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Okonjima Bush Camp
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We spent two nights here and could have stayed longer.
We stayed in the main camp which I understand are being converted to be used by guides. We found the room very nice and actually liked being near the lodge.
Our guide Martin was wonderful and overall the service was great and everyone was friendly and attentive.
Would definitely go back and stay longer.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Okonjima is not to be missed. Wonderful accommodation, great service. The thrill of tracking the cheetahs and leopards with knowledgable guides and finding out more about a fantastic charity with a great philosophy.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank SarahRuth610
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

We had stayed here before and had been upgraded 8 years previously to one of the newer rooms. This time we were in the garden rooms in the main camp which were really a little tired so I would recommend paying a little extra for the better rooms. The lodge was full - dinner a well organised if corporate affair served at mixed tables. Staff were excellent and the leopard tracking drive was fascinating by committed and well informed staff. If you're visiting Namibia and simply planning to 'do' Etosha then this is well worth a visit on the way.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Stephen L
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

A fantastic place to finish our trip. We were upgraded to the bush suite, absolutely marvellous. service and food were all excellent. Our guide was experienced ,it took him only 30 minutes to find a leopard with a cub. It is easy, every leopard and cheetah has a collar with a radio transmitter. Very ugly. At night we did not take the porcupine drive, we were to tired. The next day cheetah’s “on the menu”. Also easy. But we would love to return to Okonjima one day. Next time we will stay 2 nights. Radio transmitter in a collar is a very old-fashioned technique. Shoot a small chip under their skin. Very effective.

Room Tip: the bush suite. It costs an arm and a leg, but it is worth.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank schliek
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Having come all the way from Bangkok, 30+ hours and many planes, arriving at Okonjima was like heaven on earth. We stayed in the Bush suite and main camp rooms. The main camp rooms are the lower end of the price scale but i would still call them extremely good quality and comfortable. The main camp rooms had 2 huge comfy beds and lots of space besides. Laying on the beds you got an amazing view of the grass lands surrounding your room and you could watch game and warthogs and other wildlife amble along outside. At night we opened the curtains so we could look at the stars. The sky is so amazingly clear and unpolluted it is an astronomers dream.
The rooms are well spaced out so you have plenty of privacy and its only a short walk to the main lapa where you take your meals.

We also stayed two nights at the Bush Suite which if you can afford it, is well worth the extra money. It was so serene and beautiful and quiet. You really do feel like your all alone apart from the nature around you. The rooms and bathrooms are well equipped and there is so much space. The fixtures and fittings in both accommodation have been well thought out. Nothing tacky, but you get that African feel. At Bush suite they also provide you with bird seed which the kids loved and some of the wildlife like the warthogs come right up to the suite.
We went cheetah, leopard, and wild dog tracking. Because our children were young, they had to stay on the game vehicle for safety but still got to see a lot. We also did the bushman trail which was really interesting for us all.
All the food at Okonjima was much better than i was expecting, having never been to Namibia before, i don't really know what i was expecting but it was all really well cooked, well presented and very tasty. The cooked breakfasts when you return form your early morning game drive are just what you need. All the staff were very pleasant and friendly and very accommodating with the children. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat foundation so if you have the time you can also visit the day centre and learn about all the work they do. If your the type of person who wants to see and touch large cats then this is not the place for you as non of that type of touristy stuff happens here. If you are interested in seeing carnivores in the wild or learning about the varied work of AfriCat then Okonjima needs to be on your list of places to visit if your in Namibia.

Room Tip: If you have the money upgrade to the Bush Suite. The Villa is even more secluded if you want that.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank BirdieBangkok
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

We spent here one night at the campsite. I have nothing to say about the structure: the campsite was very nice, large and equipped with all comforts, including 2 showers and 2 toilets, 2 lamps, a giant grill and a lot of wood.
But we had come to see the africat foundation centre, not to stay in a well equipped camp. When we arrived they did not even get us to the reception: a guide came to pick us at the gate and escorted us to our camp (maybe the cool people from the lodge don't want to see the poor and dirty people from the camp?). He told us that on that day he had too many things to do and he was too busy, so he would be passed back after lunch to explain how the center worked. We waited three hours, then, another guy came to tell us they would pick us up at 3 pm to do the tour. We had some questions, we wanted to do the tracking leopards activity the next morning, but he could not answer us and we had to wait for our too busy guide. Then at 3 pm we start the tour: we had to see some cheetahs and a leopard in captivity and then visit the Africat clinic. Too bad the truck stopped almost immediately, we had to wait another truck and then other people that wanted to join the tour. The result was that we stayed almost an hour by the leopard waiting for the other group reached us, then we spent 10-minute to chase with the car 3 cheetahs who were nervous and crying trapped between the cage and our cars, and, at the end, we haven't time to see the clinic. I was hoping that we would visit the clinic the next morning, but nothing to do. We speak to our guide about the cheetahs radio tracking and he told us the price and the departure time. No more informations, not a smile, not a word about the activity of the africat center. The cheetahs tracking activity was cool and finally we saw 4 cheetahs in the wild and in their natural environment. But, at the end of these two days, the impression is that: 1 -guests of the camping are inferior 2 - the staff is not able to handle guests, to listen them, to help them and to give them a good experience. 3 - I did not understand what is doing the africat foundation. I hope that my money will be used to treat cats, because in my opinion, the money spent in the okonjima, were a totally waste of money. Perhaps the experience of the lodge is different, but I do not recommend to choose to camp here. If you want to see the big cats choose some private reserve. The worst thing was, after the wonderful experience of Etosha, see the cheetahs hunted down by cars. Okay that certain animals are forced to live in captivity, but we must have respect for them too.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Maggie19482
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

A slight problem with our 5’ (1.5m) bed was that the sides were quite firm but the centre was sagging so we kept rolling into the middle – not so good on warm nights. Other than this the chalets were excellent and beautifully furnished, down to the smallest detail. We would have happily slept on the floor and still enjoyed the accommodation. There was even an adequate supply of bird-seed in the room to feed the dawn chorus. A warthog family also seemed to like the bird-food! Waking to the sight and sound of pure nature was beautiful.

All the staff and management seemed so happy to be doing what they do and as a result they do it very well. The food was really excellent and served professionally, but in a friendly manner. Room servicing was excellent.

The leopard and cheetah tracking was less hit-and-miss than in other reserves due to the radio collars, but the animals were still living a natural life in a huge area. Apart from actual kills we saw them living their real lives. Guide Rohan was so involved with the animal sightings that he completely ignored schedules.

“I’ll be back” as they say!

Room Tip: Our Chalet no. 1 was the furthest out from the main building and totally invisible to others.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Okonjima Bush Camp

Address: Okonjima Private Nature Reserve, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Region: 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 15 Speciality Lodging in Otjiwarongo
Price Range: £263 - £531 (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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