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.
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.

Read more about the whole safari
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!

Read more about the whole safari
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.

Read more about the whole safari
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.

Read more about the whole safari
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.




Read more about the whole safari
Cape clawless otters - from California
Arrived on: 15-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Restcamp review

Like Okaukeujo, the rooms were small, clean, and comfortable. We enjoyed the waterhole at this camp as well, where we saw many elephants.

Service in the dining room was a little better than at Okaukeujo.

Read more about the whole safari
Mr & Mrs Tru
Arrived on: 29-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Great waterhole. Large camping area

Great waterhole viewing. Well situated for drives and great very pretty waterholes to be sought out.

No organisation at all in restaurant and needs someone senior as in Okaukvejo. Too much standing around and doing nothing!

Read more about the whole safari
M & L from Vancouver, BC
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Halali Restcamp review

Nice renovated rooms

Buffet food acceptable - not great. Staff friendly and helpful

Read more about the whole safari
Mr I & Mrs K - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Halali Restcamp review

I understand the camp accommodation had been given a facelift. It was certainly wonderful and of a high standard. A huge advantage was being in the park. It meant after sunset we spent many hours by the lit waterhole at the edge of camp where we were privileged to see so many animals and their behaviour to each other.

The food was quite repetitive with basically the same menu each day. It would have been quite nice to have "snacks" available. More choice would add to the high standard of the camp. However, in terms of priorities food was way down on our list.

The staff were attentive and very helpful.

Read more about the whole safari
The Kettle family
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Restcamp review

We had the best sleep of our holiday here - the rooms have fabulous airconditioning and the beds are super comfy. But what miserable recpetion staff. Didn't bother to give us details on breakfast and check-out times so that when we returned at 9 from our early morning drive - as one would expect to do - we were surprised - and hungry to find the restaurant closed.

Seems as if the restaurant hours and the likelihood of people being on safari during those hours hasn't been thought out. It was a shame because whilst they have obviously put a lot of thought into the accommodation, the attitude of those working there does not seem to be any different from what you would expect in a backpackers hostel.

Lovely waterhole. Could have done with 2 nights here.

Read more about the whole safari