Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 402 travellers
Excellent
155
Good
188
Average
48
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 402 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 M & Ms B - Brussels
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Terrible
Terrible
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Terrible
Terrible

Okaukuejo Camp - sorry we stayed here

Okaukuejo is undoubtedly the best waterhole in Etosha park. The down side to this is that people appear to be willing to put up with bad accommodation conditions just to stay near it. Okaukeujo camp was like a badly run social housing project.

Our kitchenette was filthy with clear build-up of long-term dirt. The sink in the bathroom was blocked. The mosquito net over the bed was shabby, the walls needed to be repainted and the interior doors and the wire mesh over the windows needed to be replaced.

Staff were unprofessional. The night drive guide was mute for the majority of the three-hour excursion and gave monosyllabic responses to the guests questions about the animals. Reception staff were slow to advise guests on which queue to join in order to sign up for drives / check in. We were also asked by a very pushy waiter in the self-serve restaurant to provide him with a written reference!

We would advise future travelers not to stay at Okaukuejo camp. Staying at one of the privately run lodges outside Etosha would be far more enjoyable.





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Mr C. B and family - from St Albans
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Amazing animals at Okaukuejo

Room was lovely, very comfortable.
Camp was very well run with a good shop. Waterhole was great, we saw loads of animals there day and night.
The dinner ( a buffet) was adequate.The food was actually OK but nothing on the buffet was cleaned up or replenished unless you went to find someone and asked them to do it. We had to ask for every dish one by one to be replaced. We wished we had planned ahead to cook ourselves on the braai outside the room.

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Mr and Mrs H from Sussex
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good

Floodlit Waterhole absolutely brilliant

Despite reviews we'd read Okaukuejo exceeded expectations. Check in/out was easy and quick, our room was very nice indeed and plenty of food choice, which was always of a good standard.

The waterhole was fantastic. We counted 32 elephants including 4 calves there just before we went to bed. We also saw 5 or 6 rhino come and go and a leopard ambush a jackal, not to mention, numerous giraffe, zebra, springbok etc.

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Mr and Mrs W from Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

We didn't like the camp very much as so large and very noisy but we had been warned that this was the case.
The place needs an urgent refurbishment in every area. The room was dull and drab but clean.
The food shop was awful with very little stock and uninterested staff.

However, the food in the restaurant was good though the system of some self service and some waiter service during the evening meal was a bit chaotic with not enough staff for the number of tables.

The main draw, as advised, was the waterhole. During the afternoon we saw many zebra, giraffe and antelope but the 'stars come out at night'. On the first night we saw three rhinos and a herd of 20+ elephants but on night two, 10 individual rhinos both black and white, two females with calves and a herd of 30+ elephants. This made up for the average camp.

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Mrs C and Mr R from Bristol
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Camp review

We liked this camp. It was big but better organised that Halal. The food, the service and the room were all good.

We enjoyed the view from the tower and could have sat by the water hole for ages. We didn't do any organised activities but made use of the pool.

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Mr A & Ms S & family - London
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp

Okaukuejo camp was the start of our time at Etosha, the rooms look stunning from the outside, they are a little more basic inside and there were signs that a bit of repair work was overdue. Two window locks were missing and the mosquito window nets had a number of rips in it.

However, the reason for staying here is not for the chalet, the waterhole inside the camp was amazing and within a short 3-5 minute walk away from the furthest chalet. The waterhole is floodlit in the evening and we saw, 3 Giraffes, 3 Rhino's and an elephant all together on one of the two evenings we stayed. The waterhole on it's own is why it is worth staying here.

The food is average compared to anywhere else we stayed, it is buffet style and if you do not get there early in the evening, you may find your choice restricted. In our case we had a number of vegetarians within the group and on one night they had a very small choice to select from as a lot of items had run out. If something had run out and you asked for replenishments, the staff were very polite and went away immediately, but then it took a long time to arrive.

The waterhole in the evening can only be seen by people staying at the camp due to the park gates being shut and no driving after sunset, for that reason alone, it is worth staying at the camp.

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The R Family - San Diego
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Best camp location

We had a good experience
Also being close to the water hole was an advantage.
Food is limited and the buffet stile is not always rewarding.

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Mrs S. from Maldon
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

We loved the location of the camp and spent hours watching the waterhole - certainly better than TV!

However the check in took a long time and the assistant not terribly helpful. The cabin was comfortable and the problem with lights was sorted out soon after we pointed it out. We were also impressed by the privacy we were afforded in spite of the size of the camp.

However the food was poor. The selection mediocre and they were constantly running out of things. When I asked whether more bread was coming out I was asked 'Why, do you want some'. Many staff standing around chatting and no sense of personal service or pride in their job that we had experienced everywhere else that we stayed.

The game drive we went on was OK but merely took us to a nearby waterhole and was really rather disappointing. We know that there are no guarantees with wild animals but felt that he could have shown more enthusiasm and we weren't even given water despite being out for 3 hours.

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Dr J & Ms G - the best of Namibia
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

This was at first a bit of a disappointment, though we got used to it. One couldn’t fault anything exactly, but it was impersonal and the whole place had the feel of being government-run. For example, there was a wonderful chef at Okakeujo who made the most delicious breakfast omelettes to order, but entirely unsmilingly (even after a friendly greeting – the complete opposite of staff in the previous places who appeared to love their jobs!).

The camp shops sold frozen meat and tinned vegetables and unappetizing chocolate, but little from which one could put together a picnic lunch.

It did occur to me at the time that it might be an idea to recommend people to stay at the lodges outside the park (such as Mushara Bush Camp) and enter the park daily, but then we discovered the floodlit water-holes which were fantastic (we saw several rhino and a leopard, but only at night) so I can now see why people might prefer to stay there. Nevertheless it’s worth a mention.

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Mr and Mrs C - East Sussex
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

The room (chalet) was excellent and very comfortable. The food (lunch and dinner) was poor although breakfast was fine - one doesn't visit Okaukuejo Camp for fine dining!

The water hole is the main attraction and certainly lived up to all our expectations, particularly after dinner when there was great interaction between elephant and rhino and the sighting of a leopard creeping away.

The staff were very good and friendly.

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