Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
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After the luxury of Mowani, this was a big disappointment. The staff at reception were officious and not welcoming.
The chalet was lovely - it was on two floors so we slept upstairs with a view of the waterhole. Disappointing number of animals though, but that's just luck.
The food was absolutely horrible - a fixed price for lunch and dinner which were both buffet meals. Unhygienic use of utensils when cooking the meat - the same tongs were used for handling cooked and raw meat. Way overpriced too. a most unpleasant experience, we dreaded going in for meals.
we went on a game drive with a guide who wasn't at all proactive, except when he spotted a lion with a kill. Then we took ourselves off in the afternoon.
Bush chalet - Okaukuejo
Bush chalet much better than the waterhole chalet and we were lucky to have one only a few extra steps from the waterhole.
Lots of zebra at the waterhole this time, great at sunset.
Camp was busy with some large groups but generally staff did their best to cope well. The room attendants looking after the bush chalets clearly took pride in their work, even laying out the towels with fresh flowers. We would not hesitate to stay here again.
Waterhole Chalet in Okaukuejo
Standard rest camp - the staff we came into contact with were pretty helpful. The food was fine (excellent game meat for dinner and omelette for breakfast).
The waterhole chalet slightly disappointing as there was not a lot of space in the room with just a small fridge in the cupboard and no indoor seating area. It is, however, just 20 meters from the waterhole and so location is good.
Unfortunately, there were not many animals visiting the waterhole, due to the availability of water elsewhere.
On our one night in the waterhole chalet, we saw one elephant (early afternoon), many jackals and some springbok and impala.
Great location right in Etosha!
This is a great central point to stay in Etosha with easy access to many waterholes. As its a government run lodge, the facilities are a bit more basic than other lodges around Etosha, however rooms are good value, clean, well maintained and nice enough.
However, you will be coming here more for the quick access to wildlife and not for the luxury aspect. In addition, the lodge has its own floodlit waterhole which is a fantastic place to spend an evening watching wildlife right in front of you.
The food is buffet but the chef was able to help cater for our dietary requirements.
Okaukuejo Camp review
We had a problem with the room we were allocated, as the hot water didn't work and a section of roof was loose and clattered around in the high wind in the early evening. However, the staff were very good and offered us two other rooms to choose from (another bush chalet that was close to the road and a waterhole chalet).
In the end we choose the waterhole chalet because of its location, although it was quite a bit smaller than the bush chalet and felt slightly cramped. However, it was very conveniently situated for the waterhole which was the highlight of the camp. On the first night we saw 8 rhino's at the waterhole and the next day at one point there were 17 giraffes at and around the waterhole. We also saw oryx standing in the waterhole to drink while other animals were around the edge.
The only activity we participated in was a night drive which was initially spoilt by high winds and then heavy rain but the guide was very good and found some interesting wildlife for us.
Before arriving we had no high expectations for this camp and our experience met our expectations. The camp is large and is a good base to see the wildlife of Etosha, rather than one of good food and service. The staff at reception are impersonal and not outwardly helpful, but will answer your questions.
Our room location was fortunate because we were equal distance between the waterhole and the restaurant, but also slightly away from the main walkways.
The rooms are basic, but a good design for self catering and there is a sheltered area beside each room to leave the vehicle.
The purpose of our stay here was to take advantage of the staying within the park and to view the amazing waterhole at night. This did not disappoint. The waterhole was fantastic and visited by a large number of elephant, a few black rhino, lions, giraffe and antelope. Driving around the national park was enjoyable with good wildlife viewing at the numerous waterholes.
Our experience at the waterhole on both nights was another highlight of the holiday
Okaukuejo Camp review
The location was great and the night time access to the watering hole was a bonus.
I understand why it made sense to stay here for access to Etosha but it was run very business like and not personal. I guess that's how it must be when you have that many guests but the fact that you had to leave a deposit for the room seemed silly and getting the refund in the morning when you are trying to leave was a bit of a drag.
The cafeteria style meals were horrible.
Okaukuejo Camp review
It is sad that the Namibian national camps do not match the privately run ones in service and quality. Particularly true of the rather large Okaukuejo Camp.
However it is still worth staying there for the volumes of game it attracts to its lit water hole.
As many have remarked, a theatrical event in itself. On one occasion I saw 9 rhino enjoying the waters.
Okaukuejo Camp review
Receptionist brilliant in getting us nine nights in one room (W9). Room kept spotless by maid.
Sadly the generator varied from inconsistent to non-existent which meant petrol pumps hardly worked and no water, only a problem with flushing. Also no means of paying by credit card. We suspect many people transferred to Halali and Namutoni.
Food was being thrown away in the little shop because it had thawed out. Sad
Expert Africa comments
Okaukuejo experienced a complete power out during these travellers stay and had to revert to running from a generator. Unfortunately this just was not able to cope with the demand on it so Namibia Wildlife Resorts (who own Okaukuejo) moved some of their visitors to other camps to relieve the strain. They apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period.
Highlight of the trip
Our second visit here after a gap of 7 years. We preferred the Bush Chalet to the Waterhole room we had last time. Just like Halali, with much more space and only a minutes walk to the waterhole which was fairly heavily used, by Elephants, Rhinos and a group of three lions most nights. The restaurant had largely moved outside (not sure if this is year-round?) which is much more comfortable and less noisy than eating indoors.
Good base for exploring the western part of the National Park, where we found some great waterholes, especially:
Okondeka - vast herds of zebra, kudu, wildebeest, oryx and springbok plus flocks of birds including 7 vultures together
Ozonjultj m Bari - even more of all above, plus warthogs, giraffe, a Bateleur Eagle and several storks
Aus - again the usual herds including Red Hartebeest and Black-Faced Impala, plus ducks, geese and a leopard!