Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 374 travellers
Excellent
141
Good
182
Average
42
Poor
8
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 374 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 & Mrs M from Chelmsford
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

We stayed at the premium accomodation by the waterhole and it was superb. Animals visited the waterhole all day and night and being accomodated so close we spent a lot of time sitting there watching them. We saw countless black rhino (yes, we lost count one of them one evening), zebras, giraffes, jackals, springboks and kudu, and two male lions that we had heard roaring all night visited while we watched. Unfortunately we could not see the waterhole from our balcony due to trees. The food was very good if you like lots of game, but as we don't it was average. The location is good for exploring the central area of Etosha by car; it is easy to find lots of game by the waterholes and birds in the trees, particulalry raptors. We didn't try the game drives as they use the same roads as we could drive on, and the game vehicles were packed full.

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Miss. F & Mr. E - Surbiton
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Camp review

What can we say about this camp: Butlins Africa style!! It is ok if you like to share your space with unruly children and rude tourists otherwise stay clear and maybe stay outside the park.

Our room was so small we could not even go around the bed, no place for the luggage, freezing at night with no extra blankets.The dining experience was dire, you have to queue for everything and got a very small portion for it ( which was cold as well), with people pushing in front of you in a bufet style frenz..., lots of people appeared to complain but the staff were not very helpful and unfriendly. A real difference from the private lodges which we had experienced up 'til now.

The only good point of the camp is of course the very busy waterhole, but even then the experience is often ruined by screaming children and pushy people!

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Ms W & Ms B - Alaska
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

Okaukuejo Camp was comfortable, clean, and nice. While at Okaukuejo we appreciated the opportunity to be self-sufficient while having access to nice facilities. We very much enjoyed the buffet style dinners, the food was well prepared considering it was produced for a large number of visitors at one time. We made it a point to arrive early for dinner, as recommended in our guide book, which proved beneficial as there was always plenty of food available.

The only blemish in regards to our service was at the lunch kiosk on 02 July. The wait at the kiosk window to place the order took close to 30 minutes, then there was the additional time it took to actually get our food. This lack of service we attribute to lack of staffing versus effort, the woman working was doing the best she could but definitely needed more assistance to handle the volume of customers. Not sure if this was a regular occurrence but felt it was worth noting because it was very different from our experience dining in the evening.

We didn't take advantage of any of the offered activities, however, we took full advantage of the waterhole which we consider a "must-see" sight at the camp. That alone is worth the visit. We had the pleasure of seeing rhino (white and black), elephant, giraffe, spotted hyena, lioness, zebra, jackal and more. It was as if a nature show was unfolding before us each night with one type of mammal after another arriving at the hole.

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Mr. A & Ms. B - St. Albans
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

Arriving at Okaukujo was a bit of a shock as the resort is pretty bleak... although this was more than made up by the incredible number of animals at the water hole....

The food at Okaukujo was a buffet which meant you had some choice and was generally ok.

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Mr & Mrs. C - Lancashire
Arrived on: 7-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

This was my third visit to Okaukuejo, the position of the waterhole Chalets is superb and the waterhole itself is just the best.
One complaint, this year our first visit to the restaurant was also our last the food was uneatable we tried the snack bar which was just as bad.
The cooking in both cases was to blame not the ingredients, I did complain to the management when leaving.

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Mr D & Mrs G - St Albans
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Camp review

We had a Bush Chalet, which was very good with lots of room and a little living room and kitchen area. We were also quite near the waterhole, where we saw LOTS of animals - lots of zebra and antelope during the day, and elephant & rhino at night.

The animals were of course the highlight and the camp is excellently placed for that.

The restaurant is slightly school-dinner style. It was all buffet style, which is difficult when there's around 100 people in there, and it was hard to get a waiter's attention for drinks etc.

For the location it was excellent.

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Mr & Mrs S - Leicestershire
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

The bush-chalet accommodation was better than we had anticipated and certainly more than just functional. Slight downside was the amount of 'hard' surfacing everywhere compared to Halali where the bush-chalets are much more informal in a natural, bush/scrub setting. We only used the restaurant for breakfast which was of a good standard. Both evenings we used the BBQ cooking meat ( frozen) which we bought at the 'Tourist shop'. Very limited choice of vegetables or fruit but its amazing how many different salads can be concocted from one large white cabbage with a bit of imagination!

BBQing was a nice change after being fully catered for elsewhere. However, Okaukuejo does have a serious problem with jackals roaming the site scavenging for food. They are certainly not timid and one even jumped up onto our BBQ while it was alight. We felt it was potentially an accident waiting to happen insofar as the possibility of someone (particulary a child) being bitten. The floodlit waterholei s obviously brilliant for viewing game although it does have a somewhat unnatural unreal feel to it with such a large human audience but, on balance, still a definite plus point.

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Mr. & Mrs. W - Langley, Canada
Arrived on: 31-May-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo is a Must for Self Drives in Etosha

The lighted water hole at Okaukuejo provides exceptional game viewing and makes the overall experience rate as excellent.

The renovated waterhole chalets are comfortable, if a bit small, and are an improvement over the very tired accommodations experienced on our previous two visits. We were unaware that self-catering was no longer available (something return clients need to know as we had planned to do our own lunches and dinners) and that the only restaurant on site (now the only choice for meals) has reduced its buffet selections offered at dinner.

For people doing self-drives in Etosha, Okaukuejo is an absolute must! On one night's viewing we saw 5 white rhino and 7 black rhino sharing the water hole at the same time.

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Honeymooners from Surrey
Arrived on: 16-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Great waterhole and access to Etosha

We were delighted to see 3 rhino, 4 elephants and 2 lions at the waterhole on our first night!! (But it would have been even better without the mobile phones of other guests)

It was a bit of a shock to be around so many people, it seemed very noisy by comparison to everywhere else we stayed (particularly in the restaurant and by the waterhole).

The location is undoubtably the best thing about this camp

The shop was understocked and v.overpriced.

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Miss. M and Mr. M - Co. Down
Arrived on: 15-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

We loved Etosha and our waterhole chalet was more than comfortable.

The number of people is a surprise after the tranquility of the previous lodges and the quality and choice of food obviously suffers because of the crowds that are being catered for!

The flood lit waterhole was fantastic and is a must for evening viewing!

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