Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 399 travellers
Excellent
152
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 399 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.
Ms. H & Mr. D - Oldham
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great water hole

Our waterhole accommodation was outstanding - viewing the visitng animals from our bedroom veranda a real bonus. The buffet dinner and breakfast however left a lot to be desired (though in fairness what can you expect with a camp of this size which included a variety of accommodation from the luxury which we had, to basic pop up tents).

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Mr & Mrs A - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Fabulous Waterhole

We returned to this camp with delightful memories of a stand off at the waterhole between an elephant and a black rhino. Whilst we failed to see black rhino on this visit we were enchanted by a visit of 40 elephants cavorting in the water. There is no doubt that this waterhole is the best of any of the camps from the point of view of the huge number and variety of animals that visit and for this reason it is a must to include at least one night at this camp.

Although the double room was more than adequate we would recommend asking for a waterhole chalet, not only for comfort but for ease of access to the waterhole.The restaurant is perfectly adequate and the swimming pool amongst the best.

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Mr & Mrs L - Northants
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

As expected, the camp was busy, and with a 'holiday camp' feel to it, so it was quite a contrast to the desert lodges we'd been staying at. It gave us easy access to an amazing number of sightings of all those animals that soon became as common as garden sparrows ! The waterhole was superb: giraffe, zebra, lions, rhinoceros, elephants, plus all the 'usual' game !

The restaurant was fine: food was good and staff were helpful and efficient.

Our premier waterhole lodge was out of this world, with a balcony view straight down onto the waterhole. It was an extra expense but wow, it was wonderful.

Checking in was a bit tedious - fortunately Expert Africa's advice had prepared us for this, and the staff were generally cheerful and helpful.

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Mr & Mrs Quiseb Ravine
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful Waterhole!!

This is the one everyone has their own views about and nothing is ever consistent either about the accommodation or the food. However, the star itself here is the waterhole but this is also governed by the seasons. Here's our two-penny's worth. We found the accommodation in a premier waterhole chalet absolutely brilliant; clean and huge for two people and it was serviced daily. They are described as Premier Waterhole Chalet: double story chalet with a balcony overlooking the waterhole. The only issue with them is they may be close, and overlooking the waterhole, but being able to see the animals from the balcony really depends on which chalet you get to stay in.

In our observation, we found that most of the premier waterhole chalets have their view obscured by the trees in front of them. Ours had 12 trees in front of it with no leaves and still very little view of the waterhole. If you stay in one of these chalets in the green season you will see nothing at all. The chalet W33 has the best view but to get that you might need a close contact with someone from NWR!

Checking in was easy, if a bit busy and slightly disorganized but the staff were pleasant and courteous and the N500 deposit was returned on our departure with no issue. The shop and the post office are very convenient places to by your postcards & stamps. The next contentious issue here is the food. Okaukuejo is a busy place and getting what you want, the way you want it may not be easy and expecting that you are on a gourmet tour in France or Italy is the just the wrong idea.

On our two nights we ate various meals of game, pork and chicken. All were cooked on a grill in front of you and two vegetables were served with it on both nights, which were well prepared. We had worse food at so called better lodges. You must reserve your table for dinner, which is easy to do. It is open from 1830 for dinner and best to get there between 19-1930, to eat, then go to the waterhole, and enjoy your time there rather than expecting a night out at the restaurant.

Animals: on our 2 half days and 2 evenings we saw so many animals. On our second night we saw a herd of 36 elephants, 6 rhinos and a baby rhino, 2 lions and a hyena and the most spectacular bush fire burning through the night in the distance.

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Mr B & Ms D - Dublin
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Excellent location

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Mr S & Ms M - USA
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Rooms:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

One of the best waterholes in the area. Rooms are not fancy but very comfortable. Meals are all buffet style.

Note that accommodation cost does NOT include park fees (contrary to Bradt Guide).

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Mr J & Ms J - Wedding Anniversary
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Mostlygreat experiences at Okaukuejo RestCamp

It was wonderful to be able to stay inside Etosha National Park at Okaukuejo - the proximity to the waterholes, the ability to stay longer in the park, and the game that wander down to the camps waterhole at night make this a fabulous place to stay. We loved being able to drive ourselves around all day, and although they say you should just park up at a waterhole and wait for the game to come to you, we tried both tactics (driving from place to place and parking up for a few hours), and had success with both.

We drove just about everywhere you could go in the western part of the park and saw prides of lions, had a lioness with her cubs cross the road in front of us, saw black rhino at the waterhole at night, spotted hyena, and many many elephants, zebra, giraffes, and of course all sorts of lovely smaller animals and birds. It is a great place to just explore.

The restcamp itself was a variable experience. Our first night we stayed at a waterhole chalet. The room was tiny and you didn't get a view of the waterhole (you were just close to it) so I wouldn't recommend paying extra - the four-bed bush chalets looked bigger and better. The second night we stayed at a two-storey premier waterhole chalet which was amazing!! Our large balcony had a daybed with a great view over the waterhole and the chalet was well equipped and very spacious.

The food is either average or poor. There's nothing wrong with it being a buffet, but apart from nice soup and many cakes for dessert, what is on offer is very limited - two types of meat and/or soggy vegetables. A few small exceptions - the omlette chef was great, as was the snack bar. It's a bit of a zoo with the number of people that stay, so the earlier you can get to dinner (7pm is best) the better. You must reserve to get a table - they are very disorganised and struggle to take your drinks order or clear the tables, so it's not just first in first served, more like first in, only-ones served!

We'd go back though, because you just can't beat being inside the park here. After all, dinner only lasts half an hour and you have a whole day to enjoy the animals!

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Miss. H & Mr. R - London
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Our room was fantastic. Buffet food was as expected, but was priced to reflect this.

Great location enabling early start to view wildlife in the park. Wish we'd stayed longer here instead of moving on to Halali.

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Mr & Mrs H - West Sussex
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Having read various reviews of this rest camp we arrived with some mixed feelings.
After check in we easily found our bungalow near the water hole.
First things first.. check out the water hole and find 18 elephants enjoying it... great start !!!
The Chalet was perfectly fine with decent size bed, air conditioning, fridge and good size bathroom with huge shower area.
Then to the main building for dinner... this is where most comments are about and unfortunately for the first night we had to agree with most that it was not the best experience... Having arrived late in the afternoon we hadn't reserved a table and were infomed in no uncertain terms that we should have done. That said there were plenty of empty tables and were eventually given one so didn't see what all the fuss was about.
The buffet has a reasonable selection but you need to take advantage of everything available to get value for money.
The service was slow in replacing dishes that were running out.
The 2nd night was better... plenty of food etc.
One word of advice.... read the terms of your admission in the small print... your time in Etosha is based on a 24 hr. clock with a couple of hours allowance beyond that.. We hadn't been advised of this and even though , when entering the park we told the gate that we were there for 3 days we were not advised that the clock started ticking from then.
As a result when leaving the park at the end of a very full day , and just before the gates closed, we were advised that we had exceeded our time allowance... 3 days is NOT 3 days... it's 3 x 24 hrs... we were then faced with a bill for a further day and told that we should pay at the last rest camp. After we explained that there was insufficient time to drive back to the rest camp, where the office by this time would have been closed, and paid, the park would be closed so how do we get out again !! Reluctantly they accepted cash paynment at the entrance gatehouse.
Just another example of the Wildlife Organisations strange way of working... needs more customer focus

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Mr & Mrs S - York
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Okaukuejo Camp review

The waterhole here is AMAZING. We were totally blown away by it - unbelievable.

Difficult to be fair to this place as one night we had a waterhole room (W34) and perhaps the best room in the plcae and the second night was a bush room which was OK but disappointing in comparision. My grades are for the waterhole room.

The food and service here are disappointing as it feels like a very average cafeteria.

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