Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Elephants galore at Okaukuejo
We were looking forward to the waterhole but not looking forward to the camp. Okaukuejo was the biggest camp we stayed at and we were worried by the reports of noise and rowdiness that we had read on the Internet. Yes it is big but the accommodation is well spaced with many trees and open space so it does not give the impression that there are too many people. Do not waste money on the bungalows near the water hole; there are probably only three two storey ones that can actually see the water hole and even those are probably obscured by trees. Our bungalow was just across the road and well fitted out with a kitchen, living room, bedroom etc and with an outside BBQ area.
Reserving a table for dinner on arrival is a must and the food itself, buffet style has choice for all tastes.
The water hole is the main attraction here and we made a bee line for it on arrival and were able to witness a herd of about 40 elephants wallowing at will. Advice is too eat early and then go to the floodlit waterhole and on our two nights there we saw eight black rhinos each night. The ones on the second night were not the same as on the first for they were younger and we watched as they played amongst themselves just like children.
Whatever your reservations may be about the camp if you go to Etosha then you must spend one night at least at Okaukuejo.
Okaukuejo Camp review
Nice room near the waterhole ,which must be the best in Namibia. There were a lot of guests,but there seemed to be space for all,the evening meal in the resteraunt relies heavily on you arriving at the exact times.However it was clean and they managed to process lots of guests coming and going all the time.Read more about the whole safari
The camp is a bit like a small commuter town but the waterhole is superb and very easy to reach. It's worth going any time of day. This is what we came for and were not disappointed at all.
The food was fine and staff worked really hard to keep up with the buffet. Some guests behaved pretty badly, grabbing food and plates.
Okaukuejo Camp review
A big camp like a small town but in the bush. There are more than 100 cabins plus a camping ground. In high season the restaurant is very busy. You need to reserve a table. When they are very busy the tend to run out of things like plates.
The food is reasonably good and the service is as good as could be expected.
Cabins are comfortable and fairly well appointed many with fridge, kitchenette, braai, separate bedroom and mosquito nets.
The local water hole is well visited by animals especially at night but gets noisy with tourists.
The largeness of the camp does tend to detract from the overall experience especially after visiting many small 'wilderniess' camps as we had but there are good facilities if you need them. Petrol, swimming pool, food and gift shops. The rangers here can take cards for park fees.
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