Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A pleasant stay at Okaukuejo
Three nights at Okaukuejo in a Bush Chalet turned out to be a pleasant experience. This NWR resort is sometimes criticised in terms of its staff and its food. We found the staff to be very courteous and efficient. The food was buffet style and of pleasing quality. It is important, however, to eat earlier than later in order to avoid big numbers and the choice at breakfast is perhaps more limited.
The Bush Chalet was excellent with the air conditioning good. We were able to park at our door. It was but a short walk to to the waterhole. The iconic waterhole was disappointing at times, there being virtually no animals ... at other times it was superb.
Okaukuejo has several excellent waterholes within reach and the potential bonus of night time viewing at the illuminated waterhole.
Overall, a pleasing stay ... but why is the shop not better stocked?
Okaukuejo Camp review
This is an acceptable place to spend a night while exploring central Etosha.
The camp's water hole is particularly nice. The food is excellent.
Rhinos at Okaukuejo
Our de-luxe waterhole chalet was worth it! We could watch black rhino and elephants coming to drink at the water hole from our bed in the middle of the night! Chalet W33 is probably the only one from which such a good view is possible. The private balcony also gave an excellent view of the waterhole.
The camp was excellent and buffet style meals made it more enjoyable. Drinks are served by the waiters and having a friendly chat with them when you arrive seemed to speed up the service a lot.
Okaukuejo Camp review
Our first evening meal spoilt by a rat running over the foot of the lady on the next table. When we pointed it out to the waiter he just shrugged and walked away.
No jackals roaming the camp this year now there is a rabies problem which we were pleased about but perhaps they kept the rats down!
The rooms are staying well cared for although no crockery and cutlery for BBQing now.
Checking in and out much quicker than previously.
Okaukuejo Camp review
We felt this camp did not match that of the other accommodation on the trip. When we checked in we were asked for a 500 Namibia dollar deposit in cash which we were not expecting.
The room we had was nice and included a kitchen and fridge. It was clean and well furnished. However there was no safe in the room which surprised us given the security guards patrolling the camp.
The food in the restaurant was ok but on the night we were there the evening meal had red meal (springbok, pork and beef) all of which were tough according to my partner. There was no alternate and I don't eat red meat, this was accommodated everywhere else without a problem. Having said that the breakfast was good.
The shop in the camp was relatively well stocked and took visa so at least we got to stock up on supplies.
We felt the water hole was over rated as we saw much more wild life on our trips across Etosha than we did at the water hole and without the large audience.
On another type of trip this accommodation would have been fine but we were glad to move on from here.
We stayed in one of the bush lodges. One’s neighbours were very close, and it was hard to sit at the table outside in the afternoon because of the position of the sun despite a kind of sun roof.
The positive was that the walk to the incredible water hole was quite short so one could keep checking what was there. For instance one evening (about 8.30 p.m. ) I found a black rhino with a young calf. If I had to choose again I would rather ask for one of the water hole chalets as they are even closer. One can deal with any noise from people at the water hole by turning on one’s air conditioning for the first part of the night, which we did anyway as it was hot.
In terms of meals, we enjoy barbecuing, and it was certainly possible when staying in the bush chalets, although we were not sure what we would find. There is a decent-sized kitchenette next to the bedroom (and a well stocked store in camp). The kitchenette has a sink and a reasonable-size fridge with a very tiny freezer section. There is a barbecue and a grill next to one’s own small patio.
There are no pots, plates, bowls or cutlery but we had brought a chopping board, knives and forks and plates and barbecue tongs. Later we heard that one can borrow cutlery and crockery from the dining room. The staff are extremely kind and happy to do you a favour.
With regard to Etosha itself it has become very busy, specially in September, and with the sand roads the dust from other cars, jeeps and buses was unpleasant.
Okaukuejo, a busy place!
A very busy lodge. Meals adequate, though no cutlery, bowls,or plates at times did add to experience...... no one around to keep things stocked up.
Accommodation was ok, towels completely threadbare.
The waterhole was very good in the evening.
Drive with guide in the afternoon was disappointing we would have seen more in our own vehicle.
Okaukuejo Camp review
The bush chalet was better than anticipated and close to the waterhole (good advice from Expert Africa), so no need to have the waterhole chalets.
Food was okay, mass catering as expected. The waterhole was great and we saw a wide range of animals over our stay. Self drive within Etosha NP was very easy and we had no trouble finding our way around.
There is a small museum/ecology centre at the camp that is well worth a visit.
The room was fine although self catering would be limited really (there are no pots, pans, cooking facilities (other than a braai) or crockery) - fortunately we weren't.
Dinner had to be booked in advance and then you had to find out at a reception area where you should sit. Although there was an allocated waiter or waitress, the level of service was relatively poor, with long waits for drinks. The meal was entirely self service but when the bill was paid back at the reception area the waiter was always on hand and eager to claim a tip.
The position within the park means that most areas are accessible for day tripping (although a very early start would be needed to reach the extremities).
The water hole is an excellent feature and during our various visits we saw many big animals including elephants, rhino, lions, giraffes and all the various smaller wildlife.
An excellent time of year for activity at this waterhole at all times of day and night.
The decline continues with the running of the Etosha Camps.
Africa. We had the family chalets so we were isolated from the perils of the dining room by our self catering . Breakfast only taken there and it is fairly forgettable. No one can muck up cereal but if you don,t eat eggs of some kind you are marooned . The staff were surly ,almost to the point of unpleasant. The camp shop is poorly stocked and again the staff appeared disinterested .The chalets are fairly well equipped for self catering . There are now no Laundry facilities . The shop and the dining room are so poorly lit that one cannot read labels on articles like hot water ,coffee etc.Reception staff were approachable and helpful..
BUT it is all about the animals which were totally magnificent both at the waterhole and on our drives. Thank heaven this aspect of Etosha is not run by the Parks board as it would be catastrophic !!! Southern Africa is in the grip of a disastrous drought with NO rain in 2016 and there were very few guests staying with many empty cottages .Will say more to Maruska.