Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp
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Okonjima Plains Camp review
It's a pity that guests in the Plains Camp can't watch at the waterhole where the nocturnal porcupines and honey badgers come. We didn't know that when we booked. However the 'View Room' was lovely, very spacious and comfortable with a superb view.
We took the 'Tracking cheetahs on foot' option. It's only the last few hundred metres that are on foot, most of the tracking is in a vehicle. The staff member who explained the activity options to us didn't make clear that we had a choice between tracking cheetahs or wild dogs and hyenas. We thought it was a single activity, tracking whichever of the three could be found. Having said that, it was very enjoyable and we had a good guide and saw cheetahs and a leopard so it was a great experience.
We did two of the self-guided walks which were beautiful. On one, the Chacu, for part of the route the arrows on the ground pointed in a different direction from the arrows on the map. We found this quite confusing (and we are experienced hikers). The maps should be corrected.
Okonjima Plains Camp review
The standard twin bedded room was wonderfully spacious with two double beds looking out of a panoramic window onto the plains beyond.
The main Camp sitting/dining area with wood burners overlooking the water hole was very atmospheric.The small shop was good and on reflection the best we saw.
The most wonderful camp we had stayed
We encountered a rental car issue.
They offered us lots of help in solving problem, phoning car company, pumping the tire, guiding us where we can find tire shops.
Wonderful staff, great food, unforgetable game driving, clean and spacious accommodation.
We were upgraded to Bush Camp from Plains Camp and it was amazing. Fabulous room, with its own little waterhole - guinea fowl and warthogs visited us.
The staff were incredibly helpful - our guide, Richard, was superb. Saw leopard in the evening and walked with cheetahs the next morning.
Can't fault it and want to go back. we will definitely recommend to our friends.
Lovely gift shop too!
An absolutely stunning facility.
Okonjima is a stunning facility which has been upgraded and modernized in every way.
Our "view" room (as it is called) gave us an up close look at the animals as they sauntered past our window. Our cheetah tracking tour was excellent and professionally managed. We were fortunate enough to spot two orphan cheetah sisters.
Another facet of Okonjima which we liked is their affiliation with the Africats organization which rescues endangered and at-risk animals.
A wonderful experience
Okonjima is centred on it's conservancy work and it's game drives. The accommodation was extremely spacious with a large picture window looking out over the bush. What a wonderful view to wake up to!
The main area is functional and a bit like a large canteen but serves it's purpose. The staff were very friendly and efficient.
We did four tracking activities leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena while at the camp as well as visiting the Africat Centre.
All of the drives were extremely successful and our guide Emms together with assistant Michael were very engaging,knowledgeable and helpful.
Okonjima Plains Camp review
The accommodations and main reception and dining areas were exquisite. It was a very nice place.
Having visited CCF the day before, we had a very different idea in our minds as to what AfriCat would be like considering they too rescue, rehabilitate and help African cats. We had a great safari guide who located several leopards and we got an up close look at these very elusive and hard-to-find animals. That was amazing!
Other than that, I felt like AfriCat was more of a theme park than an important organization doing great work to help African cats. I would have liked for there to be more of an emphasis and opportunity to experience the behind the scenes of the work they do just like we did at CCF.
Great for viewing leopards and cheetahs
Great to get close-up to some of the cats on the game drive. Outside your room views of Warthogs, Oryx and other animals.
Nice dining room and swimming pool.
Bush Camp: Just beautiful!
Originally only booked to break the drive from Windhoek to Etosha, but so worth it.
We were upgraded from Plains Camp to Bush Camp and had the most wonderful experience. The staff were lovely and really made a fuss over our honeymoon and really made us feel welcome. The food was great and they catered for our dietary requirements.
We did the leopard tour and were not disappointed! The guide was knowledgable and made the tour fun. Would love to stay here again.
FYI, minor point: you will probably also miss the turn off from the road as the sign is at the turnoff and doesn't give you enough time to slow!
Review of Bush Camp
This is a review of Okonjima Bush Camp, because the kind folks at Okonjima upgraded us!
Bush Camp is a wonderful place to start or end a trip in Namibia. Each chalet is tastefully furnished and has a separate, very comfortable and shady sala from which to view the plains and its animals. The room has amazing floor to ceiling windows with private views out to the plains and a small watering hole to attract the animals. The main dining area and pool were also really beautifully done up, and Bush Camp was the first place we enjoyed spending time within the lodge itself.
The costs of the accommodations, meals and activities all go to benefit the Africat Foundation - which is a worthy cause to support!
The only issue we had was that the food was over-salted. Otherwise, the service was impeccable and staff were super-friendly. Our guide was also very knowledgeable, and we learned a lot about leopards and cheetahs.
Suggestion: While I know it is not possible to enforce a tour of the Africat Foundation, the cost of the Africat Foundation tour should be included or added to the room charge so that everyone staying in Okonjima goes to see the work that Africat Foundation does. Unless you're a repeat visitor, then perhaps that becomes an optional donation.