Reviews of Halali Camp
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Halali Camp review
Was pleasantly surprised at our first NWR stop. The rooms are definitely better than expected and would not be out of place in a privately owned lodge. Unfortunately the food/restaurant service is very busy and takes a long time. Once you've come to terms with this, it is actually a very nice place.
The waterhole is much more intimate than Okaukuejo and less like a circus...
The scenery and waterholes around this camp are the best in the park (in our opinion)
Great location for driving in Etosha.
This location was good for access to waterholes in the eastern part of the park and on our full day we were able to drive to Namutoni.
The Halili waterhole itself was interesting but not outstanding for wildlife when we visited in the evenings and one morning but we did see a rhino at night and plenty of birds and guinea fowl. The viewing area was in a good position but at night you need to watch where you're walking as the area around the seats is uneven and rocky.
We were actually very pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the camp. It was a relaxing place to stay after driving around the waterholes. The detached chalet was quite spacious and clean and well separated from its neighbours.
The restaurant inside was very pleasant and outdoor seating was satisfactory. The evening meal was a fixed price buffet which was rather more than we expected (for a buffet) at N$170 each without drinks, however, there was a good choice, well presented, with meat choices cooked fresh while you waited: so on the whole good value. Service, for bringing drinks and clearing courses, was good. Breakfast (included in the overall price) was also a buffet with a good choice of cereals, cold meats, fruit and cooked food with eggs cooked as you wanted while you wait.
Halali Camp review
This was a disappointment to us.
The reception staff were surly, verging on rude and needed to go on PR training. The dining room staff weren't much better. The accommodation itself was fine but in need of some maintenance. Food was average.
We booked a game drive (these are not cheap at the camps - about £80-100 per couple) but the message did not get from reception to the guide and so by the time we had chased this up, we wasted over 30 minutes hanging around.
A little gem!!
Again this camp is about the waterhole and the sightings are usually very good. The food is much better than Okaukuejo and the check out is now efficient. The camp is currently surrounded by road works as the roads are regraded hence it is very dusty with lots of lorries and piles of siftings hence some of the roads are only single track.
To the east towards Namutomi there are large burnt out areas hence game viewing is difficult even at some of the waterholes.
A great base for Etosha
A great base for seeing Etosha.Read more about the whole safari
A good place to break your journey in Etosha.
This camp is smaller than Okaukuejo and is in a pleasant setting surrounded by trees. The chalets are of similar style and comfort but our chalet was not supplied with spare pillows and the only two hangers in the wardrobe were for small children! There was no adaptor socket for our hairdryer so I asked at Reception if a hairdryer could be borrowed but the response was a rather firm "No" without apology.
As we had checked in early in the afternoon, we went for a snack and enjoyed a toastie, traditional burger and chips which were delicious, especially with cold beers! We thought this bode well for dinner but were disappointed. As at Okaukuejo, it was a help yourself buffet and there was soup and salad to start but the salad choice was poor. Main course was beef or oryx cooked to your liking but we chose fillet of fish (enabling us to jump the queue!). I regret to say that, as at Okaukuejo, the vegetables on offer were uninspiring and there wasn't much to tempt us for dessert. We opted for steamed chocolate pudding which was delicious but it would have been so much better with hot chocolate sauce rather than vanilla ice cream!
Breakfast was pretty good, with the usual help yourself selection and the scrambled eggs were cooked perfectly for us. There was a toaster which was just as inefficient as the one at Okaukuejo! We were out for lunch (an excellent greek salad at Namutoni) and were hoping for a better evening meal than previously. Actually, it wasn't bad although the salad choice was lamentable again.The main course was a choice of peppered beef or kudu, with fillet of fish for the those not wishing to eat meat. We chose the beef which was well cooked and the vegetables were a little better. There was a selection of rather good sponge puddings with custard for dessert (I think I had two!).
I would mention that we chose to sit inside even though it was warm outside because we had noticed some people smoking and were surprised it was tolerated. We find nothing ruins a meal more than cigarette smoke. Perhaps the smoking laws in Europe don't apply here.
The waterhole at Halali (actually known as Moringa) is a seven-minute walk away but there is a car park and we did take the lazy option on one occasion! It is more secluded and the viewing area is smaller than that at Okaukuejo but the setting is really peaceful. Not so many animals tend to come here but we did see elephant and rhino and there is usually some interesting birds to look out for in the trees behind the viewing area.
There is a small shop selling the essentials but not so much choice as the one at Okaukuejo. The camp has a swimming pool but we didn't use it even though it looked inviting. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and Halali is a good place to break your journey through Etosha which takes longer to drive through than you may think, especially with the distraction of all the wildlife!
Halali Camp review
Good housekeeping. Excellent night drive from Halali.Read more about the whole safari
Halali Camp review
Much quieter than Okaukuejo and as the room was the bush chalet very acceptable, Food was good and better than Okaukuejo and service acceptable.
The outside waterholes were good with an afternoon sighting of leopard strolling in front of the car the highlight.
Wildlife at Halali
The camp was just as good as we remembered it having been there in 2007. The accommodation was good though we were at the furthest point to the waterhole so at night some people may feel more comfortable in using the car than walking. It operates in much the same way as Okaukuejo and similarly the restaurant and other facilities are similar and much the same - a quite adequate standard.
The waterhole is good and best for photography in the morning or at night. The seating though is pretty poor being on a few hard benches or on very uneven rocks. It would not take too much investment to improve this situation and make it both safer and more comfortable for guests. It was still an enjoyable stay with good wildlife sightings and several waterholes in the vicinity.
Halali Camp review
On check in the camp had no record of our booking, but could see we had a valid voucher and had stayed the previous night in the park and had valid bookings for the next few days. They very quickly conceded the error was NWR's with the happy result that despite ostensibly being full, we were given a rather nice bush chalet, an upgrade from what we had booked. It was a rondavel, with two bedrooms, bathroom and living room. The kitchen was also equpipped with crockery and utensils.
There was an outside braii area too. It was a very short walk to the restaurant.
The kitchen staff seemed to work hard, but the restaurant staff were pretty unmotivated and slow.
The waterhole was amazing at night - a short walk from camp under the stars to see white and black rhino and elephants.