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Okonjima Bush Camp
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We got upgraded to a View room and it was fabulous. Really beautiful touches, lots of towels and a huge shower. The view whilst lying on your bed is fantastic. We were able to go on a walk on our own on the well sign posted path.

We did the early morning leopard drive and saw Nkosi the huge leopard up close. He was very beautiful but scary. In the evening we did the cheetah walk and got close to three beautiful cheetah's. Great sundowners.

We were able to see the Vets do an annual check on one of the cheetah's which was facinating. Getting to touch that beautiful animal was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Africat have stopped taking in any more animals and are instead concentrating on education. The farmers hate the cheetah and Africat are trying to educate the younger generation.

The food was very good, and plenty of it. Breakfast was delicious, bread and muffins freshly cooked.

The only negative was that we thought the white guide did not give the black guides the respect he should have. It was quite noticable especially on the cheetah walk when he told our guide not to get any closer and then proceeded to take his group within 10 feet of the cheetah's. We thought him rude.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights at Okonjima. We were upgraded to the Bush camp which was lovely and given a huge suite with inside and outside showers, huge bathroom, kitchen, sitting area, large terrace and two huge beds! The suite was quite a long walk from the lodge area especially at night when you never know what could be lurking! The lodge provided very powerful torches and we sang loudly as we walked.
The food was absolutely great and the wine which was included, superb. We shared a table with a very friendly English family.
Our guide Michael was so excellent. We went on two drives to see the elusive leopards - which we did very successfully. We also experienced a walking cheetah track and were able to get very close to a female cheetah, which was wonderful.
The Africat foundation is doing such amazing work rescuing these cats and then releasing them into the wild. I would recommend anyone to visit Okonjima.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

We spent 3 nights at Africat in August 2012 and despite the unusual cold front, enjoyed it thoroughly. Okonjima is privately owned, so the guides can go "off - road" to see more game. This reserve has a great mix of animals...kudu, élan, steen bok, dik dik, red heart beast, warthogs, baboons, cheetas, leopards, giraffe and more. This was the authentic experience in their luxury bush camp with very nice accommodations in thatched huts with electricity, hot water, shower etc. in good weather, you can unzip an entire side of the hut to open it up. The staff was terrific and our guide, Rowan, was especially good. He knows birds, animals, vegetation and various calls. He was very patient in trekking for specific animals and found cheetahs and a leopard! We loved our experience here. The hot water bottles in the bed were a lifesaver. One idea would be to offer hot water bottles on the game vehicle for those very cold mornings!

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

This is a super raccomanded place.
I stayed unfortunately only 1 nights @ the main camp.
People were very nice un welcoming.The program is well scheduled,there are activities in the morning and in the afternoon.We saw loads of animals and cats:the first drive 3 cheetahs at 20 meters distance and 4 leopard.The second one,we saw from a super close distance 1 leopard drinkink at the water hole and 3 cheetahs eating an orix!Great experience,extraordinary guide (the best ever).
Room are beautiful and huge.
Food,one of the best in Namibia.
What else..super reccomanded!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

We visited Namibia in july 2012. One of our first stops during our trip was Okonjima.
We stayed two nights in the bush camp. Beautiful rooms, spacious and nicely decorated.
Since we were visiting in winter we were happy to find hot water bottles in our bed.
Dinners were excellent and what we enjoyed most was the gathering of the guests around the campfire before dinner. This is a very nice way to exchange experieces with the other guests.
The leopard and cheetah trackings were well guided by a very knowledgeable guide. Very good to see that these guys realy care for the animals. It is impressive to stand a few feet away from three cheeta"s and an experience not to be missed.
This place is highly recommended when visiting namibia

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We were there in July, 2012 when the nights come fast and cold. The place is beautiful and the info on the cats is well presented by your guide. We saw leopard, caracal and cheetah, the latter was also seenon foot as we were tracking a collared cheetah and came across 3 of them feasting on a freshly killed impala...we were so close that we could smell the meat and see the blood on their fur, yet the guide explained by their postures that we were "safe"...it was amazing sight.
The garden units are very nice despite us being discouraged when we called for an earlier reservation the day of our intended arrival. They appeared to have been sprayed for bugs but the setting and amenities, such as the hot water bottles placed in your beds in the evening, were quite satisfactory. Once when I was reading outside of our unit in the general area we were surprised by a large warthog that came to munch on the grass for about a half hour. Gave him a respectful distance but it appears he's a frequent visitor.
The food was good, though perhaps not as good as they think it is. Set menu is served to everyone in a large thatched area, heated by space heaters. Cake and tea is offered before the afternoon guided tours.
Nights in July come fast and cold...be prepared. We saw leopard, caracal and cheetahs, the latter both in captivity and running wild in this wonderfual preserve. The vistas are pure Africa.
Others in our party stayed at a beautiful main campsite in an area with 3 walls and full amenities immediately accessible. Camping and living easy. Africa lite. The prices are not over the top for what you get though by Namibian standards they are high.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Stayed for two nights with my family in the Villa. The Villa is a fantastic location with our own personal guide, Albert who was terrific. The accomodation, food, service and guiding are faultless. Some people don't like the fact that the cats have collars that can be tracked; however we've been on 8 safaris and have really struggled to see leopard or cheetah before so we really appreciated the technology. It is not a given that you will see the cats and the tracking is part of the fun. We were lucky: we saw three separate leopards and (purely by chance - no tracking) a cheetah kill - all in the space of two game drives. Okonjima is a great place to visit to see cats and the location and service are superb.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Okonjima Private Nature Reserve, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Otjozondjupa Region > Otjiwarongo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Otjiwarongo
Price Range: $343 - $480 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Okonjima Bush Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OKONJIMA - home of AfriCat, a non–profit organisation, committed to long–term conservation of Namibia's large carnivores. AfriCat started out as a welfare organisation, but after many years of rescuing large numbers of carnivores from irate livestock farmers, it became apparent that the long-term survival of large carnivores on both commercial and communal farmland, is dependent on finding solutions to the ever-increasing human-wildlife conflict. OKONJIMA hosts the exclusive Villa & Bush Suite, Bush Camp, Main Camp, the private Omboroko Campsite & the Volunteer Programme – PAWS. Halfway between Windhoek and Etosha. (B1) ... more   less 
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