Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 395 travellers
Excellent
151
Good
188
Average
46
Poor
9
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.
Ms M & Mr G from Surrey
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

The room was nice and clean. Fresh and looked new. The bonus was the room's close proxmity to the waterhole.

The waterhole was the highlight, especially with the animals coming in to drink water there in throughout day and night. It was so relaxing by having a glass of gin and tonic, chilling out by looking at all the animals. It was interesting to see their behavioural patterns and movements.

Was disappointed that we could only stay there one night instead of two nights.

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Mrs & Mr S - West Yorkshire
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

We were pleasantly surprised by the excellent standard of uor accomodation at Okaukuejo. It was more than adequate. The only fustration was that it didn't have an outside area to sit to have a drink. The camp is also clean and well set out.The waterhole here is amazing, so much going on. It didn't seem to matter what time of day or night you visited, there was always something to see. We could not quite believe it when we strolled down after our evening meal to see four black rhino. A mother and her calf plus two males.

It is not as intimate hear as the lodges and the food is a hot buffet which was plentiful but quite expensive. Also it gets quite repetative if you stop for a while. Paying a deposit of 500 Namibian Dollars for return of the key seemed strange and unnecessary.

All in all I would rather stop here for the amazing water hole that outside of Etosha.

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The Lanner Falcons from Surrey
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
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Animals galore

There are two sorts of waterhole room at the Camp - those close to the front, which are two storey arrangements with a verandah and a second row further back which are on a single level. We had the latter which were comfortable, but rather small. We would advise you that great care is needed in recommending which room to book, even some of the front row rooms have no view of the animals because of the trees between them and the waterhole! The whole camp (like the other 2 in Etosha) was overhauled in 2007 so is in great condition.

The waterhole was fantastic with large numbers of visitors by dawn, day, dusk and night - so it was great value being close by just to pop down to see what was happening and who needed a drink.

Some very noisy jackels seemed to live in the camp, despite warning signs about them - they obviously don't read well!

The camp is quite large but even though it was full when we were there, it didn't seem too crowded, although meal times could be somewhat frustrating with the numbers of people being serviced. All meals are buffets and this can lead to long queues throughout the meal periods as some seem to go back 2 or 3 times! The dining room and its outside extension are very large and can get incredibly noisy, but there is a small "a la carte" room alongside which provides a quieter area but with the same buffet arrangements and no extra charge! A good alternative if one knows about it, we were lucky to be told on our second day and used it for 2 nights.

Although it's at the western end of Etosha, Okaukuejo is a good base for the park and seems better than Namutoni which feels very small in comparison. A very helpful petrol station that quickly fixed a tyre punctured by a large nail obviously picked up nearby.

One comment - on Page 365, Chris' book suggests that camp accommodation fees include the park entrance charge. This is NOT the case - a car and 4 adults costs N$330 per day in addition - so needs to be added the budget.

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Ms. Wattled Starling
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

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Okaukuejo Campsite - Facilities good - showers hot, etc. This campsite was the dirtiest I had, bits of food and rubbish on the ground.

Ground was so hard I couldn't get my tent pegs in and had to use stones to secure my tent. Broke all my pegs!

Good food in restaurant, great next to waterhole. Friendly staff.

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The Plovers from Midanbury
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
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Activities:
Excellent
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Elephants and rhino

This has been much revamped since our visit in 2001. Our roundel was beautifully furnished and equipped and spotlessly cleaned each day. The restaurant service was efficient despite the numbers of people it copes with. We only had one evening meal there but the game was the best of the entire trip. They still need to sort out how to keep the icecream frozen though! The shop was much better stocked and had most goods most of the time. We took an night game drive which was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, even if no big cats showed up!

The only problem is the length of time it can take to get anything done in the office. They seem to need to produce masses of paperwork for the same thing and there is just not enough staff at the peak times of checking in and out. The few staff work very hard to deal with 6 things at once!

2 corrections to information we were given in UK. Firstly, park entrance fees are not included in accommdation costs and must be paid on arrival. Secondly, the check of your room upon departure is done by radio and is speedy in our experience. Don't be tempted to hand over your passport/driving licence as a deposit on the room - we saw several people hurrying off and forgetting these and another person whose licence had been lost in the office!

Take your own teabags - and Englishman with no breakfast tea is not worth knowing!

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Expert Africa comments

Expert Africa appreciates the comments regarding the room check upon departure made here. The system implemented by Namibia Wildlife Resorts whereby a deposit is required before check-in, and only returned when the room has been checked upon departure, is relatively new. Our personal experience of this system was of its early stages and so we are pleased to hear that it has improved since then.

We note that Namibian park fees are not included as part of a holiday cost in our initial correspondence with travellers. This is when we detail out the chosen safari and what is and isn’t included in the cost. We will look into mentioning this again to travellers before they depart so that they can plan accordingly.

Mr & Mrs Goshawk - Middlesex
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

great game viewing at waterhole. rooms by far superior to cafetria

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Mr & Mrs Hyena - West Midlands
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
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Okakuejo has the best water hole in Etosha

We were only a small walk from the water hole which has constant comings and goings.

We lost count of however many Elephants we saw as well as 6 Rhinos and a Hyena in one short evening

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Mr R & Mrs J Pygmy Falcon
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Lovely stay at Okaukuejo

Okaukuejo is unique, it's a large complex in the middle of the safari park. It's not luxurious, though our Waterhole Chalet was very comfortable and beautifully located.

The food is institutional and the service tends to the terse. But that's not the point! The location is fantastic, the waterhole at night is spectacular, and not bad during the day. There are plenty of places to drive to to watch even more game, and the birdlife just wandering about the camp is excellent.

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The Dune larks from Sheffield
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

This location is superb and you have to stay here. Inside the national park we could walk from our bungalow 2 mins to the main watering hole and sit all day and night watching a variety of animals come to drink including zebra, giraffe, rhinos, elephants, wilderbeasts, kudu, etc etc.

The bungalows were very clean, spacious and well prepared for any mozzies. Food at the restaurant was not great (think of mass catering) but was OK for 2 nights.

If you want to self-cater DON'T relay on the shop - very poor range and quantities - bring it with you! Post Office is great!

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Meerkats from Thame - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

The NWR places at Okokuejo and Halali had very nicely-refurbished rooms and chalets and were a big improvement on what they were ten years ago. The waterhole at Okakuejo was full of game and a constant source of interest - elephants throughout the day, hundreds of springbok, plenty of giraffe and oryx and two resident jackals. Rhino visited every night - six on one occasion.

We were delighted with the whole park - we made two drives each day and saw almost all that we would wish to see, including quite a number of lions on three occasions, two leopards eating a kill, right next to the road, and a distant cheetah.

I suspect that the lion population is pretty high in Etosha now, but we still counted ourselves very fortunate in our sightings. I would rate Etosha as at least as good as parks like Tsavo and Amboseli.

The food at Okokuejo was excellent, too, with friendly restaurant staff.

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