Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 425 travellers
Excellent
167
Good
197
Average
50
Poor
10
Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 425 of our travellers who have visited Okaukuejo Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs V - Surrey
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Worth it for the lovely waterhole.

The restaurant is fairly average. The shop is under stocked. There is a distinct lack of any ambiance but who cares, the waterhole is wonderful. 7 rhinos jostling and challenging each other and interacting with a female rhino. Lionesses, elephants, kudu, springbok, giraffe, jackals in the evening. It was great the next morning too, with birds and game arriving in a procession of African wildlife.

We wanted to buy food to make a sandwich to eat at the waterhole that night but the stock in the shop is so poor we ended up with plastic sliced bread, flavourless processed meats and amazing 'cheese flavoured' slices.

The chalets are clean, large and comfortable with kitchen facilities, which is very nice.

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Mrs & Mr W - Dorset
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Average
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Worth it for the waterhole

Everything is on a 'mass' scale so less personal, but having said that seeing all the wildlife was what we were there for. We could easily have spent longer than 2 nights here.

The early morning game drive was excellent and a good foundation for our subsequent trips out in the car. To be honest you could spend all day at the waterhole - rhino, lion, elephant, hyena, giraffe and yet more rhino!

No signs of any of the reported scams and the staff were all very helpful.

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Mr and Mrs W from Lanarkshire
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Good
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Okaukuejo Camp review

A good base and the waterhole is very well used night and day - always something to see.

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Mr & Mrs T - Hampshire
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 11 nights
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Okaukuejo - great

The Bush Chalet was good but the location of Waterhole Chalet was great. The receptionist did well getting us into Waterhole chalet 9 for all six nights.

Staff very friendly,smiley and competent. Rooms clean and bedding very good. Did not want to leave.

Drove ourselves into the park every day and had a super time

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Miss E & Mr L - Stockport
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Surprisingly Good!

When we got here we were a bit disappointed, especially after Doro Nawas, and I had read other reviews which said things like 'its a bit like Butlins' and 'cleanliness wasn't great'. BUT I have to say once we accepted it wasn't as up market as Doro Nawas I have to say it was great! The room was spacious, clean, within a 3 minute walk of the Water Hole and the food although was buffet service was fab. Kudu, Elend or similar meat every night, good salads and veg - we enjoyed it.

The Water Hole was of course amazing - we saw elephants, giraffe, lions, game, rhinos, all sorts throughout the day and night. We drove around the other waterholes in the mornings and these were great too - we found Olifantsbad, Nebrowni and Gembsbokvlakte to be the best on our trip (were a bit gutted we didn't see nay Cheetahs but thats not the camps fault obviously!)

The shop wasn't great - it took ages to get served and although each hut has a barbecue outside, there was nothing in the shop to put on the barbecue and we were under the impression you couldn't take any with you. But water, beer etc was all nice and cold and you could get essentials.

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Mr & Mrs W - VIC Australia
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

A Government owned establishment and it showed. Booking in was chaotic and not very well organised. Kiosk was very basic and poorly run - needed a better location and better methods of taking orders and serving food. The menu was also limited and not very appetising. The restaurant could also have been better catered for and the service was slow and "forgetful".

Accommodation good and well placed for the water hole which was an absolute stand out place. So also was the game park drive and the driver/guide was excellent and a delight and very knowledgeable.

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Mrs B from hampshire
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Given that this is a large resort, it is very well run and well kept and clean, the dining room though large is well organised and the food well cooked.

We enjoyed the same chalet as last trip! Which is well positioned. The shop is not as good as Halali rather basic stock only, but we were warned by you to expect that.

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Mr & Mrs H - Worcestershire
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Having read some of the reviews we were doubtful about staying here but were very glad that we did.

The food was good value, the room had all that we needed and the service was good plus the big bonus of the floodlit waterhole. One evening we watched 4 rhinos and their young, the next day a large herd of elephants visited as we got back in the late afternoon.

An excellent base for exploring the western side of Etosha.

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Mr P - Maidstone
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We had visited Okaukuejo before and so we knew what to expect.

The chalet was excellent - clean, well equipped and well serviced. Although breakfast was adequate, service and quality of food at dinner were disappointing.

Also, we and others were somewhat frustrated that we had to pay separately each night for dinner - instead of signing each bill so that we could settle for the 3 nights as a single payment when we checked out from the camp. Arrangements for payment each night were slow and rather disorganised.

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Nick and Kate - London and West Sussex
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
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Underrated, lovely resort with waterhole

It is common to see this resort as ‘wonderful waterhole, but awful place to stay’. Our experience was quite different. The resort has a lovely, old-fashioned feel (it is the oldest one in Etosha), with a large number of very attractive huts, like a kind of 1950s American summer camp. Food is taken in a central dining area – drinks are ordered but the meal is serve-yourself buffet style. It’s quite ordinary but clean and appetising. It is, of course, a long way from the luxury safari camp experience, but it’s not grim at all.

Rooms are surprisingly large and comfortable, with good mosquito precautions. The park itself has other camps to stop and have lunch or whatever in the middle of the day, and the food is simple but tasty.

The waterhole at Okaukuejo is astounding, both by day and night. On our visit, the tourists were well-behaved, quiet and respectful of the animals. Our guide suggested we dine early (when the restaurant opened at 6.30 pm) so we could bag the best seats at the waterhole for the evening. In the four hours I was there from 7.30 pm, I saw 15 black rhino, including a suckling calf and mother, and two male lions, both of whom were eventually chased off by bad-tempered rhinos. There were also lots of jackals and giraffe. By day there was a huge concentration of giraffe, springbok, impala, zebra and various birds.

We drove out of the camp and visited a few waterholes in the daytime, at one seeing a small pride of lions staking out zebra and then being chased off by a male elephant; and at another, a large herd of white-dust stained elephant drinking, with ostrich, zebra, impala and even a sleeping rhino. Etosha is based on driving across the rather dull landscape and settling down at a waterhole and hoping for the best. The concentration and variety of game is relatively poor compared to other African parks – so we saw no leopard or cheetah, for instance – but there are plenty of elephant, the unforgettable black rhino, and some interesting scenes at waterholes, as antelope (kudu and eland among those we saw) come and go.

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