Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
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Reception switched our room to W10, one of the four best round the waterhole. This year was lion year, saw many but no kills.
The room was kept immaculate by our room girl. Take away breakfasts were always ready on time so we could get into the park when the gate opened. Enjoyed evening meals. Little shop had everything we needed.
The best waterhole in Etosha to see wildlife.
It is a great place to watch wildlife right a few meters from your room. The service is poor.Read more about the whole safari
Okaukuejo Camp review
We had 2 nights in main camp.
Well organised and we could sense a bit more service minded staff compared to our visit two years ago, so keep at like that.
A lot of animals showing up at the waterhole and we had some stunning encounters with lions at two other waterholes as well.
The chalets were very nice and all in all good service.
Accomodation itself was very good.
We were glad that we had gone to Halail first- we saw lots of animals in the eastern part of the park and then returned west to Okaukuejo. We went out to the west of the camp but saw very little wildlife. If we had gone here first , I think we would have been disappointed.
Okaukuejo Camp review
This definitely was very like Butlins with lions but however the location and waterhole were such a big plus that it didn't matter.
It was a great base to explore the park and the sheer numbers and variety of animals around is mind boggling. The room was OK,a bit dark, but we spent very little time in it as there was so much to see. The swimming pools were pleasant and much appreciated in the hot afternoons.
The restaurant was a self service buffet and was OK but not all elements turned up at the right time and service, seating and amount of cutlery were very hit and miss. Had a local school singing one night and that was excellent.
The only organised activity we took part in was the night drive and we saw a huge amount of night, the occasional rhinos rear end retreating into the distance, but little else. The driver was not to be deterred and he drove us endlessly for hours only stopping after a near collision with an extremely large, very cross elephant. An interesting experience but not one I would recommend.
When we left we drove to the other end of Etosha which was very different and I would have liked to have spent a bit more time in maybe one of the other lodges in the park.
Okaukuejo Camp review
In six weeks of traveling in Africa staying at 15 safari camps, this is the only one we were unhappy with.
Although we were warned by Chris McIntyre's book that the camp had variable reports, we did want to stay near the waterhole.
First, the staff was unfriendly, not knowledgable about Etosha and not helpful. We couldn't an answer to even simple questions like "is there a restaurant at Halali?" I suppose it's a reflection of the staff dealing with masses of people but we didn't have any such experiences elsewhere.
The food was really awful. The first night there was sufficient food but it was all cooked badly. The second night they seemed to have run out food. The trays that were full of food (rice, vegetables, etc) were almost all empty. Since we don't eat meat (which was not a problem at any other lodge), we were reduced to a dinner of rice and ice cream. At breakfast the next morning most of the food that had been there the previous morning wasn't there. When we got to Halali for lunch, we found that they had run out of a lot food.
Unfortunately, we didn't see much at the water hole while we were there and, as the book warned, there was a lot of noise from people talking loudly on their cell phones.
We did have some great sightings at the water holes in the park during the day so would have been much happier at a lodge outside the park.
Busy and impersonal
What this camp lacked in the personal touch and quality services, it more than made up for with its location inside Etosha national park and its floodlit waterhole. Here, we could sit in comfort for as long as we wished watching a procession of animals coming to drink at the water hole right under our noses.
Our cabin was nice, but the overall welcome and restaurant service were no better than average. The camp was very large, busy and not very attractive looking. But then that is reflected in the price, which is considerably less than the luxury lodges outside the park.
Okaukuejo Camp review
Perfect chalet overlooking the waterhole. Make sure you spend a few extra bucks getting a waterholde chalet. Worth every penny.
Close up look at Lions, Rhinos, Giraffes, Zebras and lots of other animals from balcony. Also, parking is easy, so you can just drive out early to see animals troughout Etosha
Okaukuego Rest Camp review bush chalet
If I had been to Okaukuego Camp before Hoodia, Wolwedans or Noro Dawas I would have given Okaukuego higher marks. But because the customer service I received at these prior places was so superior I held Okaukuego up to these standards.
The check in process was efficient but the staff was not as friendly as the other places. They were not unfriendly, but just not as outgoing as the other places.
The room was very spacious and clean. I was glad we didn't pay extra to be in the waterhole chalets because our room was right across the street from the waterhole.
I liked having the option to do a nightime game drive. This was the only place that offered this experience and we had a great time seeing the animals active rather than sleeping. The game driver was very serious about our safety and very respectful of the animals (he did not get too close or shine the night light in their eyes).
The food at the restaurant was okay for buffet food. There was good variety. The chefs cooking the meat were very friendly and funny and encouraged us to try game (kudu, springbok).
Big and busy Okaukuejo
Disabled persons review: All areas of this lodge was easily accessible.
The biggest camp was busy with traffic, campers and people walking to and from the waterhole past our room. The patio area was not at all private. The waterhole is close to the rooms so distracting noise but the animals seemed to take no notice. We saw some lions at night but as the whole waterhole is not well lit these were indistinct.