Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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!
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.
Okaukuejo Restcamp review
great game viewing at waterhole. rooms by far superior to cafetriaRead more about the whole safari
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.