Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 574 travellers
Excellent
221
Good
256
Average
82
Poor
13
Terrible
2
Below are independent comments from 574 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.
Mrs K. from London
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Municipal camp with brilliant waterhole

The location is amazing in that the waterhole is right next to the camp - every time we went there we saw many and varied animals including elephants, giraffes, zebras and rhinos. However, this is really the only draw for Okaukuejo. Its all a bit basic, with a bureaucratic, municipal atmosphere, where nothing is included and you have to book and/or pay for all 'extras'.

The check in and out process is tiresome - it took a long time, the service was lacking, and there as a problem with the inventory, meaning we had to go back to reception to resolve it.

Also, there was no diesel in the filling station whilst we were there, which was inconvenient.

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Mr A. from Glasgow
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor

Great waterhole

This is a nice neat looking campus at the southern edge of the park. The watering hole was great and we had good viewings of rhino and elephant at night.

The organisation of the lodges is very bureaucratic and clumsy though. We didn't get off to a great start by having a power cut in our lodges that took a while to fix. Then no hot water for most of the time. The buffet was really poor and the admin staff tried to switch the deposit money you have to leave with them from exchangeable SA Rand for Namib dollars.Cheeky!

You have to complete an inventory of everything in the room when you check in and again when you leave to say nothing is missing to get you deposit back. Hilariously the inventory list also included itself (the inventory list) as an item to be ticked as being present. This was a definite low point on the accommodation front but it was only one night and the wildlife made up for a lot of the shortcomings.

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Mr. and Mrs. H, from Bath
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Brilliant for seeing animals

We are so pleased we stayed here. it was the dry season, so the waterhole was bursting with animals.

The facilities are fairly basic, but absolutely fine for what we needed, and very spacious

There was no hot water in our room, because when we tried to turn it on, it fused the whole chalet

The game viewing as we drove around was excellent.

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Dr S - Loughborough
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Feast of rhino

Our first night visit to the justly famous waterhole at Okaukuejo allowed us to see 10 white rhino, some with calves, dotted around the hole.

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Mr R. from Napier 4110
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
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Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

Food average

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Gurinder & Jill, UK
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Excellent Camp + excellent water hole

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this camp. Far superior to Halali - our watering hole chalet no 5 was VG indeed, much lighter and nicer equipped inside than the Halali experience and simply two steps from the Hole. Food was good although we would mention that at breakfast time they ran out of certain things at the late sittings. We enjoyed some stunning photographic opportunities at the water hole and we were very pleased about this. Would recommend and would stay again.

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Ms L. from Heathfield
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor

Watching the waterhole at night is amazing

On the first evening after sunset, we loved watching lots of elephants come to the floodlit waterhole, as well as lion and rhino. However, Okaukuejo Camp itself was disappointing. We noticed the difference in service compared to other camps on checking in, when the receptionist was quite rude and abrupt.

The accommodation was very spacious and it was clean although not particularly comfortable. They no longer seem to need an inventory to be checked and signed - there is very little in the room that anyone could take anyway!.

The worst thing about Okaukuejo is the food. The takeaway restaurant closes early and then all that is available is the restaurant where a buffet is served which is really expensive. Apart from the meat, which was cooked on a braii and quite tasty, the rest of the food offered was truly awful. It was so bad that we did not want to eat there the following night and went to the shop (which is sparsely stocked) and just ate snacks for supper! We would recommend that anyone staying at this camp bring their own food supplies in for supper, or buy a takeaway from the snack bar early before it closes.

The other thing that should be mentioned is that the petrol station in the camp ran out of unleaded fuel. We left on a Tuesday and no fuel was expected until Friday! It didn't affect us as we were moving on and had plenty of fuel to get us to the next town.

However the advantage of staying at Okaukuejo is the opportunity to see wildlife interacting at the waterhole after dark, which is wonderful. I will never forget seeing the elephants chasing a lion away and protecting the babies!

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Mrs G - Northumberland
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
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Okaukuejo and the Rhino!

We found this camp to be a little more sophisticated than Halali but it is the nearest to the main gates and so easy for suppliers to stock. It has a shop, tourist office, swimming pools, snack bar at lunch time, restaurant, bar and fuel. The lodges were basic but clean. The check in was better staffed and you can get into you lodge after 1pm.

We drove east from this camp and did not see as much game as we had hoped for but the watering hole at the camp was well attended and after supper we went out in darkness and spotted the rhino - a big event for us all. The location of the lodge was excellent, two minutes from the watering hole and five minutes from the main facilities.

We used the snack bar for a quick lunch and had the buffet supper which we found expensive as two of our three children were considered adults and they just don't get the value from an enormous buffet. The food was delicious though and the staff were lovely in the restaurant.

Etosha in general is the most beautiful place to visit and it is well maintained and respected by those who visit and the control of numbers of people who visit is essential to keep it this spectacular. We are pleased that there are only a few camps where you can stay and basic and clean is all you need!

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Mr & Mrs T from Bucks
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

A watering hole to die for !

Camp itself is what is says on the tin - government run camp. Very functional but clean. Food is reasonable for saying they cater for so many, and the pool is very nice.

Guides are great and the morning safari is one to book -- we saw 12 lions in 40 minutes!

Aside from this the absolute highlight is the watering hole - many, many animals, hundreds at some stages. We saw many elephants, including large family groups, 15 giraffes in one group and an amazing rhino fight. Also woken one night by roaring lions.

There are more welcoming and bijou camps but if in Etosha do not shy way from staying here. The wildlife more than outweighs the functional nature of the place.

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Mr & Mrs P from London
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 6 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Our priority as wildlife and photography enthusiasts is to spend as much time as possible wildlife-viewing. We spent 6 nights at Okaukuejo and, if visiting Etosha again, we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. You don't stay here if you're wanting luxury accommodation or personalised service but we weren't after that. Our bush chalet was spacious and comfortable (with really comfortable beds and super crisp white linen). It was nicely serviced each day. The kitchenette was really just a fridge and coffee station so our plans to self-cater were thwarted somewhat despite the braai!

The waterhole is amazing! Unusually for us we didn't do all day or afternoon drives most days at Okaukuejo as the sightings at the waterhole were just so good (10 black rhinos together one evening at sunset including three mums and calves - all at the same time!). It's a big camp but we were in our own bubble and were perfectly happy.

Breakfast was served from 5.30am so that meant we could still have our included breakfast and be at the gate ahead of sunrise opening. Perfect! Breakfast was basic (and a bit disorganised first thing) but more than sufficient for our needs (coffee was not good though).

Gate opening was unpredictable (as it was also at Halali one day) - the clock at the gate which the security staff work off does not match to what Reception tells you (or, more critically, the sun) but you just have to be patient ...

We didn't eat at the restaurant in the evening or check out the bar as we were too occupied at the waterhole. We didn't use the swimming pool.

Check-out was no hassle at all and very efficient.

The location of Oaukuejo is excellent as there are so many routes to choose from in both directions.

The staff we encountered were all pleasant (the cleaning ladies were lovely!) except for the petrol pump attendant. Be prepared for a very long and disorganised wait if there is anyone in front of you. The shop is a bit hit and miss too but they sell ice which is great for cold drinks!

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