Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 414 travellers
Excellent
160
Good
194
Average
49
Poor
10
Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 414 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. M-S - Letchwood Garden City
Arrived on: 27-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Main feeling was that Okaukuejo is too big, and we were very glad that were not there when it was full. Most of the seats round the waterhole were occupied, and the camp must have been less than half full (the end of November). This probably applies to Halali and Waterberg as well, but they did not feel quite so large.

Having stayed at three NWR camps for four nights in total, it is clear that the catering follows a formula, but was all of good quality and more than acceptable.

We only stayed one night and did not take the organised game drive, though this might have enabled us to see the lions which we only heard otherwise.

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Mr and Mrs M - Kent
Arrived on: 26-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
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Okaukuejo Camp review

very niceroom close to waterhole with exceptional game viewing.one of the highlights of the whole trip.food self service.not bad but not great.I think they realise this is an issue and are trying hard to improve

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Mr G & Mrs S - Wincanton
Arrived on: 5-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Being near the water hole was worth being there - particularly at night when we saw 8 rhinos at once - and opportunity to be in the Park at first light. We saw so much game the first day it was hard to keep up.

The idea of driving ourselves on safari was novel but enjoyable. Tough to make a call which waterholes to go to though.

Our expectations of the accommodation and food weren't high, however, we were pleasantly surprised.

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Mr and Mrs C - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We had a great time at Okaukuejo. The accommodation was very nice, modern and clean and considering that they were catering for such large numbers, the food was excellent, especially the dinners where you had a choice of meats which were cooked in front of you.

It was a very different safari experience to the private game reserves but we really enjoyed having freedom to do our own thing and managed to see a lot of wildlife. The floodlit watering hole beside the camp was excellent for night time viewing. Before we went we worried that it might seem a bit like a stage show but the lighting was well done and it felt like you really were watching the animals in their natural environment.

There were organised game drives on offer but we did not take part in any of these - it is so easy to drive around yourself. The park is also very well set up and we could drive for long periods of time without seeing any other cars even though the camps were pretty full.

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Mr B & Mr K - Kent
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Had very good chalet in front of the waterfall----wonderful but busy and quite a contrast to the quiet of the other places.

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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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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Average
Average
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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
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Average
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Food:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Excellent location

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