Reviews of Halali Camp
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Sound accommodation, great waterhole
After one or two comments we had heard at Ongava we were slightly cautious of what to expect here and at Okaukuejo: however, in both cases, we were pleasantly surprised.
The accommodation at Halali is better than adequate and the location is prime - we used it as a base to explore a significant proportion of the eastern end of Etosha going as far round as Tsumcor (which is well worth the trek). Of course, Halali's strongest point is the waterhole which is brilliant: we were fortunate enough to see myriad elephants and five black rhinos there as well as a wide range of herbivores.
We did not do any organised activities out of Halali but drove ourselves and simply enjoyed the waterhole at the camp.
In the context of exploring the east, from our brief stop there we'd be a little cautious of Namutoni (which we note you didn't recommend) where we were unimpressed by the waterhole.
Halali Restcamp review
We had decided to stay at Halali because we believed that it would be quieter than Okaukuejo rest camp. This was the case but in fact the whole park was so quiet in comparison to the Kruger Park that we needn't have worried. Halali camp felt spacious and there was plenty of birdlife in camp, while the floodlit waterhole was in a lovely setting 200m from the main camping area but less busy with animal visitors than Okaukuejo.
My only criticism with this camp would be with the catering facilities - the lighting in the dining room was so bright at dinner in the evening that it felt like a school canteen and the air conditioning was ineffective making life very uncomfortable. Also the shop had minimal goods and in order to self cater (even for sandwiches) one needed to bring food into the park and could not rely on buying anything on site.
Small is not necessarily better
Halali is still undergoing refurbishment - which seems to be dragging on - the swimming pool still wasn't filled when we arrived [and apparently has been like that for months]. The staff were slightly more friendly than those at Okaukuejo but it depended on who you saw and whether they thought they'd get a tip.
Our villa was refurbished but had an ant problem - which we solved ourselves. It was quite nicely decorated and the camp was really quiet, which was lovely. The main room of the villa got very hot in the day and didn't really cool down at night but the bedrooms were air conditioned which made sleeping comfortable.
Halali's restaurant was boiling, maybe the aircon was broken both nights we were there but it was certainly very uncomfortable to sit in for long - most people ate outside [luckily there are few mosquitoes at this time of year]. No explanation or guidance was given. The food is pretty much the same as at Okaukuejo but there's less variety and it's not so well done. Some of the bread and desserts were stale and they seemed to run out of things a lot. The buffet was the same price as at Okaukuejo which seemed quite cheeky when the quality and quantity was worse.
We did take the guided night drive from Halali [as you can't go outside the gates after sunset alone]. Our guide tried hard to find animals but we were unlucky and saw nothing. Others had seen leopards, cheetah etc so it was quite disappointing but that's the luck of the draw. We saw nothing at the camp's waterhole although we visited it a few times, again this is just down to luck.
Overall this is a useful camp to stay in as it's in the middle of the park but the facilities still need to be improved [particularly the restaurant] and the staff need to work on their social skills.
Halali Restcamp review
We expected very basic accommodation (along the lines of restcamps in Zimbabwe national parks 9 years ago) and were astonished to arrive at Halali and find such luxury.
Didn't take advantage of the night or salt-pan drives; watering hole was fantastic.
Swimming pool was still being refurbished.
Animal magic at Halali
Accommodation amazing - VIP 2-bedroomed villa. Restaurant food and service excellent. This may have been because there were very few visitors that night.
Well situated for visiting many excellent water-holes frequented by huge numbers of animals. A photgrapher's dream.
Just another restcamp
Accomodation was good and comfortable. The restcamps are all much the same. They cope successfully with lots of people. The waterhole here provided some good sightings.Read more about the whole safari
Modern, clean and comfortable
The rooms have been rennovated recently to very high standard and were extremely comfortable.
Lack of cooking facilities means you really have to use the main restaurant, which is basic.
Lovely quiet restcamp in centre of Etosha
Lovely large clean accom with braai - very quiet - managed to buy sufficient food in shop for braai - from reading previous comments on website did not buy food in outside supermarkets as not sure whether we would have a braai or cooking facilities. Maid was well happy with all food we couldn't eat!!
Although things in the camps were taking place that week for 100 year celebrations no reason for shops to be virtually empty and toilets closed in Namutoni
The comfortable bungalow
Night time viewing at the waterhole included herds of elephants and black rhinocerusRead more about the whole safari
new huts nice bur a bit small. waterhole good esp at night
Dinner terrible. Individual stir fry for dozens of people resulted in a wait in queue for main course of 50 minutes