Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
361 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Okonjima Plains Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
The food and service just excellent
WE had a great guide who made sure we saw the leopards and cheetahs. We would have been very happy to stay another night and just relax at the lodge." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
"Leopards and Cheetahs"
Meals were served in a spacious glass sided building, tables were allocated. My only criticism is that we felt service was very rushed at dinner and we felt under pressure to be quick. The Bushmans Omelette for breakfast was vey generous!
The activities were highly organised, well described and priced in written and verbal information. We went on two trips, both Leopard and Cheetah spotting. These were well organised with many trips departing at the same time but none of the transport was crammed full, meaning that everybody had a good view of all about them. Our guide on each trip was Imms, who was enthusiastic and determined that the viewing would be successful. This involved a fair amount of off road driving through vicious thorn bushes but well worth it.
On leaving Okonjima Plains Camp we were stopped at the last exit gate by the gate man who had noticed that we had a slow puncture. He pointed it out to us and helped us to change the wheel within the gates of the Lodge.
Without this we would have found the puncture while on the main road and had a much more stressful change of the wheel.
It is also worth other visitors knowing that there is a guest toilet right by this gate which came in very handy for us!
" See all these reviews: 21n in Namibia; 2n in Zimbabwe
"KNOCK OUT !!!"
we saw wild dog puppies we went to see the two male lions with champers sundowners
us not the lions
we went tracking cheetahs and leopards and saw a beautifull male leopard with no collar
we were allowed to watch them exercising a cheetah with a lure at speed and we even saw evidence of animals on the reserve we are not allowed to mention !!
And on our last night we had out table for dinner in a private boma with a fire, candles all over the place and our own waitress
The people here really did go out of there way to give us a good time and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts" See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia
"Okonjima Plains Camp review"
The food and way of serving has also improved from earlier visits and we enjoyed some lovely meals.
The reception and waiting staff were friendly and professional and checking in was quick. It was nice to see some familiar faces during our stay and to meet some new ones.
Needless to say that we will definitely be going back.
" See all these reviews: 6n in Namibia
"Relatively speaking, not our cup of tea"
Having visited eight national parks in five different African countries over the years this was our first experience of an 'enclosed' park. In comparison, we did not like it.
We felt that the camp tried too hard to ensure their guests were regimented. I am sure we disappointed by choosing to go on a self-guided walk rather than any paid activity (we seemed to be the only people doing that); this meant we were not certain what time we would arrive for breakfast (having been advised that it rant from 7-10) - but they wanted us to name a time (which we didn't) - meaning that, when we arrived just after 7am for breakfast, it was not ready.
The staff were regimented too - so it always felt like they spoke only from their script.
Overall, whilst the self-guided walk was quite enjoyable, not somewhere I would recommend.
" See all these reviews: 7n in Namibia; 6n in Zambia; 3n in Botswana
"Okonjima delivers what it promises"
Guides and staff fantastic- vey professional, helpful and welcoming.
Saw cheetah (am) and leopard (pm). Even though they are collared, it was still a thrill.
Seems very heavily branded as an organisation - hopefully their commercial success does pay off for wildlife & locals." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
"Great experience of Okonjima Plain Camps"
"Great place to see cats"
We got upgraded to a view room - although I have a feeling this was due to some sort of mix up with the booking. We were written in pen at the bottom of the sheet when we arrived at the gate for the reserve, and they were not ready with our check-in sheets when we got to reception unlike everyone else's. The view room we got was also brand new with us being the first in it, and still clearly in the process of having finishing touches being done. However, it was a lovely spacious room and very spacious bathroom with a nice view. We did however, both have to have two cold showers - not sure if this was due to it still being finished off.
The activities were brilliant with an enthusiastic guide who clearly cares for the nature. We got there early enough to go onto the leopard tracking, and we managed to track the first leopard to some deep undergrowth. Unfortunately it was clear that we were not going to spot him so we moved on to try and spot another leopard. All the guides talk to each other, and another guide had spotted a leopard called Shanti, up a tree. So we went to see her. It was incredible to be so close to her while she was up a tree. It was nice to also hear the guide say that sometimes we can't always take photos and its just for looking, when someone was complaining a branch being in the way and could he move the vehicle.
The next morning we got up early to go on the cheetah tracking - this was incredible. We walked with two cheetahs while they were hunting and watch them make a kill. I got the impression it doesn't happen often, and it was something I won't forget!
The food was ok. The cake and tea was nice before the activities. The evening meal was a bit chaotic, but they explained it was the busiest night the camp has had since it opened - I think they learnt a lot that night, and they managed to deal with it! I have a feeling if we stayed another night it would be a bit smoother, and be a bit quicker.
A great place, with friendly staff and fantastic guides and activities. Busy but once on the activities you don't notice that so much. Activities are well organised.
" See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
The rooms are very comfy, well equipped and have beautiful views with lots of friendly wildlife. The game drives were excellent and we saw lots of wildlife.
The staff here are very friendly and the whole atmosphere is superb. Our evening meals were very good, the quality and variety are excellent." See all these reviews: 8n in Namibia; 3n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Okonjima Plains Camp review"
The staff, restaurant and central area were also excellent as were the guided trips to see the Leopards and Cheetahs.
I think our only comment would be that we didn't realise how far off the main road the camp was (aprox 30km and 30 mins extra drive) which meant we arrived too late for that days game drive. That is definitely worth mentioning for future clients.
We were certainly very pleased to have asked to go there as it wasn't on your original itinerary.
" See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia
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