Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
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Okaukuejo Camp review
Immediately you are aware this is not a private enterprise! The service is a little patchy lets say.
The waterhole is the best one in Etosha with a continuous stream of animals and birds coming to drink, day and night...take a cool drink yourself (in a glass, not with the animals!) and watch the sunset. We stayed 2 days and any less would be a pity, 3 would be best, particularly if you are a photographer.
If you have to choose which of the 3 Etosha government restcamps to stay at, then this was our best experience of the 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more about the whole safari
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.
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.
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
good camp inside etosha
good base to see animals at nearby waterholes or the floodlit waterhole
nice rooms - we didn't miss anything
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.