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Okonjima Bush Camp
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

On the plus side: leopards and cheetas. Not a "guaranteed" sight, but almost, as some animals have collars and can be traced. And food is good. On the down side, it is more of a giant zoo and the guide we had was frightfully rigid: driving along our "safari", we saw 2 leopards sitting on the side of the road, but she refused to stop, as "we already saw leopards and we need to leave some for the other car to see". As if 2 cars stopping would be too much for those leopards... Also, a much too long talk (2 hours) on the Foundation, rehashing what we could read in the materail left in our rooms. All this while standing in the lovely 35 degrees shade. After spending time in lodges with extremely personalised and friendly service, this was a disapointing and expensive experience. Fans only in rooms, so very very hit during the day. Oh, and by the way, full board here means breakfast and dinner. Lunch is extra...

Room Tip: Garden view is cheaper and smaller, but for a short stay, good enough as most time is spent outdoors. Bush view nice, but not really worth the extra coat
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Michael W
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We were happy at the smaller Bush Camp. The chalets are neat structures and very relaxing. We had good luck with both cheetah trekking and leopard tracking, and enjoyed the visit to the nighttime hide with porcupines and honey badger. A few might complain that the cats are collared, but 1) the rudimentary radar system is definitely not GPS and there's no guarantee (esp if the cats are hanging out in the thick african bush) and 2) I fully enjoyed and appreciated the experience for what it is meant to be. I learned a lot about the cats, conservation efforts, and the many difficulties faced in protecting them -- Education is their main goal. The staff were noticeably young and energetic (and I was surprised to see the camp managers were also young). The food was tasty, though it felt a tad formulaic to me. Overall, we really enjoyed our visit

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Traveler941
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Okonjima is home of Africat (a free cat). It has several lodges to stay at, from camp site, to main camp, to bush camp/suite to a villa. We stayed at the main camp in a view room. This "new" built room is free standing and has lovely views over the savannah. It is very spacious and modern. There we 2 big double beds with a view to die from. Who says you need a television when your view from your window is the best one to watch? Oryx. jackal and other wildlife just in front of your room.
We had a lovely welcome. The surroundings were astonishing.Very friendly staff and great guides. Our special thanks goes to De vries. Very enthusiastic person and very knowledgeable.

Without Okonjima (the lodges) Africat will not exist so please take part in the Africat activity to understand the core values. You will see and learn a lot more then you expect.

The food was great. Although no choices available they will take your dietary in account. Also you will be put together on a table with other guests. If you have any issues with it, please let the staff know about it and they will accommodate your preferences.

Please note, the Curio shop is "always" open. Just ask at reception that you want to see stuff and they will open it for you. Otherwise it will be open during breakfast time.

A must to in Namibia. Not only for the great accommodation but mainly to support the animals (cheetahs, wild dogs, lions, leopards and hyenas).

Room Tip: If you can afford it, go for the villa. Otherwise opt for a view room in the main camp.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Rallybabe
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Everything is great about this place...staff are lovely and very passionate and knowledgable about the wildlife. The food is excellent and the range of activities very interesting. Also the foundations core values are well worth supporting.

Fabulous setting....and a great escape.

Room Tip: The "View" rooms are amazing with panoramic views from your bed and terrace...we also stayed in Garden room 4....which was really cute and comfortable.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank WanderingPaddy
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Of all of the places we visited in Namibia, Okonjima is the hardest to review. On the one hand, we had an amazing experience, the common spaces are spectacular, and the room was certainly the nicest and most architecturally inspirational of any we encountered. But it was odd to track the big cats with radio-telemetry. That said there is still a lot of art and skill involved (as opposed to GPS tracking). And we did get to see two leopards at close range, as well as see a group of cheetahs at ground level on foot (which was a bit scary, even though they were habituated). The night drive was notable for a springhare (really cool), but, again, the feeding frenzy of the African porcupines was a bit uncomfortable. U.S. national parks used to stage events like this in the past, but the practice ended many decades ago. It somehow seemed staged and unnaturable. A simple night drive without the baiting would have been more welcome. Finally, the quality of the food was excellent.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Jan01234
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