Halali Camp

Reviews of Halali Camp

Good(79%) From 268 travellers
Excellent
68
Good
129
Average
58
Poor
12
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 268 of our travellers who have visited Halali Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms Q & Mr B - Minneapolis
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

fabulous waterhole, standard NP camp

The highly visited well situated waterhole is the highlight of this camp. The rooms and food are very basic, national park standards in namibia. Staff is polite and very methodical. Any visitor who does not fit the model is handled in painstakingly slow manner making everyone else in line suffer the consequences.

This is apparently a popular first stop for many visitors to the country so there is a lot of kerfuffle with newbie guests trying to sort out the system and not adjusting well to the norms. the waterhole gets justifiable crowded at sunset and the park should probably consider hiring a monitor to try to rein in some of the more poorly behaved visitors who can ruin the experience for the majority of people trying to watch the wildlife peacefully.

Staff in the dining room is not optimally managed so there is a bit of chaos in service and food supply for buffet lines.

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Mr H - Michigan
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

excellent water hole

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Mr A. from London
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Good base

Halali is one of the 3 main camps with Etosha itself. The location is great (we saw kudu and two rhino at its waterhole). But the room was scruffy and run down, service was desultory and lacking any focus, food was OK. There is a very large swimming pool!

The big (only?) advantage is that one can start a game drive from the middle of the park itself at sunrise - breakfast is served from 530 am.

So Halali wasn't bad - but for us suffered from coming directly after Ongava Lodge.

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Mr and Mrs P. from Australia
Arrived on: 19-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Halali Camp review

A national parks camp, quite busy, with a waterhole which is lit at night. Looks a little bit tired.

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Mr & Mrs J. from London
Arrived on: 14-May-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Great waterhole

We enjoyed sitting at the excellent waterhole, seeing the Rhinoceros drinking. Food was very good.

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Mrs S. from Surrey
Arrived on: 5-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Good location in middle of park

We had a 2 bedroom chalet. The bedrooms were good. The lounge area was a bit shabby.

It would have been nice to have self-catered - but 3 drawbacks to this :
1) the shop did not sell sufficient food to make even a rudimentary meal ,
2) no utensils, crockery etc (apart from mugs & glasses) were provided ,
3) nowhere to cook apart from a braii which looked dirty & no fuel provided.

This may work for South Africans or Namibians who can come prepared, but not good for overseas tourists.

The restaurant food was OK - but overpriced (low quality , all you can eat buffet)

Sadly not many animals around the camp - we were told they had all gone east to Namutoni where there was more water- so we had to drive further than expected.

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Expert Africa comments

We understand these travellers frustration with Halali and the NWR camps. Sadly it is not uncommon for the shops at these camps to run out of supplies including wood for the braii, especially in busier times, such as Easter.

We continue to use and recommend Halali due to its unique location to travellers who accept that the rooms, service and food here are usually less impressive than the location.

Mr C & Ms B - Terrace Bay
Arrived on: 26-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Nice quiet camp in Etosha

Spacious accommodation in a well appointed bush chalet. Parking was very convenient right outside the chalet and there was a good outdoor seating area looking onto trees.

The restaurant was comfortable, with outside covered seating and the food was good for the type of camp. We did experience difficulty getting a drink when we arrived mid-afternoon - there appeared to be no bar open outside of restaurant hours.

The waterhole at this camp is quite a long walk from the accommodation and common areas and appeared (on our one visit) to be far less frequented than some others within Etosha.

The swimming pool looked inviting, although we did not use it, and we did no activities as we did our own early morning game drive.

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Mr. & Mrs. H - Woodbridge
Arrived on: 11-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali - an excellent base

Lovely Room, very busy camp.

Food in the buffet restaurant was very good, service was a bit chaotic.

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Mr E & Ms S - Sweden
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Big surprise!

Have to say that Halali was a big surprise, huge camp with both cabins as well as a camp ground. No problem to pay with credit cards despite being warned.

Chaos during dinner servings with large queues and not enough seats, different prices depending on who you ask for drinks.

Overall, if your not a freak of order it's more then workable. Great location in the middle of the park.

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Family L - London
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Halali Camp review

We knew this was a government camp (but see our glowing comments on Okakeujo) and weren't expecting much but it was like being in the soviet era. The worst thing was the shop - there was nothing fresh to buy at all and they refused to sell us the final edible looking frozen meat as it didn't have a price sticker on. The tills were broken and all items were painstakingly written out by hand in a book. The shop ran out of water (very dangerous!). The breakfast tasted horrible. Rooms were soulless and the camp staff surly.

The only redeeming feature was the fantastic waterhole - we saw rhinos fighting and lions. And a large (hand-sized) scorpion in the camp site on the way that made me pleased we weren't camping.

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