Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(85%) From 447 travellers
Excellent
177
Good
207
Average
52
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 447 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 F - Bristol
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
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Waterhole Magic

What we most noticed was the improved attitude of the staff - they were friendly, courteous and helpful - organisation was much better - collecting keys, getting back deposit etc welll organised

The rooms are being kept well and have not deteriorated since we were last there so I think perhaps standards of care have improved all round.

The waterhole was amazing - giraffes at sunset coming to drink, lion and rhino in the dark, antelope and elephant in large numbers during daylight.

We found the roads in Etosha to be much poorer and in some places felt that only a four wheel drive would navigate them however there were signs of work being done on the main road through to Namatoni

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Mr and Mrs S from London
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Speechless with some hiccups

This place must have had a refurb recently, because our room felt like a luxurious villa (when this was supposed to be our budget option in Etosha). Everything was modern and spacious and I wish we had a chance to try out our bbq.

The watering hole inside the camp blew me away. I could not shut my mouth as I gaped at all the animals when we first got there. The negatives are the food and the supplies inside the camp. They run out of bread about an hour after their delivery comes. Most people are out for their morning animal drives then. So, stock up before you go there. The rooms are equipped with fridges and everything you might need. Their lunch kiosks also ran out of food pretty early on each day, likewise with the wifi. They had none for a week.

Dinner was a mixed experience. One night wasn't great and the food awful. The second night the salad selection was amazing and better than anything I'd had in Namibia. Don't miss this place. It is magical and a once in a lifetime experience to be so close to the action. Don't miss the watering hole at night. Where else in the world can you get bored of seeing a rhino? But bring your own supplies if you don't want to go hungry.

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Mr K & Mrs A - Sumer family trip in Namibia
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

Although our room was quite simple and seemed a bit of a come-down from the previous lodge, we warmed hugely to Okaukuejo and it is definitely not to be missed.

The floodlit waterhole is amazing and really 'makes' this place. We spent hours there and would have been happy to spend more. Minimum of 2 nights advised since it can be variable what animals go to the water hole - 1 night was busy with rhino, zebra, giraffe etc and the next night almost empty so you might feel robbed if you only stay 1 night. If you are a photographer- take your tripod.

Breakfasts excellent but we didn't try the restaurant.

Rooms have a 'brai- barbecue' but be warned that other than 2 teaspoons and a cup there is no equipment at all such as plates/cutlery or BBQ tongs. You can buy paper/plastic implements in the shop, but it brought out our boy scout survival techniques !!. Also visitors should be advised you cannot take any meat into the national park so must buy everything there.

Self-driving around other water holes is fine but with a 2WD very slow due to road conditions so don't be too ambitious.

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The H family from Farnham
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
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Food:
Average
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Excellent location for eastern Etosha and the floodlit waterhole was great fun. Our rooms were large, clean and good quality. The restaurant is OK but tends to run out of food! The shop is dreadful, poorly stocked and missing most of the products you want. Most rooms have BBQ facilities but the shop does not stock enough to have a BBQ! If possible bring in fuel and food for BBQ, alternatively visit the restaurant and arrange for them to provide food and salad for a charge.

Waterholes round the camp were very productive. We saw 11 lions, elephant black and white rhino and much more. Get up at dawn to try and find the lion! Worth visiting due to location, but not the same quality as some lodges.

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Ms T & Mr C - San Francisco
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Very dated room. Definitely one of NWR's in-the-park lodging that traveller have no other choice but putting up with it. The rooms are minimally equipped, with unattractive concrete tables and countertops.

But it is very very close to the waterhole!

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Mr D & Ms F - London
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Go for the waterhole

We were going to Okaukuejo for the waterhole and did not have high expectations for the camp itself.

We saw many animals (Rhinos, elephants...) so stopping there is a must at least one night. The camp was slightly above our expectations i.e. the room was clean and the swimming pool area ok, however, it is much less authentic than most lodges in Namibia.

The food is not great and the overall service/management is not a very pleasant experience (not helpful at all).

The night drive was an exceptional experience.

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Mr & Mrs R from Bristol
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
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Wonderful waterhole.

We had a Bush Chalet that was right across the road from the entrance to the waterhole! Couldn't have been better!

Very comfortable room with everything we needed including a fridge.

Two unbelievable evenings round the waterhole, with 43 Elephants on the first night and Black Rhino on both nights!

Impressed with the quality of the food after reading some reviews!

Wonderful drives round Etosha.

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Mrs KP & Mr P - Dorset
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Average
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Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Horrible - except for the waterhole, which was first class, so long as the people around it kept quiet.

We asked for a room with a braii - which we got but it must have been the smallest outside area on the entire camp. It felt as though everyone in the camp walked past us and there was absolutely no privacy.

Reception was overcrowded and bad tempered and the restaurant was characterised by waiters fighting over each others' table settings.

The shop had NO fresh food and a sullen, unhelpful checkout girl who went as slowly as humanly possible.

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Mr A and Dr H - Berkshire
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
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Food:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

We were pleasantly surprised by Okaukuejo. This was definitely the busiest place we stayed and the service was a lot less personal - it was the only place in Namibia where we weren't asked how we were as part of the initial greeting. In spite of this we enjoyed our time there and life around the camp's waterhole was spectacular: we saw large herds of elephants, rhinos, brown and striped hyena and many other animals during our two evenings there.

The large canteen style restaurant was remarkably efficient at serving reasonable quality food to large numbers of guests. Although the meals didn't match the quality of those served by the private camps we visited, they were better than we had been led to expect.

We stayed at Okaukuejo because of the waterholes that surround it and the wildlife they attract. They didn't disappoint. The number of waterholes meant that nowhere was really crowded and we found that if we were willing to wait, good viewing spots soon became available.

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Ms. V family trip - Namibia holiday
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Great experience at Okaukuejo

Due to a mistake in our reservation, we were upgraded to a Premier Waterhole Chalet. The style and design were remarkable - just completely perfect. It was amazing to be so close to the waterhole and to have rhinos, elephants etc just outside our window.

Food was very good too and the staff in the restaurant very lovely. Grumpy staff in the tourist centre who were reluctant to answer questions.

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