Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
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Stay at Okaukuejo for the waterhole
Having stayed both here and on the Eastern side of Etosha, in retrospect we preferred the landscape of Etosha more on the East. However Okaukuejo has a fantastic watering hole within the camp (surrounded by a wall) where you can just sit and watch the animals come and go. This is particularly amazing at night and it seems no 2 nights are the same. On our first night we watched a herd of elephants there and on the second night there were several rhino.
It is also very convenient to stay inside the park. This saves a 10k drive in and out of the gate each day with a variable amount of queueing.
The camp shop sells a good guide to all the animals and birds you are likely to see in Etosha and includes a good map. It is a shame this isn't offered to you when you buy your permit as we only found it by accident and other people didn't know about it.
The camp shops don't sell much in the way of food. You can get some snacks and frozen meat but you can't buy the ingredients for an entire lunch or dinner.
The buffet lunch/ dinners are pretty repetitive and cafeteria standard. But it is all about the waterhole!
A brilliant water hole
Overall a very good visit
Of the two chalets, we preferred the Bush Chalet to the Waterhole Chalet, which was less spacious and was in need of a re-fresh. The food was very good value and the staff friendly and helpful.
Early morning game drive (in late July) proved quite cold despite having ponchos provided. It also proved less productive than self-drive excursions.
The water hole was a key attraction and didn't disappoint with up to 5 Black Rhino, a pride of Lions and Brown Hyena being seen.
THE WATERHOLE AND WILDLIFE VERY IMPRESSIVE
FIRST NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION VERY GOOD BUT SECOND NIGHT POOR.
NOT VERY WELCOMING AND POOR SERVICE
Great animal viewing at the waterhole - a shame we only spent one night.
Facilities as poor as ever - with a captive audience I can't understand how there isn't a thriving little supermarket, gift shop etc with staff who want to talk and interest you with things but customer service is not something you find in Etosha.
Good value at Okaukuejo
The bush chalet was good, the double room not so good, however my fault for booking late.Read more about the whole safari
Okaukuejo Camp review
Our chalet by the water hole was amazing! We had easy access to watch the animals at any time of the day or night.
The food provided was not up to the high standard that we had experienced at the other lodges. They were serving many more people and the food was adequate but not exciting.
Okaukuejo was better than expected
Stayed here for the waterhole and was not disappointed. 8 rhinos at one time and a family of 25-30 elephants as well. Everyone was really quiet and it was not the stadium atmosphere I expected.
The food was decent but there was one chef there who made a point of making steaks separate without the seasoning for my wife so she could eat them, I found most staff there to be quite helpful.
One word of warning, we had our hubcaps stolen here so I would advise taking them off.
Wonderful floodlit waterhole
The higlight is obviously the floodlit waterhole, it was wonderful to be able to see this just a few meters from the door of our room.
A great place from which to visit many other waterholes and see a wide variety of wildlife.
Large camp but provides a good experience
Busy camp but service was good and friendly. The emergency line was answered quickly when we broke down in the afternoon (fortunately with a mobile signal) and help organised immediately.
Bush chalet was comfortable. Food good. Interesting game at the waterhole in the camp and at others nearby.
Okaukuejo Camp is too overbuilt - too many people, buildings, etc. However, I'm so glad we stayed there.
Our cabin was a five minute walk from the famous watering hole. We spent a lot of time there at all hours of the day , from sunrise to after sunset. We saw a great variety of animals coming down to the hole for a drink, It's a magical place and I highly recommend it despite the crowds and mediocre food.