Halali Camp

Reviews of Halali Camp

Good(79%) From 213 travellers
Excellent
54
Good
107
Average
41
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 213 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 & Mrs N from Chester
Arrived on: 8-Dec-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Halali Camp review

Lovely camp - quieter than the previous which was nice.

The waterhole was very nice - bit scary walking up there after dark though!

The restaurant staff were excellent. We arrived late for breakfast having done a 3 hour game drive and they made us sandwiches and drinks which was very kind.

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Mr & Mrs R from Somerset
Arrived on: 25-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Fine for one night

We actually preferred Okaukuejo to Halali. We decided to eat in the restaurant but went without lunch entirely when we saw platters of mussels and other fish/ meats which were open to the elements and not chilled. Disturbingly the left overs were part of the evening meal. Do guests get tummy problems here?

Having said that we did partake of the freshly cooked meal which was adequate and actually rather better that our make do and mend meals we had prepared in Okonjima!

The rooms were excellent, spacious and clean but the whole camp looked a bit like a freshly painted concentration camp!
Of course the reason for being in Etosha was to see animals and this we most certainly did - vast numbers - including several Lions. We were therefore more than satisfied with our stay.

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Mr & Mrs W from Nottingham
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Halali Camp review

WONDERFUL swimming pool!! Guards showed us where the scops owls were roosting!

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Miss. T & Mr B - London
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Haphazard

This camp can be described as haphazard in all areas. We had problems with getting vegetarian food even though we spoke to several people about it. However ultimatley the chef did his best to conjure up something in the end. We did not bother with breakfast as what there was of it looked dreadful.

On the plus side there were no isses with the inventory list and credit card payemtents could not have been simpler.
The overall experience in Etosha was extremely disappointing. A car is totally unsuitable here. On the main roads through the park you can not see much due to the high grasses and low car. We could not go to hardly any of the waterholes as the roads were much too rough for a car thus saw very little wildlife.

We booked a game drive as a result of the car problem but this was also extremely diasppointing. The vehicle, though high, was not maintained and thus incredibly uncomfortable on the rutted roads, worse even than our car. The guide had llittle wildlife knowledge such that at one stage he pointed out a tawny eagle as a duck !!!!

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry that these clients felt that their vehicle was not suitable for Etosha. Our colleague, Angela, drove herself all around Etosha in a 2WD saloon car in September 2010. She didn’t have similar feelings, and this supported our experience that Etosha’s roads are fine for a 2WD vehicle. However, clearly these travellers would have been happier and more comfortable driving a sturdier and higher vehicle – and higher vehicles do improve the view. So in future we aim to explain the vehicle options for Namibia even more clearly to any potential travellers.

As for the game drives organized by the guides within Etosha, which are booked locally, we’re sad to hear that the guide had little wildlife knowledge, but not completely surprised. We don’t usually recommend these trips to our travellers.

R Family - Alaska
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Average
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Halali Camp review

The main thing Halali has going for it is the location in the Park. The watering hole was OK, but bring your own folding chair if you have one.

Seems like it was a great place when it was built, but NWR needs to put some money back into it to bring the Camp back up to par. Front desk was understaffed when most people were trying to check out. Food was mediocre.

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Mr K - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
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Facilities:
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A pleasant surprise

The rooms were considerably better than I had anticipated both clean and modern. The rest of the facilities were also very good.

The one complaint is the ridiculous system for checking out in the morning. It can take up 45 minutes to check out while someone goes to the room to confirm the contents of the mini bar. I would suggest they leave the fridge empty other than a couple of bottles of complimentary water and let people buy their own drinks from the shop.

If you want to get out at first light (the main reason for being there) give yourself plenty of time. Other than this it was a pleasant experience.

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Mr & Mrs R - Northumberland
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Poor
Poor

Halali Camp review

This has the feel of a state-run camp compared to the up-market lodges but the rooms were clean and the staff were helpful.

The camp has its own waterhole where you can sit at any time and see what appears. The night game drive was poor and expensive compare with self-drive experiences in the park during the day.

I particularly want to commend the catering staff for adapting to our vegetarian requirements. very friendly and helpful.

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Mr & Mrs G and Mr & Mrs W - Surrey
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Facilities:
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Halali Camp review

We found the Reception Staff very surly here and not very helpful which was contrary to our experiences elsewhere.

However, the water hole provided the highlight of our Etosha visit when two lions lazing near the hole suddenly became extremely interested when a lone buck arrived. We thought we were going to see a 'kill' as the lions crept towards it, when all of a sudden out of nowhere came two rhinos. The lions immediately backed off, the older one standing her ground against one of the rhinos for a while, but then they melted into the bush and the larger rhino came to the water hole - and the buck's life was saved!

The swimming pool was the best part of this Camp! We would recommend only one night's stay here and another at Naotomi where we found the staff very helpful and the place looked well run.

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Mr G & Mrs G - Ireland
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Halali Camp review

Halali is a very relaxed camp and we spent 3 days here and really enjoyed it. The accomodation was very good and the food excellent. Staff were helpful and friendly.

We saw a lot of animals at the camp's waterhole including leopards on 2 evenings!! There is a great little swimming pool which we used to cool down one afternoon.

We went on an early morning safari drive and the guide was extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

There are a number of waterholes close to the camp where we saw many animals.

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Mr & Mrs F - Lancashire
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Halali Camp review

Very nice and clean room. No cooking facilities. Curtains on the bedroom windows would be useful!

Nowhere to put the suitcases.

A good waterhole but very uneven rocks to negotiate in the dark.

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