Halali Camp is a good central base from where to explore Etosha National Park.
Halali Camp: Our full report
Strategically located in the middle of Etosha National Park, Halali is one of the three government-run camps inside the park. It stands beside one of the very few hills in Etosha, and is the smallest and quietest of these restcamps – although it's much, much larger than most camps in Namibia.The other camps inside the park are Okaukuejo and Namutoni.
In many ways Halali is like a small village – with its own chalets, restaurant, swimming pool, shop and fuel station – all linked by a small network of roads and footpaths.
The rooms here are split into four categories:
- There are two family chalets, each with two separate bedrooms with twin beds in each. These chalets are spacious; each has a separate lounge, kitchen and a bathroom. The kitchen is equipped with a limited selection of crockery and cutlery, a small oven, a fridge, a kettle and tea and coffee sachets! Outside is a shaded entertainment area with built-in braai, table and chairs. These chalets are the closest to the waterhole.
- Halali has 10 two-bedroom bush chalets. Each of the two bedrooms has a pair of twin beds, and these share a shower room and a separate toilet. The combined lounge-cum-kitchen is not very big – and has two sofas, a small fridge, a tea/coffee station, and an assortment of crockery and cutlery. Outside there is a plastic table and chairs, and a built-in braai. These chalets are smaller than the family chalets, and usually further from the waterhole.
- Halali has 10 one-bedroom bush chalets. The chalets are small, and don't have separate kitchens or lounge. They have one bedroom, with a very small, separate bathroom with a shower and toilet. These rooms have a sliding glass door that leads to an open patio with a floor of pebbles. One side of this is screened, so you can sit out – although there are no braai facilities here.
- Halali has 39 double rooms - each of which is about the same size as a one bed-room chalet, but it lacks the patio doors and small outside area. The en suite bathroom in the double rooms is just as small, but these rooms do come with a small sofa in one corner of the room.
All of these chalets and rooms have air conditioning, lamps, a tea/coffee station and a mini-fridge (always empty on your arrival). The beds have with mosquito nets above crisp white bedding and very comfortable pillows. In the bathrooms, you find complimentary shampoo, soap, hand and body lotion provided, as well as soft towels.
Also like Etosha's other restcamps, one of Halali's big attractions is its floodlit waterhole. This can be viewed at any time of day or night, from a rock terrace which is on one side of the camp.
Although the game sightings at Halali's waterhole aren't quite so predictable as the phenomenal sightings at Okaukuejo, they are generally very good – and particularly notable for black rhino.
The restaurant at Halali is big and open plan with sliding doors on either side. The walls are covered with animal paintings and tables are set out individually. On one side of the restaurant is a small bar, and from there a kiosk window opens to sell snacks during the day. Halali's restaurant is very much a canteen, but it's very good value. All meals are served buffet-style, and standards are mediocre.
Halali's swimming pool is one of the best swimming pools that you'll find at any camp in Namibia; it's very much like a large, open-air municipal pool. Do expect a huge pool; don't expect to have it to yourself!
Both morning and afternoon guided 4WD safaris are available, and also night drives – which were impossible previously. None can be guaranteed, and all must be booked locally, when you arrive at camp. However it is very easy to drive yourself around the park, as long as you are back by sunset.
Our viewHalali is a large restcamp and therefore offers a different experience from the smaller, private lodges. Don't expect much personal attention here, and staff are not always as helpful as they might be. Despite this Halali’s amazing location, right in the middle of the park, along with its floodlit waterhole make it a popular and good value choice.
Finding space at HalaliHalali often gets booked up in advance, especially in peak season (July to October). Expert Africa holds several rooms throughout this period – usually two-person chalets – reserving them for travellers who visit Halali as part of a fly-drive holiday with us. This means that sometimes we have space at Halali, even when the camp will tell you that they are ‘full’.
For up-to-date availability information, see Halali’s live availability page – and remember that these rooms are only for travellers who book their whole fly-drive itinerary with us.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: We found breakfast here expensive by Namibian standards. That said, it's a pretty substantial buffet of different cereals, yogurts, fruits and cold meats – plus a variety of breads, cheeses and cold meats, and an option for a cooked breakfast.
The restaurant does not serve lunch. However, then there is a kiosk open, where you'll find basic meals including toasties and chips.
Dinner is more formal and you can expect the chef to stand in the front of the restaurant preparing the evening meal; anything from a stir-fry to carvery. For desert there are normally cakes, pudding and or ice-cream.
Many of the chalets here have their braai facilities (bar-b-que), and you can buy wood and charcoal from the camp's shop. Hence many visitors prefer to organise at least some of their own meals here. If you want to do this then we'd always advise you to buy food before you enter the park – there's a much wider choice (especially of fresh vegetables) than you'll find at the shops in the restcamps.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: No drinks are included at Halali, but there is a cash bar here – and the shop sells a limited amount of alcohol.
Further dining info: No
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome with their parents
Property’s age restrictions: There is no age restriction at Halali
Special activities & services: The restcamp have a swimming pool and waterhole that kids can enjoy under adult supervision.
Generally recommended for children: Yes – and because the camp is large and fenced, it's better-suited to children than many private camps.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There is some mobile reception at Halali. There are no phones in the rooms, but there is a public pay-phone if you need to make a phone call. (Purchase phone cards from the shop!)
TV & radio: There is no TV or radio in the rooms, but piped music is played in the restaurant!
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The closest doctor or hospital is in Outjo, about a 2-hour drive away.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: There are security guards at the restcamp.
Fire safety: There is a fire extinguisher outside each chalet/room.
Disabled access: In Place
Laundry facilities: There is no laundry-service here, but there's space to hand-wash items yourself if you need to.
Money: Currency exchange is not possible at the restcamp
Accepted payment on location: Visa and Mastercard are accepted at the restcamp and no commission is charged.