Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 381 travellers
Excellent
142
Good
185
Average
44
Poor
9
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 381 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 A & Mrs L - Notts
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

People had led us to expect a lower standard in Etosha compared to some of the other lodges so we arrived prepared to settle for something less than we had been used to - and were pleasantly suprised. The camp, although busy, was clean and well run, and our Waterhole Chalet was excellent, perhaps not as big as some we had stayed in but since, we spent very little time inside it except to sleep, the location right next to the waterhole couldn't have been better. It was so easy to slip inside and collect a glass of wine (or a cup of hot coffee) and then go back to the entertainment round the waterhole - perfect.

Food was good - more than enough for everyone on the buffets even if you arrived later and the service was attentive and friendly. Obviously it is different from the smaller lodges due to the numbers involved, but we felt the place worked well, even at a busy period, and you could find your own piece of Etosha, with space, peace and stillness, just a few miles away from crowds around a waterhole with the lions, if you looked beyond the main roads.

We were pleased we had left Etosha until the end of our trip - talking to people as we travelled round, because we had had to work a bit harder to see animals and birds, I think we appreciated them a bit more than those who had started in Etosha with herd and herds of animals on your dooorstep. It is an amzing place and I don't think we saw a fraction of it in the time we had.

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Mr & Mrs S from Norfolk
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Excellent game viewing at the water hole day and night.
Game drives excellent both escorted and on our own.

Buffet style food was poor, drinks service was slow and paying the bill by credit card was chaotic.
Note we suspect our credit card was cloned here.

However the game made up for this.

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Mr. & Mrs. H - Notts
Arrived on: 28-Jul-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:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Okaukuejo is an absolute must for its waterhole alone. It has to be one of our all time travel highlights and we can't wait to return. The only problem is finding time to eat, sleep and wash! Next time we'd probably stay longer than two nights.

We stayed in a waterhole chalet and this was very nice (and convenient for hot drinks to keep us warm during the cold winter evenings by the waterhole).

Breakfast was good, with a good choice (although not everything is put out immediately). The snack bar could be improved as there isn't a great choice - we didn't really want to waste valuable game-viewing time having a three course dinner!

There is good game viewing near to the camp and we were lucky enough to see a cheetah early one morning.

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Prof. S & Mrs M - Cumbria
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Much better camp than Halali. Camp waterhole was brilliant. Would suggest 3 nights in Okakuejo better as a visit to Etosha than 2 in Halali and 2 in Okakuejo.

Didn't take any activities - driving around Etosha ourselves was fine

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Five friends from Amsterdam
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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The waterhole is addictive!

Beforehand we had booked for 2 nights, but could only get the waterhole chalets for one of them. When we arrived they did their best to work out how we could stay in our waterhole chalets for the 2nd night too. And what a perfect spot it was! You could see the elephants (and all the other animals) from your front door! You hardly needed to go on safari ...

The restaurant was pretty good, especially considering how many people it had to cope with. It was well organised and the staff were quite friendly.

The camp shop, though, didn't stock anything that you could take with you for a picnic.

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Ms DM & MR VO - Belgium
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

One can't compare the service of this kind of a place to the more personal situation of a lodge or B&B.

This is more "mass catering" for lots of people passing by every day. But the reason you're here is to view Etosha, and you can do a lot of it by yourself, driving around are just staying at the drinking pool.

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Mr C & Ms S - Colorado, US
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

How about seven rhino in one night? The new lodges are beautiful and wildlife at the waterholes amazing.

Food was fine. The Brandt safari guide says that there is an internet cafe here, but that has closed. Also, they don't have a place to change money, so you need to use visa. Still a great park and we saw a ton of very interesting critters and behavior.

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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
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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
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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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