Halali Camp

Reviews of Halali Camp

Good(79%) From 219 travellers
Excellent
56
Good
110
Average
42
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 219 of our travellers who have visited Halali Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
R Family - Alaska
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Halali Camp review

The main thing Halali has going for it is the location in the Park. The watering hole was OK, but bring your own folding chair if you have one.

Seems like it was a great place when it was built, but NWR needs to put some money back into it to bring the Camp back up to par. Front desk was understaffed when most people were trying to check out. Food was mediocre.

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Mr K - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

A pleasant surprise

The rooms were considerably better than I had anticipated both clean and modern. The rest of the facilities were also very good.

The one complaint is the ridiculous system for checking out in the morning. It can take up 45 minutes to check out while someone goes to the room to confirm the contents of the mini bar. I would suggest they leave the fridge empty other than a couple of bottles of complimentary water and let people buy their own drinks from the shop.

If you want to get out at first light (the main reason for being there) give yourself plenty of time. Other than this it was a pleasant experience.

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Mr & Mrs R - Northumberland
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Poor
Poor

Halali Camp review

This has the feel of a state-run camp compared to the up-market lodges but the rooms were clean and the staff were helpful.

The camp has its own waterhole where you can sit at any time and see what appears. The night game drive was poor and expensive compare with self-drive experiences in the park during the day.

I particularly want to commend the catering staff for adapting to our vegetarian requirements. very friendly and helpful.

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Mr & Mrs G and Mr & Mrs W - Surrey
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

We found the Reception Staff very surly here and not very helpful which was contrary to our experiences elsewhere.

However, the water hole provided the highlight of our Etosha visit when two lions lazing near the hole suddenly became extremely interested when a lone buck arrived. We thought we were going to see a 'kill' as the lions crept towards it, when all of a sudden out of nowhere came two rhinos. The lions immediately backed off, the older one standing her ground against one of the rhinos for a while, but then they melted into the bush and the larger rhino came to the water hole - and the buck's life was saved!

The swimming pool was the best part of this Camp! We would recommend only one night's stay here and another at Naotomi where we found the staff very helpful and the place looked well run.

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Mr G & Mrs G - Ireland
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Halali Camp review

Halali is a very relaxed camp and we spent 3 days here and really enjoyed it. The accomodation was very good and the food excellent. Staff were helpful and friendly.

We saw a lot of animals at the camp's waterhole including leopards on 2 evenings!! There is a great little swimming pool which we used to cool down one afternoon.

We went on an early morning safari drive and the guide was extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

There are a number of waterholes close to the camp where we saw many animals.

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Mr & Mrs F - Lancashire
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

Very nice and clean room. No cooking facilities. Curtains on the bedroom windows would be useful!

Nowhere to put the suitcases.

A good waterhole but very uneven rocks to negotiate in the dark.

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The T family - Clackmannanshire
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

I was really surprised by our rooom here. The floor area must have been 3 times that of our room at Okaukuejo. It was again clean, and this place also has an excellent swimming pool. The waterhole here did not seem to attract the same number of animals as at Okauquejo. We only saw one impala and a lone and very distant rhino.

The food is of a similar standard to Okauquejo, and they again need to think more about the logistics of the food. They ran out of beer glasses and soup bowls.

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Dr S - Loughborough
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Improvement at waterhole

Whether it was just luck or due to improvements at the waterhole, there were certainly many more animals in evidence both during the night and day.

Sekelbos VIP accommodation is simply wonderful, but be aware no one comes to clean it during your stay even though somone will conscientiously empty the ashes from your braii every day.

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Mr J & friends from Bristol
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Halali Camp review

We had spacious and comfortable accommodation which was perfectly adequate and met all our needs.

The waterhole is excellent for photography particularly in the morning.

The meals in the restaurant are self service and the food was rather akin to school meals - adequate but unexciting.

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Ms M - London
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Terrible
Terrible
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Terrible
Terrible

Awful place

This was the worst place we stayed. We were disappointed as the reviews suggested it was better than Okuakuejo. Our room was basic, dark and grubby and could have done with a makeover. We had no complementary toileteries - not even soap.

We did go back to reception to ask about this but there were so many people with problems in front of us, we gave up. The towels were scratchy with holes in them, the sheets on the beds were too small for the mattresses, the air con unit was directly over the bed, so it you had it on it blew directly on your head and the alternative was to leave the door open. The bathroom was the smallest I have ever seen.

The waterhole was a long trek from the camp and there was nothing there (not their fault, I know).

The food was dreadful. There was nothing for vegetarians apart from a mediocre pasta salad, grated carots and slices of stale bread. When I asked what they could provide for us, I was directed to the salad and there was no offer of anything else. I was then told that for the salad I would be charged 70N$ and the dessert 40N$ meaning that the very meaty main course only cost 40N$! What a rip off.

I would advise anyone to avoid Halali if possible.

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