Okonjima Game Reserve
Okonjima Game Reserve
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  • Olivier T
    Lausanne, Switzerland85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptionnal 5*campsite, with all comfort, and top guide!
    This is a campsite which is definitely the highlight among all accomodations we experienced in Namibia. Camping places are totally isolated from each other, 2 toilets and 2 showers PER place, such a luxury… not to mention the 360 scenery. We booked a leopard tracking drive, our guide John drove us for 3 hours to track a female leopard which we found and followed for 30mn, sometimes a few meters away from the car. John, a big THANK YOU, and take care!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
  • SESNoVA
    Annandale, Virginia433 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit!
    Great, if A/C free, lodging. Plan accordingly. As staying here is definitely’worth it’! Lovely meals at a gorgeous centrally located lodge. Really nice leopard tracking sundowner game drive. AfriCat facilities visit and cheetah enclosure average—not great—no staff at the former to discuss, and the very elderly cheetahs in the second experience are much like seeing cheetah at a zoo. Very sad to hear that all cheetah had to be sterilized under government regulations, denying the whole world their genetic diversity. Would I come back? Absolutely!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Tania L
    Sarnia, Canada122 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Camping in the nature reserve
    Camping area is a very large with a separate structure that has a large food prep area, sink with hot and cold water and also a gas stove with two elements in case you want to cook there. There’s also a full outside braai and a plug for your vehicle. Ablution facilities are located, a short walk away and are both open to the bush. A little disconcerting, but still very private. There are numerous trails where you can go hiking and there is a resident leopard, who is apparently quite shy in the area. Great to spend 2 nights.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 16, 2024
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Redmer L
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
super friendly staff & guides (special thanks to Matthew!). stayed for two nights and did four “tours”. lots of first after 20+ years of wildlife in Africa: Brown Hyena, pangolin, ardvark, eagle owl. amazing night drive. fantastic walk with 3 rhinos. leopard lounging on branch five meters away, super close to completely unphased pangolin. all in all a perfect end to our time in Namibia.
Written February 15, 2023
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Susan S
Vernon, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We so enjoyed our stay! The staff were friendly and helpful! Rooms were clean with a view of the reserve. Room has large window to watch the wildlife wonder by. Zebras, warthogs, spring bok were not uncommon sites. The safari guides were knowledgeable & friendly. All meals were excellent.
Written May 11, 2024
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tdh42
Redmond, WA289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Party of six. We were upgraded to the Villa from the Bush Camp. Wow! Private host, private chef. Huge rooms, plus the main sitting and dining areas. Highly recommend for groups of friends or couples traveling together. This was our last stop on a two week driving tour of Namibia, and we couldn't have been treated to a more wonderful ending to our holiday. The Villa is outside the fenced area where the Bush and Plains Camps are located, in a secluded part of the reserve.

There is a swimming pool, but way cold in June. An elevated gazebo that looks out over the waterhole. A fire pit and all of the rooms have private decks with views of the active waterhole or plains.

The first night upon arriving back from the afternoon drive and sundowner, there were two porcupines, a brown hyena and a honey badger on the ground near the gazebo.

In the afternoon we all relaxed on our decks, visited by herds of common impala, gemsbok, warthogs, wildebeest and tons of birds. The reserve offers special rhino and pangolin tracking for a fee, as well as trips to the night hide and night drives. But, we had so much activity at our waterhole, and the luxurious villa, we all just opted to sit by the fire and enjoy our wine, the stars and the outstanding service from the staff at the Villa.

Okonjima is known for it's cheetahs and leopards. I knew the cheetahs would be in enclosures, but it was significantly larger than I was expecting. The first afternoon we (well, our guide) tracked a female leopard and her cub with a kill up in the tree. The next day we were having tea, and I looked across the waterhole and there was a large leopard. We jumped in the safari vehicle and our guide found him laying on the road posing for us. Beautiful animal.

That evening Chef Emily cooked up a braii and baked me a birthday cake.

The following morning we went looking for the sable. We didn't find them, but I think our guide had everyone on the property looking for them. But we did see lots of zebra, kudu, dik dik, steenbok and red hartebeest.

I can't say enough wonderful things about Okonjima. I like that they limit the number of vehicles on a sighting. We rarely saw another jeep, just one at the leopard sighting.
Written June 19, 2023
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Stéphane L
Paris, France527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Amazing place that focusses on leopards (you almost are guaranteed to see some), pangolins with seasoned rangers/guides and helps scientists to better understand what the optimum environment for these animals is, taking into account the human environment and ecosystem.
Written September 11, 2022
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Daniela H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What an experience! The reserve is huge, the animals have more than enough space to move around freely. Only a few leopards are roughly monitored. Highly recommended. The visit there was the icing on the cake of our Namibia trip.
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Written May 8, 2024
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Mathilde J
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Superb experience, the camps are very beautiful and equipped. Superb observation of animals during an aperitif next to the watering hole. And the tracking leopard outing is a unique experience. Certainly, they have a VHF collar but that seems to be the only way to approach one during a trip to Namibia. We found a female with her baby who was enjoying her night's hunt. Unique moment. I recommend ++ superb landscapes and experiences!
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Written September 16, 2023
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