Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
640 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Okaukuejo Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Okaukuejo camp ok for one night"
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)" See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Exposed Okaukeujo 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)" See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia; 5n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
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"Great rhino spotting"
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." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia; 3n in Botswana
"Surprisingly good experience"
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
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!" See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia; 2n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
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!" See all these reviews: 26n in Namibia
"Basic and grubby"
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." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
We drove far to the west and enjoyed the outback as well as large Etosha pan.
We enjoyed the large selection of bird types and habitats.
not sure I know if the antelopes were the roan or sable??" See all these reviews: 21n in Namibia
"Worth staying for the waterhole"
We checked in late because we broke down just inside the park but instead of finding difficult people, as described in other reviews we read, we found the staff helpful. Ludwiana in particular was very nice and even said our room should not be examined when we left as there was no inventory list in the room when we arrived. It certainly is not luxurious like the other lodges we stayed in but probably what you would expect from a government run lodge.
The room was a decent size and the air con worked, there was a mosquito net which covered the bed and the fridge was more than adequate for our needs. We were in a standard double room and only a few minutes walk from the waterhole. We didn’t eat in the restaurant as we bought our own food at the bakery and supermarket in Outjo, after reading the reviews. However when I passed the restaurant several times people seemed to be enjoying their food. Also speaking to others who had eaten there you can get eggs to order and the food was good.
It was great being inside the park at night, sitting by the waterhole watching the animals wander down at night. We saw a mother and calf black rhino, elephants, giraffes jackals and zebra. It was lovely just sitting there for as long as you wanted to watch them. While we were there we did not encounter people being noisy as others have found. I would say you need to get down there early to get one of the seats.
All in all I would recommend at least one night here and I think we probably should have stayed even two. Don't let the reviews put you off, give it a chance." See all these reviews: 18n in Namibia; 5n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
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