Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(83%) From 622 travellers
Excellent
233
Good
273
Average
96
Poor
18
Terrible
2
Below are independent comments from 622 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.
Mr & Mrs R from Picton, NZ
Arrived on: 14-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Exposed Okaukeujo Camp

Very very dusty and very little shelter and water not that hot. But great being able to sit and watch the animals coming to the water hole in front of the camp.

Excellent pool and handy having a shop there. General surroundings in the camping area need to be tidied up. Lots of wildlife on the way to the camp and afterwards. (We travelled west to east)

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Mr M from Stockport
Arrived on: 24-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Great rhino spotting

Water hole delivered as usual. Two rhinos, calf and mother looked straight at me for a while on the second night and then lay down in front of me, they say animals remember people, maybe they did?

First night meat inedible, second night different chef eland meat superb!

Service on the whole was fine. The bar was closed so one man operated in the restaurant was run off his feet but remained cheerful. When the place is busy replacement staff should have been found.

Park roads as bad as ever, if not worse, or was it the puncture that meant we felt the roads even more?

Bush chalet spacious. Hot showers at a premium, our room had an element replaced two days previously, which went again before we arrived. Got it replaced our first morning and it went again that evening. So the result was we had one hot shower in two days. Maybe there should be a rebate system? Especially when you have more than major problem?

Lucky enough to see black rhino in the bush in daylight.

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Dr & Mrs N from USA
Arrived on: 10-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent

Surprisingly good experience

Waterhole is not to be missed.... store was poorly stocked with many bare shelves

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Ts from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 8-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

We completely understand the appeal of Okaukuejo camp with the waterhole on-site and very easy access into Etosha. The waterhole was very quiet whilst we were there, but we really enjoyed sitting there after dark and watching the owls etc. flying around. The accommodation was a little tired and could perhaps do with some updating, but to be honest we spent very little time there as we were out from sunrise-sunset in Etosha!

Unfortunately, we didn't receive particularly good service whilst at Okaukuejo camp. It was very difficult to get useful information from staff both during check-in and at other times. We were told when we checked in that we would need to book a table at the restaurant for dinner. We went to the restaurant to book and they sent us back to reception to book. This happened several times and in the end our details were scribbled onto a piece of paper in the restaurant. When we arrived for dinner, no table had been booked and the staff we fairly rude to us, implying this was our fault. They reluctantly (even though there were lots of free tables around), gave us a table but we ate pretty quickly as we didn't feel that welcome! We were probably unlucky in our experience because we were treated well the next evening.

The location definitely made up for any short-falls in service quality!

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Mr C & Ms B from UK
Arrived on: 28-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Great Waterhole

The main attraction of this camp is the waterhole, which was still busy despite the recent rains in Etosha. Our waterhole chalet was modern but fairly cramped, but its position opposite the waterhole was good as we just had to walk a few yards to the seats around it. Watching several elephants and their calves bathing at 4.00am was magical!

The other advantage of the camp is that you can exit into Etosha at sunrise for an early morning game drive ( even though the deterioration in Etosha's roads in the last couple of years can make this uncomfortable). This is certainly the best time to see game.

The camp is large and can be noisy (especially from the campsite). The restaurant, although not cheap, provides reasonable food although its management is somewhat chaotic albeit the staff are very friendly.

One of the swimming pools was out of use and had not been drained and looked disgusting!

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Ms T. from London
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average

Basic and grubby

We didn't get on well with this place, we found it basic and filthy. On top of it one of us was sick here without having any of their food and drinking only bottled water (we think most likely from the dirty cups in the room).

As much as we loved Etosha and seeing the amazing wildlife, Okaukuejo accommodation was not pleasant. If I knew it would have been like this I would have opted to stay outside of Etosha in a private lodge instead.

Again I realise we might have been unlucky with room allocation, we had room 72.

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry that these travellers did not enjoy their stay at Okaukuejo, and we were also very sorry to hear that they were unwell. We always explain to our travellers about what to expect at Okaukuejo in terms of quality of room, food and service, but do also flag up what a great waterhole there is here which often out-weights the negatives. Unfortunately, due to availability issues, we were unable to book an equivalently priced lodge outside the park for these travellers.

Mrs M & Mr S from USA
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

Camp facility better than Halali, room was near the waterhole, where we spent time late into the night and early in the morning. We were never disappointed with the diverse and numerous wildlife.

We drove far to the west and enjoyed the outback as well as large Etosha pan.
We enjoyed the large selection of bird types and habitats.

not sure I know if the antelopes were the roan or sable??

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Mrs G & Mr S from Wollerau
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

- Good position of waterhole bungalows but rooms are rather small
- We were not served in the restaurant at all (did not get any drinks!) nor was I able to only eat a soup for a reduced price (I had an upset stomach)

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Mr & Mrs R from UK
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Worth staying for the waterhole

We stayed here for one night and my original thoughts after reading the reviews, was I did not want to stay there. However Megan (from Expert Africa) persuaded us it was a great place to stay because of the water hole. I can now say I am pleased she did.

We checked in late because we broke down just inside the park but instead of finding difficult people, as described in other reviews we read, we found the staff helpful. Ludwiana in particular was very nice and even said our room should not be examined when we left as there was no inventory list in the room when we arrived. It certainly is not luxurious like the other lodges we stayed in but probably what you would expect from a government run lodge.

The room was a decent size and the air con worked, there was a mosquito net which covered the bed and the fridge was more than adequate for our needs. We were in a standard double room and only a few minutes walk from the waterhole. We didn’t eat in the restaurant as we bought our own food at the bakery and supermarket in Outjo, after reading the reviews. However when I passed the restaurant several times people seemed to be enjoying their food. Also speaking to others who had eaten there you can get eggs to order and the food was good.

It was great being inside the park at night, sitting by the waterhole watching the animals wander down at night. We saw a mother and calf black rhino, elephants, giraffes jackals and zebra. It was lovely just sitting there for as long as you wanted to watch them. While we were there we did not encounter people being noisy as others have found. I would say you need to get down there early to get one of the seats.

All in all I would recommend at least one night here and I think we probably should have stayed even two. Don't let the reviews put you off, give it a chance.

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Mrs G & Mr S from Wollerau
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

- Camping facility were surprisingly clean
- Enough space from one campsite to the next
- Staff at reception was unfriendly and rules are handled differently from person to person, i.e. we wanted to buy a permit for the whole stay in Etosha to reduce time for administration. But because we had to overnight outside the park on some nights (all restcamps were fully booked) people made a bit fuss out of it and we had to go back to reception every day for payment.
- Same applies for procedure with drones... police offers do ask about drones at Anderson's Gate, registration was needed and they sealed the drone suitcase while staff at Lindequist Gate was not interested at all and they did not even ask whether we are carrying a drone
- It was not made clear to us that we are allowed to bring meat inside the park but are not allowed to leave to park with meat even though it was vacuum-packed

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