Reviews of Halali Camp
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Lacks the spectacular water hole and feels rather soulless. We were only here for a night, and that was enough. Lacks atmosphere, which is strange in such an amazing geography. Rooms functional. Again, no atmosphere, and the place does not feel "cared for".Read more about the whole safari
Worth it for the waterhole
Note: These guests camped at Halali Camp. Here's what they said about it:
Having stayed outside and inside Etosha, we would strongly recommend the latter.
The camp is crowded and rather basic, the huts over-priced (we asked, but didn't stay in because of the price), but the waterhole and proximity to game drives more than makes up for it.
The staff were almost offensively offhand.
Halali Camp review
We have rated this as excellent - perhaps not in comparison to the private lodges but as a very good example of excellent value for money, good, clean rooms, good food and reasonable facilities, We stayed in a Family Chalet which had an outdoor terrace with braai, deck area, small kitchen area (with small electric oven, hot plate, full pots and pans etc), sitting room, two bedrooms and a shower room. All of these facilities were basic but pleasant and clean.
The buffet dinner was very good (soup or salad, choice of meat with rice, vegetables followed by choice of three desserts and coffee) - the meat was cooked to perfection every time. The shop at Halali had limited supplies. We spent two great afternoons and early evenings at the waterhole with great rhino sightings.
Best food in Etosha
The food here was of a very high standard and well served. The accommodation was very modern and well designed. Bed was comfortable. Staff were friendly and helpful. We tried driving out to some of the water holes near the Camp, but the approach roads to some were in very poor condition. However, we did see some animals especially rhinos, elephants, springbok and zebra in great numbers. The water hole is delightful but you do need to be pretty nimble on your feet. We did not do any game drives here.Read more about the whole safari
Halali Camp review
For a public camp and one of the few places to stay in Etosha we found it to be well run and perfectly adequate for our needs. The chalet was clean, comfortable and roomy. The restaurant was excellent with a wide choice in the buffet, and the pack lunches we ordered from there were very good value and huge!
The only downside of Halali was the state of the water hole which had been a big draw. The waterhole was very noisy, and over crowded at prime times. The layout of it means that people have to clamber over the rocks to get to a good view and there was so much noise it was like being in a zoo. We were not here at peak season so I can only imagine how noisy it gets.
It could do with a member of staff around who could keep people in order? Or possibly a restriction on eating and drinking there? All in all a good central base and the accomodation was fine but the waterhole a bit of a let down. I saw my first ever leopard near Halali, at Goas waterhole, so it will always hold a special place in my heart, regardless!!
Pleasant stay at Halali
The waterhole at Halali was excellent, we were able to view large numbers of animals both at night and during the day.
The buffet food in the evening was very good.
It was what we expected - adequate but not outstanding.
Room was in reasonable order for a rest camp - most fixtures and fittings worked. Food was better than expected. Reception was useless for any enquiries/help.
It was the end of the rainy season so we knew that game viewing might be poor - and it was. We drove almost every inch of the avaoilable roads and didn't see a single elephant or rhino in 3 days - there was so much water available in the bush that they didn't need to visit the waterholes. Not complaing but it might help other people's expectations.
We did see two groups of lions and quite a lot of small game near Namutoni.
We did meet some people who had got stuck in a muddy marked road to a waterhole. There was no cellphone coverage and the road hadn't been marked as closed. They told us they waited for another car and none came for 90 minutes so were settling down for a night in the car when another car appeared some distance away. The other family had a satphone and called the rangers who arrived as it was getting dark and got their car stuck in the mud - they had no radio!! It took several hours for all 4 of them to get free of the mud and by then it was completely dark.
From their experience, we'd suggest this:
Consider renting a sat-phone.
The rangers told them that the best thing to do if you're stuck at night is leave the engine running and put headlights on - then the anti-poaching patrol might spot you. (this doesnt appear in any guidance we've seen)
Halali Camp review
Halali was our favourite Etosha camp, more friendly staff than the first camp, good water hole, great night drive.Read more about the whole safari
Not a must, except for the waterhole.
The place is well located, but the facilities are not very good. Terrible food.
Nice (big) swimming pool.
Great Safari Camp
A big thank you to Sabina as she persuaded us to choose this camp and yes would not have missed it . Basic accommodation compared to other places we had stayed at and food in restaurant not as varied choice but the evening watering holes made up for this greatly . We saw some wonderful sights at the watering hole , especially young elephants and a young rhinoceros . Martin and I felt very comfortable allowing the children to set their alarms for 2 am and go down to the watering hole .
We came away from Etosha feeling we would have spent a couple more nights here in this are not necessarily at this park but perhaps to the east as we didn't really cover that area .
Driving ourselves was a great family experience and in our 3 weeks we never felt in danger or out of our comfort zone although I do admit prior to arriving in Namibia I did have some concerns .