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
"Okonjima Plains Camp review"
"Super game drives"
Both drives were wonderful and highly recommended." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
Then the drives are always focused on finding one of the cat types. This means you zoom around with a driver waving an aerial that beeps if it locates the tracking device that animal type is fitted with. On every drive we did, this was totally unproductive for almost two hours at which point the driver phoned a friend who had found something and off we went to congregate in a big group. It felt very inefficient and, moreover (i) resulted in us speeding past a pangolin only my husband spotted and which he had some difficulty persuading the driver to reverse for, and (ii) when you did find the leopard or whatever it was it had a big tracking collar on which wasn't a great look.
The rehabilitation centre was interesting and you got to see the newly arrived cheetahs in a smaller outside space (without collars!) up close. The work the Africat foundation is doing in finding ways of getting farmers to live alongside big cats seemed far more worthwhile and interesting and I get the impression that this camp probably funds a lot of better work. The other family we shared a guide with asked when their children would get to cuddle baby cheetahs (!) which rather summed up for us the Disneyfied feel of this place." See all these reviews: 18n in Namibia
"Okonjima Plains Camp review"
I know it was due to availability but would go to bush camp next time as apparently less kids.
Service was a little lackadaisical but they are in to different market with a lot more people being processed." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"do not miss it"
Seeing leopard and cheetah was magical." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
"Too short a stay !"
On arrival we wee upgraded to a View room which was massive and very well appointed. Indeed the view was excellent and we could watch loads of wildlife from our terrace.
The visit to the on site AfriCat Foundation Conservation Centre was a highlight.
Highly recommend overall." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
"Okonjima Plains Camp"
Restaurant meals very good and overall public area decor very clever and informative too. Our game drive activity topped it all as we were the only two with our driver/guide (Matthew) who was determined to locate the leopard, which he did and was the only one that afternoon to achieve that. We were out for probably a good hour beyond the norm and squeaked back in time for dinner, amazing.
This Camp now boasts a large pool in a landscaped area not mentioned in your itinerary. Also the photo in the itinerary does not do justice to this location." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"Outstanding Game Drive at Okonjima"
I had been worried that the tracking might make the drive seem artificial but it actually added to the experience. We reached a point where Daniel said Shera's cub was only about five metres away despite there being no sign - and then suddenly there it was staring straight at us. We also woke in the morning to find a family of warthogs sleeping on the verandah of our room, which was lovely.
The rooms were great, as was the food - especially some memorably good omelettes at breakfast.
We would definitely recommend Okonjima as a great stop for anyone visiting Namibia, as well as a convenient location to break up the long journey from Etosha or Damaraland to Windhoek." See all these reviews: 7n in Namibia; 3n in Botswana
"Great game drives and room."
Standard room had fantastic view of the bush.
I'm sure you know all about the place - but a special mention of our guide on the game drives - Daniel. Great knowledge and friendly." See all these reviews: 8n in Namibia; 2n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Not very personal, ok for a stop"
Had to walk several minutes to get to reception from my room. The view rooms do not have any views in particular but are at the edge of the forest so good for seeing wildlife. The rooms were modern and spacious, but has too much of a concrete look and feel to them.
The road going in is not good, and when there is heavy rain, you cannot cross the river to get in or out forba few hours." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia; 4n in Zimbabwe; 1n in South Africa
On of Expert Africa’s key tasks is to ensure that travellers' expectations are as close to the reality that they find as possible. On her return, this traveller noted that her expectations of her destinations were inappropriate and that it had been a trip that ‘she wanted to forget’.
So clearly in this case we failed. As a company we would rather not organise a trip than send someone with the wrong expectations – but that seems to have been what happened here.
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