Reviews of Halali Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Good base for the park
Again, when we arrived here we found we were not expected, and they told us they were full up and could not take us. We produced our vouchers, and waited. Finally, they found us a bungalow, (which was number 41), which seemed to be adequate, although whether it was our intended accommodation we did not know.
Breakfasts were a bit scant, and this was not because we were late taking them. The cooked part was good, but there was often a shortage of juice, or fruit and glasses, plates and saucers. The evening meals were better.
Considering this is described as the best camp of the three main ones, we did not find it so, and prefered Okaukuejo. Having said that, its location with regard to waterholes and drives nearby was very good.
No information on mealtimes, amemities or activities.
Great Game drives with Lion and Rhino as well
These lodges were fantastic and we got what we had asked for (and what we ahd wanted at Okaukuejo). The game was brilliant with a good waterhole where we saw again elephant and rhino as well as Honey Badgers and much else. We would have happily stayed another day here.
The shop had very little in it so you need to know to bing food in, especially meat of which there was nothing. This was a shame as the barbecue pits were fantastic but we were not able to use them. A lovely site which will be marvelous when the pool is finished.
The restaurant was almost a disaster. We had no food so early on I went to book for dinner. I was told by the head waiter that I did not need to book as they only took bookings for 6 or more (we were 5) but if we came as they opened we would be fine. This we did to be told all the tables were gone as coaches were coming in and we would not be able to dine that night. Fortunately I held my ground and we did get to eat a good meal (so long as we were fast!!) but they were incredibly disorganised and the chefs serving the meat quite grumpy. This was an amazing contrast to Okaukuejo restaurant which had been in a tent but very friendly. It was only following our example that some older British tourists finally got to share our table and eat. In fact the coach parties they were expecting never arrived.
The resort needs to sort out the restaurant service, booking and expert africa need to advise those who think as we had that they will self cater here. All utensils for self catering were there but food would have need to be brought from Outjo.
The waterhole was very good and we saw lots of animals.Read more about the whole safari
Good rooms - we had a family suite to ourselves
Restaurant was better than Okaukuejo Restcamp but still very limited options if you don't want a full 3 course meal - eg a light breakfast or lunch as the shop was limited.
A match for any accommodation
Again the upgraded rooms were really excellent and we were told that the camping facilities were the same. The previous comments about food [Ed: at Okaukuejo] were true here as well though were Ok for us for two nights.
One of the flood lights at the water hole was not functioning properly but it still provided excellent entertainment both in the day and especially at night.
The accomodation was new and excellent - staff were a bit impersonal.
The entry to the park is a bit impersonal and it is difficult to get guidebooks before entering.
It was great being in the middle of the park as we could easily cover the whole park in the three days
OK lodge in goodlocation
Service was slightly worse than Okaukeujo but game viewing was even better
Staff were sullen and unhelpful in restaurant and again very little to buy if self catering. Snack bar closes for lunch
But saw fabulous game driving around the area - many lion, black rhino etc And the sight of 40+ elephant at the watering hole at night was amazing plus rhino
New chalets are clean and nice
Worth at least a night
Excellent waterhole with prime game viewing
The camp is currently being renovated and bungalows upgraded to a high standard: building work continues. The opportunity to self cater is currently limited as the shop is not stocking any supplies for this. The signage in Etosha generally is being up graded but many of the drives are currently whited out: it woudl be easy to get lost! The waterhole still remains a prime location with consistent and interesting game viewing: still a good place to see leopard.
A relatively quiet camp, we never felt crowded.
There is now a 'daily parking' cost of 80 namibian dollars per person which replaces the game permit which had previously been paid at Andersson gate. We were told that prices are being reviewed in November and would likely be rising.
A convenient modern base
Upgrading work appears to be still in progress and the pool was not finished which may have been refreshing in the middle of the day.
The restaurant was a little institutional but served us well and it was a good base for the game viewing. The cottage was great and although there was crockery and a kettle there was no cutlery!
The water hole at the camp is excellent and we enjoyed watching the rhino and elephants drinking at night/evening.
The refurbished bungalow was really nice
The refurbished bungalow was really nice and done to a good standard, but could have benefitted from some basic equipment (only a part set of cutlery/crockery provided and no BBQ implements or washing up facilities so only option was to eat at the restaurant).
There was an initial problem with our checking in as they had us down to arrive in August!!! It was sorted eventually, but the staff were not particularly friendly and it seems that they were still finding their feet with the procedures.
The restaurant was a bit hit and miss with the food. We soon learnt that it was necessary to arrive within first 30mins of opening time: then it was to a fairly good standard. Again some staff (but not all) were not always that friendly.
The waterhole at the camp was really nice to be by at night and really only spoilt by a few less considerate individuals!
We did one of the night drives and the guide, Martin, was a really nice and knowledgeable person. Unfortunately, it wasn't brilliant in terms of game viewings on that night, but just luck of the draw I suppose - and it is hard to believe just how cold it can get when travelling in the open vehicle!!!
The overall wildlife viewing in the park itself is unbelievable at times with animals everywhere, but maybe not such photogenic backgrounds as we experienced in Kruger a few years ago. Some special experiences to be had watching the wildlife.