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.
Mrs & Dr B - Richmond
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Wonderful location for viewing amazing variety of wildlife at all times of day and evening - it was a real privilege to stay in a room so close to the waterhole. Our drives into the park to stop at other waterholes were also very rewarding.

Organization of the bar was friendly but completely chaotic and this hindered the general proceedings at the restaurant.

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Mr & Mrs B - Winchester
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Take your tea or coffee down to the waterhole

As this was a government run place we did not have particularly high expections but were pleasantly surprised although the check in at 2pm (when it opens) was slow and laborious.

The staff in the restaurant although appeasred a bit chaotic but seemed to want to do their best. We discovered that sandwiches and snacks were avaliable before 12.00 and after 2pm so if that is all you want it is worth getting there early or a bit later.

The shop was very badly equipped with nothing to make a picnic lunch with - no bread, ham, cheese, yogurts, tomatoes or fruit. Very disappointing,

We thought the water hole was fantastic and had some great viewing both daytime and evening.

It would be worth advising people to check Ombika hole just after the entrance as there were some good sightings of lions. We did not feel inclined to go all the way back having reached the village as there were so many other holes to visit.

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Mr D & Ms S - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

The lodge near the waterhole was excellent. We saw more game than I have ever seen in nearly 60 years of game viewing - just amazing. 9 rhino at the waterhole - all at once; 60+ elephant; pride of 12 lions; 5 species of eagle in one day. What more could you ask for? Chris' recommendations on the waterholes to visit were spot on.

The restaurant is well described in your book as being a bit like 'school dinners'. we had 2 acceptable meals and one poor one - at least we were prepared, and it was the only poor one in 14 days, so not bad!

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Mr S & Ms M from Banstead
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Really enjoyed this camp

We stayed at Okaukuejo in 2007 and at the time they were refurbishing. This is now more or less complete and we were very impressed with the overall standard. The chalet we had (#89) was very good and perfectly located for the water hole, restaurant and shops etc. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

The photography was first class and we obtained all the images and more for the book we are writing on African wildlife.

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Mr C & Mrs A - Nottingham
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Interesting safari experience

Location excellent but paid considerably more for waterhole villa. The best waterhole we visited in Etosha.

Communal dining facility was not very good and nor was the food served in it. This really was incidental to the overall experience.

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Expert Africa comments

We were sorry that these travellers didn’t enjoy the dining experience whilst at Okaukuejo; put this in context by reading about their trip as a whole.

Mr R & Mrs I - Devon
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Our accomm. in Etosha was good and camp very well run but noticed how much busier it is since we were there sixteen years ago.  Even coaches

Saw wonderful wildlife at water hole. No need to drive round park.

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Mr G & Mrs G - Ireland
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

The camp is in an excellent location with a wonderful waterhole. We saw so many animals. The accomodation is very good with air conditioning which was helpful as it was very warm.

We thought the food was great. The staff were very friendly if a little disorganised at times but this was not a problem.

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Mr & Mrs F - Lancashire
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Very good ,comfortable ,clean chalet. A large kitchen with cutlery and pans but nothing to warm the pans! No cooking facilities whatsoever. And nowhere to put the suitcases- except the floor.

The waterhole is a good one but does get busy-with people that is. Don't think you've missed anything if all the smart seats are occupied. The stone seats have been warmed by the sun and keep you warm all evening.

No ATM yet either in Etosha.

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The T family - Clackmannanshire
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

From what I had read before going to Namibia I had serious concerns about the place. I need not have done. The rooms, while being definitely on the small side, were very clean and well equipped, although there was a slightly unpleasant small in one of our bathrooms. During our 2 day stay we did have a problem with the toilet which stopped working. However it took only 30 minutes after reporting for a maintance man to appear and fix it. The swimming pool was large and clean and a most welcomed treat.

The highlight of this place is undoubtedly the waterhole - and not just when floodlit at night. There is a constant stream of animals to and from the hole. How many places in the world can you see 7 wild rhinos at the same time?

The food is served buffet style for both breakfast and evening meal. While of adequate quality they need to pay more attention to the logistics and ensuring that food is kept topped up. Good fresh meat was cooked in front of you. The soups were good too, but a problem with holding a soup bowl, a ladle and the soup toureen lid at the same time. (Just providing somewhere to put the lid down would make an enormous difference!).

The site shop is worthy of comment (really just to add to what is said the guides). Physically it is quite large, but the shelves are largely empty, and what they do have is expensive. I cannot understand why they do not more pro-actively exploit their location and provide a good range of products (for example vs a very poor selection of cold drinks at the moment) at reasonable prices. The next nearest competitor is over 100km away.

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Mr S & Mrs K - West Midlands
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Accommodation much better than it used to be, although waterside chalet quite small.

Would benefit from facilities for preparing one's own food. You're pretty well obliged to take breakfast (which is surprisingly good and included in the price) and dinner in the dining room.

It is nice that, at least when we were there, breakfast was half an hour before the gates opened. This meant that you could get into the park before the crowds.

The range of stock in the shop is abysmal. Good for water and beer, but that's about it - no coffee!

Waterhole excellent for evening viewing of elephant and rhino in particular.

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