Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 419 travellers
Excellent
164
Good
194
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 419 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.
Family L from Sevenoaks
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We had a premier waterhole chalet - fantastic - couldn't improve on that for quality & location!

Food was self service & pretty good although things could run out - i.e "mass catering" but drinks service was very slow - on first night we only got drinks when meal was almost finished. When I tried to order direct from the bar on the second night they (almost) wouldn't oblige. Some guests got personal service from the chef but we struggled to get service.

We would not let this detract fram a superb opportunity for game viewing from dawn to dusk & beyond!

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Kasane to Cape Town Day 9

Okaukeujo has two huge advantages over its competitors – its location in Etosha and perhaps the best waterhole in the park. Rooms are clean and comfortable (our waterhole chalet would have been absolutely fine for several nights, not just the one we stayed). Given the numbers catered for the food is good, chef highly entertaining, and restaurant staff friendly and helpful, even though they seem rushed off their feet at dinner.

BUT
Reception staff were surly and unhelpful, preferring to take phone calls about booking game drives days in advance instead of serving the increasingly frustrated queue of customers in front of them. Check in took 45 minutes but could easily have been longer if we had not insisted on being served rather than join the end of another queue whilst she handled calls. Doreen was actually very efficient when giving you her attention; management need to sort out priorities for front-line staff.

The system of asking for a N$500 deposit against breakages is pointless, given that nobody checks the accommodation before the deposit is returned. It becomes even more farcical when the inventory in your room is for the wrong type of accommodation!

The problems are epitomised by the camp's own feedback questionnaire which is all about how your reservation was taken and what you think of management ie: all about NWR head office and nothing about the people guests actually interact with.

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Mr & Mrs K - Nottingham
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Going through the Anderson Gate into Etosha was the most incredible feeling - and, as if on cue, we'd only just entered the park when a herd of zebra came out of the bushes and strolled across the road right in front of us.

Because of its size and the number of people there at the time Okaukuejo has much more of a 'school camp' feel to it. Not the place to go if you want to feel pampered (but who needs pampering anyway??) Again this is merely an observation and not a criticism in any way. The rooms were big and comfy and the food OK but we didn't think the evening meal options were very good value at R170 - not compared with most meals we had elsewhere.

As for the waterhole - WOW! - it was just like the pictures we'd seen with giraffe, zebra, oryx, springbok and warthog taking turns while the elephant and rhino claimed their own personal space and the jackals just ran in between everyone else. Your spine really did tingle as two pairs of luminiscent eyes appeared later in full darkness and two lionesses slinked down to the water. They got quite a lot of personal space!

The animal sightings book in the Reception area was really useful and pointed us in the right direction for several amazing encounters with lions and elephants in particular.

Would definitely return to Okaukuejo - given the opportunity!

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Dr O & Dr J - Hungary
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

The bush chalet is tidy, comfortable, we had even a small kitchen. The waterhole was a highlight, we saw much more animals there than on all our trips through Etosha.

The food was excellent, the chief cook had a nice word to all the guests. The staf is not so kind at the reception, maybe because of having soo many tourists.

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Mr C & Mrs C and family - Sheffield
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We had lovely semi detatched chalets here, nice rooms, with coffee and tea making facilities and a fridge. The waterhole was excellent, never too crowded. The food in the restaurant was lovely (soup and or salad for starter, always two meats on offer and a nice selction of desserts). The chef , Mr P Pakura was larger than life ( an African Brian Blessed!) and made evryone feel very welcome. It was normally possible to pay for meals by credit card but the machine wasn't working while we were there.

The shop was a little disappointing in as much there was no bread, cheese, ham etc to buy. I had thought we would probably be able to buy things to make a lunch to take with us the following day. In the event we returned to camp and used the kiosk, which was good value,for a snack like toasted sandwich and chips was around £4.

The system of checking out then having breakfast, so giving them chance to check the rooms, worked well for us, as we had left a torch and some shower gel behind, which we were able to get before we left!

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Mr & Mrs H - Middlesex
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
Average
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Everything OK but it was very busy and staff seemed a bit overwhelmed eg for registration and in restaurant.

Room was comfortable and clean, great location near waterhole and for going round the park. Good facilities, shop, food, maps etc. We drove ourselves round the park (great game viewing and wonderful views of the salt pan) so can't comment on activities.

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Ms S and family - Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Great accommodation close to this busy waterhole but this felt the most 'touristy'. Food was poor -
did not cater for vegetarians very well.

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The E family - Bath
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Updated since our last visit and very nice rooms. Access to water hole very easy with lots of activity by day and evening.

Restaurant buffet was good. Plenty for breakfast buffet.

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Ms N & Mr S - Bristol
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Average
Average
Food:
Average
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Waterhole room?

We booked a waterhole room at Okaukuejo and were a bit surprised that it didn't actually have a view of the waterhole. That said, the room was really good and the walk to the waterhole was short.

The overall feeling in the camp was very corporate - imagine a holiday camp run by the civil service, and you wouldn't be far off. The food was OK but not great, with long queue's for the buffet, and a general feeling of being rushed through. Due to a powercut in the morning, the breakfast was restricted to cold meats and yoghurt, which was a bit disappointing as we'd paid for the full breakfast in advance, and no refunds were offered.

However, the amazing variety of animals visiting the waterhole made up for the shortcomings in the set up. We would have liked to stay another night for this reason alone, but the camp was fully booked so we had to move to Namutoni for the rest of our stay in Etosha.

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Destelbergen Party from Belgium
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Okaukuejo Camp is a mediocre camp mainly suited for an overnight stay en route to nicer places.

The camp is geared towards mass tourism and the overall experience was unpersonal and not memorable.

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