Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 382 travellers
Excellent
143
Good
185
Average
44
Poor
9
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 382 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 Kingsley
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
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Activities:
Terrible
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

This definitely was very like Butlins with lions but however the location and waterhole were such a big plus that it didn't matter.

It was a great base to explore the park and the sheer numbers and variety of animals around is mind boggling. The room was OK,a bit dark, but we spent very little time in it as there was so much to see. The swimming pools were pleasant and much appreciated in the hot afternoons.

The restaurant was a self service buffet and was OK but not all elements turned up at the right time and service, seating and amount of cutlery were very hit and miss. Had a local school singing one night and that was excellent.

The only organised activity we took part in was the night drive and we saw a huge amount of night, the occasional rhinos rear end retreating into the distance, but little else. The driver was not to be deterred and he drove us endlessly for hours only stopping after a near collision with an extremely large, very cross elephant. An interesting experience but not one I would recommend.

When we left we drove to the other end of Etosha which was very different and I would have liked to have spent a bit more time in maybe one of the other lodges in the park.

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Mr A & Ms M - Sante Fe, USA
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
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Food:
Terrible
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Okaukuejo Camp review

In six weeks of traveling in Africa staying at 15 safari camps, this is the only one we were unhappy with.

Although we were warned by Chris McIntyre's book that the camp had variable reports, we did want to stay near the waterhole.

First, the staff was unfriendly, not knowledgable about Etosha and not helpful. We couldn't an answer to even simple questions like "is there a restaurant at Halali?" I suppose it's a reflection of the staff dealing with masses of people but we didn't have any such experiences elsewhere.

The food was really awful. The first night there was sufficient food but it was all cooked badly. The second night they seemed to have run out food. The trays that were full of food (rice, vegetables, etc) were almost all empty. Since we don't eat meat (which was not a problem at any other lodge), we were reduced to a dinner of rice and ice cream. At breakfast the next morning most of the food that had been there the previous morning wasn't there. When we got to Halali for lunch, we found that they had run out of a lot food.

Unfortunately, we didn't see much at the water hole while we were there and, as the book warned, there was a lot of noise from people talking loudly on their cell phones.

We did have some great sightings at the water holes in the park during the day so would have been much happier at a lodge outside the park.

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Mr O & Ms S from Middlesex
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

bi improvment since last visit and waterhole is still a big attraction

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Mr & Mrs H - Kent
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Busy and impersonal

What this camp lacked in the personal touch and quality services, it more than made up for with its location inside Etosha national park and its floodlit waterhole. Here, we could sit in comfort for as long as we wished watching a procession of animals coming to drink at the water hole right under our noses.

Our cabin was nice, but the overall welcome and restaurant service were no better than average. The camp was very large, busy and not very attractive looking. But then that is reflected in the price, which is considerably less than the luxury lodges outside the park.

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Mr J & Mrs C - Namibia Sep
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Worth tolerating for the incredible waterhole

The overall rating is Good due to the Waterhole, which is without doubt the saviour of the camp, but we knew that before we went - and the waterhole is why we picked this camp. The big surprise for us was that the rooms weren't at all bad - apart from the slightly institutional feel - and perfectly adequate. The rest of the camp isn't great though - especially at dinner time which is, frankly, a zoo. The food isn't very good either (save for terrific grilled impala on our first night) and my husband was ill while we were here - although I do mainly blame him for eating a clearly undercooked sausage at breakfast.
What's frustrating is that it wouldn't take much effort for this all to be considerably improved.

But the waterhole - oh my goodness. It was breathtaking. We sat for hours and hours here - 2 hours before dinner, and 2 after dinner each night (the second night slightly aborted due to a horrible dust storm). Then 2 hours the next morning between 9 and 11 having visited other waterholes earlier. We couldn't tear ourselves away - families of elephants trumpeting as they charged in to drink, 13 giraffes nervously approaching before drinking, a pride of lions on both nights, 8 black rhino, including a tiny baby, hundreds and hundreds of kudu, sprinkbok, wildebeest, oryx & zebra. It was mesmerising.

As grim as some aspects were of this camp, we'd happily do it all again.

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Mr J & Ms A - Norway, honeymoon
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Perfect chalet overlooking the waterhole. Make sure you spend a few extra bucks getting a waterholde chalet. Worth every penny.

Close up look at Lions, Rhinos, Giraffes, Zebras and lots of other animals from balcony. Also, parking is easy, so you can just drive out early to see animals troughout Etosha

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Ms C & Mr W - Colorado
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuego Rest Camp review bush chalet

If I had been to Okaukuego Camp before Hoodia, Wolwedans or Noro Dawas I would have given Okaukuego higher marks. But because the customer service I received at these prior places was so superior I held Okaukuego up to these standards.

The check in process was efficient but the staff was not as friendly as the other places. They were not unfriendly, but just not as outgoing as the other places.

The room was very spacious and clean. I was glad we didn't pay extra to be in the waterhole chalets because our room was right across the street from the waterhole.

I liked having the option to do a nightime game drive. This was the only place that offered this experience and we had a great time seeing the animals active rather than sleeping. The game driver was very serious about our safety and very respectful of the animals (he did not get too close or shine the night light in their eyes).

The food at the restaurant was okay for buffet food. There was good variety. The chefs cooking the meat were very friendly and funny and encouraged us to try game (kudu, springbok).

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Mr & Mrs M - Hemel Hempstead
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Stayed in a waterhole chalet, although NWR's main booking system had bumped us down from the premium chalet which Expert Africa had booked us into.

Having said that, the chalet was fine, and its really all about the waterhole, which was excellent. overall we were pleasantly surprised as we had read so much bad feedback. But the chalet was clean, the food was OK, and people were quiet at the waterhole. We would recommend a night here.

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Mr. & Mrs. B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Big and busy Okaukuejo

Disabled persons review: All areas of this lodge was easily accessible.

The biggest camp was busy with traffic, campers and people walking to and from the waterhole past our room. The patio area was not at all private. The waterhole is close to the rooms so distracting noise but the animals seemed to take no notice. We saw some lions at night but as the whole waterhole is not well lit these were indistinct.

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Mr & Mrs H - Dorking
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

The wildlife helps make up for the small room and the poor layout of the camp. Again you are hit with petty minded paperwork as at all the government locations.

But we saw a leopard and all can be forgiven.

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