Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 534 travellers
Excellent
207
Good
242
Average
71
Poor
13
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 534 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.
Mr and Mrs T from Cardiff
Arrived on: 9-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent

Dearth of animals at the Okaukuejo waterhole

We enjoyed our stay at Okaukuejo though the fact that it was the wet season meant that there were no animals at the waterhole and more generally they were scattered in Etosha NP and were relatively difficult to see.

The accommodation and the meals were good - breakfast was included in our package and we had dinner (buffet style) both evenings. The camp could do with better signage for the location of individual accommodation units and despite a request and a visit from the maintenance guy we never did get a plug for the bathroom sink! No problems with the inventory - we checked it against what we were provided with and apart from the sink plug - not on the inventory - everything was there.

We did a game drive on the afternoon of the day we arrived - we had the guide to ourselves. That was a helpful introduction to the NP and we had some good bird and animal sightings. For the remainder of our time in Etosha we self-drove.

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Mr & Mrs B - Brooklyn
Arrived on: 4-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Terrible
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Food:
Terrible
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Facilities:
Average
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We would not recommend staying at Okaukuejo Camp during the rainy season unless you are bringing food to grill yourself The waterhole would be lovely in the dry season, but we sat there for 6 hours without seeing a single animal apart from the large beetles that are everywhere in this camp. The rooms themselves were nice enough, although with tile floors did not feel cozy or welcoming. They also have a terribly strong chemical smell from whatever cleaner/ insect repellent the staff sprays inside.

The staff could not care less about guests and were not helpful with even basic questions. One example was during the dinner buffet, the food was not labeled so I asked if there was meat in any of the the 3 salads. She left and came back to tell me she doesn't know. We asked another server who also told us they don't know if there is meat in the salads. The dinner buffet (only option) is also as expensive as the nice, upscale dinner we had in Johannesburg but very bad. The baby potatoes, which looked edible tasted of dirt so strongly that I couldn't even eat them and felt sick the next day.

The location within Etosha is fantastic but I think I would prefer staying just outside of the park rather than this camp.

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Prof. B & Mr K from Delhi
Arrived on: 5-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Poor
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Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Activities:
Terrible
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Okaukuejo Camp review

This was the only let-down in our trip.

While the Park staff did their best when approached, it was hard to justify the horrible food at dinner (cold slop, hardly anything for a vegetarian) and, worse, the incompetence of the guide (he wasn't forthcoming with information -- we saw a pair of blue cranes and discovered quite by chance later that there were only 35 of them in the world; he hadn't been provided with binoculars so he had to borrow ours to identify birds; he forgot to hand out warm ponchos until mid-way on a very chilly ride in an open vehicle).

There was a lot to enjoy on the drives we took on our own but the experience would have been much more enhanced if we'd had the kind of superb guiding that we had with Turnstone Tours.

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Mr J. from Floral Park
Arrived on: 27-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

The Family Bushlet was grand, loved it that it had a full kitchen that one can prepare a few meals.

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Mr & Mrs G - Huntingdon
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Surprising good

After the poor experience at Dolomite Camp, my expectations were low but I was pleasantly surprised.

The room was spacious and comfortable, the staff were friendly, the food was ok and the waterhole was beautiful.

It was quiet when we were there but could be less pleasant if it was full as there are lots of rooms.

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M and M of Auckland
Arrived on: 9-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
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Okaukuejo Camp review

After the high standards set by the previous three camps this was a let down. The rooms were in poor repair as was most of the camp.

We had mice living in our thatched roof which management were aware of but had not resolved, and our son got locked in our room as the door handle broke.

The staff were ambivalent and the food not value for money comparative to the earlier camps. The only plus was being in Etosha National park which was amazing. We would not recommend Okaukuejo Camp as a place to stay.

The camp could have a lot going for it if it was better maintained and staffed. Looks like it needs money thrown at it!

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Mr C & Ms B - Terrace Bay
Arrived on: 25-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Great waterhole at Okaukuejo

Our bush chalet was very close to the excellent floodlit waterhole where we enjoyed seeing rhino and elephant at night as well as many other animals during the day. The accommodation was perfectly adequate and more spacious and better appointed than we remembered from our visit of 3 years ago with convenient car parking and a nice outside seating area.

The food was also very reasonable for such a large camp, and the staff were friendly and helpful although the service in the restaurant seemed a little haphazard

We went on the night drive, and although many of the animals decided not to show themselves that night, being driven around the bush with a starry sky and the occasional flash of lightning in the distance was still a worthwhile and enjoyable experience,

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Mr. & Mrs. H - Woodbridge
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo- ideal base for the park

Our room was well equipped and comfortable - very close to the waterhole.
The buffet restaurant was fine and service much improved compared to our last visit.

Time spent at the waterhole is a real highlight of the trip.

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buckets
Arrived on: 5-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Camp review

First night at dinner was chaos. No management control whatsoever. It would appear that people from the nearby campsite had decided to eat in the restaurant and nobody vetted them As this was a buffet style dinner, the campers ate themselves stupid and took food away with them - assume for their friends?

There were too few staff. We were left alone with no service. We had to make a fuss to get a drink. We were then charged for food that we did not have. Dreadful experience.

Water Hole was excellent viewing for animals - no complaints.

Second night at dinner, we ate much earlier (1830hrs) - much better service. Food OK.

Would not want to return to this lodge if given a choice.

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Mrs S. from Brentford
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

Having access at any time to viewing the waterhole was brilliant....on one occasion we watched a group of black rhinos, and later a single white rhino, drinking and bathing there. Our drives around Etosha were memorable, both for the wildlife and also the harshness of the parched landscape.

Chalets fairly basic and functional but ok, good air conditioning (recently installed).

The restaurant was as shambolic as the one at Twylfontein, and the food only poor to average - the worst food of our whole trip. The lighting was inadequate and again we had to lay our own tables. At breakfast the floor was covered with litter and food from the previous night's dinner.

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