Reviews of Halali Camp
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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.