Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 414 travellers
Excellent
160
Good
194
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 414 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 J & Ms D - Namibia in July
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

More basic accommodation but worth it for the location. All was fine.

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Mr C & Mrs S - Namibia in July
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Go for the animals not the food

Suffers from all the expected problems of a government-run establishment, with somewhat unmotivated staff. The catering is not good, and must be even worse in peak season - a free-for-all scrummage and not good quality.

However to have a chalet v. close to the excellent water-hole is well worth the trip. Also the overall "animal" experiences in the park are excellent.

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The B Family from Nottingham
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Moonlit rhinoceros

Excellent base to explore Etosha.

The floodlit waterhole had a variety of animals each tIme we visited- evening was better than morning. We saw elephants, rhino, giraffes, jackels and various antelopes., The whole complex is quite large and holds 100s, but it is set out well and doesn't feel overcrowded. There are useful facilities like a post office, shop etc. Also a large washing machine and drier available in the camping area. Buffet food was good but not so great for vegetarians- like most of Namibia.

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Mr & Mrs T - Bristol
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We stayed at Okaukuejo Camp 10 years ago and the accommodation and restaurant are much improved.

We had two fabulous evenings at the waterhole and saw a herd of 40 elephants, 11 giraffes, 7 rhinos, lots of springbok etc. Would recommend staying here because the waterhole is such an attraction for animals at this time of year in the dry season.

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Mr H & Mrs M - Dunedin, NZ
Arrived on: 8-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Our lives would have been made easier on this trip had we been informed at the beginning of this trip that there were no banking facilities and we would have taken much more cash.

The nocturnal expeditions aboard a truck with driver/guide would have been more enjoyable had we been able to dress more warmly. We were wearing long johns, pakas, warm clothing we are used to wearing in the southern regions of N.Z. but this was not enough. The cloaks provided should be wind proof. We froze. We also suffered from distended bladders!! The trip was after the evening meal and lasted 3 hours. When we returned to the resort everyone raced to the toilets.

What we saw on this trip was indeed memorable.

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Mr & Mrs M and Mr & Mrs G - Worthing
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Immediately you are aware this is not a private enterprise! The service is a little patchy lets say.

The waterhole is the best one in Etosha with a continuous stream of animals and birds coming to drink, day and night...take a cool drink yourself (in a glass, not with the animals!) and watch the sunset. We stayed 2 days and any less would be a pity, 3 would be best, particularly if you are a photographer.

If you have to choose which of the 3 Etosha government restcamps to stay at, then this was our best experience of the 3.

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Mr G & Ms L - from Edinburugh to Namibia
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
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Average
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We stayed for one night in room 89 and wouldn't have stayed any longer. It was another functional NWR camp, but more like a mini-resort, very busy. The little house was concrete and warm compared to Dolomite but spartan and rather soul-less. There was a bedroom with small sitting/kitchen area and bathroom.
The waterside chalets with upstairs balconies looked much nicer (from the outside anyway!).

There was a good shower but no screen meant the floor flooded. There was no safe.
Lunch was poor but the buffet supper was surprisingly good. The swimming pools looked nice.

The waterhole is the only reason to stay here - we saw giraffe, elephants and six rhino after dark. However, it feels rather staged (there are about 100 people watching at any one time) and unreal and we preferred wildlife-watching in the (in comparison deserted) western part of Etosha. Not many visitors to Etosha appear to realise that the western part of Etosha is now open to tourists (not just guided tours).

We took the early morning guided game drive which was a complete waste of time and money. We think we would have seen more driving ourselves and the guide was uninspiring.

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Mr & Mrs J from Coventry
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Good
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Better than expected

Having read the reviews about surly staff, mediocre food, problems with credit cards, and jackals near the restaurant, we did not have high expectations, particularly since the chalets were fully booked and we only had a double room. But we were pleasantly surprised. Of course, with over 100 rooms and a campsite, the standard of food and service is not going to match that in a lodge with a couple of dozen guests at most. But the room was very good, with plenty of space for luggage and travel paraphernalia, with even a sitting area with two sofas and a low table in between. The bathroom was small but adequate.

The buildings in the camp are well spaced out and it never felt crowded. Eating is cafeteria-style, with a good choice of salads and soup for dinner, two choices of grilled meat with vegetables, followed by a selection of fruit salad, sorbet, or fruit fritters. Not fine dining, but not bad either, and with no problem to pay by credit card. We did make a point of getting to both breakfast and dinner before 7 o'clock, however, after which the queues got a bit longer.

It was convenient to have a post office and general store on site - but be warned, the queues at the store before closing time get very long as campers stock up on beer for their barbecues !

Check-in and check-out were quick and trouble free as far as we were concerned.

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JBB - Surrey
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good
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Okaukuejo Camp review.

Once again it is very hard to judge this camp following on from somewhere like Camp Kipwe but suffice it to say we were perfectly happy with all that the camp offered.

The individual houses were comfortable, clean & well equipped for staying longer than our 2 nights & had we had the time it would have been fun to make use of the barbecue provided. In fact, the totally informal atmosphere was perfect for spending half the night rooted to the edge of the waterhole!!!!!!

The food was buffet style, perfectly adequate in quality and quantity.

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Mr & Mrs B - Essex
Arrived on: 14-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

well positioned for the centre of etosha. had a good chalet near to the water hole which was convenient for wildlife watching. food was ok but not a lot of choice.

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