Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 398 travellers
Excellent
152
Good
188
Average
47
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 398 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 J & Mrs V and Mr R & Ms C - Luton
Arrived on: 11-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Waterhole accommodation a must

Very much bigger facility than previous stop-overs thus lacked the personal service but still a good location and the accommodation by the waterhole was ideal.

The chef was possibly the jolliest member of staff we ever encountered, a Lenny Henry style greeting afforded to everyone as they entered the dinning area. This was in direct contrast to the reception staff at arrival.

The chalets were in adjoining pairs. It would have made sense to put us as a party in one pair. However we were split even though we booked as a party of four under one name. We could have been a family. We could not understand this. In all honesty it was not a big problem but they did very little comply to our request to be together in the same chalet pair.

However, more seriously, we were given wrong information at reception about Park entry and leaving times. When we came to exit the gate we were asked to pay for another day (330 N$.) We were one hour over due! Diplomacy mixed with a sprinkling of English charm together with a promise to visit the Park the next morning our fine was waved. It is worth checking with the gate on arrival and treat with some caution infomation from reception staff members at Okaukuejo. This is a little moan and totally overshadowed by the wildlife visits at the waterhole. Zebra, Elephant, Rhino and baby. Excellent place to stop.

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Mr and Mrs H -Belgium
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo- good waterhole

We were pleasantly surprised with Okaukeujo. We had a waterhole villa that was just steps away from the waterhole and the room was clean and well appointed. The waterhole itself was superb- much larger than Halali's and very well populated with game. Hundreds of zebras formed an orderly queue in the evening to drink, followed by elephant, and after sunset, a few rhino as well. We got into a bit of a routine of driving ourselves around during the day, coming back for dinner (buffet style) and then settling ourselves on one of the benches facing the waterhole until late in the evening. We'd happily go back.

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The Ramblers
Arrived on: 25-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

Although much larger than the other places we stayed in, this was an enjoyable stay. The restaurant is busy and large but the self service buffet is of a fairly good standard. The location within the park boundaries is excellent, as is the waterhole on site, at which we saw large herds of zebra and an elephant at sunset.

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Mrs T Mrs N - Woodbridge
Arrived on: 7-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Camp review

We appreciate that this camp is a very different venue to our other lodges, vaguely reminscent of a 1950's Butlins Holiday Camp, however it doesn't excuse the very rude and disinterested welcome we received on arrival. Although the rooms were quite well appointed and very clean they were rather claustrophobic.

The food left a lot to be desired (but perhaps we had been spoilt) and again the service was generally unfriendly.

We enjoyed the Etosha reserve and wouldn't have missed the experience. The food. rooms etc didn't matter that much is was just we were made to feel as though we were a bit of nuisance!

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Nick & Bev
Arrived on: 6-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

This lodge doesn't really measure up to the high standard of the others we stayed at, but there is nothing specifically wrong with it. The waterhole chalet was fine and everything looked clean and tidy.

It has more of a "Butlins holiday camp" atmosphere - mainly due to its size, the buffet style restaurant and noisy swimming pool area.
The food was decent enough but the restaurant needs to invest in some mosquito coils and "zappers", this was the only place we were bothered by insects.

Around the camp many of the side roads were closed so access to waterholes was restricted. There was also far less wildlife around at this end of the park compared to the eastern end around Namutoni.

With hindsight one night here would have been enough, gving more time in Damaraland.

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Mr & Mrs K - Laguna Beach
Arrived on: 1-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

Waterhole chalet not worth premium price since no view from room.

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Ruth&Dave
Arrived on: 29-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Camp review

After reading other comments on Okaukuejo we thought this place was going to be dissapointing, how wrong we where, reception and restaurant staff where very efficient and friendly. The food was as good as anywhere else we stayed.

Our only reservation was with the Kiosk, one hard pressed lady doing her best to satisfy a constant demand, she could do with some assistance.

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6 from Whangarei, New Zealand
Arrived on: 16-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Good location inside Etosha NP

Okaukuejo exceeded our expectations - the 'restcamp' was more like a 'resort'. Large complex, great pool area, pools were large and clean. We stayed in beautiful chalets near the waterhole. The rooms were very comfortable, good mosquito nets, clean bathrooms. The evening buffet was VG. We were surprised to find a black-backed jackal wandering around inside the camp, but later realised he was probably a 'resident' as the staff didn't appear too concerned.

Great location for self-drive game viewing inside Etosha NP. Good idea to view the log book and see where the latest sightings have been.
Because of the recent plentiful rains, the wildlife were scattered far and wide and there was no need for them to visit the waterhole at night, so it was deserted. Some of the roads within the park area were also closed due to flooding.

We went on an organised game drive at night, but this was disappointing more because of a sub-standard, disinterested driver, rather than the scarcity of wildlife. We came across plenty of wildlife on our own drives during the day. Recommend staying 2 nights here, and 2 nights Namutoni at the other end of Etosha NP.

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Mr & Mrs H - London
Arrived on: 16-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

Adequate for what it is as a large, high turnover camp with a monopoly in the area. Worth it for the location inside the park.

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Mr & Mrs R - Hereford
Arrived on: 15-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

The wet season is a different experience.

Accommodation was more than adequate, the food as before was good for breakfast but the evening meal was poor value for money.

As expected the water holes were empty of game but large collections of springbok and zebra were spread out over the planes to the west as advised by the staff in reception.

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