Halali Camp

Reviews of Halali Camp

Good(79%) From 211 travellers
Excellent
54
Good
105
Average
41
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 211 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.
Prof & Mrs H from Bristol
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average

Halali Camp review

This was a disappointment to us.

The reception staff were surly, verging on rude and needed to go on PR training. The dining room staff weren't much better. The accommodation itself was fine but in need of some maintenance. Food was average.

We booked a game drive (these are not cheap at the camps - about £80-100 per couple) but the message did not get from reception to the guide and so by the time we had chased this up, we wasted over 30 minutes hanging around.

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Mr J C - London
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

A great base for Etosha

A great base for seeing Etosha.

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Mr K - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

A little gem!!

Again this camp is about the waterhole and the sightings are usually very good. The food is much better than Okaukuejo and the check out is now efficient. The camp is currently surrounded by road works as the roads are regraded hence it is very dusty with lots of lorries and piles of siftings hence some of the roads are only single track.

To the east towards Namutomi there are large burnt out areas hence game viewing is difficult even at some of the waterholes.

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Mr B & Mrs C - Southampton
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

A good place to break your journey in Etosha.

This camp is smaller than Okaukuejo and is in a pleasant setting surrounded by trees. The chalets are of similar style and comfort but our chalet was not supplied with spare pillows and the only two hangers in the wardrobe were for small children! There was no adaptor socket for our hairdryer so I asked at Reception if a hairdryer could be borrowed but the response was a rather firm "No" without apology.

As we had checked in early in the afternoon, we went for a snack and enjoyed a toastie, traditional burger and chips which were delicious, especially with cold beers! We thought this bode well for dinner but were disappointed. As at Okaukuejo, it was a help yourself buffet and there was soup and salad to start but the salad choice was poor. Main course was beef or oryx cooked to your liking but we chose fillet of fish (enabling us to jump the queue!). I regret to say that, as at Okaukuejo, the vegetables on offer were uninspiring and there wasn't much to tempt us for dessert. We opted for steamed chocolate pudding which was delicious but it would have been so much better with hot chocolate sauce rather than vanilla ice cream!

Breakfast was pretty good, with the usual help yourself selection and the scrambled eggs were cooked perfectly for us. There was a toaster which was just as inefficient as the one at Okaukuejo! We were out for lunch (an excellent greek salad at Namutoni) and were hoping for a better evening meal than previously. Actually, it wasn't bad although the salad choice was lamentable again.The main course was a choice of peppered beef or kudu, with fillet of fish for the those not wishing to eat meat. We chose the beef which was well cooked and the vegetables were a little better. There was a selection of rather good sponge puddings with custard for dessert (I think I had two!).

I would mention that we chose to sit inside even though it was warm outside because we had noticed some people smoking and were surprised it was tolerated. We find nothing ruins a meal more than cigarette smoke. Perhaps the smoking laws in Europe don't apply here.

The waterhole at Halali (actually known as Moringa) is a seven-minute walk away but there is a car park and we did take the lazy option on one occasion! It is more secluded and the viewing area is smaller than that at Okaukuejo but the setting is really peaceful. Not so many animals tend to come here but we did see elephant and rhino and there is usually some interesting birds to look out for in the trees behind the viewing area.

There is a small shop selling the essentials but not so much choice as the one at Okaukuejo. The camp has a swimming pool but we didn't use it even though it looked inviting. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and Halali is a good place to break your journey through Etosha which takes longer to drive through than you may think, especially with the distraction of all the wildlife!

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Dr S - Loughborough
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

Good housekeeping. Excellent night drive from Halali.

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Mr & Mrs P from Purley
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

Much quieter than Okaukuejo and as the room was the bush chalet very acceptable, Food was good and better than Okaukuejo and service acceptable.

The outside waterholes were good with an afternoon sighting of leopard strolling in front of the car the highlight.

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Mr & Mrs B from Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Wildlife at Halali

The camp was just as good as we remembered it having been there in 2007. The accommodation was good though we were at the furthest point to the waterhole so at night some people may feel more comfortable in using the car than walking. It operates in much the same way as Okaukuejo and similarly the restaurant and other facilities are similar and much the same - a quite adequate standard.

The waterhole is good and best for photography in the morning or at night. The seating though is pretty poor being on a few hard benches or on very uneven rocks. It would not take too much investment to improve this situation and make it both safer and more comfortable for guests. It was still an enjoyable stay with good wildlife sightings and several waterholes in the vicinity.

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Mr P, Mrs A and master W - Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Halali Camp review

On check in the camp had no record of our booking, but could see we had a valid voucher and had stayed the previous night in the park and had valid bookings for the next few days. They very quickly conceded the error was NWR's with the happy result that despite ostensibly being full, we were given a rather nice bush chalet, an upgrade from what we had booked. It was a rondavel, with two bedrooms, bathroom and living room. The kitchen was also equpipped with crockery and utensils.

There was an outside braii area too. It was a very short walk to the restaurant.

The kitchen staff seemed to work hard, but the restaurant staff were pretty unmotivated and slow.

The waterhole was amazing at night - a short walk from camp under the stars to see white and black rhino and elephants.

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Mrs J and Family - Dunmow
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Rhino at Halali

Halali Camp was much quieter than Okaukuejo Camp with a much quieter waterhole as well though thankfully not nearly as crowded and noisy as Okaukuejo waterhole. There is also a fairly reliable rhino which visits the waterhole everyday and we were lucky enough to see a leopard as well.

We went on a night drive where we saw an incredible 8 rhino around a waterhole though not much else. We also travelled from here to Chudop waterhole which was a fantastic place and you could have sat and watched the animals for hours.

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Mr C & Mrs L - Kent
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

The camp was very quiet.

The waterhole had fewer animals than Okaukuejo but the rhinos were the stars. A giraffe poked its head over the fence to look at the humans having coffee on the patio.

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