Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
637 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Okaukuejo Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Good to be in the park, otherwise average"
We were right by the campsite and the campers made a lot of noise packing up very early in the morning. The accommodation was the least attractive of our holiday, and the staff not always as smiling and friendly as elsewhere.
However we did see plenty of action at the waterhole, which was why we chose to stay here." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
"Watch life go by at the water hole.."
The accomodation is in need of refurbishment , and looks and feels very worn out, particularly the bath/shower room.
The request for 350.00 $ inventory fee is a real annoyance. We checked our inventory and found only 4 + ( 1 damaged coat hangers) We reported this to reception, the receptionist stated they were not too bothered about some of the smaller items. The deposit was refunded on our departure without the room been checked for any defects,or breakages. It was a complete was of our time. The staff are not as motivated as the private lodges, and therefore the experience was not as good as at previous lodges.
The restaurant was also disappointing. During our stay there were a number of large groups and this seemed to cause seating problems. Some of the restaurant staff were very good, others were somewhat less attentive.
The camp caters for a whole range of visitors ,but the facilities are in need of a review. The grounds whilst reasonably well kept, could be more tidy." See all these reviews: 22n in Namibia
The chalet was lovely - it was on two floors so we slept upstairs with a view of the waterhole. Disappointing number of animals though, but that's just luck.
The food was absolutely horrible - a fixed price for lunch and dinner which were both buffet meals. Unhygienic use of utensils when cooking the meat - the same tongs were used for handling cooked and raw meat. Way overpriced too. a most unpleasant experience, we dreaded going in for meals.
we went on a game drive with a guide who wasn't at all proactive, except when he spotted a lion with a kill. Then we took ourselves off in the afternoon." See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Bush chalet - Okaukuejo"
Lots of zebra at the waterhole this time, great at sunset.
Camp was busy with some large groups but generally staff did their best to cope well. The room attendants looking after the bush chalets clearly took pride in their work, even laying out the towels with fresh flowers. We would not hesitate to stay here again." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
"Waterhole Chalet in Okaukuejo"
The waterhole chalet slightly disappointing as there was not a lot of space in the room with just a small fridge in the cupboard and no indoor seating area. It is, however, just 20 meters from the waterhole and so location is good.
Unfortunately, there were not many animals visiting the waterhole, due to the availability of water elsewhere.
On our one night in the waterhole chalet, we saw one elephant (early afternoon), many jackals and some springbok and impala." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
"Great waterhole viewing"
We upgraded room because the standard room was basic; overall the room we changed to was clean and tidy but most of all in a much better location. Food was worst on the whole trip. For example if Breakfast is from 6 am then everything should be available from 6.
We took one game drive which we could have done on our own. There is a shop but it has virtually nothing in it apart from some basics." See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia
"Great location right in Etosha!"
However, you will be coming here more for the quick access to wildlife and not for the luxury aspect. In addition, the lodge has its own floodlit waterhole which is a fantastic place to spend an evening watching wildlife right in front of you.
The food is buffet but the chef was able to help cater for our dietary requirements." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
In the end we choose the waterhole chalet because of its location, although it was quite a bit smaller than the bush chalet and felt slightly cramped. However, it was very conveniently situated for the waterhole which was the highlight of the camp. On the first night we saw 8 rhino's at the waterhole and the next day at one point there were 17 giraffes at and around the waterhole. We also saw oryx standing in the waterhole to drink while other animals were around the edge.
The only activity we participated in was a night drive which was initially spoilt by high winds and then heavy rain but the guide was very good and found some interesting wildlife for us." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
Our room location was fortunate because we were equal distance between the waterhole and the restaurant, but also slightly away from the main walkways.
The rooms are basic, but a good design for self catering and there is a sheltered area beside each room to leave the vehicle.
The purpose of our stay here was to take advantage of the staying within the park and to view the amazing waterhole at night. This did not disappoint. The waterhole was fantastic and visited by a large number of elephant, a few black rhino, lions, giraffe and antelope. Driving around the national park was enjoyable with good wildlife viewing at the numerous waterholes.
Our experience at the waterhole on both nights was another highlight of the holiday" See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
I understand why it made sense to stay here for access to Etosha but it was run very business like and not personal. I guess that's how it must be when you have that many guests but the fact that you had to leave a deposit for the room seemed silly and getting the refund in the morning when you are trying to leave was a bit of a drag.
The cafeteria style meals were horrible." See all these reviews: 8n in Namibia
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