Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 422 travellers
Excellent
165
Good
196
Average
50
Poor
10
Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 422 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 P from Surrey
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Staying here is all about the waterhole where you see lots of animals.

The site itself is rather municipal and the restaurant food basic. The bush chalet was well equipped comfortable and clean.

It was what we expected so no complaints.

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Mr & Mrs R - Surrey
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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The waterhole was one of the trip highlights

The recent refurbishment of the camp has delivered very pleasant facilities and our Bush Chalet was comfortable, spacious, clean, air conditioned and well fitted (fridge and kettle provided). The mosquito nets, Doom spray and Peaceful Sleep repellent provided kept us bite free. The food was reasonable with a good selection.

The waterhole was fascinating, we spent many very happy hours, both during the day and the night, watching the interaction of the animals as they came to drink. We would happily stay here again. Being inside the park is a real benefit. Unfortunately the night drive was fully booked when we got around to enquiring but that meant we could spend longer at the waterhole.

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Mr J & Ms J - Namibia and Botswana
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
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Food:
Poor
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo camp is what it is!

Because of the location, Okaukuejo is very popular, but we will try not to stay there again. The food and service has deteriorated over the years and dining is not a pleasant experience.

The buffet style meals bring out the worst in people. The selection had been drastically reduced. There is not a good atmosphere about the camp. We witnessed a serious accident when a man fell from the concrete grandstand steps at the end of the waterhole. He badly injured his ankle and had to be taken by ambulance to hospital. We considered these steps to be very dangerous and work needs to be done to make them safer

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Mr & Mrs P from Maidstone
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

The prime reason to stay here is the waterhole and this certainly lived up to expectations; giraffes and rhinos at night are worth seeing. The elephants seemed to have a daily visit for a drink and a bath.

Our electricity tripped out the first night but we filled out a fault slip and it was repaired (blown water heater) by 11 am which was pretty impressive.

Everyone was asked for a 500 N$ deposit in cash on arrival, no problem but we hadn't been advised of this beforehand.

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Expert Africa comments

Expert Africa does mention the N$500 deposit in the final ticket letter for travellers as we feel that this is important information to know in advance of your arrival at camp. There is a lot of information in the final ticket pack so sometimes this information can be overlooked.

Devin & Willow from California
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Average
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Food:
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Activities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Our chalet was just a couple hundred feet away from the watering hole and with the second-story balcony, we could either relax and observe from our room or from the benches near the watering hole. The wildlife that came to the watering hole was fabulous and made the stay wonderful.

The camp as a whole was too developed, a little crowded, and the buffet meals were just ordinary. The room was great and the watering hole just spectacular.

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Miss & Miss H - Sussex
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
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Service:
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Highlight is fenced waterhole which is easily within reach. Had numerous sightings here at various times, including Black rhino very close, elephants, lion and hyaena. Jackals wandered around the dining area!

Once again did not really understand what a vegetarian needs but happily acquired some baked beans to add to a soya mince we'd cooked previously, and heated it all for me

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Mr W from Michigan, USA
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Okaukuejo was great

I entered Etosha from the east gate late in the day, as usual, still pressing my fantastic luck. The worst thing that could happen was being locked out of Okaukuejo camp and sleeping with the lions. Then there she was a lady lion walking next to my car. I had to film her quickly as well as the elephants so I could get to Okaukuejo before they locked the gates, but I did not make it in time. I blew the horn and they let me in.

I spent the next day watching lions at a water hole and got a good look at a rhino that dropped by. I took the late night guided tour but it was crowded and did not see much. Our guide went in the opposite direction when a lion roared. But the morning tour was the opposite, only me and the guide. We were with 50 feet of a pair of lions that were sitting then mating.

I arranged my next adventure to see the himba. My guide met me at the park exit. We went to see the himba between Etosha and Twyfelfontein.

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Mr G B & Ms F S - Colchester
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We got the impression that this was probably the best out of all the government run camps. Everything worked smoothly, however, it doesn't have the same ambiance and charm as the private camps.

We saw a huge variety of animals at the water hole, brilliant.

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Mr M & Ms B - Brussels
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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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
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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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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