Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 419 travellers
Excellent
164
Good
194
Average
50
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 419 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 & 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
Good

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
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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
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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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Jacana family from Bristol
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Exceeded our expectations in every way

Previous feedback on Okaukuejo had led us to expect a rather down-market experience. In every way this place exceeded our expectations. Check-in was prompt and we knew that we would be required to deposit N$500 (we were only charged one deposit for two rooms). Bush rooms were clean, tidy and decently sized. Only one of our two rooms had a inventory present and an ice-tray was missing from the fridge; we did inform reception who didn't seem too interested.

Swimming pools and grounds were beautiful and overall impression is that this place is good enough to compete with any resort hotel in the world. Restaurant meals in the evening were rather a scrum with significant queues for main courses, but choice was wider than anywhere else we visited and quality was excellent . Second evening ate at 1830 rather than 1900 and avoided most of the queuing.

Some info we read in the UK before departure suggested that Okaukuejo had an ATM and internet cafe, but neither were present and nearest bank was south at Outjo. Hotel and park fees can be paid by credit card, but don't rely on topping up cash reserves here.
We spent hours at the water hole, both during day and at night. Constant visits from big groups of large and small animals. Just fantastic.

During our full day at Okaukuejo, we explored the furtherest western water holes and found these teaming with life, but with few other visitors. Didn't feel need to take guided tour, and managed to see virtually every animal that we wanted at a pace that suited ourselves. After checking out we drove through park eastwards and were rewarded with numerous close encounters of the animal kind.

Before coming to Namibia we thought that we would be lucky to get close enough to get decent photos of any of the big animals. In the event we were regularly stopping the car to allow deer, giraffe and elephant to cross the road immediately in front of us. We have returned home with 6Gb of pictures and 5 hours of video. This place is outstanding.

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The Waterbuck family from Salisbury
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Much smarter than 13 years ago!

In Etosha the first choice is whether you stay in the park or not. We think that staying in the park is the right way to go as it cuts down on the amount of driving you do each day to get in there and you have the signfiicant advantage of the night time game viewing at the waterholes at the ldoegs (when we came back from dinner the first night we stayed there were more than 30 elephants and 3 rhinos at the Okaukuejo waterhole!)

The revamped lodge rooms are much smarter than they were and of a good standard, if a bit cramped. The food is a bit canteen like and outside of the canteen there is little in the way of self-catering faiclities in the rooms.

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The Aardwolves from Middlesex
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

We had a luxury bungalow by the waterhole which was superb. We were less impressed by the main complex which was the only place in Namibia that we went to that felt over-touristy.

The waterhole provided excellent game viewing.

Great swimming pool.

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The Harrier family from Switzerland
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Good
Good

Wonderful waterhole at Okaukuejo Restcamp

Comfortable bungalow facing busy waterhole. Excellent buffet dinner, entertained by children singing to raise money for their school. Nice pool area. Enjoyed walking around restcamp and the restful time watching the game visit waterhole.

Camp pass - we arrived for a 2 day stay at 2.30pm. Problem was that the pass expired at 2.30 after 2 days, which means that we had to exit the other gate by this time, or buy another day pass. I feel that the pass should be for a full day if arriving after 1.00pm.

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