Halali Camp

Reviews of Halali Camp

Good(79%) From 213 travellers
Excellent
54
Good
107
Average
41
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 213 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 A & Mrs A - Twickenham
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Halali Restcamp review

Accomodation more dated than Okaukuejo but still clean and good value and quieter.

The restaurant lacked atmosphere and food was not as good as Okaukuejo while the waterhole lacked much of interest (though this may have just been down to luck as to what turned up when) and is not as comfortable to sit around and wait.

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Mr M & Mrs S - Cambridge
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Hornbill city

Great location in Etosha National Park. Room very good and clean, air conditioning very efficient.

Kitchen very basic and you need to bring your own cleaning, washing up materials if you want to self cater and have a BBQ which was a welcome change. We had shopped at a supermarket in Outjo before reaching Etosha but the shop at Halali was not too bad for basic provisions and frozen meat.

Lucky to see white rhino, bull elephant and spotted hyena at waterhole in the evening. Great breakfast and can recommend the omelettes. Very relaxed atmosphere.

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Mr J & friends from Bristol
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Restcamp review

Again we stayed in upgraded accommodation. Our rooms were a little smallbut perfectly adequate.

Our stay of 4 nights allowed us to view and phtograph wildlife at leisure.

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Yellow Canaries from Reading
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Restcamp review

This camp felt more like a small town, large enough to make it worthwhile taking the car when going to the restaurant. As a result it was necessarily impersonal, and very different from all the other places we had stayed in. (However, it appeared smaller and more intimate than the Okaukuejo camp we passed through when we entered Etosha.)

We were given a two room bungalow, air conditioned and equipped with a fridge, which was most comfortable and gave us an opportunity to wash some clothes and sort ourselves out, although it inevitably lacked the character of the other camps/lodges we had stayed in. The eating arrangements in the restaurant were adequate if not exciting, and care had to be taken not to arrive at a busy time (coming early avoided all problems).

The waterhole was overlooked by a covred seating area on a rocky outcrop. While we watched on the two nights we saw numerous guinea foul and three rhinos but not much else. Perhaps we were unlucky, but if so this was made up by the sights we saw at the many waterholes we visited during the day.

Rather surprisingly, we were told that the camp was not running any game-watching trips that week - we had thought an evening one might have been worth doing.

The camp's central location was convenient for visiting waterholes to the east and the west. The large swimming pool was appreciated for a mid-day cooling off beteen animal watching.

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The Blue waxbills from Gloucester
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Halali Rest Camp

Very similar comments as for Okaukuejo. It is again the waterhole that provided the main attraction and which was truly remarkable in the diversity of the wildlife and the little dramas taking place: a baby elephant falling into too deep water and being pulled out by its mother; a standoff of somewhat unfair proportions between a wart hog and an elephant; rhino competing for the "best " drinking site and so on.

As with no doubt all the camps in and around Etosha it is the easy access to the park and its waterholes that is their main facility. As I said, I would stay anywhere to enable me to experience Etosha but that is not intended to be a crticism of the camps which were perfectly adequate.

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Group of 4 from Oxford
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Restcamp review

Nice quiet camp.

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Mr B & Mrs C Flamingo
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Restcamp review

A tired camp which looks dated compared to other camps in the park.

The food was dreadful!

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Ms M & Mr G from Surrey
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Halali Restcamp review

It is bit come down after staying at Okaukuejo Restcamp. The good point of this restcamp is its central location, meaning that we can drive around in the heart of Etosha.

Someways, I found this restcamp more peaceful than Okaukuejo that tends to be crowded and hectic with so many visitors roaming around.

The bathroom in our room does certainly need to be updated. Found it very cramped.

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The Red Bishops from Pevensey
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Good central base

We were pleasantly surprised with the standard of accommodation, the rooms were clean and more spacious than we'd expected.

The breakfast was fine, but after the first night we decided to self-cater our dinner, we'd already bought some supplies with us, and the shop provided the rest, some foreward planning is needed as the steaks etc are sold frozen, but with a bit of ingenuity and a swiss army knife we managed to eat quite well, after two weeks of cooked breakfasts & 3 to 5 course dinners it was nice to eat a little more frugally.

We did a morning drive and Martin our guide was a wealth of knowledge, giving us tips on where to go and when, we kept in touch with him through the rest of our stay and got information on what was about. All in all a good central base to discover Etosha.

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Meerkats party x 7
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Great location for animal watching

Our experience at Halali was much better than we had anticipated. Despite its size compared with other locations it was peaceful, the accommodation was simple and stylish and the big plus is the waterhole. Even the communal dining was less canteen-like than we feared (we were particulalrly fortunate to coincide with the Bank Holiday celebrations as the evening meal was an outdoor barbecue accompanied by singing and dancing. The standard of the food again exceeded our expectations.

The location of Halali, both in terms of its centrality within the park and its waterhole is what makes it so good (the large swimming pool was also a big hit with the family).

The sights and sounds of all of the wildlife at the waterhole at night (elephant, rhino, lion etc etc) will stay with us for ever and fulfilled our dream when we set out on this trip - this was why we came!

One practicality that we had misunderstood was that we had to pay the Park entrance fees whereas we had thought this charge to be included as we were staying in Halali.

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