Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 399 travellers
Excellent
152
Good
188
Average
48
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 399 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 black-winged stilts
Arrived on: 14-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

This was probably my least favourite place on the whole trip, although the standard of accommodation and service on the trip was incredibly high so even been the least favourite still meant the standard was reasonably good.

The chalet was fitted out well, but somehow it seemed dingy and a bit unwelcoming and the whole area had more of a feeling of suburbia than restcamp. There was a fridge which was good and a kettle to make tea, but they provide you with the grand total of 2 teabags so you can't overindulge yourselves...

The service at the reception was perfunctory at best and even the guys at the petrol station were fairly miserable which is pretty rare in Namibia. The food was pretty dreadful and overpriced in my opinion. The second night we skipped dinner and ate a snack from the snack bar instead, but the quality of the food from there was pretty dubious, but at least it was cheaper.

Having read the Bradt guidebook I thought that the office would provide some useful information on where the best viewing spots for wildlife were but there was nothing much there, just some out of date information on roads and a few spottings written down by other tourists. I did ask someone for some advise and he recommended a route which when we arrived at Andreson gate to turn onto turned out to be blocked off and shut which was a bit annoying as it was getting late on in the day and we could have done without having to drive all the was there to find a blocked off road. It would be good to have had more information at the office to advise people on wildlife viewing, particularly as it was rainy season and viewing is not as simple as just rocking up to a water hole and sitting back - nothing needed to go to the water hole as there was water everywhere!!

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Desert elephants from Devon
Arrived on: 7-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average

Far better than expected

Some of the best beds we have slept in.

Impressed with the layout of the bush chalet. Small details were unexpectedly good.

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Mr. Sparrowhawk - Isle of Man
Arrived on: 22-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Food like school dinners !

Accommodation greatly improved.

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The Baobabs from Kirk
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

The search for wildlife

A very nicely laid out camp with plenty of space and good accommodation. It was nice having a fridge and kettle. Being a large place it lacks the intimacy of the smaller lodges, but has a lovely pool area with plenty of space to relax. The food was good, seved in a very pleasant dining area (inside and out) with friendly staff. The response to a leak we had in the bathroom was rapid and efficient; every effort was made to be helpful.

The shop was adequately stocked for self caterers cooking an evening meal but short of anything suitable for a lunchtime picnic. We drove ourselves around Etosha so cannot comment on the game drives offered by the camp. As it was the rainy season, the waterholes were often almost devoid of wildlife, but having to search made it more rewarding. We saw plenty of smaller animals and many amazing and fascinating birds.

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Mr & Mrs Lion - Maine USA
Arrived on: 20-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Luxury at Etosha

These bungalows have recently been renovated and they are rather posh. The solid walls, windows and air conditioning lend a different atmosphere than the usual tent and thatch accommodations of camps.

Considering we visited in the rainy season, we had no trouble with a 2WD Toyota; we saw more game and birds than anyone seemed to expect, and many of these had young with them.

We ate lunches out in our car at waterholes and wished we had brought groceries with us from outside the park because the park's store had limited cold lunch supplies: canned goods, apples, tomatoes, cheese, crackers and bread.

Also, we would have preferred a more casual option for dinner: the restaurant was full, bustling with guests dressed as if at a resort; and the buffet--although good--was more than we wished to eat.

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Mr & Ms Rockjumper from London
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Restcamp location is all

We stayed in a chalet near the waterhole which was expensive, too small and not worth the extra expense. The rooms had recently been refurbished and sadly, design seemed to have taken precedence over substance. The waterside rooms apparently had been single chalets subdivided into two and they were very cramped. There was a fridge (which was welcome) but you could barely open it. There was nowhere to sit except on the bed or outside, and outside it was too hot during the day and there were too many biting insects after sunset.

The restaurant was like a vast dining hall and the service was indifferent. The breakfasts were good enough. We bought our own food for dinner, but there was a very limited selection in the shop. So - it's recommended that you stock up on the way before you arrive.

However, the location was excellent. Because we were in the park, we could make the most of driving around the west side of the park.

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The Longclaws from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 7-Jan-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

We were booked into a tiny room which would have done for a one night stopover only.

We upgraded for 160N$ a night to a semi-detached bungalow which was excellent. The breakfast was good as was the dinner.

I thought the staff tried very hard to give good food and service.

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Miss W & Mr A from Surrey
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Very small room - no space to sit down at all, just a bed and a place for 1 suitcase and a small fridge. Fairly surly service from the staff who initially gave us an occupied room.

It worked and the waterhole was good, but better to stay in the larger accommodation offered in the same camp. On site shop is for basics only.

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Ms. Grey Lourie - S. Yorkshire
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Compact & bijou rooms at Okaukuejo

Although pristine and modern, the rooms at Okaukuejo were very, very small. We had difficulty bringing both of our holdalls into the room - and with such high prices I would have expected more !!

This said - despite the extreme disappointment of finding out the wrong dates had been booked we were very pleases to be staying inside the NP

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Expert Africa comments

We made a mistake over the dates for this booking – and so apologised, and did our best to make amends as soon as we found it, including an upgrade for these travellers for one night at our cost.

As many of the previous reviews here note, during 2007 the rest camps in Etosha National Park were fully refurbished. The restcamps now retain the huge advantage of their locations and waterholes, although service, quality and some details of the rooms remain issues.

With this refurbishment there was a big price rise. All our travellers need to be fully aware of these issues before they ask us to book Etosha’s restcamps – and factor it into their decisions.

Cape clawless otters - from California
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

We enjoyed our stay a Okakeujo. The rooms were small, but clean and comfortable. However, we most of our time was spent outside the room either on game drives or at the waterhole. Okaukeujo has the best waterhole of the three camps. We enjoyed staying up late watching a family of black rhinos.

The staff was not especially friendly or helpful. The restaurant service was below average. The dinner buffet was average and overpriced. The staff did not inform us that we had the option of only eating from the salad bad for 1/2 the price (which we would have preffered to do anyway).

Despite the negatives, Okaukeujo was our favorite rest camp in the park because of the waterhole.

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