Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 395 travellers
Excellent
151
Good
188
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 395 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 W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Much better than expected

We drove straight here from the airport, having arrived via Air Namibia at about 07.45; with two of us it was a perfectly comfortable drive allowing for stop offs to buy food and have lunch at a road-side picnic spot, where we started the birding list. Having done a couple of short game drive loops we arrived at the camp around 3.30pm.

We were very pleasantly surprised by Okaukeujo, having read reports of poor food and surly staff. From check-in to check-out all staff were friendly and helpful and the food from the restaurant was good (and good value) with both dinner and breakfast cooked to order. We thought the wine prices were particularly good value. Having said that, we used the braai at our Bush Chalet on our second night – wood and firelighters from the shop (plenty for two braais) were fine but you do need to take your own utensils and crockery – you can buy these in the supermarkets in Okajandia and Otjiwarongo. It's best to buy food there too as the selection in camp is restricted. If you braai you are likely to be visited by the local jackals and foxes – not a problem – they're cute and curious but not insistent.

Our Bush Chalet was very comfortable with comfy beds and fluffy pillows. Either no duvet or very thick though! Efficient air-conditioning but shower dripped during the night.

We didn't eat at the camp at lunchtime but picnicked on food bought outside Etosha – recommend the sausage rolls from the bakery in Outjo!! Delicious!

The waterhole was excellent – we saw 7 rhino (5 white , 2 black one evening). It's a shame so many people stay 1 night and leave first thing in the morning – spend an hour between 8.30 to 10 ish and you should have excellent animal viewing – after all the camps outside the park bring their guests there at that time because they think it's the best waterhole in the park! Why rush to leave??

Fill up with fuel before entering Etosha – the restcamps are 5% dearer than anywhere else.

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Mr M & Ms H from London
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Amazing waterhole, but downhill from there

This was the only disappointing accommodation on our trip, feeling every bit the government run camp it is. Rooms were average, though poor value for money in comparison to other places we stayed, but food was a real shock after our other experiences - a real scrum, and akin to a Little Chef in terms of quality, which left us resorting to bread and coleslaw! The basic service all round is also a let-down after other places.

However, the Waterhole probably just makes all this worth putting up with, given the amazing views of all sorts of game long into the night.

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Mrs J. & family - Warwickshire
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha.

Bush chalets by water hole fantastically situated.
Best water hole - lots of elephant, giraffe, zebra, rhino, springbok, jackals, and birds
Beautiful linen

Waterhole at Ozonjuitji m'Bari was remoter and teeming with antelopes and zebra, sandgrouse.
5 lions at Gemsbokvlakte.

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Dr H & family - Cockfosters, Herts
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We were only able to get one night in the park which was a shame,. The only option to us was the luxury of a premier chalet which was rather a waste as we only used it to sleep, as there was so much going on at the fantastic flood lit water hole. we also were NOT able to see the waterhole properly from the balcony, as we were led to believe, as the view was obstructed by trees ! ! !

However the buffet was great , as was the shop on site and the whole camp much nicer and quieter than we expected after reading the comments on this site, and booking in at 2pm was easy.

We saw so much more at the waterhole here than anywhere else in Etosha, and I would have loved another evening at the waterhole .

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Mr A & Mrs L - Notts
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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
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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
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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
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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:
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Excellent
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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
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Good
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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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