Okonjima Plains Camp

Reviews of Okonjima Plains Camp

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Below are independent comments from 320 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.
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 & co from 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 from Canada
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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Mr H from Portsmouth
Arrived on: 17-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

This was a brilliant start to our holiday! During the drive up to the camp we saw lots of animals including baboon, zebra and warthogs and there was a family of warthogs living near the hotel!
We had a lovely spacious, clean room which overlooked the plain and the small balcony was great for observing the antelope and birds.

We did a leopard drive here, which was a great introduction to safari drives in Namibia. Our guide was excellent and we were successful in finding a leopard. We also saw lots of other animals and beautiful scenery.

Lovely dining area which looked out onto firepits and a watering hole.

There were also self guided walks which you could do from this hotel and we did the Giraffe Trail on the morning after we checked out which was amazing. Walking in the bush was a completely different experience to game drives and we saw several varieties of antelope and a tortoise at close range. The view over the plains was amazing and the walk was well marked along the way.

Our only wish was that we had time to stay here another night and do one of the other game drives (e.g tracking wild dogs) and another walk!

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Mr B from London
Arrived on: 12-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

The rooms were lovely. It was great to wake up and see springbok and warthogs.

After the wonderful wildlife experiences we had had elsewhere in Namibia we were rather sceptical about the game drive involving radio tracked leopards, however the area involved is large and beautiful and it was very exciting tracking the leopard. We got a good view of her but even more exciting was getting a good view of a brown hyena which wandered past our vehicle.

We had booked half board but arrived in time for lunch. Unfortunately there was not an option to have a light lunch and we were all charged N$120 for a lunch that was not much more that a wrap plus pudding.

The dining area is large and rather impersonal. The system for recording food and drinks ordered was chaotic. Our bills at the end of our meals were incorrect then our bill at check out did not reflect what we had signed after each meal. Although the lady on reception knew that we were keen to check out promptly, she said that she did not have the authority to change the bill and seemed reluctant to contact the manageress. Fortunately when she arrived she did sort it out however it meant that there was a considerable delay and left a bad feeling to finish with.

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Mr & Mrs S from W Sussex
Arrived on: 6-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okonjima Plains Camp review

The only thing wrong with this place is that we didn't have a chance to make the most of all the possible activities available here.

We arrived late afternoon and had to leave early for the airport. This is another wonderful place. The chalet (no 3 with view) was spectacular. The design and furnishings were magnificent. One of the best rooms we have ever stayed in!

It had everything - a reading area, a desk, a huge shower, separate loo, double basins, two double beds, decking with comfortable chairs and a lounger and last but not least a great view of the reserve.

The public area, with shop, bar, places to sit and restaurant was also really well designed. We enjoyed the food and the service again was very good.

We intend to come back for longer!

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Mr B & Mrs C from Glasgow
Arrived on: 2-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Cheetah visit is a must do!

We arrived early . Room was ready . A commercial hotel welcome - no singing , lemonade or towels as at later lodges . Just sign here , and here , and here . Superb room close to the centre and car parked just outside .

Within 10 minutes we are sitting on a veranda day bed watching giraffe , ostrich , springbok , other antelopes , eagles through 600mm lens or binoculars . It was entralling . It was only our second day - we were easily impressed - but it is still a vivid memory ! A warthog family patrolling the long grass within a stones throw occupied us for an hour or two! Small birds everywhere including a pair building a nest just above our heads within the veranda roof .
Food was good - no choice except rare game - but service cool and erratic . Very few moths . Large outside terrace with fire pit good before and after dinner . Cheetah visit was superb ! You are so close - 2 metres - you can hear them purr . Cheetah visit was also a game drive and on our second day was great for close up zebra , antelope , ostrich and wildebeest .

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Mikel from USA
Arrived on: 1-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent Lodging, great Safari guides

Our "standard room" was a really nice building with a great bathroom and huge view window in front of the two beds with a fantastic view over the plain. The main lodge is a really nice place to sit, relax and eat. The food was good, the service a bit quirky (due to language and inexperience, but not effort) though certainly acceptable. Our Safari guide was amazing. Lots of energy, excellent communication, he worked very hard for about an hour to track down a leopard with a radio collar. He drove through parts of the bush that I didn't think he could get in and out of but he did so expertly. We saw many leopards and cheetahs, some baboons and then also the usual game that is on your plate later in the evening. This is a very well managed camp and with regard to game the most viewing we had of the four we stayed at. Granted, having radio collars on helps them find the animals and it's not quite the same "wild" experience you get in a national park or some of the other reserves but we were very happy to see the animals non the less.

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Mr & Mrs M from London
Arrived on: 27-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful place to see wild cats

Staff are charming and the accommodation was super comfortable, large and airy. Would recommend two or three nights, depending on how fast you like to see things before moving on - there's a good pool area and you might want to relax a bit, especially if it is the first or last stop before Windhoek. We loved seeing the cats and in particular tracking and finding the leopards.
However we came away with a big question: does the 'business model' here actually work? We were told that they had lost 12 of 15 cheetahs last year, most of them to leopards. If this is the case, then clearly leopards and cheetahs can't and don't co-exist. So what is the point of attempting to rehabilitate cheetahs if they then become leopard food? We were told that it had proved difficult to relocate animals of either species and this really did lave us wondering if the whole thesis of the camp was badly founded - much as we loved it, we didn't feel like contributing extra money because it seemed to us that the rehabilitation work simply wasn't working. We were told that attempts had been made to neuter female leopards in order to reduce their estimated population of around 35 - but the male leopards had then killed the two neutered female, for reasons unclear. We heard that the next plan was to clear two thirds of the reserve in order to create a landscape more suitable for cheetahs - but we couldn't help wondering if this would work, and if it doesn't - what then?

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Expert Africa comments

Following these comments we felt that we should elaborate a little on some of the questions raised by these travellers. It is a sad fact that leopard kill cheetah. The leopard found on the reserve are simply a wild population that was fenced in when it was closed off and ultimately the terrain here is better suited to the leopard. However, the reserve continues to expand and is hoping to clear much of the bush to create a more cheetah friendly ecosystem.

Okonjima does a great job rescuing and rehabilitating and releasing cheetah in their reserve, researching and studying the animals along the way. They are learning a lot about them in the process. Unfortunately they are often unable to release them into areas outside their reserve due to the problems caused by human wildlife conflict, it is neither fair nor sustainable to release an animal into areas where they are likely to be killed by humans. This is the same problem faces by other carnivore rehab programmes across Africa.

We believe the work the African foundation does here is well founded and worthwhile and we hope that most of our travellers agree. We are sorry if there was some misinformation/miscommunication given to these travellers and have been assured by the Okonjima team that the guides will be better informed going forward.

Ms & Mr KF from London
Arrived on: 23-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lots of cats

The rooms here were great. The facilities were good- lovely pool area and. nice area for eating.

The food was yummy. Tasty breakfast and afternoon tea in particular.

The cats were amazing- cheetah walk was something we won't forget and looking for leopards was also great. Guides very knowledgeable here.

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