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Okonjima Bush Camp
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

Okonjima was booked for our first 3 nights of our Namibian vacation. Travel agent had reserved at Main camp (to be in line with our budget) but we got a very good surprise when we arrived at Okonjima gate, we where "upgraded" to the bush camp for the 3 nights, luckily they had a group comming in main camp.

We loved the setup with the chalet well apart, with the view on the wild. Fantastic. The food was good and dinner time made for interesting evening as you are seated with other peoples. Staff was friendly and professional.
We had a great time there, and took opportunity to do all activities. We where lucky to see 4 differents leepard (even one non collared), 2 cheetah, 1 hyena. In two occasion we arrived just after a kill (a warthog for a leepard, and Orix for hyena) so it made for exciting times.
We particularly loved the Hyena tracking as the last part is done on foot, it's quite impressive to be walking in the bush, and see the hyena standing right next to you.
We also did the self-walk to the view point, a bit scary as they keep saying that there is a leepard that has been spotted near the camp a few times, they even refused to a couple to keep the front of chalet open during night due to the danger of the leepard being around. But that made for a nice change from the rest of our holiday, where you are forgiven to step out of your car.

Our guide for the 3 days was great and we had lot of fun. I had a personal encounter with a warthog at the swimming pool, I was in the pool with just my head and arm out on the border of the pool, looking at the warthogs grazing near by. One was obviously interested at me, he probably rarely see a human head alone without body. He came closer and closer and was sniffing my face almost touching me, that was an impressive experience.

Overall the stay at Okonjima was the highlight of your Namibian vacation.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2010

Even before reaching Okonjima, you get a taste of what's to come as you pass the main gates and bump along the 24km drive... in every direction a glorious variety of wildlife.

Then you reach the lodge. What a class act! Okonjima is beautifully run - well organized, stunningly stylish accommodation, wonderful food, highly professional staff, great attention to detail. Our room was a dream.

But it's the wildlife that really sets this lodge apart -- no surprise really, as this is the home of the Africat Foundation. As guests we were enchanted to see all manner of animals (most for the first time) -- cheetah, leopard, hyena, dik-dik, kudu, porcupine, baboon, warthog - and some gorgeous birds.

What surprised us most was the scale and professionalism of Africat's work. It was a double pleasure to see Namibia's natural riches in such luxury & at such close quarters, and at the same time know that in a small way our stay was helping to finance this wonderful conservation project.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Formerly
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

I have just read the last review and had to write this as the reviewer seemed to miss the whole point of Okonjima, which is rescue and rehabilitation of cats at risk, often of being killed by farmers trying to protect their stock. Of course there were caged areas where the rehabilitation was taking place, many of these were not available to the tourists as it is not a good idea for cheetahs in particular to have human contact. The cheetahs that we did see were used to humans and as such were not able to be returned to the wild, so close viewing was allowed. I for one was delighted to be able to see these beautiful creatures so closely. It was also an amazing thrill to see a leopard and her cub up close, I don't mind that it was tagged as it still lived in the wild but in an environment designed to protect it.
Our room was fabulous and easily the best we stayed in in Namibia, with a fantasic view from the veranda and picture window allowing us to watch the animals walking to the water hole. We arrived very early (09:00) as we had been staying somewhere nearer than we realised the night before and we were made completely welcome and allowed to check into our room which gave us a fabulous day to rest after a hectic 2 weeks.
The food and staff were excellent and if you have the chance to go here do, it is especially good to stay there instead of Windhoek if you have an evening flight, as we did, as it is an easy drive to the airport the next day. Windhoek is certainly not worth spending more than a day in!!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank echokent
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Reviewed February 5, 2010

Fantastic room, excellent service ! I recommend this place for honeymooners

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Elod6
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Reviewed January 29, 2010

Our first stop on our 17 day holiday.
Okonjima 30th and 31st December.
From Windhoek en route to the camp, we were treated to seeing Oryx, small antelopes and warthogs, and goats grazing at the side of the road.
On arrival at Okonjima as we subsequently found with all lodges we were offered a cooling lemon iced tea. Welcomed by a knowledgeable young lady and shown to Chalet No. 4 which was only a short walk a matter of three hundred yards from the main building, negotiating as we went the Warthogs which were enjoying the green tasty well watered grass outside the main building. Our chalet was comfortable, and the open tented sides allowed us to watch the guinea fowl, warthogs and the birdlife. The camp thoughtfully provided bird seed and the birds were well trained to know exactly where the food was! Dinner was a communal affair which we enjoyed, meeting lots of different people, and here the evening meals was good. The breakfast cold buffet spread was displayed nicely, and the hot breakfast we took of bacon and eggs we thought were o.k. Having now been to other places, we realize that the bacon and eggs were definitely better than o.k. but we only had the experience of English/Scottish breakfasts to compare this with.
On the morning Cheetah Drive Arnold took charge, and he was good. We did not see the wild cheetah but saw the one’s that had been reared from pets, sightings also of Impala, Oryx, Bat Eared Fox, Kudo, Scrub Hare & Hornbill. On the afternoon drive, this time with Martin, who again was good, were not disappointed, seeing along the way the Crested Bustards, Antelope, Warthogs and many other species of animals and birds.
Our overall impression of Okonjima was it was well run with good staff. All staff here were happy, pleasant and helpful, and we would not hesitate in recommending this Lodge.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank gruline
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