Halali Camp

Halali Camp: Our full report

Rooms
66 rooms
Traveller's rating
Good (79%) From 278 reviews
Children
Best for 6+
Open
All year

Strategically located alongside the middle of Etosha Pan in Etosha National Park, Halali is one of five government-run camps and lodges inside the park. It stands beside one of the very few hills in Etosha, with its own floodlit waterhole, and is the smallest and quietest of the original restcamps – although it's much larger than most camps in Namibia.

Like its sister restcamps inside the park, Okaukuejo and Namutoni, Halali in many ways resembles a small village. Along with its chalets and rooms, it has a restaurant, a big swimming pool, a shop and a fuel station – all linked by a small network of roads and footpaths.

As well as a popular camp site, there are 66 chalets and rooms here are split into five categories: two-bedroom family chalets, one- and two-bedroom bush chalets, double rooms, and honeymoon suites. All have air conditioning, lamps, a tea/coffee station and a mini-fridge (which is always empty on your arrival). The beds have mosquito nets above crisp white bedding and very comfortable pillows. In the bathrooms, you’ll find complimentary shampoo, soap, hand and body lotion, as well as soft towels.

  • The two spacious family chalets, named Mushara and Sicklebush, are closest to the waterhole. Each has two twin-bedded bedrooms sharing a bathroom, and a separate lounge. There’s also a kitchen equipped with a limited selection of crockery and cutlery, a small oven, a fridge, a kettle and sachets of tea and coffee. Outside is a shaded entertainment area with a built-in braai, a table and chairs.

  • Ten two-bedroom bush chalets are smaller than the family chalets, and usually further from the waterhole. There are twin beds in each bedroom, sharing a shower room and separate toilet. The combined lounge-cum-kitchen is not very big but has two sofas, a small fridge, a tea/coffee station, and an assortment of crockery and cutlery. Outside there is a plastic table and chairs, and a built-in braai.

  • Ten one-bedroom bush chalets are relatively small but they, too, have a separate kitchen-cum-lounge with a sink, kettle and an assortment of crockery. The bathroom, with a shower and toilet, is very small. These rooms have a sliding glass door that leads to an open patio with a floor of concrete and pebbles. One side of this is screened, so you can sit out at the table and chairs, and there is also a built-in braai.

  • The 39 double rooms are each about the same size as a one-bedroom chalet, but lack the kitchen area, patio doors and outside space. The en-suite bathroom in the double rooms is just as small, too, but these rooms do come with an armchair.

  • Five honeymoon suites, named after the ‘big five’, are not dissimilar in size to the one-bedroom bush chalets. These, however, have no lounge-cum-kitchen, but there are two armchairs to one side of the queen-size bed. There’s a pleasant skylight above the bed, and behind the headboard that divides the room is an open plan en-suite bathroom with his and her sinks, a shower and toilet. There is also a larger outside area complete with a Jacuzzi.

The restaurant at Halali is big and open-plan with sliding doors on either side. The walls are covered with animal paintings, and tables are set out individually. On one side of the restaurant is a small bar, where a kiosk window opens to sell snacks during the day. Halali's restaurant is very much a canteen, but when we last stayed here we thought that it was good value, albeit with mediocre service.

Halali's swimming pool is one of the best swimming pools that you'll find at any camp in Namibia: very much like a large, open-air municipal pool, however without a lifeguard. Do expect a huge pool; don't expect to have it to yourself!

As at Etosha's other restcamps, one of Halali's big attractions is its floodlit waterhole. This can be viewed at any time of day or night, from a rock terrace which is on one side of the camp.

Although the game sightings here aren't quite as predictable as the phenomenal sightings at Okaukuejo, they are generally very good – and particularly notable for black rhino.

Both morning and afternoon guided 4WD safaris are available from Halali, as are night drives – which may not be done by self-drivers. None can be guaranteed, and All must be booked locally, when you arrive at camp, so there is no guarantee of space. It is, however, very easy to drive yourself around the park, as long as you are back by sunset.

Finding space at Halali

Halali often gets booked up in advance, especially in peak season (July to October). Expert Africa holds several rooms throughout this period – usually two-person chalets – reserving them for travellers who visit Halali as part of a fly-drive holiday with us. This means that sometimes we have space at Halali, even when the camp will tell you that they are 'full'.

For up-to-date availability information, see Halali's live availability page – and remember that these rooms are only for travellers who book their whole fly-drive itinerary with us.

Our view

As a large restcamp, Halali offers a very different experience from the smaller, private lodges. Don't expect much personal attention here, and the staff are not always as helpful as they might be. Despite this, Halali's amazing location right in the middle of the park, along with its floodlit waterhole, make it a popular and good-value choice.

Geographics

Location: Etosha National Park, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: Anything from two to seven nights, but two would be typical, often combined with a few nights at Etosha’s other main camps : Okaukuejo, Namutoni and Dolomite

Directions: Halali lies between the two government-run restcamps of Okaukuejo and Namutoni in Etosha National Park, and is well signposted from both. Depending on your routing around the country, the camp can be accessed from either the southern Andersson’s gate or the eastern Von Lindequist gate.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: Although we did not eat here on our most recent visit in March 2017, on a previous visit the standards were mediocre. All meals are served buffet-style.

Breakfast is a substantial buffet of different cereals, yoghurts, fruits and cold meats – plus a variety of breads, cheeses and cold meats, and the option of a cooked breakfast.

The restaurant does not serve lunch, but there is a kiosk open during the day, where you'll find basic meals, including toasties and chips.

Dinner is more formal and you can expect the chef to stand in the front of the restaurant preparing the evening meal: anything from a stir-fry to a carvery. For dessert there are normally cakes, pudding and ice-cream.

Many of the chalets at Halali have their own braai (barbecue) facilities, and you can buy wood and charcoal from the camp's shop. Hence many visitors prefer to organise at least some of their own meals here. If you want to do this, we'd advise you to buy food before you enter the park – there's a much wider choice (especially of fresh vegetables) than you'll find at the shops in the restcamps.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

Drinks included: No drinks are included at Halali, but there is a cash bar here, and the shop sells a limited amount of alcohol.

Further dining info: No

Children

Attitude towards children: Children are welcome with their parents.

Property’s age restrictions: There is no age restriction at Halali

Special activities & services: The restcamp has a swimming pool and a waterhole that children can enjoy under adult supervision. Children must be over six to participate in game drives organised by the camp.

Equipment: On our last visit there was some high chairs for use by children in the restaurant and stretcher-style beds can be added to some of the rooms.

Notes: Although the camp is fenced, it is large, so there will be vehicles moving around. The pool is also unfenced therefore all children should be carefully supervised

Infrastructure

Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: Generator back-up

Communications: There is some cellphone reception at Halali, and there is also a public pay-phone, for which you can purchase phone cards from the shop. You can also purchase WiFi vouchers at the reception for use in the central areas.

TV & radio: There is no TV or radio in the rooms.

Water supply: Mains

Water supply notes: The toilets are flush and the showers are plumbed in.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The closest doctor or hospital is in Outjo, about a two-hour drive away.

Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk

Security measures: There are security guards at the restcamp.

Fire safety: There is a fire extinguisher outside each chalet/room.

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: There is no laundry service here, but there's space to hand-wash items yourself if you need to.

Money: Currency exchange is not possible at the restcamp

Accepted payment on location: Visa and Mastercard are accepted at the restcamp and no commission is charged.

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