Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(85%) From 433 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 433 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 H - 5th visit to Namibia
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

The camp was very busy. Our chalet had a much better layout than at Halali and fine for an overnight stop - it was clean, comfortable and in good order. There was a braii, but again you had to bring all your own utensils. Only tea and coffee making facilities (and a fridge and sink) were provided.

It was worth booking an early dinner to avoid the crowds. We sat outside and watched a beautiful masked weaver bird show off his nest building skills. As ever, there was lots of activity at the waterhole after dinner.

It was worth calling in at the waterhole just near the Anderson gate. We saw a fine Lion and assorted other game before leaving Etosha and heading back towards Windhoek.

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Miss E & Mr L - Stockport
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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
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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
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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
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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. L - Bristol
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The start of something great!

Accommodation was excellent - clean and very comfortable. We were a stone's throw from the water-hole which made for easy game viewing. The restaurant was slightly further away and at night the site is very confusing resulting in us getting lost several times! The food in the restaurant was not brilliant and hadn't improved much since our previous visit seven years ago!

However, the reason for staying at Okaukuejo is the ease of access to the game park and that is brilliant.

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Mr P - Maidstone
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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
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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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Mr C & Mrs H - Lincoln
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Different but wonderful

This was a very interesting place and I was a little wary as I had read mixed reviews. In all honesty I found it a very good place to stay and an ideal base from which to tour Etosha National Park.

Upon arrival, reception was a little chaotic (don't forget to pay the park permit fees to the tourism official sat at the end of the reception desk) but the welcome was friendly. You leave a N$500 refundable deposit which must be in cash. The rooms are chalet style and perfectly well appointed with a separate kitchen/sitting area. Upon advice of Expert Africa we carefully went through the inventory and found a couple of things broken/missing. These were pointed out to reception who came straight around and repaired them. The site offers a mini bar replacement service whereby you fill in a form and drop it at the bar; they then stock the fridge in your room.

The floodlit waterhole is incredible and we were lucky enough to see rhino, elephants, lions and many more each day, both there and in the wider park itself.

The shop on camp is pretty poorly equipped provision wise so you are really left with no alternative than to take dinner at the camp. This was however very reasonable at N$180 a head and consisted of a three course buffet style meal. It might not win any culinary awards but it was wholesome and well cooked.

Check out was smooth and we were sorry to leave Okaukuejo. It might feel like a holiday camp in some ways, but it more than makes up for it with the quality of wildlife on offer.

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Mr & Mrs S from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We were very pleasantly surprised by this camp. It was much better than any National Park camps I have stayed in the past in South Africa (admittedly some years ago). The food, accommodation and location by the waterhole were great. Considering the numbers of people having dinner at the camp it was excellent food. The dinner was an especially good meal for just over £10. Wasn't so good so on service if you get there later in the evening compared to others. Food is effectively self service but the drinks were ordered (although probably better to buy at bar and take to table) and took a long time to come if you arrive later for the meal.

Room was comfortable with a fridge which was good to cool water for the following day. It was close to the waterhole and we were able to go down there for 10 mins easily if wished.

The service at reception was not particularly friendly and it struck me that they were tired and bored.

The real asset of this camp is the waterhole. We saw lots of animals here elephant, zebra, springbok, impala, giraffe, guinea fowl, sand grouse. At night we saw 4 lions the first evening and two the second, 2 rhinos the first evening and eight together the second: 1 white and 7 black including a baby . One of the rhinos came right up to the fence. This was one of the highlights of our trip. Even if not stopping here to stay it is worth looking at any time of day.

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