Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(83%) From 636 travellers
Excellent
236
Good
281
Average
98
Poor
19
Terrible
2
Below are independent comments from 636 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 D. from Hartfield
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Good location within the Park

Better than we expected.

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Mrs & Mr K from Geneva
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

Great waterhole sight

The location is great with the waterhole viewing in the evening.

It's like a theatre with different animals come and go. We saw éléphants, Rhino, Oyrx ......just to name a few.

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Mrs B - family from UK
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo camp ok for one night

Our stay in Etosha was the one aspect of our Namibian trip which we wish we'd organised differently. We obviously wished we'd had more time to observe the animals but even the time we had would probably have been more enjoyable if we'd stayed just outside the gate on our first night, rather than at Okaukuejo camp. The whole of the next day would then have been spent in the park driving only as far as Halali camp. After a night there we would have been able to spend a few hours in the park before leaving for Rundu, our next stop.

We did not like Okaukuejo Camp - it was too big - the rooms were the worst we had anywhere and the food (buffet style) was poor. However the staff were all very friendly. The area around the camp was good for wildlife - we saw rhino nearby as well as at the waterhole, and the next morning we saw six lion cubs at close range (with only one other vehicle in attendance)

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Mr & Mrs R from Picton, NZ
Arrived on: 14-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Exposed Okaukeujo Camp

Very very dusty and very little shelter and water not that hot. But great being able to sit and watch the animals coming to the water hole in front of the camp.

Excellent pool and handy having a shop there. General surroundings in the camping area need to be tidied up. Lots of wildlife on the way to the camp and afterwards. (We travelled west to east)

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Family K from Florida
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

These camps were obviously a step down from the lodges. The food was very average and pricey for what it was but we were there for the game so it was fine. We loved the water hole and saw so many rhino which was very exciting. Driving around the next day or so was good but it was even more dry than I remembered and many parts felt so desolate. Interesting to see for sure.

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Mr M from Stockport
Arrived on: 24-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Great rhino spotting

Water hole delivered as usual. Two rhinos, calf and mother looked straight at me for a while on the second night and then lay down in front of me, they say animals remember people, maybe they did?

First night meat inedible, second night different chef eland meat superb!

Service on the whole was fine. The bar was closed so one man operated in the restaurant was run off his feet but remained cheerful. When the place is busy replacement staff should have been found.

Park roads as bad as ever, if not worse, or was it the puncture that meant we felt the roads even more?

Bush chalet spacious. Hot showers at a premium, our room had an element replaced two days previously, which went again before we arrived. Got it replaced our first morning and it went again that evening. So the result was we had one hot shower in two days. Maybe there should be a rebate system? Especially when you have more than major problem?

Lucky enough to see black rhino in the bush in daylight.

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Dr & Mrs N from USA
Arrived on: 10-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent

Surprisingly good experience

Waterhole is not to be missed.... store was poorly stocked with many bare shelves

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Ts from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 8-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

We completely understand the appeal of Okaukuejo camp with the waterhole on-site and very easy access into Etosha. The waterhole was very quiet whilst we were there, but we really enjoyed sitting there after dark and watching the owls etc. flying around. The accommodation was a little tired and could perhaps do with some updating, but to be honest we spent very little time there as we were out from sunrise-sunset in Etosha!

Unfortunately, we didn't receive particularly good service whilst at Okaukuejo camp. It was very difficult to get useful information from staff both during check-in and at other times. We were told when we checked in that we would need to book a table at the restaurant for dinner. We went to the restaurant to book and they sent us back to reception to book. This happened several times and in the end our details were scribbled onto a piece of paper in the restaurant. When we arrived for dinner, no table had been booked and the staff we fairly rude to us, implying this was our fault. They reluctantly (even though there were lots of free tables around), gave us a table but we ate pretty quickly as we didn't feel that welcome! We were probably unlucky in our experience because we were treated well the next evening.

The location definitely made up for any short-falls in service quality!

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Mr C & Ms B from UK
Arrived on: 28-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Great Waterhole

The main attraction of this camp is the waterhole, which was still busy despite the recent rains in Etosha. Our waterhole chalet was modern but fairly cramped, but its position opposite the waterhole was good as we just had to walk a few yards to the seats around it. Watching several elephants and their calves bathing at 4.00am was magical!

The other advantage of the camp is that you can exit into Etosha at sunrise for an early morning game drive ( even though the deterioration in Etosha's roads in the last couple of years can make this uncomfortable). This is certainly the best time to see game.

The camp is large and can be noisy (especially from the campsite). The restaurant, although not cheap, provides reasonable food although its management is somewhat chaotic albeit the staff are very friendly.

One of the swimming pools was out of use and had not been drained and looked disgusting!

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Ms T. from London
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average

Basic and grubby

We didn't get on well with this place, we found it basic and filthy. On top of it one of us was sick here without having any of their food and drinking only bottled water (we think most likely from the dirty cups in the room).

As much as we loved Etosha and seeing the amazing wildlife, Okaukuejo accommodation was not pleasant. If I knew it would have been like this I would have opted to stay outside of Etosha in a private lodge instead.

Again I realise we might have been unlucky with room allocation, we had room 72.

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry that these travellers did not enjoy their stay at Okaukuejo, and we were also very sorry to hear that they were unwell. We always explain to our travellers about what to expect at Okaukuejo in terms of quality of room, food and service, but do also flag up what a great waterhole there is here which often out-weights the negatives. Unfortunately, due to availability issues, we were unable to book an equivalently priced lodge outside the park for these travellers.

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