Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Namibia: renovations at Okonjima's Bush Camp


Okonjima Renovated Bush Camp

14 years after Okonjima’s Luxury Bush Camp was built, it was time for a facelift.
Bush Camp closed down during the months of January to the end of April this year, as the maintenance teams moved in and broke it down. Rather than a few superficial alterations, Okonjima voted for big changes . . . . and then finally the doors opened on the 6th of May!

Okonjima Namibia

Each exclusive chalet, now has a second rondavel added to provide a separate lounge for guests, whilst increasing the size of the bedroom; both structures under thatched roofs. To echo the original design, the new lounge|sala’s at each chalet, are completely open to the front, with an unrestricted view, so guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush. Perhaps the biggest difference in sensory terms, is that the roll-down, canvas-blinds have been replaced by three, large, glass panes and two, large canvas windows. Décor and furnishings have all been enhanced. The Junior Suite, also known as the honeymoon suite, boasts a stunning view, a sliding glass door, 2 Queen-size beds, a comfortable en-suite lounge with fire-place , a bath and outside 'bush' shower.
Okonjima Namibia

Okonjima Namibia

Internal floors have been levelled in both the main Lapa and chalets, to make the camp more user-friendly. The pathways have also been upgraded to a hard surface. The main Lapa now has four, wood-burning stoves dotted throughout for those cold winter nights and additional comfy seating.

After being closed for 4 months – Okonjima’s Bush Camp is back on track and arguably one of the most popular camps in Namibia. Every guest that has since stayed at Bush Camp, a small lodge situated on the edge of a wilderness area, has left in wonder of their experience!

Okonjima Namibia

Okonjima Namibia

Here are some of their comments:

"As we neared Okonjima and prepared to visit the AfriCat Foundation, our guides learned that we had been 'upgraded' to the Bush Camp and they were delighted for us. Even though we only had one night there, we wanted more!, We had to leave this wonderful place the next day and on the way out, stopped to watch to young cheetah cubs, preening each other on the side of the road. What a sight!"

 "After about 15 minutes, most of the locals had already swung by for an introduction. First to arrive were the hornbills, swallowing the seeds in one fell swoop. They were so close that I could hear their beaks chatter. Then came the iridescent guinea fowl. It was a nice surprise, but I suppose I’m a typical Yank, after all. I couldn’t wait to return to my open-air chalet and catch up on my own personal documentary of wild animals and mood-ring clouds"

"Weren't we pleased when we were shown our rooms. They were probably the best accommodation of our whole trip. Not only did we have a large, beautifully equipped bedroom with large shower, but also a separate sitting area. The only disappointment? We only had one night so didn't make full use of the place. Service excellent. We had an afternoon drive where we were fortunate to have some really good sightings of a leopard, seen first by our teenage son who is brilliant as a spotter. On leaving the camp we saw the cheetahs again as well as about twenty hungry vultures in some trees just waiting their turn to feed. Absolutely brilliant. Our ‘tip to you’ - is to stay for at least two nights to really make full use of this wonderful camp."

"Incredibly beautiful, well organized. Accommodation is superb, the view from the room is unbelievable, food is as usual great and wine very fine."

Okonjima Namibia

Okonjima Namibia

"We arrived at Okonjima at the end of a great trip in Namibia - so it had a lot to live up to, but it surpassed our expectations in every way. We spent our first night in the Bush Camp, this has huge and very comfortable rooms very well laid out with everything you could need and more. The communal area and food were fantastic as were all the staff.
Following this drive we were upgrade to the Okonjima Villa and this is out of this world, completely isolated in the middle of the bush with its own water hole. It is hard to describe how beautiful the Villa is? It is without question the best place we have ever stayed. All the Staff are fabulous and Martin the chef is a genius. We were able to see Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dogs and Hyena. All in all the high light of our trip, so much the better as AfriCat is doing such good work, I cannot recommend highly enough.
But please be warned staying at The Villa will spoil you for any other Safari lodges."

"This is hands down the best room that we had in Namibia - and we stayed at some very nice places! The beds in the room are full size, not two twins pushed together. There are both true windows with glass and those that can be screened in for a breeze. A fantastic addition is an open air room separate from the bedroom that has two cushy ‘chaise lounge’ chairs where you can relax."

"We stayed here as the first night of our 6 week tour of Southern Africa to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Wished we'd booked more nights. The accommodation is fantastic and the level of service is to be commended being probably the best of the trip."

privacy in your bush camp room

"It is really difficult to put into words the overall amazing experience my daughter and I had in this camp. We were to spend 1 month in Namibia and we self-drove from Windhoek to Okonjima on our 2nd day in Namibia. We passed many animals on our way to the lodge. When we arrived we were greeted with a happy welcoming face and indeed for the whole 3 days that we were there nothing changed. Staff could not have been more helpful, nothing was too much.
We had chalet no.8 - it was absolutely beautiful. So elegant and the colours blended in perfectly with the surrounding. The beds were to die for so much so it was difficult to get up in the morning. Every morning we had a family of warthogs at our window along with some giraffes and springbok and guinea fowl. A huge bonus to these beautiful rooms was the sala. This is a viewing area attached to our room. Again so beautifully designed it captured the essence of Namibia.
We went on 2 if not 3 drives a day and each one just got better and better. There were animals galore - Cheetahs, Leopards, Brown Hyenas, Spotted Hyena, Wild Dogs, Giraffes etc the list goes on. We actually were on our night drive less than a meter from a leopard and also a huge hyena. My heart was in my mouth.
Truly a great experience. This was thanks to Rohan the best guide ever. During the night drive I really wanted to see a porcupine and a honey-badger and genet and guess what - I got my wish.
I can't say enough about this lodge, the chalets, food, staff and I have absolutely no wish for anything to change. It was just perfect in any way the only sadness was, when we had to turn our back and leave.
On a positive note, I will be back and I would highly recommend this lodge to anyone and do stay at least 3 nights, to benefit from all the different drives and activities”.

Okonjima Namibia

Okonjima Namibia
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