Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
637 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 better than expected"
Food was a self service buffet - choice of two freshly cooked grilled meats plus other hot dishes and salads. Service was a little random and not always with a smile - bit of a holiday camp mass catering feel to it all.
Camp is an excellent base for exploring the park and whilst we did not see the vast concentrations of game that occur in the dry season we saw most of the parks major inhabitants during our stay. We checked out before breakfast to avoid any possible rush and although the need to have the room inventory checked grated a little, this process was actually quick and easy." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
"Okaukuejo - good game viewing - poor camp"
Our views were NOT just ours, a glance at the visitor book in reception showed countless complaints of rude, incompetent, untrained and just couldn't care less staff.
The restaurant was total chaos, food mediocre and poorly cooked, of a standard that you would expect in a works canteen or school dining room. Tables are relaid as diners finish their meal, but the tablecloths are not changed and the next diners therefore have food stains to look at as they eat.
At an evening meal, a jackal came to within about 10 yards of people eating, begging for food, and although a small wall separated us from the animal, the staff took no action despite being asked to shoo the animal away. We had been warned to be very wary of wild animals that appeared to have lost their wariness of humans in view of the risk of rabies. This was not a pleasant experience.
We had to pay a N$500 deposit for our room key and check an inventory of the room contents and advise any discrepancies, there were none. On checking out, we had to wait in reception whilst the staff radioed through to the cleaning staff to check whether we had taken anything or whether the inventory was correct, before we were refunded our deposit. Highly demeaning!
Now to the good part, our self drives in Etosh were wonderful, we saw so many animals and have some great photographs to prove it. There had been quite a bit of rain, so there were no animals apart from jackals at the floodlit waterhole, they were drinking elsewhere.
Etosh IS GREAT, but steer clear of NWR. Trouble is that the camp IS right in the wildlife reserve and no other lodges are so well placed." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia; 3n in South Africa
"Busy camp - good waterhole - good facilities"
In retrospect we think that the night drive @ 600$ per person, although good, was on the expensive side compared to other night drives offered on this trip." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
"Elephants galore at Okaukuejo"
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." See all these reviews: 18n in Namibia
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
The food was fine and staff worked really hard to keep up with the buffet. Some guests behaved pretty badly, grabbing food and plates." See all these reviews: 12n in Namibia
"Okaukuejo Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia; 6n in South Africa
"The waterhole at Okaukuejo is a real treat"
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." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
"This is a large but efficient camp"
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." See all these reviews: 22n in Namibia
Holiday styles & special interests in Namibia
From birdwatching breaks to walking holidays, find great ideas for your trip in Namibia.
Other lodges in Etosha National Park
Alternative places to stay in this same area.