Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
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The nicest camp in Etosha
Having previously been at Palmwag Rhino Camp, where the animals all run at the first sign of humans, we were bowled over when we arrived at Okaukuejo and saw a giraffe at the watering hole at 4pm! We were staying in a WaterHole Villa - these have just been refurbished and the standard of ours was good. Tea/coffee-making, a fridge and aircon. We also had a small 'garden' that we could sit in however, as we were only 10m from the waterhole, we spent most of our downtime there.
Okaukuejo's waterhole is quite large and attracted a lot of animals throughout the day. However at night it really came alive. On our first night, after dinner [about 9pm] we saw over 30 elephants come to drink, plus four rhino [white] and eight giraffes. How the animals aren't spooked by all the noise from the people watching them, the spotlights and camera flashes going off is amazing - but they're not.
There is a tourist shop which sells food but the choice is limited and not particularly good quality. If you want to self cater [even the bungalows/villas have access to a BBQ], ensure you stock up at a supermarket before entering the park. The restaurant does an all-you-can-eat buffet for about £10 per person which is very reasonable. The food is always the same, salads/soup, breads, roasted game and hot veg/potatoes and a variety of desserts - it's not haute cuisine but it's fairly tasty.
We also stayed at Halali, and Okaukuejo was definitely the better equipped and furnished of the two. The staff aren't particularly friendly or helpful in either camp - perhaps because it's government run.
Finally, don't forget to check the sightings books in the main office at the camp, you'll get great tips about where the animals are and which waterholes are currently the most-frequented. We had an afternoon watching an elephant mudbath followed by a lion pride coming to drink thanks to a tip from this book.
The water hole was excellent.
The people in the camp have an attitude problem and treat guests like children. Quite a few people complained at having to pay a 500 Namibian $ deposit for their rooms, including me. We then had to wait to have the room inspected before having the deposit refunded. Bizarre!
The room would have been good if it had been finished. There were no shelves in the bathroom and no rail in the wardrobe to hang clothes. I have pictures to prove it. Also there was no number on the chalet and we couldn't find it. We asked an empolyee for directions and he sent us all round the houses, when in fact he was staring at it all the time. I only found it by trying the key in various locks. Great organisation!
Expert Africa comments
Whilst Okaukuejo is going through problems at the moment, it’s also important that these comments be taken in the context of this traveller’s general situation on their trip. To read these, please see the page entitled: ‘The Holiday from Hell’.
Loads of animals at Okaukuejo
Very pleasantly surprised at accommodation - much better than we had expected at a rest camp. However, we found the staff unhelpful, service in the restaurant very slow and chaotic to the extent that we made sandwiches in our room on the second night!
Even the petrol attendant found it difficult to raise himself up to serve us. But we were here to see the animals, which we did in abundance. Fantastic. Brilliant waterhole.
Okaukuejo Restcamp review
The room location by the waterhole is excellent but again the food is OK but no more.
However you come to Etosha for the game and now the accommodation has been sorted it is very good
The gateway to Etosha
My first impressions of Okaukuejo Restcamp was of how busy and large it was. It took us ages to book in and to find our accommodation. It wasn't that clearly marked.
The restaurant was good and the sandwich bar during the day was great value.The accommodation was clean and comfortable and being able to walk to the waterhole, day or night, and sitting there with a drink was memorable.
The deposit for your room key was $500 or your passport/driving licence and you could not book out until someone had checked that your accommodation was complete and in one piece. So allow some extra time when you leave. This applies to all the camps in Etosha
OK accom newly decorated & refurbished
Waterhole bungalow newly decorated & all equip new. Office for checking in a bit formal although if you were friendly and polite all was ok.
Disliked having to wait for accom to be checked before departure although appreciate with new equip etc this would stop damage & pilfering. Very little in shop for supplies. Waterhole bungalow had no braai or cooking facilities so made to use restaurant although not too much of a problem.
Much preferred the old camp more authentic although can understand them wishing to become more upmarket.
Okaukuejo Restcamp review
Big camp but new bungalows were small but adequate. Aircon a blessing ! Food was surprisingly good since catering was for the masses. Being 20 meters away from the waterhole was fantasticRead more about the whole safari
Big game waterhole
It was very exciting to see so many animals at both the on site waterhole and driving around the area.Read more about the whole safari
camp good . waterhole fscinating
newly refurbished huts good but a bit small
Great view of waterhole at Okaukuejo
Rooms were new and modern with tasteful African decor but again kitchen ill-equipped - almost as if they required you to eat in restaurant.
Waterhole excellent - good viewing of variety of game