Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 525 travellers
Excellent
203
Good
238
Average
70
Poor
13
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 525 of our travellers who have visited Okaukuejo Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms Q & Mr B - Minneapolis
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

As the largest camp in Etosha, Okaukeujo suffers a bit from unruly crowds and busloads of fly by tourists.

The staff is competent and friendly but are limited by the size of the operation and rudimentary resources. The dining room has food very similar to all the other camps in the park but the size of the operation means the service is a bit less thoughtful or thorough. the rooms were on par with the ones at Halali, in standards and comfort, but a little less clean and well maintained. Power was more spotty here then in the other camps but outages were short lived.

They did have a lack of petrol in the station ofr at least 5 days and counting by the time we left which was creating tensions throughout the camp as some people could not leave while others had booked their rooms. The staff clearly has nothing to do with this problem and i am sure arranging petrol delivery is done at a much higher level then anyone actually in the camp but the staff in the camp were stoically taking the brunt of a lot of angry visitors.

The waterhole is probably the least scenic of the 4 rest camps, but it was always very productive in wildlife sitings, with many groups of elephants frolicking in the spring feeding the waterhole everyday. The social weaver nests in the trees at the viewing area were worth the visit in themselves.

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Mr H - Michigan
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

great water hole

busy and no gas!

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Mr & Mrs B - Brooklyn
Arrived on: 4-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

We would not recommend staying at Okaukuejo Camp during the rainy season unless you are bringing food to grill yourself The waterhole would be lovely in the dry season, but we sat there for 6 hours without seeing a single animal apart from the large beetles that are everywhere in this camp. The rooms themselves were nice enough, although with tile floors did not feel cozy or welcoming. They also have a terribly strong chemical smell from whatever cleaner/ insect repellent the staff sprays inside.

The staff could not care less about guests and were not helpful with even basic questions. One example was during the dinner buffet, the food was not labeled so I asked if there was meat in any of the the 3 salads. She left and came back to tell me she doesn't know. We asked another server who also told us they don't know if there is meat in the salads. The dinner buffet (only option) is also as expensive as the nice, upscale dinner we had in Johannesburg but very bad. The baby potatoes, which looked edible tasted of dirt so strongly that I couldn't even eat them and felt sick the next day.

The location within Etosha is fantastic but I think I would prefer staying just outside of the park rather than this camp.

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Prof. B & Mr K from Delhi
Arrived on: 5-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Activities:
Terrible
Terrible

Okaukuejo Camp review

This was the only let-down in our trip.

While the Park staff did their best when approached, it was hard to justify the horrible food at dinner (cold slop, hardly anything for a vegetarian) and, worse, the incompetence of the guide (he wasn't forthcoming with information -- we saw a pair of blue cranes and discovered quite by chance later that there were only 35 of them in the world; he hadn't been provided with binoculars so he had to borrow ours to identify birds; he forgot to hand out warm ponchos until mid-way on a very chilly ride in an open vehicle).

There was a lot to enjoy on the drives we took on our own but the experience would have been much more enhanced if we'd had the kind of superb guiding that we had with Turnstone Tours.

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Mr J. from Floral Park
Arrived on: 27-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

The Family Bushlet was grand, loved it that it had a full kitchen that one can prepare a few meals.

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Mr & Mrs G - Huntingdon
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Surprising good

After the poor experience at Dolomite Camp, my expectations were low but I was pleasantly surprised.

The room was spacious and comfortable, the staff were friendly, the food was ok and the waterhole was beautiful.

It was quiet when we were there but could be less pleasant if it was full as there are lots of rooms.

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M and M of Auckland
Arrived on: 9-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

After the high standards set by the previous three camps this was a let down. The rooms were in poor repair as was most of the camp.

We had mice living in our thatched roof which management were aware of but had not resolved, and our son got locked in our room as the door handle broke.

The staff were ambivalent and the food not value for money comparative to the earlier camps. The only plus was being in Etosha National park which was amazing. We would not recommend Okaukuejo Camp as a place to stay.

The camp could have a lot going for it if it was better maintained and staffed. Looks like it needs money thrown at it!

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Mr C & Ms B - Terrace Bay
Arrived on: 25-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Great waterhole at Okaukuejo

Our bush chalet was very close to the excellent floodlit waterhole where we enjoyed seeing rhino and elephant at night as well as many other animals during the day. The accommodation was perfectly adequate and more spacious and better appointed than we remembered from our visit of 3 years ago with convenient car parking and a nice outside seating area.

The food was also very reasonable for such a large camp, and the staff were friendly and helpful although the service in the restaurant seemed a little haphazard

We went on the night drive, and although many of the animals decided not to show themselves that night, being driven around the bush with a starry sky and the occasional flash of lightning in the distance was still a worthwhile and enjoyable experience,

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Mr. & Mrs. H - Woodbridge
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo- ideal base for the park

Our room was well equipped and comfortable - very close to the waterhole.
The buffet restaurant was fine and service much improved compared to our last visit.

Time spent at the waterhole is a real highlight of the trip.

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buckets
Arrived on: 5-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Camp review

First night at dinner was chaos. No management control whatsoever. It would appear that people from the nearby campsite had decided to eat in the restaurant and nobody vetted them As this was a buffet style dinner, the campers ate themselves stupid and took food away with them - assume for their friends?

There were too few staff. We were left alone with no service. We had to make a fuss to get a drink. We were then charged for food that we did not have. Dreadful experience.

Water Hole was excellent viewing for animals - no complaints.

Second night at dinner, we ate much earlier (1830hrs) - much better service. Food OK.

Would not want to return to this lodge if given a choice.

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