Halali Camp

Reviews of Halali Camp

Good(79%) From 279 travellers
Excellent
73
Good
134
Average
59
Poor
12
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 279 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.
Mr A. from Horsham
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Rooms:
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Food:
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Halali camp

Halali camp was better than expected.

The accommodation was good although we didn’t have facilities to cook for ourselves. Food was self service and the same both nights but it was ok.

Location in Etosha was good and it was lovely to have a water hole

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Mr J & friends from Bristol
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
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Average
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small simple and fairly quiet

Quieter that the park headquarters. generally the service was better.

Rooms simple but perfectly acceptable. Served breakfast on time.

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Gurinder & Jill, UK
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
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Food:
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Slightly scruffy but well located Camp

Upon arrival at Halali we were slightly disappointed with the quality of this Camp. Our hearts sank more when we reached our bush chalet which was quite dark and uninspiring inside and out. However the food provided in the restaurant was good. The Watering Hole (which seems to have great following) we visited several times but we personally found it was not particularly good for photography because the viewing / seating area is so high in relation to the water hole and one is shooting downwards. But we did see some nice wildlife here. We spent each day out in Etosha park anyway so this eased our time spent in our drab chalet. We do appreciate that this is a state owned facility and therefore wont be up to the same standard as private. This part of Etosha is pretty good for exploring and we saw much wildlife in the various water holes located in this area. The ROADS are VERY ROUGH here and our VW VAN held up well under the circumstances.

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Mr & Mrs P from London
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Halali Camp

We stayed 4 nights here. This camp seemed the best run and managed of the ones we stayed in at Etosha - check-in and check-out was seamless and the shop and petrol station were well managed. Our Bush Chalet room was really spacious and very comfortable (great beds). The kitchen (again, really just a fridge and coffee station) also came with plates and utensils which was a step up from Okaukuejo. We liked our braai area and courtyard.

We really liked the waterhole here too. It's further away from the accommodation (but a pleasant walk) but very atmospheric and we had some very nice rhino sightings here.

Breakfast was excellent (wide selection and great coffee) and started at 5.30am so plenty of time before sunrise gate opening. On most of the mornings the gate was opened on time but on our last day it was nearly 15 minutes late in opening (clock hands don't match to official gate opening ...).

There was quite a big fire at Halali (not in the actual camp) when we were at Etosha and this may have impacted sightings in the surrounding area - so we found it best to explore the waterholes in the direction between Halali and Namatoni. So location-wise Halali wasn't as well-positioned as Okaukuejo but we still really liked it as a camp and would definitely stay there again.

We didn't eat in the restaurant (though it sounded popular) or use any of the other facilities. We enjoyed our stay here.

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Mr&Mrs D + kids 7,11,11 from Herts
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
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Functional camp in heart of Etosha

Quite a large national parks camp, rather than a private lodge. Its location in the heart of Etosha more than makes up for its fairly municipal feel.

Reception had quite a queue in late afternoon and was very bureaucratic. Checking-in was very functional. A deposit was required for all room equipment. Despite others' comments and advice, check-out for us was very rapid; the deposit was returned instantly and without any check of the inventory.

Family chalet had a small communal room and two bedrooms - one with a third bed, which was cramped as a result. but completely fine ffor children to sleep in.

All meals were buffet-style and rather mass-catered. Dinner had several choices - sufficient for kids to find something they would eat (no kids options). Waiting staff very over-run, but largely not required due to self-service nature of meals.

Large swimming pool, with plenty of space around. Decent shop for basics - including bread to avoid another buffet for lunch!

Fantastic waterhole with black rhino both nights as the sun set - male first night; female and calf second night. Despite 50+ people on each occasion, a lot of respect and almost total silence.

Whilst there was quite a lot of interesting small game and birdlife, there was not a great amount of large game to be sighted generally across a range of habitats around central Etosha. However, sightings at waterholes were absolutely phenominal and would rival anything we have seen previously in Africa - several thousand antelope and zebra simultaneously / 50+ elephants together / hyena / leopard / large herds drinking within 30m of sleeping lion three times......Spend your time waiting for the game to come to you, rather than giong looking for it!

Game drives available but we self-drove.

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Mrs G - Northumberland
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Halali Camp in Beautiful Etosha

The roads to Halali are excellent and entry through the main gates was easy. It took us about two and a half hours to drive from Okaukuejo (where you pay the entrance fees) to the camp at Halali. We stopped at a few watering holes on the way to enjoy so many different animals. The Halali camp was basic and much more commercial and the lodges were clean. We had a fridge and some crockery and kettle and we used the BBQ to eat from each night. We had to borrow a pan from the chef but he was happy to do this as long as we left a deposit. If you plan to BBQ then be better prepared than we were with the appropriate kit. The Camp had a big outdoor pool which again was unheated but the children enjoyed this for a cool down mid-afternoon.

The location of the camp was excellent but there is so much noise and camera action at the watering hole that I think the animals were staying well away! We drove to various locations from here and saw nearly every animal except for big cats.

The main negative for us was that there was only one person at reception and usually a queue of at least ten so quite a lot of time was wasted waiting to check in, check out and ask for pool towels etc. We did not use the dining room as it was a flat fee for a buffet and we wanted to cook for ourselves and the children did not want a big meal.

We did not use the guides and were very happy to drive around and make our own choices of where to stop, the roads are good to fair but perfectly usable by a normal two wheel drive car driving slowly. It is a good idea to have stocked up with a few picnic foods to save you having to drive to camp when the masses get hungry. We took our cool bag and an ice block and these were used everyday of our holiday.

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Ms F. from Southampton
Arrived on: 26-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Halali Camp review

The location is great as it's right in Etosha. The guide was very good.

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Vivonholiday
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Halali Camp review

Worth it to be in etosha for watering holes at night but so very different to everywhere else we stayed for customer service. Staff sl
Slow and inefficient. Couldn't check out easily as they said we hadn't paid - didn't even want to return deposit when they knew we had. Food is not good at all.

Accommodation spacious but very basic. But still worth it for the watering holes!

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Mr M. from London
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
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Loved its quiet feel

Really nice chalets, great food, more relaxed and personal and authentic feel in comparison to Okaukwejo (for me anyway)

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Mr M. from Chatteris
Arrived on: 23-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
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Halali Camp review

Viewing at the water-hole was not as good as Okauhuejo.

The water-hole was much smaller than Okauhuejo and the forest surrounding meant animals could not be watched approaching and departing.

Also the during sunset the sun shone in to one's eyes. Additionally viewing was from rocks above and there was limited space there.

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