Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 579 travellers
Excellent
222
Good
258
Average
84
Poor
13
Terrible
2
Below are independent comments from 579 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.
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
Excellent

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
Good

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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Ms S & Mr E - NSW Australia
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

Fantastic waterhole!

We stayed in a Premier Waterhole Chalet. It was expensive and worth every penny, because we had not only a ringside view of the waterhole which is floodlit at night, but an elevated view too from our second floor balcony! It was a highlight of our holiday in Namibia. Staying in the Premier Waterhole Chalet ( there are only five) made our stay at Okaukuejo amazing. Thank you Maruska for organising it.

The camp is government owned and managed and, unlike at Sossus Dune Lodge, it suffers from this. Basic maintenance was lacking ( when we asked for five of our seven light globes to be replaced, the receptionist said no, they were waiting for the man to come from South Africa! When my husband had a closer look at the problem, he realised that the whole 12V lighting system was clearly waiting to be replaced).

Meals were buffet and average. Service was friendly and willing but inefficient.

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The J Family from Washington and Rome
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Camp review

On the positive side, the waterhole at the camp is tremendous and easily outweighs the various downsides of this Camp. We saw wildlife day and night, including 37 elephants cavorting in late afternoon, 5 rhinos in the evening, troops of giraffes and much more. It was a constant show and the setting and lighting was much more integrated into the natural scene that various write-ups had led us to believe.

The Bush Chalet we stayed at was a good choice for our family, clean, and very functional even if it lacked much character. We were glad we had not paid the premium for a premium or water hole chalet because it is only a one minute walk from the bush chalets to the watering hole and the premium ones aren't actually close enough to the hole to get the best view. Plus you get the constant traffic from folks visiting the watering hole. Also, the Camp seems to have addressed the concerns EA had warned about previously.

The reception staff was helpful, check-out was a breeze and did not involve an inventory check, and the staff was consistently scrupulous about letting patrons handle credit cards. Also, the watering holes near Okaukuejo were better and more productive than the ones we visited in the middle and on the eastern side of the camp. The main downside was medicore and overpriced food. The buffet was tired and the lines were long -- it didn't help that one night they ran out of clean plates. For lunch you're forced to eat an expensive and even worse buffet. The pool was empty and being painted for our entire visit and the fumes made us move our table to the edge of the restaurant at lunch - leading to the "poor" facilities rating below.

So there are some clear tradeoffs, but it was absolutely the right recommendation of EA to stay here for two nights for the many wildlife experiences.

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Family H & L - Berkshire
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Poor
Poor

the worst place re service and staff attitude

OK - you had warned us.... But location great

Dire service, shabby rooms - premium waterhole chalet - with broken loo seat, bare wires sticking out of plugs, remote control for AC not working etc etc.......as you warned us. staff not bothered eg brought drinks - but forget glasses, no plates / bowls at buffet, toaster stopped working. We went to breakfast on day 1 at 9am...very little left and what was left - was curling and dried up.

But made up for by location and number of animals! Fantastic location of chalet - could sit in bed and watch animals come to waterhole. best place for zillions of animals.....saw loads and this made it good.

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Mrs H. from Leyburn
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

Position of the chalet was outstanding, and the chalet itself surprisingly good, although maybe could have been maintained better, some taps didn't work and a number of bulbs were out.

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Mrs N. from Purley
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Great waterhole

The accommodation is adequate. The main attraction is the waterhole with a fantastic chance to see all the wildlife without leaving the lodge

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