Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Busy and impersonal
What this camp lacked in the personal touch and quality services, it more than made up for with its location inside Etosha national park and its floodlit waterhole. Here, we could sit in comfort for as long as we wished watching a procession of animals coming to drink at the water hole right under our noses.
Our cabin was nice, but the overall welcome and restaurant service were no better than average. The camp was very large, busy and not very attractive looking. But then that is reflected in the price, which is considerably less than the luxury lodges outside the park.
Worth tolerating for the incredible waterhole
The overall rating is Good due to the Waterhole, which is without doubt the saviour of the camp, but we knew that before we went - and the waterhole is why we picked this camp. The big surprise for us was that the rooms weren't at all bad - apart from the slightly institutional feel - and perfectly adequate. The rest of the camp isn't great though - especially at dinner time which is, frankly, a zoo. The food isn't very good either (save for terrific grilled impala on our first night) and my husband was ill while we were here - although I do mainly blame him for eating a clearly undercooked sausage at breakfast.
What's frustrating is that it wouldn't take much effort for this all to be considerably improved.
But the waterhole - oh my goodness. It was breathtaking. We sat for hours and hours here - 2 hours before dinner, and 2 after dinner each night (the second night slightly aborted due to a horrible dust storm). Then 2 hours the next morning between 9 and 11 having visited other waterholes earlier. We couldn't tear ourselves away - families of elephants trumpeting as they charged in to drink, 13 giraffes nervously approaching before drinking, a pride of lions on both nights, 8 black rhino, including a tiny baby, hundreds and hundreds of kudu, sprinkbok, wildebeest, oryx & zebra. It was mesmerising.
As grim as some aspects were of this camp, we'd happily do it all again.
Okaukuejo Camp review
Perfect chalet overlooking the waterhole. Make sure you spend a few extra bucks getting a waterholde chalet. Worth every penny.
Close up look at Lions, Rhinos, Giraffes, Zebras and lots of other animals from balcony. Also, parking is easy, so you can just drive out early to see animals troughout Etosha
Okaukuego Rest Camp review bush chalet
If I had been to Okaukuego Camp before Hoodia, Wolwedans or Noro Dawas I would have given Okaukuego higher marks. But because the customer service I received at these prior places was so superior I held Okaukuego up to these standards.
The check in process was efficient but the staff was not as friendly as the other places. They were not unfriendly, but just not as outgoing as the other places.
The room was very spacious and clean. I was glad we didn't pay extra to be in the waterhole chalets because our room was right across the street from the waterhole.
I liked having the option to do a nightime game drive. This was the only place that offered this experience and we had a great time seeing the animals active rather than sleeping. The game driver was very serious about our safety and very respectful of the animals (he did not get too close or shine the night light in their eyes).
The food at the restaurant was okay for buffet food. There was good variety. The chefs cooking the meat were very friendly and funny and encouraged us to try game (kudu, springbok).
Okaukuejo Camp review
Stayed in a waterhole chalet, although NWR's main booking system had bumped us down from the premium chalet which Expert Africa had booked us into.
Having said that, the chalet was fine, and its really all about the waterhole, which was excellent. overall we were pleasantly surprised as we had read so much bad feedback. But the chalet was clean, the food was OK, and people were quiet at the waterhole. We would recommend a night here.
Big and busy Okaukuejo
Disabled persons review: All areas of this lodge was easily accessible.
The biggest camp was busy with traffic, campers and people walking to and from the waterhole past our room. The patio area was not at all private. The waterhole is close to the rooms so distracting noise but the animals seemed to take no notice. We saw some lions at night but as the whole waterhole is not well lit these were indistinct.
Okaukuejo Camp review
The wildlife helps make up for the small room and the poor layout of the camp. Again you are hit with petty minded paperwork as at all the government locations.
But we saw a leopard and all can be forgiven.
Okaukuejo Camp-Room Concern
We had concerns about our room as it looked like it had been broken into . The screens had holes near the latches; the front door latch was broken, and he bottom panel into the bedroom had been kicked in. Air conditioning solved the screen problem and we managed to lock necessary doors. In retrospect, we should have asked for another room.
The flood - lit waterhole was a hit.
A magnificent waterhole at Okaukuejo
We enjoyed the location of our accommodation overlooking the waterhole - this was an excellent way of viewing the game and birdlife.
The management of the facilities at the camp lacked attention to detail - with a bit more supervision and training the overall experience could be enhanced. The trip from west to east through Etosha was outstanding - we saw so much especially at the waterholes.
Okaukuejo is a great camp
Bar service in the restaurant is poor - the logistics of the buffet meals is bad ( clashing queues of people, dishes in an illogical order, etc). Kettle on the floor in the chalet ( cord too short). Public toilet was smelly.
It is a great place with the waterhole providing great game viewing, but the attention to detail needs to be improved - it takes the edge off of what could have otherwise been rated as excellent.
Bathroom in the downstairs suite is a bit too small - a sliding door would improve matters.