Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(85%) From 448 travellers
Excellent
177
Good
208
Average
52
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 448 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 G & Ms L - from Edinburugh to Namibia
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

We stayed for one night in room 89 and wouldn't have stayed any longer. It was another functional NWR camp, but more like a mini-resort, very busy. The little house was concrete and warm compared to Dolomite but spartan and rather soul-less. There was a bedroom with small sitting/kitchen area and bathroom.
The waterside chalets with upstairs balconies looked much nicer (from the outside anyway!).

There was a good shower but no screen meant the floor flooded. There was no safe.
Lunch was poor but the buffet supper was surprisingly good. The swimming pools looked nice.

The waterhole is the only reason to stay here - we saw giraffe, elephants and six rhino after dark. However, it feels rather staged (there are about 100 people watching at any one time) and unreal and we preferred wildlife-watching in the (in comparison deserted) western part of Etosha. Not many visitors to Etosha appear to realise that the western part of Etosha is now open to tourists (not just guided tours).

We took the early morning guided game drive which was a complete waste of time and money. We think we would have seen more driving ourselves and the guide was uninspiring.

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Mr & Mrs J from Coventry
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Better than expected

Having read the reviews about surly staff, mediocre food, problems with credit cards, and jackals near the restaurant, we did not have high expectations, particularly since the chalets were fully booked and we only had a double room. But we were pleasantly surprised. Of course, with over 100 rooms and a campsite, the standard of food and service is not going to match that in a lodge with a couple of dozen guests at most. But the room was very good, with plenty of space for luggage and travel paraphernalia, with even a sitting area with two sofas and a low table in between. The bathroom was small but adequate.

The buildings in the camp are well spaced out and it never felt crowded. Eating is cafeteria-style, with a good choice of salads and soup for dinner, two choices of grilled meat with vegetables, followed by a selection of fruit salad, sorbet, or fruit fritters. Not fine dining, but not bad either, and with no problem to pay by credit card. We did make a point of getting to both breakfast and dinner before 7 o'clock, however, after which the queues got a bit longer.

It was convenient to have a post office and general store on site - but be warned, the queues at the store before closing time get very long as campers stock up on beer for their barbecues !

Check-in and check-out were quick and trouble free as far as we were concerned.

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JBB - Surrey
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review.

Once again it is very hard to judge this camp following on from somewhere like Camp Kipwe but suffice it to say we were perfectly happy with all that the camp offered.

The individual houses were comfortable, clean & well equipped for staying longer than our 2 nights & had we had the time it would have been fun to make use of the barbecue provided. In fact, the totally informal atmosphere was perfect for spending half the night rooted to the edge of the waterhole!!!!!!

The food was buffet style, perfectly adequate in quality and quantity.

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Mr & Mrs B - Essex
Arrived on: 14-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

well positioned for the centre of etosha. had a good chalet near to the water hole which was convenient for wildlife watching. food was ok but not a lot of choice.

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Mr & Mrs B from Australia
Arrived on: 4-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Good
Good

Excellent accomodation

Accommodation in the waterhole chalet was excellent and most convenient to view the animals at any stage.

Food was below par and not up to standard for this location

Attitude of the staff was shocking in that they showed no interest in assisting tourist needs.

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Family P - New Zealand
Arrived on: 13-May-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Must stay in Etosha

The perfect place to stay in Etosha. We didn't try the restaurant as we were camping but the other facilities were fine and well looked after. The swimming pools were large and clean, the campsites were a bit closer together than other places but this is to be expected in such a busy place.

The floodlit waterhole itself justifies staying here for a few nights.

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Mr C & Ms B - Terrace Bay
Arrived on: 20-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukejo - the waterhole camp

We were very pleasantly surprised by this big family-friendly camp. The accommodation (a waterhole chalet) whilst on the small side was comfortable and clean and the room facilities (including the air conditioning) good. The restaurant and communal areas were also good, and well maintained and the food, given the high volume and self service nature of it was excellent. All the staff were friendly and helpful

The star of this camp is obviously the waterhole. With the surrounding seating, floodlighting etc and the abundance of game coming to it throughout the day and night, the stay here was really good

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Mr & Mrs K - Germany
Arrived on: 11-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

good camp inside etosha

good base to see animals at nearby waterholes or the floodlit waterhole

nice rooms - we didn't miss anything

good pools

good food

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Mr W & Miss W - Rochdale
Arrived on: 11-Jan-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

The water hole fantastic

This was the least attractive of all the camps. The food was particularly poor compared with others.

The flood lit water hole was the best attraction.The room itself was also of a lower standard than the others.

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Miss D and Mr B from London
Arrived on: 18-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo all about the waterhole

As warned this is all about the location and the food is the worst we experienced.

It's such a shame that this place is so far behind the rest of Namibia on service, food and eco tourism. The whole place is extremely old school and I was scandalised they wash all the towels every day, whether you want it or not.

The one thing which made up for it was the water hole.

One thing to warn people about is their ticket is valid for 24 hours per night you have at the camp and you must vacate within this time or have to buy another day permit. Staff didn't tell us this at time of purchase.

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