Halali Camp

Reviews of Halali Camp

Good(79%) From 204 travellers
Excellent
51
Good
103
Average
39
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 204 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.
The Water dikkops from Calgary, Canada
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Activities:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Good
Good

ok

Camping very dusty, but this is to be expected. Nice facilities for camping. However, the camp site was only about 1/4 full yet they assigned us all sites right next to each other. Not too impressed with this! If they spread us out there is less noise issues and less dust issues. Seems like a simple change that would make the camping so much nicer.

We didn't notice any of this, maybe they have it but if so, they need to promote it. When we were in Kruger each camp had a set of activities you could sign up for. Such as night drives, day drives (which I think Etosha does have this) but they also had bush walks and guided mtn biking on game trails, which gave us some of the best experiences we had while in South Africa. These are very good ideas!

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Sitatunga family from Sterling - Scotland
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Halali Restcamp review

Despite the commendation in Bradt, I thought this was a little disappointing. We had to change chalets after the first night and were promised this would all be done by their staff while we were out. But in the event we had to take all our luggage to Reception and pick it up later in the day.

The chalets were well designed but one had no sitting out chairs; the other no kind of table in the living room. Towel rails in both chalets either fell off the wall or threatened to do so. On the other hand the restaurant was pleasant and the food good.

We visited their waterhole on 4 different occasions but saw very few animals - night or day. But it is a good enough base for drives outside the camp, where there is plenty of game. (We were unable to book Namatoni, which was the preferred option)

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Mr & Mrs. C - Lancashire
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Restcamp review

The chalet at Halali was double the size of the waterhole chalet at Okaukuejo and very relaxing. The waterhole at Halali was, not surprisingly a little disapointing after Okaukuejo.

The best waterhole outside the camp was probably Rietfontein.

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The Caracal party from London
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Lovely quiet waterhole in middle of Etosha

Halali was very good, much better appointed than we expected with good service and a very good meal in the restaurant.

The waterhole is a little quieter than Okaukuejo but still worth time sitting in the evening, we saw a lovely family of elephant drinking.

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Mr P & Mrs C Leicestershire
Arrived on: 28-May-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Halali Restcamp review

Of all the restcamps, this is the one that has been refurbished the most appropriately, with good rooms of a reasonable size, not overdone like Namutoni, and with easy access.

Food and service still leave a lot to be desired, and with no shop to speak of to even buy something for a picnic lunch, we recommend taking an early breakfast before the gates open, and taking a carryout from there of cold meats, cheese, eggs etc.

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Mr. D - Sword
Arrived on: 16-May-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Night safari at Halali

We had a bit of an adventure here - or at least, on the way here. Our rental car broke down in the middle of the park and we had to get a lift to Halali Restcamp. The manager here was exceptionally helpful and professional in helping us out of our predicament - namely, stuck in the park with no car. He helped us to arrange delivery of a new car the following morning, and in the meantime had our car towed back to Okaukuejo. His staff also retrieved our luggage from the boot of our car and brought it to our room for us.

The room itself was fine, they are stand-alone buildings and quite spacious, with a small kitchen and sitting room. The food here was fine as well, nothing spectacular but then unlike the other private lodges, this place is open to the public during the day as it's inside the park. The waterhole is definitely worth a visit here! One of the highlights of our trip was seeing a family of four (!) rhino visiting the waterhole in the evening. Very exciting.

We went for a night game drive here, which overall we found slightly disappointing, but worth the trip nevertheless. The driver had a lot on his plate - driving the big 4x4, giving a running commentary, and directing the lamp to try to spot the animals. We did see a lion, and a hyena, bat-eared fox, hares and a couple of other animals, but overall we found it rather expensive.

Two things would have made the night safari better - firstly, if the driver had been accompanied by a separate guide. That way, the driver could concentrate on the road while the guide used the lamp to spot animals. Secondly, it would have added to the sense of adventure if we had gone down some roads that aren't normally accessible to the public, rather than staying on the same roads we had been driving on during the day. However, the guide made a good effort to explain a lot of things to us about the animals and geology of Etosha pan.

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The rhinos from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 7-Apr-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Halali Restcamp review

We were extremely pleased with the quality of the Bush Chalet at Halali. The accommodation was spacious, comfortable and had air conditioning. Food was very good.

The waterhole offers excellent opportunities to spot animals - we were lucky enough to spot 7 rhinos and 2 hyenia in one evening!

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The black-winged stilts
Arrived on: 16-Mar-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

This place was a lot better than the previous Etosha restcamp. I thought the room was much better and more attractive. The layout was better, it was much lighter and brighter. The food here was also an improvement and marginally cheaper so we ate at the restaurant both nights.

The service at the front desk was better than the previous etosha restcamp but it was not particulary good and there seemed to be a few unhappy guests queing up to complain about something in their room. The pool area was good here but with only about 5 sunloungers around a very large pool, you had to lie on the hard concrete to relax.

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Mr & Mrs Lion - Maine USA
Arrived on: 22-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Restcamp--more casual than Okaukuejo

Halali's position deeper in the park lends it more of a sense of wilderness. There are many shade trees that make walking around the grounds a pleasure.

The dining area has an institutional look, but the swimming pool was large enough to swim laps. As at Okaukeujo, the store's picnic supplies were limited and we wished we had brought in groceries from outside the park for our picnic lunches.

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Mr. T & Ms. M - West Molesey
Arrived on: 12-Dec-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Restcamp review

Refurbishment of bush chalets is a vast improvement .

Outside eating area still needs to be improved.

Food in the restaurant variable from poor to reasonable seemingly dependent on number of guests.




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