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.
The Water dikkops from Calgary, Canada
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

really good stuff and REALLY bad!

Very nice rooms, pool, buildings, location, water hole!

HOWEVER, Jill and I have rarely had a worse dinning experience in our life! The food was AWFUL and the set up was like we were back in summer camp only with really pretty plates! Sure we had this whole cool selection of "wild game" meat to try. All of which was so tough and over cooked that we could hardly cut it.

The guys working there had no personality (except for the lady who sat us). And they could not keep up with the volume needed to feed everyone there. BAD BAD BAD Someones job needs to be re-evaluated!

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The Suricate family from Hale in Cheshire
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

The overall Etosha experience was memorable and the location of our cabins ideal - persuading one member of our party to travel more than the 25 yards from cabin to water hole proved difficult!

Given the number of visitors being catered for, both standards of food and service were entirely acceptable - tho' prices in the shop took advantage of the captive population. We found that staying in the park - not least at opening and closing times -
more than outweighed the attractions of perhaps more salubrious accommodation elsewhere.

Three nights good, four even better.

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The Dassies from Cumbria
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

We were disappointed to find that although we had booked a chalet adjacent to the water hole it turned out that there was a row of chalets in front of us and we could not actually see the water hole from our chalet, although it was only a hundred yards or so away. The chalet was also semi detached which we had not expected.

We did ask to be upgraded and offered tp pay the difference (the chalets closest to the water hole are considerably larger) but, even though one of the larger chalets was empty for the duration of our stay, the office staff would not consider this. We found the administration of this camp to be unnecessarily beauracratic and the staff unhelpful. The restaurant was large and impersonal and the food disappointing.

However we would not have missed staying here as the wildlife at the water hole was amazing and made up for everything. One of the most exciting moments was near sunset when a herd of elephants appeared on the horizen and hurried towards the water for a drink and bathe.

We also watched rhino, at one time there were four together, drinking after sunset at the, by then,floodlit water hole.

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Sitatunga family from Sterling - Scotland
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

This has to be judged as a large enterprise. It is busy and the personal touch is lacking. BUT the location with the great waterhole and its wild animals is a must for visitors to Etosha. Our Premium, waterhole chalet was luxuious and well maintained, as is the whole camp. NWR do a good job here, and even the restaurant - in constant flux and demand - offers a good service, if without frills. People are friendly.

Because the waterhole is so impressive, often after dark, the advice to stay here - within the park - is sound and a stay here is likely to be very rewarding.

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Keen walkers from Therfield
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Think it was my misunderstanding but I thought Waterhole chalets actually overlooked the waterhole as opposed to just being close to it so I was a bit disappointed on arrival. The rooms are beautifully done but a bit on the cramped side compared to everywhere else. However we had a great experience at Etosha overall.

Staff rated as less helpful than elsewhere. Small example, we checked in after long dusty drive. Went to our chalet and stripped off for a shower. No water. Got dressed, walked back to reception and they said "Oh yes, its a problem all over site, they are working on it" I've no problem with this at all but it might have been sensible to mention it at check in before we went to our room.

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Elephant Man & Lion Lady - Newcastle
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Stunning Waterhole

The restcamp is ideally situated to explore the southern end of the park but by far it's greatest asset is the floodlit waterhole. We were fortunate enough to see a herd of elephants at sunset on our second night, followed by 5 black rhino after dark!! If visiting in winter you will need to wrap up warm as it does become very cold, very quickly.

Our accommodation was basic, but clean and well maintained. From the outside the rooms do look like old fashioned Butlins chalets but were comfortable enough. We were pleasantly suprised by the high standard of service and the quality of the food at the restaurant. After reading reviews elsewhere we were a little worried about what to expect from the restcamp but it turned out to be a very enjoyable 2 night stay.

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The Caracal party from London
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Wonderful waterhole in Etosha

Okaukuejo was good good, much better appointed than we expected, the service was friendly and efficient.

The food in the restaurants was pretty good, a buffet, so lots to eat, and the local school children gave a singing and dancing performance which added to the atmosphere.

But the big plus of Okaukuejo is the waterhole, which is great. We spent a very happy evening eating sandwiches we made for ourselves and drinking abottle of wine. We saw numbers of elephant, game animals and black rhino.

During the day you can drive yourself around Etosha.

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Mr & Mrs. C - Lancashire
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

The waterhole at this camp must be the best in Africa, and the proximity to the Waterhole Chalet was superb.

We saw 48 elephants drinking at one time, and later the same day 3 black rhinos and 3 white rhinos together.

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Dune-larks from Northallerton
Arrived on: 11-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

The atmosphere is more 'mass tourism' than elsewhere but it is done well and the refurbished rooms are great. Our waterhole chalet enabled us to pop over to the waterhole a few yards away, anytime day or night, and provided the best game viewing of our trip.

The food is OK but again with a canteen-type atmosphere, good service though..

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Mr P & Mrs C Leicestershire
Arrived on: 30-May-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Whilst a lot of money has been spent on the camp, the waterhole chalets were too small, lots of nice touches inside but no room to move around in. Great location though as ever. Like Halali the shop is non existent so if you want lunch, take it from the breakfast buffet.

Overall the money spent by NWR on the Etosha camps has been badly wasted, has not provided wildlife lovers what they want, and has resulted in over expensive, over elaborate and unnecessary accommodation. Bring back the good old days of self catering with dodgy kitchens and showers.

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