Reviews of Halali Camp
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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.
excellent water hole
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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.
Halali - an excellent base
Lovely Room, very busy camp.
Food in the buffet restaurant was very good, service was a bit chaotic.
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.
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.
Halali Camp review
Halili camp is smaller than other camps in the park and seemed well organised, although game drives were booked up before we got there which was disappointing - it would be worth booking in advance.
The waterhole is a 15 minute walk from the rooms (hot!) but very atmospheric; we saw lions and rhino and a host of other animals. The camp is well placed for waterholes in the park.
Great swimming pool and very nice service in the restaurant.
We found Halali camp to be a bit of a disappointment to be honest. The staff were not particularly friendly. The room in which we stayed was very basic, with a bed and a couple of armchairs but no table. There was a fridge which was good.
The main restaurant area I found quite dismal really - very canteen style feel to the place. The food was ok (we only had breakfast here). The shop was very poorly stocked when we were there.
They opened the gates in the morning well after sunrise so you couldn't get a really early start which was frustrating.
On the plus side the waterhole was fantastic - the only bit of the camp that is well worth going for.
Halali Camp No better
Room was desperately in need of revamp and update. We did have a BBQ outside our room but there was no grill to use even if we had wanted. Beds were comfortable.
Food exactly as Dolomite and Okaukuejo camp.
Waterhole never had any animals visit whilst we were there.
Halali Camp review
Our basic double room at Halali was very comfortable and quiet. We had to wait until it was ready so we sat in the very unattractive pool area where there was little shade and not much seating.
However, the food at Halali was excellent with a very good chef on hand at breakfast and dinner. Staff were very friendly here too.
The Moringa waterhole viewing was fantastic, but moving around the rocky seating area was very hazardous and a head torch, stout shoes and a good sense of balance are required! We also felt that it should be designated a no smoking area.
After dinner we saw a total of 10 black rhino including 3 females with a calf each.
We were impressed with the facilities at the Etosha National Park camps. All of them have good showers and clean comfortable rooms. The staff respond to respect and kindness and were all friendly and welcoming.