very good, every effort is made to get close to the wildlife (even if it means bursting a tyre on the safari vehicle!!). The rangers has vg knowledge and didnt hesitate in sharing this with guests. We would most definitely stay here again.

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Mr&Mrs D + kids 7,11,11 from Herts
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

The welcome and check-in was really functional and miserable. After that, all the other staff were absolutely fantastic - and a special mention should bo to Rikki and our guide Immanuel.

Stayed in the family view room - two fully interconnecting large hotel-style rooms forming a single unit isolated from others and overlooking the bush. Very nice, and a welcome opportunity for children and adults to be fully separated.

Breakfast was a buffet - perfectly fine. Lunch was a bizarre set-menu - but could easily be avoided with a late breakfast, midday fruit and early afternoon cake! Dinner was fine and included a kids option if ordered in advance.

Visited Africat - which was interesting - including various animal parts and veterinary equipment which the kids could touch.

The highlight though was undoubtedly the game drives. The cats are tagged, so that may affect some people's appetite for the camp. However, with an exceptional guide who was brilliant with children and got the balance just right between finding leopard and cheetah, and observing everything else in the reserve, the kids found it exceptional. We saw lots of game and birdlife. We watched a leopard and two cubs very active and very close-by for over an hour. We saw porcupine and three brown hyenas together and many other great sights.

Very nice pool and surrounding area.

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The J Family from Washington and Rome
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

This ended up being a surprise highlight of our trip. Our kids (two older teens and 9 year old) absolutely loved it and voted it their favorite lodge. And it was great for the parents as well. The plains camp is a great choice for families -- the place is new, with a stylish retro modern camp vibe. Our adjoining rooms were perfect and we had a great view of the reserve and wildlife from our bedroom even though it was a standard rather than "view" room. Despite the relative size of the camp, the food was excellent: interesting and well prepared.

The activities were the best of our trip. We took three excursions -- leopard tracking (we saw a mom and cub from 5 meters), cheetah tracking (we saw two), and a night drive (a caracal and other animals we'd never seen) -- and the guide was knowledgeable, highly skilled, and funny. We especially appreciated that he arranged for us to bring our 9 year old on the cheetah tracking (ordinarily there is a 12 year minimum) by keeping her in the vehicle and ensuring that she had a great view of the cheetahs. And to top it all off, the staff was warmest and most welcoming of our trip. They were very skilled but also relaxed, engaging, funny, and able to build a personal rapport with the guests.

Coming here after Etosha was perfect as it enable us to see cats that one can't expect to see in Etosha and do so in a learning environment that helps conservation efforts. Highly recommended.

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The E family - Bath
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp

Our third visit and better than ever. Very friendly and welcoming. Excellent meals. Cheetah and leopard excursions a must. Special thanks to Gideon for finding two cheetahs and two leopards on our excursion.

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Mr & Mrs S - Wellington
Arrived on: 10-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Highly recommended.

A highlight. Lovely accommodation and food.

Cheetah tracking and sundowner drinks super.

Sorry didn’t have the energy to do the morning game drive. Thought the trip to the Africat centre was expensive but regarded it as a contribution to the work they are doing.

Very nice gift shop - sorry I didn’t buy a few more things there - but rather a slow purchasing procedure.

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Mr and Mrs L from Brighton
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

We upgraded our room for the last night of our stay and it was worth it - there was a good view of warthogs and other animals from the deck and it had very comfy beds.
We were glad to see cheetahs on the excursion.
A well designed dining room but the service could have been better at breakfast time. We kept having to go and ask the staff for cooked food and hot drinks. They were friendly though.

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Mr M. from Chatteris
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Plain Camp

Big, busy and efficiently run.

We enjoyed the evening safari to view radio-tracked leopards, but think the cheetah viewing over-priced given that the animals are in a contained area and used to cars and people - not the real thing!

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Mr A. from London
Arrived on: 7-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Close to a guarantee for leopard

Okonjima has a number of electronically tagged leopard and cheetah.

The upside is that you are highly likely to see both animals during your stay - although officially they rate your chances as 50:50. The downside (especially after our experience in Mundulea) is that the experience is obviously, whilst not guaranteed, contrived using tracking devices. So I guess Okonjima does what it "says on the tin".

We saw two leopard, a mother and, separately, her cub. We saw the cub catch a guinea fowl in mid flight, quite extraordinary and the next morning (6 am departure) we found two young cheetah, which allowed us to walk within 10 metres.

The lodge itself is very comfortable as are the individual rooms. Food was good.

Go there if you want to maximise your chances of seeing leopard and cheetah.

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Mr JM and family - Portugal
Arrived on: 13-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

Another highlight of our trip.
Excellent food and service,great safari rides.
Saw cheetahs and leopards.
Lovely accomodation.

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raedrian
Arrived on: 19-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Spectacular resort, Okonjima

The main building is huge, modern and filled with pictures of big cats and Namibia of years gone by.

Is seemed a bit sterile compared to the other resort but no less impressive. We stayed in the View Room and its highlight is a huge picture window looking over the plain were the wild animals grazed. It was awesome at night as the moon lit up the landscape and seeing animals while lying in bed was a delight. The safaris were keyed to finding cheetahs and leopards, the resort's claim to fame, and we were not disappointed. The cheetahs were found using their tracking collars and were asleep in the middle of the day.

The leopards were more challenging even with their collars on and we enjoyed tracking them through the bush. At first it seemed artificial to be tracking animals with radio collars on but realizing that they are there to be rehabilitated and given that the very tough nature of the terrain would make it extremely difficult to find these cats, we got comfortable with the program.

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