Halali Camp

Reviews of Halali Camp

Good(79%) From 222 travellers
Excellent
57
Good
110
Average
44
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 222 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.
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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Ms J & Mr S - California, USA
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Halali Camp review

The rooms were basic but had air conditioning, hot showers and other amenities. The food was what would be expected at a place that makes meals for hundreds of guests. However, we would stay here again due to the excellent location within Etosha National Park.

We did not spend much time at the water hole but heard that a leopard had been spotted there.

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Mr C & Mrs C and family - Sheffield
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Halali Camp review

Slightly smaller rooms than at Okaukuejo but still very nice.

We drove down to the waterhole, though it was easily walkable. Fantastic experience at sunset as 12 elephants arrived, complete with two babies.

Food lovely here too and restaurant accommodated us eating in two sittings while one of us stayed and looked after our youngest son, who was poorly. Credit card payments not a problem here and quick too.

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Mr & Mrs H - Middlesex
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Halali Camp review

Very comfortable rooms, lovely staff, very good food, felt peaceful and well organized.

Easy access to waterhole plus for driving to see game (it was a bit further to waterholes but worth the drive). Again, we drove ourselves and didn't take part in any organized activities.

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Ms S and family - Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

While the accommodation was spacious, it was furthest point on the camp and a long walk to main admin centre, restaurant and waterhole

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The E family - Bath
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp review

Dinner on the night we were there was a "special" barbeque at increased cost over normal and the meat was inedible it was so tough. Other people we spoke to later also commented adversely on the buffet that night.

Otherwise good accomodation but the waterhole is some distance from the accomodation area. There were at least 30 elephants there during the afternoon which made it very worthwhile.

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