Reviews of Halali Camp
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Honeymoon suite (Mushara) wonderful
We were lucky to get the honeymoon suite, Mushara. It was wonderful. Huge, very private, with a beautiful view of sunrise from a viewing platform. It has a very well equipped kitchen although we struggled with locating the burner (above the little oven) and we could not get it hot enough to boil anything.
The barbecue area was huge and very private with views of the bush. The bedding was comfortable.
The waterhole is far to walk to and even if one drives there is still a rocky section to climb so one can’t just keep popping in as one can at Okaukuejo camp. However there are not as many people and vehicles as Okaukuejo.
Breakfast was quite a lot worse than Okaukuejo. We had visited Etosha twice before many years ago but, even with special Mushara we will not go to Etosha again, certainly in popular September, as it has become so busy and with the sand roads the dust from other cars, jeeps and buses is unpleasant.
Halali Camp review
This was a very pleasant surprise after Okaukuejo Camp.
The food and service were very good and the staff were very friendly. Perhaps because of its size, the atmosphere was completely different to that of Okaukuejo.
The waterhole was spectacular, and we saw several rhinos - two at once - and then later others. Magical!
Halali camp is fantastic
The waterhole provides all that you need.
It is a fantastic arrangement.
Quiet waterhole but great location to explore
While e didn't see any wildlife at this waterhole, there are a lot of amazing waterholes to explore close by.Read more about the whole safari
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Somewhat of a disappointment - never an animal at the watering hole, service in the restaurant was average.
Registration was a challenge for the one person working.
This location was disappointing.
We saw no animals at all at the waterhole, even after coming out very early in the morning and staying late at night.
Staff were quite curt and not very helpful around meals.
Halali Camp review
Comments pretty much as for Okaukuejo camp as regards the accommodation although the room was of better quality and size.
We were rather disappointed with the waterhole both as regards its location and the number of animals seen (only one small herd of Elephants)
A good central location with plenty of waterholes around the area and a good midway location within the park.
Ok experience at Halali Camp
I think my expectations were set too high regarding Halali camp due to the article I had read in Wall Street Jounral. Compared to Okaukuejo camp, I thought the facilities and the food was worse here. I know everyone will have a different experience at each waterhole based on the specific day and time of day. We had much more luck at other waterholes along the way and at Okaukuejo camp than at Halali.
The dinner was dismal. There was supposed to be wait staff, but they were overloaded and could not get to all the tables. Dinner was below average; breakfast was better.
Halali Camp review
After the luxury of Namutoni Halali was a little more as we had expected with smaller, more basic rooms a little squashed with a matrass on the floor for the third person in our room but that was fine. It was clean, comfortable and fulfilled our needs.
The swimming pool was great, the warterhole absolutely superb, the restaurant very good and food very good and varied over our two nights. The staff seemed a little disorganised but all worked out fine. We had some laundry done, no problems and took part in an excellent night drive with a very knowledgeable guide with us staying out beyond the three hours expected and seeing amazing wildlife. It was very well organized and thought through with warm ponchos, refreshments etc which were perfect for my 80yr old mother and 11yr old daughter.
One thought for all of the camps was the lack of information available on wildlife, where to see what, a daily sightings list from the waterholes, we discovered African Scops Owl was sitting in the morning by reception by chance in talking with the night drive guide. Lots / most of visitors have come for the wildlife and perhaps mainly the big mammals but I sure many more people would have loved to see the beautiful owl sitting in full view as they walked past every day. Perhaps a sign about how to contact a guide to talk about what is around at the time etc would be helpful.
Nature Reserves worldwide are at pains to communicate with visitors to give them as much information as possible (I work on nature reserves in UK) I think a public noticeboard for staff and visitors to write their daily sightings would be a great source of information and give a live feel to what is going on during people's visits
A secluded camp set in the Mopani
Set among some of the few hills in Etosha and in Mopane woodland this seems like the most secluded of the ENP camps. The chalets are more dispersed than Okakuejo and are spacious, well maintained and kept clean and tidy.
The waterhole is spectacular, set away from the camp so there's little noise to disturb the peace. An outcrop of rock has been cleverly used to create a natural amphitheatre with the waterhole just a few dozen metres distant. A herd of elephants visit in the early evening and surely there can't be too many better places in Africa to watch these animals at close range and not in a vehicle. Black rhino are also in regular attendance and the two species certainly don't appreciate each others company.
The nearby Goas waterhole must be one of the best in the park. An early morning visit revealed saw the place deserted but closer inspection revealed a small pride of lions on what little remained of a zebra, explaining the lack of the usual impala, kudu and zebra. The rest of the morning saw hyena, jackals and vultures awaiting their turn, warily keeping an eye out for returning lions.
The quizzine in the camp restaurant could do with improving but we've commented on this for Okaukaejo and Halali is identical. All in all though, a very pleasant stay. A smell in the chalet could be due to over zealous use of insecticide.