Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

Excellent(95%) From 337 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 337 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.
Frank & Cath from Retford
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

Brilliant drives with Felix - and only one puncture despite the thorny terrain!

Superb base for seeing leopards and cheetahs.

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Mrs & Mr J from Birmingham
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Favourite

We stayed here 9 years ago when the now standard rooms were new, they are still excellent and the word 'standard' does them a disservice. The new communal lounge area has many comfortable seating areas, as well as fires for colder days.

We booked a total of 5 activities and had 2 different guides for them, both were enthusiastic and showed us what we were hoping for, even if it wasn't always easy. As we were previous visitors we were also given a couple of treats which were much appreciated.

Everyone was extremely helpful and keen to talk about the animals and the work and life of everyone there, giving us more of an insight of life there.

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Ms C & Mr N from October
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

Good - although after Safarihoek it felt a lot less exclusive - the lodge was bigger, less personalised and there were 8 of us on each of the drives.

However seeing cheetahs (on foot) and a leopard were both very special.

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Mr & Mrs P from Hook
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Africa- Cat plus Luxury lodge amazing

This was by far the most luxurious of the lodges we stayed during our 3 week trip and certainly lived up to expectations.

The accommodation, staff and food were outstanding.

The Afri-Cat experience was incredible and our guide for the 2 days was interesting, informative and personable which made it very special.

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Mr & Mrs H from UK
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

We loved our stay at OKonjima. The standard rooms are vast and well equipped. The main reception and dining area is known as "the barn" and it is quite barn-like and echoey and there seemed to be problems assigning guests food and drink orders to their rooms on our first night, but it didn't happen again. It was the biggest placed we stayed at, but the staff were efficient serving meals and the food was good.

We had brilliant guide in Daniel. We went on the cheetah tracking with him just as a thunderstorm started to develop, but we still managed to see them and were able to walk up close to them. The next morning we went on the leopard tracking trip where we were not guaranteed success. However, Daniel was really tenacious and we were rewarded with a good sighting, waiting for the leopard to make her move on a young kudu. She missed her opportunity! We also went on a tour of the Africat Centre which was really interesting, to see the work they do and this was followed by an drive to see the collared cheetahs ready for release sleeping in the sunshine.

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Peter & Helenka from UK
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

Great situation although only there one night we had two safari trips one walking and one driving.

Guide was so helpful and found the cheetahs and leopards and took us so close

It's a big camp but the staff made it very personal

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Mr & Mrs J from Bristol
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Wonderful to see cheetahs from so close up

This was one of the highlights of our tour.

Our room was excellent, very spacious with all the facilities we might require and a huge window from which to view passing plains game. The cheetah tracking which we did on our first afternoon was both informative and exciting as we walked very close to two resting cheetahs who did not appear to be unduly bothered by our presence.

The following morning we also enjoyed our visit with guide, Matthew, to the rehabilitation centre where we saw cheetah at various stages of rehabilitation and then visited the Africat foundation and learned more about the foundation and its work which was very interesting.

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Mr D from Cambridge
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp

Okonjima is on a big cat reserve, and was our key time to see the predators. We were not disappointed, seeing leopards and cheetah, out in the environment where they hunt their food. A truly amazing time. We also had an upgraded room upon arrival, and the area around the lodge was safe to walk in, so we walked for miles. The main lodge is very contemporary, with a watering hole right outside.

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Mrs F & Mr N from Surrey
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Good rooms

Mixed feeelings here - standard rooms are anything but - really large and quite private chalet with good view.

Could easily have had 2 nights as would have liked to looked at African. It feels quite large with the/assumption that they will tell guest what trips to go on. Having said that, the leopard tracking was superb.

Big negative was this was the ONLY place that would not cater for gluten free - I am coeliac- although it was marked on our booking, we checked on arrival and when we came to dinner. Waitress insisted the filo pastry cup starter was gf - obviously not so could nt eat and no alternative.

Main had a sauce that I chose not to eat, she offered fruit salad for dessert - fine - then turned up with panda cotta and said it was only eggs and cream so would be ok. No confidence at all so did not eat.

It was a shame that it spoilt our last night and they need to train staff

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Expert Africa comments

We have heard back from Okonjima on the matter of the gluten-free meals and they have said that they do definitely cater for gluten-free guests. They said that on this occasion there was a breakdown in communication between the reception and the kitchen. We understand that they have taken the necessary steps to ensure that this communication will be improved upon and that this is not the type of standard that they wish to offer guests normally.

Mr & Mrs B from Herts
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Fantastic sunset to end the holiday off with

Only time for one game drive but had some close up views of a leopard and a pair of cheetahs followed by sundowners on the crest of the ridge to the west of the lodge. The sunset was magnificient.

The dinner in the evening was particularly good and there was local entertainment and also excellent company with some visitors who we had met up with in Bullsport.

Just one point when we arrived we had been allocated to a leopard drive, rather than the cheetah one. We were not aware of this distinction assuming that all drives were the same. We tried to change this because we wanted to see the cheetahs but this proved to be not possible. As it turned out we saw both on our drive, plus the sunset, but thought we should mention this.

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