Halali Camp

Reviews of Halali Camp

Good(79%) From 217 travellers
Excellent
56
Good
108
Average
42
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 217 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 and Mrs M - Kent
Arrived on: 25-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

Halali Camp review

again game affected by recent fire

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Sheffield party of 4
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Halali Camp review

This camp is obviously older and lacking in style but the chalets had everything necessary for comfort including fridge and air- conditioning. The water hole was most attractive and there was a small trail to the top of a hill to walk.

The buffet style food was excellent.

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Mr D & Mrs S - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 29-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

Shame about the kids

Sadly there had been a recent fire and a lot of the area was burned. There was very little game and the waterhole deserted. The sum total of our viewing there was 3 impala in a 2 days visit. However this could also have been due to noise. There was a French family with 3 children, a baby and 2 under 7. While the parents watched at the waterhole the baby cried and the other 2 children ran around playing. No amount of requests to be quiet had any impact. The same family were also present a meal times and equally badlt behaved.

The room was wondeful. Very quiet and well equipped, hard to believe to was also Park service accommodation. There is quite a walk from rooms to waterhole but for the less mobile it is possible to drive to a parking place nearer the waterhole. Torches very useful here.
We did see game when we drove around but the landscape was very charred.

Our visit was at the weekend and on both nights the evening meal was a braii (bar b q). I struggled with this as I am not keen on vast amounts of meat. However it was possible to just have the salad and pud for half the cost.

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Mr & Mrs S - Godstone
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Halali Camp review

Plenty of space in the chalets although they are a little well wore.

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Expert Africa comments

For more detailed comments, these travellers have created a great travelogue of their experience, which can be viewed here and there’s a gallery of great pictures here.

Ms C & Mr B - Inverness
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

Nice room (but we did have the honeymoon suite). Large restaurant ran well and they had very good Namibian draught beer. Manager present and came round to check guests. Good food for a large buffet with plenty of choice.

Good waterhole and people mostly quiet. Floodlights fixed quickly after bushfire before we arrived.

Management seem to have dropped the expected performance with room inventory and we were able to check out quickly.

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The S family - Inverness
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Fire and Leopards at Halali

Excellent location in centre of park.

One of our chalets smelled very foosty on arrival, which we solved by running water through the shower & sink for 1/2 an hour. A couple of things on the inventory were missing but we informed reception straight away and there was no problem on leaving. Restaurant very canteen like, but we were expecting that and the atmosphere was fine with a choice of eating inside or out. The kiosk which was open during the day was good. Prices fine. Shop not that well stocked for food if you were thinking of catering yourselves while here.

There was a bush fire the afternoon we arrived which burned out all the cables to the waterhole so we couldn't go there after dark which was disappointing, but was pretty well outwith anyone's control! It meant we truly saw how a leopard looks in the dusk. The fire was fairly spectacular and if we had been at the waterhole it would have felt even more alarming as there was no obvious way out. The fire brought home how little information there was about what to do in those circumstances, the main clues were that the staff weren't abandoning the camp and noting in the park as a whole other fires often didn't cross any barriers such as roads and the lack of ground vegetation in the camp to catch fire. I asssumed the staff were calm because they had seen it all before but the man I spoke to said it hadn't happened before.

I suppose the one thing about Halali was it's unfilled potential to be fantastic. Being left to do your own thing was great and you are pretty independent there, but with a little more effort a huge amount of information could be made available - even just a 1/2 hour talk from a game warden in the evening about what is going on etc.

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Dr G & Mrs Y - Walton on Thames
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Beautiful waterhole

More attractive and less crowded than Okaukeujo.

Waterhole is more beautiful but less active than Okaukeujo.

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Mr & Mrs S - Surrey
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

It is definitely worth staying in the park as you have the advantage of viewing wildlife at the camp water hole in the evening. It also enables you to get out into the park early when the wildlife can be more active. Make sure you ask to see the sightings book - it helped us to see a pride of lions that were feeding on the same kill for a few mornings in a row.

However, service at reception is a little dismissive and it is best to be prepared for this as you will probably have been spoilt in other lodges with eager and polite staff. The waiters and cleaners were cheery and polite.

The room itself is functional with a comfy bed and small kitchen including a fridge but no cooker. AC works well (but is very loud) and is welcome on the very hot days. We had one night in a standard double room and one night in a bush chalet. Whilst the bush chalet was significantly larger it is probably not worth the extra money if you are planning to be in the park for most of the day.

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Mr Y & Dr C - Essex
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

Relaxed and efficient with very spacious bush chalet. Comfortable sitting area in the chalet and a shaded table outside.

Liked the waterhole being away from the main camp.

Service in the restaurant was very good and friendly. Lovely area and we saw very good game. We'd go back.

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Mr & Mrs LN - London
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor

Halali Camp review

This was our least favourite accomodation of the whole trip. There was only one lady in the office who was dealing with check-ins, problems, phone calls both in the evening and the morning. You could book dinner at check-in but it was very expensive indeed. Breakfast was slow and ran out of several items. The egg chef was sweet but only cooked 1 omlette at a time which caused some queues.

The accommodation is spread out over a large area. The chalets are large and okay but are looking tired and characterless . Ensure that all of the sliding doors/windows are locked as we found ours to be unlocked.

The mini-bar in the rooms is a cause for concern. Luckily I read the advice about checking the inventory. It is located in the Introduction booklet in the rooms and you are not informed about this at the desk when you arrive. Our mini-bar was not correctly stocked so I went back to the desk and she changed the information but it was all very casual. I noticed checking out the next day that the 3 people had problems with their inventories as well. It strikes me that the stocked mini-bars shouldn't be and that they should be left empty to avoid these difficulties and the bad feelings that arise (not to mention the queues).

The waterhole is a walk or a drive away (depending on where you are) The campground (which can be lively!) is closer to the waterhole than the chalets. Once you get to the waterhole sign it is a short climb to get to the seating. Some of the rocks are slippery and loose so trainers would be useful. Take a torch with you too. A lot of people go up with a bottle of wine or other drinks. We made the mistake of taking some snacks in a bag as well only to find that a field mouse was as interested in them as we were:)) The waterhole is not constantly busy but do not give up. Several people left only for 25 elephants to tiptoe in around 7pm and provide lots of entertainment. They were followed by a rhino and baby.

We were there at the time of an extremely large, fast-moving fire which we could see on the crest of the hill. A lot of the area around Halali and towards Numatoni was burnt at this time but should recover after the first rains. I did not have a lot of confidence in the way the staff were handling the guests concerns nor in how an evacuation would take place should it be needed.

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