Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
The waterhole at Okaukuejo is a real treat
The great thing about Okaukuejo is its location. Being in the middle of the park gives great access to views across the salt pan, and you also have amazing access to the waterhole at the camp. When we were there in October, there were great herds of animals making their way down to the waterhole morning and evening, and amazing sightings including rhino, elephants and lions at night.
The camp itself is functional rather than luxurious, but our room was clean and comfortable, and the staff were perfectly competent.
We stayed 2 nights which was definitely worth it for getting a sense of the surrounding landscape, and the amazing amount of activity at the waterhole.
This is a large but efficient camp
Okaukuejo is a good centre for visiting several good water-holes. Inevitably it feels different from smaller private camps but it certainly served us well. The reception desk was efficient, our chalet was fine and the self-service restaurant provided good meals. The serving of breakfast until 0930 allowed us to go out at first light for two hours before returning to the camp to eat.
The floodlit water-hole provides really good opportunities to see rhino, one evening we saw nine there at the same time. The resident pride of lions at Okondeka are not to be missed either.
Obviously the size of this camp makes it a little more impersonal but all the staff that we met were friendly and helpful.
Okaukuejo Camp: fascinating
The camp facilities were good. The service was not bad as well.
Of course, the main reason to stay there is to be close to the waterhole. One night we saw a great night show starring six black rhinos, several lions and elephants, giraffes & lots of smaller animals interacting by the waterhole. You won't see that kind of action during the day.
It was fascinating.
Animals galore at Okaukuejo Camp
Accommodation was reasonable although very hot at night and there were no cooking facilities other than an ancient and not overly clean braai. Dinner in the restaurant was very poor as well as over-priced - thankfully Expert Africa had advised us to stock up on food before going into Etosha and we were able to put together a cold meal to be eaten at the waterhole on the second evening.
The waterhole was wonderful, with adequate seating and a constant parade of animals visiting day and night.
Apart from the main road through the park, getting around was unexpectedly difficult with some routes in very poor condition and difficult to navigate in a 2WD car.
Okaukuejo Camp review
A busier rest stop than Halali given its proximity to the gate. The waterhole in particular was very busy (with game and people). Some guests did not respect the wildlife/or other guests.
Lots of busy waterholes nearby
Restaurant insists on reservations for dinner which helped, but lunch service was very slow
While the service and food was "typical of a large hotel" [what a diiference to the smaller places we stayed in] the location and facilities for game watching were tops.Read more about the whole safari
Relaxing stay and excellent waterhole
When we arrived at Okaukuejo we had had three days of very enjoyable driving in Etosha. However, we quickly discovered that the waterhole was excellent for wildlife and were happy to forsake the Etosha roads for day in camp, especially as our bush chalet was only about a minute from the waterhole (particularly good for pre-dawn visits). The variety and number of animals was excellent through most of the day (elephants, giraffe, zebra, oryx, kudu, rhino and early morning lions) and greater than any other waterhole we visited (except perhaps Nebrowni which was excellent). The viewing conditions were good at Okaukuejo waterhole although there were periods when most seats and the raised viewing area were occupied. Not a real problem, however, and overall the camp felt relaxed.
The quality of the camp overall was very good, and rather better even than Halali in that it had hard surfaced roads and footpaths rather than gravel roads. Our semi-deatched bush chalet was very good (clean, spacious, and as noted above well located for the waterhole).
The camp offered a fixed price evening three course buffet for N$170 each (except for drinks) which offered a good range of food, well presented. Very good choice of salads. Meat cooked while you wait (some meat rather tough). Booking was required and the restaurant allocated seats. Generally the outdoor sitting area was pleasant but some tables were in places which were rather cramped.
We loved our stay here the wildlife was simply amazing, not to be missed if visiting Etosha.
This amazing waterhole attracts hundreds of springbok, zebra,kudu, oryx, waterbuck, giraffe, rhino, elephant and predators including lion hyeana and jackals every day.
Do not venture out to adjacent waterholes at least one day of your stay or you will miss a treat, we saw massive herds during the morning and early afternoon then in the evening we saw 12 rare black rhino come to drink, then the big cats came to drink and feed off an oryx which had died during the heat of the day. Absolutely unbelievable and certainly the highlight of our trip from a wildlife perspective.
Our visit though was not without problems as the receptionist (Lenzy, she was very helpful) said that our booking had been "deleted" and they had no rooms for us (indicating that the reason was due to non payment by our agent?).This was very worrying and time consuming before eventually a lovely waterhole chalet was found for us on day 1.
The camp was full and she said there were no rooms for our next night so we had to wait around for hours before a cancellation came in. We were housed in a sub standard room in a noisy area next to the camping site.
The waiting around particularly on day 2 was really unpleasant and caused uneccesary stress,it was a worry to us all as we could not plan our day and felt we had wasted a key part of our holiday.
Despite all of this the food, the location and the experience at Okaukejo was wonderful thanks mainly to the attention of Lenzy on reception who was persistent in finding rooms for us spending many hours on the phone ringing around for possible cancellations. What was strange here is that she was able to check ahead to Dolomite Camp (our next destination) and the bookings there were ok, thankfully!
Okaukuejo Camp review
The only reason to visit this Butlins of the bush, is to see the waterholeRead more about the whole safari
Waterhole is great experience
Bush chalet comfortable and well equipped. Large bedroom with airconditioning which was quiet!
Evening meal was good as was the breakfast but had to request more fruit and coffee at buffet counter. Slow to refill. Staff could be a little more efficient. Best to get to breakfast early.
Sitting by waterhole watching game by floodlight was a great experience. Graffes appear like ghosts and we saw three rhino, one black and two white. Unfortunately there was a bush fire nearby so game disappeared by about 10pm
Well stocked shop and efficient staff in the office..