Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 425 travellers
Excellent
167
Good
197
Average
50
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 425 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.
Miss. M and Mr. M - Co. Down
Arrived on: 15-May-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

We loved Etosha and our waterhole chalet was more than comfortable.

The number of people is a surprise after the tranquility of the previous lodges and the quality and choice of food obviously suffers because of the crowds that are being catered for!

The flood lit waterhole was fantastic and is a must for evening viewing!

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Mr & Mrs K from Bury
Arrived on: 26-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Everything about this camp was wonderful. The roomswere excellent and as they are positioned around a floodlit waterhole there is always something to watch.

We were very lucky whilst we were there we saw elephants, rhinos, zebra, jackals, many many birds including african eagle owls and that was without leaving the camp.

What can one say about Etosha? It was everything we hoped it would be and with a lot of effort ,as the grasses were long making spotting difficult, we saw everything we came to see and a great deal more.

The only downside to this camp is the restaurant which is pretty basic but there is a choice so you can usually find something to eat but it would be better if you could just pay for what you ate rather than one price for all.

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Mr & Mrs Falcon - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 9-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Okaukuejo was probably the best value for money of the entire trip. The waterhole is outstanding, the rooms were very well appointed and whilst the restaurant is large, busy, noisey and distinctly lacking in atmosphere, the food was excellent.

We really regretted spending only one night there.

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Mr & Mrs B - Kent
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

As Namutoni , the Okaukuejo accommodation had been completely upgraded in certain areas . The chalet near the waterhole was good ,but even after only a year was showing signs of wear and tear.

The dining was a bit like canteen style , a rolling buffet , so it was vital to avoid the crowds as this was a much busier camp than Namutoni. We ate late both lunch and dinner and found that after the initial crowds had died down , the standard was satisfactory /good , but don't get too excited.

The main draw has always been the waterhole , but the recent heavy rains had made it redundant which was a shame , but on the plus side it made the waterhole area very quiet during the evening and night, so that there was not the constant noise if you did want to get to bed early as previous visits.

As at Namutoni ,the authorities had closed several roads , but there was still plenty to see and so much just by the car. The 500 dollar deposit was no problem , returned promptly when checking out. The staff generally were fine

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Mr G & Mrs M - Portugal
Arrived on: 24-Jan-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Magical waterhole at Okaukuejo Restcamp

Beautiful new rooms in the waterhole chalets, very well appointed with probably the most comfortable beds on the entire trip.

Food is excellent quality in the self service dining room with fresh steaks grilled to your liking. Very good value also.

There had been a lot of rain and we appreciate this is not the best time of year to see game in Etosha and the waterhole was not very active. However it is a magical experience at night when it is floodlit.

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Mrs M - Helensborough
Arrived on: 1-Dec-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Contenders for the "Jobsworth" award

This camp has, obviously been refurbished. The accommodation clean and comfortable but who forgot to put any hooks or shelves in the bathroom?

The facilities were good, the food was good but, oh dear! where did they find their staff? If they had any training at all it was to remember that "the guests are there for your benefit, not the other way round".

There were lots of people 'hanging around' but a broken glass by the waterhole was still there 24 hours later and seats which had been moved into a circle were not tidied until guests were compelled to drag them on their own.

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Mr F and party - Portugal
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Too many tourists

The Chalet was very good, spaciuos and confortable.It is a pitty that although we were in front of the waterhole we could hardly see it because of the trees (and it is more expensive !!!). Fortunately the waterhole itself was not crowded or noisy at this time of the year.

Okaukuejo is too busy with tourists. We have visited Namutoni which is nicer and much calmer.

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Mr & Mrs L from Berkshire
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

We were not made to feel welcome on our arrival. The lady collecting the Permit Fees was very unhelpful and rude (their card machine was not working).

The room was nice as they have just been refurbished, but the resturant staff and service were abismal. They really need some customer care training - its such a contrast to the service and friendliness we found at all the other places we stayed.

Nice waterhole, a relaxing place to watch the animals after the chaotic resturant experience.

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Mr & Mrs G - Surrey
Arrived on: 26-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Very busy and seemed full but this did not detract from the experience. Camp is newly renovated and our waterhole chalet was very comfortable, well equipped and in a good position. However the room appeared cramped.

The waterhole, while not visible from the room, was close enough to carry your drink and provided day-long interest in late October. ON arrival we immediately saw springbok, zebra, giraffe, black-faced impala and jackal. It is also well lit at night with sodium lamps (set the white balance on your camera manually!) when we saw black and white rhino and elephant.

It is a very good base for visiting the best waterholes at the West end or Etosha. Gemsbokvlakte was really good where we saw a pride of lions holding the water while large herds of springbok, oryx and zebra waited to drink. Nearby a small pride of lionesses were sitting in the shade by the road. There were also plenty of birds, notably the Kori Bustard, red crested korhaan and giant eagle owl.

Unfortunately the service was very poor at reception and in the dining room but this did not spoil the lodge for us. Food was good buffet style and plentiful but must be paid for on the spot (cash or cards) and cannot be charged to your room.

Pools complex looked very good but we did not have time to use it!

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Mrs. F and Family - Horsley
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Brilliant Waterhole

We stayed here for the floodlit waterhole. and it was worth it. In the darkness we saw 2 Rhino, elephant, giraffe, and heard a male lion roaring in the distance which made our spines tingle.

We had no problems with the food, there was plenty, although not the same standard as other lodges we stayed at. A local school came and sang during dinner which was very good.

Our family chalet was large and comfortable although the concrete bathrooms did look rather strange, they worked fine.
I wouldn't want to stay here too long, but definitely worth at least one night for the waterhole.

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