Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 401 travellers
Excellent
154
Good
188
Average
48
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 401 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 D & Mrs L - Cumbria
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Great aterhole on the door step.

Room very comfortable, situation fantastic, near to waterhole.

Great to see a waterhole and all the animals that gathered, especially at night.

The resturant was self service, but sadly the staff let it down, service to get a table, a drink etc was non excistence...

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Mr T & Ms J - Kincardineshire, Scotland
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Slightly difficult to find where to check in coming from Outjo. National Park and camp reception staff were rather austere in contrast to other places.

Other staff were fine. Rooms were slightly small but the waterhole provided great interest and while we were there was very little people noise.

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Mr S & Ms J from Cymau, Wales
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Arriving at Okaukuejo from a spell in Damaraland, this restcamp came as a bit of a shock to the system. It's a very large camp, with lots of people. Through a booking mess-up, we were put into a standard double room which was perfectly adequate. Meals are all buffet style and generally the food quality was fine. The highlight however are the steaks cooked to order, including African game and the usual beef, chicken and pork etc.

Apart from being within the park, the other main feature of the restcamp is the floodlit water-hole. Whenever we were at the water-hole, we always saw something interesting, including elephant, rhino and giraffe. However, there are a lot of seats around the water-hole (think auditorium) and invariably enough human noise to dispel the 'wild' atmosphere, although the animals didn't seem too bothered. It is very impressive at night!

There are other lodges in the area, but the location of Okaukuejo is ideal for visiting the park without lengthy journeys in.

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Mr & Mrs L from Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

brilliant waterhole

Although we could not see the waterhole from our room inspite of it's name, we were a very short distance away. The crowds round the waterhole were not oppressive or noisy; we saw a great many animals.

Being in the park was a great advantage for night and early morning viewing of the waterhole and easy access to the rest of the park.

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The S Family - Darwin, Australia
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

The expensive accommodation over looking the night lit water hole was very special. Though we got very liitle sleep because we had to keep sitting up to see how many rhino were there.

I am not sure were to put this but the etosha park ranges are military or police trained, have no tourist industry training and considering that they are there to keep you safe are very heavy handed, inconsistant and threatening. Thier job could be easily done by a handful of signs.

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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Great being inside the park. The room was simple but very nice, but the food is pretty awful. We'll self-cater next time. We saw some fantastic game at the waterhole (worth putting up with the food), which is why we have rated the facilities and our overall experience as excellent.

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Honeymooners from Aberdeen
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

We enjoyed our stay at Okaukuejo as the water hole attracted a wide range of animals over a short period of time and its location is good for exploring western Etosha.

The 45 minute queue at check in confirmed that the place was run by the government, as did the beaurcracy of having to fill out repeated forms with the same information. Expert Africa had told us that a deposit of N$500 was required and advised us to check the room inventory, which we did.

Our recommendation would be to get dinner over with early to spend maximim time at the waterhole in the evening. In our visit we saw elephants at 7.30, giraffes at 8.00 and rhino's at 8.30. But they might not keep to a timetable.

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Mr A & Mrs A - Twickenham
Arrived on: 16-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Fantastic waterhole and great value. The rooms were clean, air-conditioned, great value and the standard was as high as some of the private lodges.

The food was good when we were there (especially for a buffet) and was certainly good value, although veggies may struggle for choice.

It is a busy site but well worth it to be inside the camp and for the waterhole.

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Mr & Mrs N from Hants
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

We had a chalet near the waterhole at Okaukuejo, but weren't disturbed by all the people who come to view the waterhole in the evening. The waterhole is brilliant - there is so much wildlife around in the middle of the day, and we saw rhinos both nights at around 9pm.

The chalets have very recently been refurbished, and are very smart and comfortable, with mosquito nets and air conditioning.

The food was ok - one night it was a buffet, the other a barbeque, but we would recommend either getting food early or booking a table, as Okaukuejo is very busy. The shop had a limited selection of goods - better than Namutoni though (which only had sparkling bottled water).

Note that on checking out, the reception radios one of the housekeeping staff to check that the room has been left in a good state before returning the deposit.

We expected there to be more information about where particular animals had been sighted and were surprised that this didn't exist.

We enjoyed our time at Okaukuejo, and saw a lot of interesting things on our self-driven game drives.

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Mr & Mrs Pel's fishing owl - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Much better than expected

Although we were told that this restcamp had been recently upgraded from a very basic standard and clearly had to pay considerably more for the privilege, the camp was much better than expected. In particular our waterhole chalet (W18) was perfectly located for the waterhole (only 50m away) and was immaculate.

We self-catered in the evening so as not to miss the activity at the waterhole but did take breakfast in the restaurant- plenty of choice (even for my wife (fresh not tinned fruit!) which was excellent. Checking in was a little tedious but checking out very quick with no need for an inventory check to collect my refund of the 500 Rand deposit.

Game viewing was excellent throughout with plenty of activity at many of the other waterholes we visited. Highlights at the Okakuejo waterhole were Black Rhino every night - 6 on one night - huge herds of elephant with tiny babies, massive numbers of zebra in the morning and a jackal kill right in front of us.

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