Reviews of Halali Camp
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Best food in Etosha
The food here was of a very high standard and well served. The accommodation was very modern and well designed. Bed was comfortable. Staff were friendly and helpful. We tried driving out to some of the water holes near the Camp, but the approach roads to some were in very poor condition. However, we did see some animals especially rhinos, elephants, springbok and zebra in great numbers. The water hole is delightful but you do need to be pretty nimble on your feet. We did not do any game drives here.Read more about the whole safari
Pleasant stay at Halali
The waterhole at Halali was excellent, we were able to view large numbers of animals both at night and during the day.
The buffet food in the evening was very good.
It was what we expected - adequate but not outstanding.
Room was in reasonable order for a rest camp - most fixtures and fittings worked. Food was better than expected. Reception was useless for any enquiries/help.
It was the end of the rainy season so we knew that game viewing might be poor - and it was. We drove almost every inch of the avaoilable roads and didn't see a single elephant or rhino in 3 days - there was so much water available in the bush that they didn't need to visit the waterholes. Not complaing but it might help other people's expectations.
We did see two groups of lions and quite a lot of small game near Namutoni.
We did meet some people who had got stuck in a muddy marked road to a waterhole. There was no cellphone coverage and the road hadn't been marked as closed. They told us they waited for another car and none came for 90 minutes so were settling down for a night in the car when another car appeared some distance away. The other family had a satphone and called the rangers who arrived as it was getting dark and got their car stuck in the mud - they had no radio!! It took several hours for all 4 of them to get free of the mud and by then it was completely dark.
From their experience, we'd suggest this:
Consider renting a sat-phone.
The rangers told them that the best thing to do if you're stuck at night is leave the engine running and put headlights on - then the anti-poaching patrol might spot you. (this doesnt appear in any guidance we've seen)
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Halali was our favourite Etosha camp, more friendly staff than the first camp, good water hole, great night drive.Read more about the whole safari
Not a must, except for the waterhole.
The place is well located, but the facilities are not very good. Terrible food.
Nice (big) swimming pool.
Great Safari Camp
A big thank you to Sabina as she persuaded us to choose this camp and yes would not have missed it . Basic accommodation compared to other places we had stayed at and food in restaurant not as varied choice but the evening watering holes made up for this greatly . We saw some wonderful sights at the watering hole , especially young elephants and a young rhinoceros . Martin and I felt very comfortable allowing the children to set their alarms for 2 am and go down to the watering hole .
We came away from Etosha feeling we would have spent a couple more nights here in this are not necessarily at this park but perhaps to the east as we didn't really cover that area .
Driving ourselves was a great family experience and in our 3 weeks we never felt in danger or out of our comfort zone although I do admit prior to arriving in Namibia I did have some concerns .
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Camp has improved since last visit - waterhole was not very active during our visit.Read more about the whole safari
Comfortable accomodation with large bedroom and kitchen/ living room. Enjoyed watching the wildlife at the water hole although there was not much there. Very good location for trips out into the park.
We went out for the whole day to the east and saw lots of animals.
Excellent waterhole at Halali
Disabled persons review: All areas of this lodge were easily accessible.
The three main camps in Etosha are more basic than the private lodges but we expected that. Rooms at Halali were clean and well equipped and despite the number of rooms it was quiet in the evenings. The waterhole is set away from the accommodation so was quiet and we saw elephants, giraffe, zebra and various antelope each evening.
A coffee table in the room by the armchairs would have been useful, there being plenty of space for this.
Halali Camp review
Not a good experience - this was overpriced both in the shop and the restaurant. The waterhole was good, but a long way from the camp.
There were several large groups present in the camp during our stay, which affected the service we received.