Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 413 travellers
Excellent
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 413 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 S - Surrey
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

It is definitely worth staying in the park as you have the advantage of viewing wildlife at the camp water hole in the evening. It also enables you to get out into the park early when the wildlife can be more active. Make sure you ask to see the sightings book as this can help give you an idea of where the more elusive animals can be.

However, service at reception and the shop is a little dismissive and it is best to be prepared for this as you will probably have been spoilt in other lodges with eager and polite staff. The waiters and cleaners were cheery and polite.

The room itself is functional with a comfy bed and small kitchen including a fridge but no cooker. AC works well and is welcome on the very hot days. Our chalet was within easy walking distance of the water hole.

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Mr G party of four - Norway
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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We had a very nice chalet near the waterhole. We spent several hours by the waterhole and in the park, it was a wonderful experience.

The service in the restaurant could be better. The waiters seemed a bit uninterested.

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The W Group - Berkshire
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

A large camp, so not an intimate feel, but very well organised.
Really good pool area for cooling off, surrounded by attractive outdoor dining area and bar.

The main feature for us was the waterhole which in the dry season is a magnet for a large variety of game - lion, rhino, large herds of elephant and zebra, plus small animals and birds. We were impressed that people sat quietly to enjoy the spectacle.

Well situated within the park for viewing huge collections of animals out on the pans.

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Mr Y & Dr C - Essex
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Big camp catering for a lot of people with organisational challenges. Reserving a table as we had been requested to on arrival didn't seem to make a difference. Once we'd worked out the system it was fine.

It doesn't have the same atmosphere as a small camp but the game viewing was good at the camp waterhole and the surrounding area. Park roads are very good and an amazing amount of wildlife visible from the road - even driving ourselves.

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Mr & Mrs LN - London
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We stayed at a waterhole room that was gorgeous! It consisted of two bedrooms (one up, one downstairs) and two bathrooms. There was a refridgerator and coffee station. The location allowed us to watch the waterhole from the balcony and was so close we could just pop downstairs if we wanted a closer look at anything.

Checking-in takes a while, there can be queues and nothing is rushed. Patience is a virtue in this situation! Remember to have your key cash ($500) available. You get this back when you check out. While you are in the office you can pay your park fees at a separate desk. This takes time too! You pay for each 24 hour period in the park and the clerk will write the time and day that you must leave on your ticket. We saw someone being sent back from the main gate because they overstayed so be careful!

It is a big place with lots of rooms of varying sorts and a campground. The pool was large and lovely but definitely needs more sunbeds. There is a tourist shop and a food shop (surprisingly badly stocked given the number of campers and people needing supplies for packed lunches).

The waterhole is large and has a row of seats available so you can sit and watch the comings and goings. While we were there everyone was respectful of the wildlife and quietly spoken. A variety of wildlife came throughout the day and night with rhinos appearing during the evening. Everyone needs to be aware of the fact that there are rabid animals in the area so just keep your distance and do not feed any of the animals. Jackals do pass through the camp during the evening especially.

Meals are an interesting experience. You book in for your dinner time when you register and then at breakfast each day after that. Look out for the list by the cashier. When you turn up you go to the cashier who has a list with your assigned table on it. Your waiter/waitress will take you to it although the numbers are not really organised so finding the table can take a while. If you are lucky your server will take a drinks order and if you are even more lucky they will bring it to you.

The service varies very much from waiter to waiter. Food is self-service although, for the main course there is freshly grilled meat available. The queues can get quite long especially if a tour group (or two) arrives at the same time. We found the food tasty and interesting. They have introduced a system where you pay for your drinks after every meal. This can take a little while if the cashier is busy but it does mean that any mistakes can be rectified then and there. Due to some credit card problems in the past the staff do not touch your cards at all - you run them through the machine yourself. This system works and provides card security.

Breakfast is a little more painful with only 1 chef preparing the eggs for everyone. Bacon and sausage is cooked but only in limited amounts and you often have to wait for it. The buffet breakfast often runs out of cups or teaspoons or coffee etc. It will turn up eventually if you ask politely.

The staff were not rude but just not really enthusiastic or organised. The exception was the jovial chef who often appeared and spoke to everyone.

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Ms J & Mr S - California, USA
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

The fantastic waterhole was conveniently located a few steps from our chalet. We could check to see what was happening at the waterhole several times per day.

The room was comfortable. The staff nicely accommodated my food preferences by preparing fish for dinner when only game and red meat were being served.

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Ms J & Mr R - Bath
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We were pleasantly surprised by Okaukuejo having read reviews on this website.

Our room was very comfortable and cool and very close to the waterhole. The food was ok - we weren't expecting anything more.

The real reason to stay here is its location in the centre of Etosha and the waterhole. We had the most amazing sightings during our stay. It was like an open air theatre.

In fact one day we didn't venture out into the park because there was so much going on at the waterhole. Highly recommended.

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Mr R & Mrs M & Mr A & Ms P - West Sussex
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

There was a marked contrast between this location and the previous ones all of which were excellent. We booked for dining late and therefore had a poorly positioned table and the food was a bit "tired". As there appear to be no other options for eating in this location, it may be better to book half board and maybe notify people of the contrast with some other sites. In the camp we encountered a scorpion, a brown house snake, large spiders in the rooms and jackals coming up to the restaurant.

The location was superb and we were able to see a superb range of wildlife at the local water hole by day and night, it was also a superb location for seeing many other water holes in western Etosha, when travelling independently it is difficult to see how this location could be bettered.

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Mr & Mrs R from Basingstoke
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Comfortable camp and superb waterhole.

This was our second stay at Okaukuejo, having also spent 2 nights there in 2008. It is a large, busy and perhaps impersonal camp providing a variety of facilities for both "lodgers" and campers. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped and maintained. The restaurant had improved since our last visit - breakfast and lunch were always OK but dinner had been an exercise in taking a good joint of meat and roasting it to extinction - now the meats are barbecued, with much improved results, We also found the staff (with the exception of the woman in the Tourist Shop!) to be much friendlier and more helpful than last time.

The main attraction of Okaukuejo remains its waterhole. During the day there is a constant procession of giraffe, antelope, zebra and wildebeest (plus the occasional elephant) to the waterhole, although the numbers seemed lower than our last vist - possibly a result of the unusually heavy rain earlier this year whcih has resulted in more water still being available elsewhere. At night, black rhino are seemingly guaranteed and we also saw lion and elepehant, plus a numbr of balck-backed jackals.

At the time of writing, postcards that we posted at the Okaukuejo Post Office two weeks ago have not yet arrived.

Incidentally, whilst at Okaukuejo we met Dee, our guide on our earlier 2008 Wild About Afica trip - it was good to catch up with him.

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Mr & Mrs P - Beckenham
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Waterhole chalet best option

Extremely clean and tidy camp, no mean achievement for such a large camp.

Chalet was comfortable, well equipped, very well placed for waterhole viewing.
Food was a bit mass catering, but ok.

The administration is bureaucratic, out of date, prone to error.

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