Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 428 travellers
Excellent
169
Good
198
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 428 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.
Dr D & Mrs V - Nottingham
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Although room was clean and pleasant, the bathroom was basic and there was no hot water at any time.

Food was reasonable but unimaginative; vegetables overcooked but good selection of meats.

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Ms R & Mr S - Chevy Chase
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Average
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Okaukuejo Camp review

The place is a bit crowded and the rooms wthout much style, but fully functional. The lunch and dinner buffets were not great -- recommend bringing your own food and making a picnic. There are not many options for purchsing food at the store there, so good to buy food elsewhere and bring it.

However, it was all well worth it for the proximity to the watering hole, where we saw all kinds of animals -- including 33 elephants at once having a pool party. The point of staying there is to hang out at the watering hole, which almost always had something interesting going on.

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Mr & Mrs S - East Sussex
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Average
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Food:
Poor
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Activities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

This is a very busy rest camp and perhaps some things may not be as good as they should but , the buffet service is a bit tired and can become a 'Bun Fight' when the resturant is packed.

However most things are acceptable and the waterhole is it's best feature, it must be the best and most prolific waterhole in this part of Etosha.

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For more detailed comments, these travellers have created a great travelogue of their experience, which can be viewed here and there’s a gallery of great pictures here.

Mr & Mrs N - Devon
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Poor
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Food:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

This camp was much better than we were expecting and having a waterhole chalet was worth the extra money as it made it so easy to just pop outside to see the ever changing wildlife.

Registration is very bureaucratic and the service was chaotic but the food was acceptable.

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Dr G & Mrs Y - Walton on Thames
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Crowded but excellent location

This is a very crowded location but has a very active waterhole visible from the camp.

It is also probably the best place to stay if you want to see special birds in Etosha although one of the lodges outside the Park may be equally convenient and more peaceful. It depends on travel times into and out of the Park

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Mr & Mrs S - Surrey
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
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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
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

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
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Facilities:
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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
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

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
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
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Average
Food:
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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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