Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
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Okaukuejo Camp review
This is a bit utilitarian but the floodlit waterhole is an absolute wonder. We made the mistake of going on a night safari trip - don't do it - it is expensive you see nothing - the driver just waves a red torch around the blackness. All this time you could be at the waterhole.
Also we wished we had just got up early in the morning and gone down there before breakfast as well
Okaukuejo was a lot better than expected
The location and proximity to the waterhole is fantastic.
The rooms were larger, cleaner and better than what we expected for a National Park lodge.
The bungalow was really nice with plenty of space, comfy beds, was clean and within easy reach of the waterhole, where we saw a big variety of animals..
Uprgrade made all the difference
Because Saskia put on our reservation that we were Keen Photographers we were offered an upgrade after a cancellation to a room facing the water hole. Amazing. I guess I had not had it pommelled into my head that this was the best of the best of the best waterholes and to spend time at night here at the waterhole.
I had not figured out the game are cold in morning and no around until 10 or 11 in the morning and the absolute best use of my time was to stay up and watch the watering hole. Instead I would peak at it as I passed by and then run to my room to go to sleep because I had to be up early. MISTAKE. My biggest regret of the whole trip. What I did see was magical.
Guy was sick here so I did spend plenty of time at this very nice watering hole during the day. This was one of the best watering holes we saw on the hole trip. Don't waste it! I think our room had a little rodent or something bigger than a lizard...but a refrigerator took care of my food worries. The room otherwise was great. I missed a blow dryer. The meals were excellent.
I had heard that rooms on the water hole were bothered by all the noise of the tourists. Nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone was Church quiet at the watering holes.
This camp can't be beat for location within the Park. The grounds are pleasant, the rooms very comfortable, the waterhole great for viewing wildlife and a good location for going either east or west within the park. It is a large camp so interaction with staff was minimal, but people seemed friendly and helpful.
I thought the food was just average and it was expensive. We had a large group and our server was not very good at keeping track of our extras. As a result mistakes were made, not in our favor. Management might want to look at a more efficient method for larger groups.
What we most noticed was the improved attitude of the staff - they were friendly, courteous and helpful - organisation was much better - collecting keys, getting back deposit etc welll organised
The rooms are being kept well and have not deteriorated since we were last there so I think perhaps standards of care have improved all round.
The waterhole was amazing - giraffes at sunset coming to drink, lion and rhino in the dark, antelope and elephant in large numbers during daylight.
We found the roads in Etosha to be much poorer and in some places felt that only a four wheel drive would navigate them however there were signs of work being done on the main road through to Namatoni
Speechless with some hiccups
This place must have had a refurb recently, because our room felt like a luxurious villa (when this was supposed to be our budget option in Etosha). Everything was modern and spacious and I wish we had a chance to try out our bbq.
The watering hole inside the camp blew me away. I could not shut my mouth as I gaped at all the animals when we first got there. The negatives are the food and the supplies inside the camp. They run out of bread about an hour after their delivery comes. Most people are out for their morning animal drives then. So, stock up before you go there. The rooms are equipped with fridges and everything you might need. Their lunch kiosks also ran out of food pretty early on each day, likewise with the wifi. They had none for a week.
Dinner was a mixed experience. One night wasn't great and the food awful. The second night the salad selection was amazing and better than anything I'd had in Namibia. Don't miss this place. It is magical and a once in a lifetime experience to be so close to the action. Don't miss the watering hole at night. Where else in the world can you get bored of seeing a rhino? But bring your own supplies if you don't want to go hungry.
Okaukuejo Camp review
Although our room was quite simple and seemed a bit of a come-down from the previous lodge, we warmed hugely to Okaukuejo and it is definitely not to be missed.
The floodlit waterhole is amazing and really 'makes' this place. We spent hours there and would have been happy to spend more. Minimum of 2 nights advised since it can be variable what animals go to the water hole - 1 night was busy with rhino, zebra, giraffe etc and the next night almost empty so you might feel robbed if you only stay 1 night. If you are a photographer- take your tripod.
Breakfasts excellent but we didn't try the restaurant.
Rooms have a 'brai- barbecue' but be warned that other than 2 teaspoons and a cup there is no equipment at all such as plates/cutlery or BBQ tongs. You can buy paper/plastic implements in the shop, but it brought out our boy scout survival techniques !!. Also visitors should be advised you cannot take any meat into the national park so must buy everything there.
Self-driving around other water holes is fine but with a 2WD very slow due to road conditions so don't be too ambitious.
Okaukuejo Camp review
Excellent location for eastern Etosha and the floodlit waterhole was great fun. Our rooms were large, clean and good quality. The restaurant is OK but tends to run out of food! The shop is dreadful, poorly stocked and missing most of the products you want. Most rooms have BBQ facilities but the shop does not stock enough to have a BBQ! If possible bring in fuel and food for BBQ, alternatively visit the restaurant and arrange for them to provide food and salad for a charge.
Waterholes round the camp were very productive. We saw 11 lions, elephant black and white rhino and much more. Get up at dawn to try and find the lion! Worth visiting due to location, but not the same quality as some lodges.
Okaukuejo Camp review
Very dated room. Definitely one of NWR's in-the-park lodging that traveller have no other choice but putting up with it. The rooms are minimally equipped, with unattractive concrete tables and countertops.
But it is very very close to the waterhole!