Halali Camp

Reviews of Halali Camp

Good(79%) From 222 travellers
Excellent
57
Good
110
Average
44
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 222 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.
Mr. T & Ms. M - West Molesey
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Halali Camp review

We would not recommend the double/twin rooms,the redesign of these rooms needs a rethink especially the toilet/shower area,just about enough room for one small person to use! Considering the recent makeover of this camp things are beginning to look tatty.Missing chair,only one glass,reception say they do not have any replacements.We do not understand the deposit/inventory system as nobody checks anything when you leave.

Anyway the main reason for staying here is the ability to drive around ETOSHA from daybreak to dusk and the animals did not let us down particularly the waterhole at Rietfontein,huge numbers of elephants.The Moringa watehole in the camp 'a bit hit and miss' for night watchers,surprisingly quiet at times.

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Mr B & Mr K - Kent
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Halali Camp review

Not terribly impressed compared to every thing elsewhere. Accomodation wasnt up to much and neither was the food.

On top of that there werent any animals at all at the waterhole. We came away thinking it was a waste of time.

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Mr. & Mrs. H - Beaconsfield
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Relaxed camp with lovely waterhole

It seems to be quite big and so busy but the rooms are spaced out so it's not noisey at all. Rooms are very nice, clean and comfortable. Restaurant is buffet style with a good choice of food. Chef cooks steaks etc quickly as you wait - a good humouired performance!

The waterhole is a little walk (or you can drive) from the centre of the camp. There are rustic benches overlooking the waterhole which is floodlit at night. On the whole people sit very quietly and there is a great atmosphere of waiting and expectation as different animals and birds come and go. Both nights we were there white rhino came to drink. During the day it was nice to be able to watch animals without being in a vehicle.

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Mr & Mrs A from Hants
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Halali holiday camp

All roads south of the main road and east of Halali to Springbokfontein (a block of about 30km by 25km) were closed for reconstruction until at least mid-December. Extensive bush fires east of Halali had apparently driven game to the west of the Park towards Okaukuejo.

This was our second visit to Halali. In spite of the extensive refurbishment, there was still something of a holiday camp atmosphere about the rest camp, although the food was good. There is now less storage space in the chalets folllowing refurbishment and cooking facilites have been removed except for the braai outside. However, a kettle and fridge were still provided. The far bed in both bedrooms was against a skew wall and the prospective occupant needed to be agile.

Good floodlit waterhole for night-time game viewing.

Notwithstanding, we found standards acceptable for the location and we have seen fit to return. In the short term at least, Okaukuejo would make a better located base in Etosha.

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Mr & Mrs L - Northants
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Poor
Poor

Halali Camp review

Our chalet was very pleasant: roomy, backing onto woodland and with a fine view of the sunset throught the trees. The staff at reception were pleasant and efficient.

The waterhole, quite a way from the chalets, is insignificant compared to Okaukuejo. The approach at night is dark and when you get there the ground is rocky and uneven.

The restaurant was awful. The cook was a jolly individual and his food was adequate but we had the impression that all the other staff there were either asleep or deliberately avoiding us. It felt like you could have sat down, died of starvation and been eaten by jackals without anyone taking any notice. Noone offered to serve us a drink, the table was dirty and was not cleared or set. No member of staff engaged with us at any time, until we paid.

A place to avoid - they really do not deserve being paid for the (non-existent) service we received

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Mr S & Ms M - USA
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Halali Camp review

Ordinarily, this would have been a fine place to stay, however, many of the roads East of Halali and West of Springbokfontein are closed for the remainder of 2009.

This meant that a number of waterholes were inaccessible and that we needed to drive at least 20 kilometers each day to get to see any animals (waterholes with water). It was repetitive driving too --- one road in and one road out.

Expert Africa: While roads are closed I would avoid Halali and have guests stay at Okakuejo or Namatumi.

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Mr & Mrs W from Warwick
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Poor
Poor
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Road closures limit Halali's attractions

Minor maintenance issues with aircon and toilet marred the pleasure of using the otherwise comfortable, clean and spacious room.

The restaurant and food from the kiosks was nothing to write home about and was not good value for money. The shop was poorly stocked and the fridges need to be renewed. The staff were friendly and normally helpful.

Road closures "until further notice" restrict access to many nearby waterholes and could disappoint many visitors. We were fortunate in seeing many lion and visits to the Halali waterhole at various times were very productive and made up for the shortcomings of the camp and the perception of poor value for money.

We tourists may be a captive audience but NWR must beware of "killing the goose" by charging too much and neglecting essential maintenance.

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Mr B & Ms D - Dublin
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

A lot of activity in the water hole in the evening!

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Mr J & Ms J - Wedding Anniversary
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Halali Camp - bit of a ghost town

We stayed here for one night on our way from the Okakuejo Restcamp to Naumtomi Restcamp. Although the drives in and out were good for spotting game, we didn't see much while we were here close to the camp, as the vast majority of the roads and waterholes are currently closed for road maintenance. If we'd known that, we probably wouldn't have chosen to stay here.

However, the camp itself was a bit more chilled out than Okakuejo, the pool more quiet and the staff a lot more friendly and attentive (again the food was poor). Our two bedroom bush chalet was huge. All in all, not a bad place to put our heads for the night before setting off east the next day.

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Miss. H & Mr. R - London
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Halali Camp review

The camp felt a little run-down and dowdy - rooms OK, but no proper blinds so everyone could see in at night. Waterhole location was a long walk in the dark and not very comfortable to sit for any length of time.

Lots of roads closed around Halali when we were there, which narrowed viewing options.

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