Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
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Okaukuejo Camp review
the restaurant with its food could be better... but it's satisfactory!Read more about the whole safari
Great few days, lots of animals...
Very much improved facilities & whole area /site looks cared for & inviting since our last visit, 4 years ago ! !
Lovely white bed linen, good moquito netting, lounge area comfortable & good cupboard space. However we had a bit of trouble with drainage of toilet/shower.
Friendly staff, food not wonderful for veggies, but we expected that as catering for many people. Super waterhole, excellent for viewing plenty of animal interaction.
The floodlit waterhole continues to be the greatest asset of the camp, but the rooms are also well appointed and regularly cleaned.
Dining outside at the restaurant and listening to the Okaukuejo Primary School choir who come to sing and dance there occasionally is also a delight.
I didn't really expect very much from Okaukuejo.
In it's favour, our room was big, clean and comfortable. We were close to the waterhole which is superb. We spent hours sitting at the waterhole and were never disappointed.
On the down side, it is very big and impersonal and not very friendly (and with some pretty obnoxious guests). The canteen-like food was basic and very limited for vegetarians and very expensive for what it was. At the end of the day, you stay for the waterhole and easy access to Etosha, not for service and good food, and that is certainly what you get.
Final point, I don't understand why they demand a 500N$ key deposit. It's not for the contents of the rooms or breakages, because they don't check the room when you leave. Does anyone really walk away with the key to their room?
Okaukuejo Luxury experience
Wow how fantastic was the Premier waterhole room!!!
On arrival I thought I was going to be disappointed because of the size of the place and we had become used to the more personal surroundings of the other places. However, I was proved to be wrong. The amount of wildlife at the waterhole was amazing.
The staff in the restaurant were very welcoming and the entertainment by the local children was outstanding. Once again we had a fantastic yet different time. The proximity to Etosha made exploring very easy.
Good as always
Accommodation was excellent in the family bungalow. Close to waterhole, swimming pool, restaurant, shop etc. Two double bedrooms both ensuite and good kitchen facilities.
Nowhere to eat outside the accom. the building is there but no furniture to go in it
The shop was poorly stocked and the service was dreadful but apparently all the parks had new computer systems which didn't work so it was painfully slow to buy anything. The icecreams were melted before they were paid for. Luckily we had bought a few tins of food before arriving so we could enjoy a couple of braais. The restaurant food at night was quite basic and although the service was good we thought it was quite expensive.
One night in Etosha
Considering the number of guests they process with many, like us, staying just the one night, the staff here do a pretty good job. Checking in was of necessity a bit more formal than most other places but it only took a few minutes and they had the restaurant booking sheet there too for us to fill in. We had bush chalet no.80 which was very convenient for the waterhole. Room bigger than expected and clean with a kitchen area with fridge and kettle etc.
We ate early at 6 and then spent the evening at the waterhole. Activity rather slow but four rhino, a dozen or so elephants and a few giraffe wasn't bad. The next morning there were zebra, springbok and kudu.
Okaukuejo Camp review
Apart from the slightly grumpy lady who took care of the park payments everyone at this camp was super friendly and efficient. The grumpy lady was quite hilarious, so we could not be bothered.
The room was great too, very comfortable, nice decoration and spotless. We did not have a kettle in the room when we got in, but it was brought in within minutes after we informed the reception.
And the waterhole was spectacular: we had 2 pairs of rhino battling it out for hours, with another one drinking right in front of us.
Okaukuejo Camp review
Camping at Okaukuejo was great, the waterhole brilliant and the facilities easy to find.
We were in one of the newer camping spots which didn't have the advantage of a well grown tree (i.e. not picturesque) but we were either at the waterhole, pool or driving through the park so this didn't matter to us.
Overnight stay in Etosha
Okaukuejo is not an attractive campus. A lot of concrete, a lot of visitors, and an impersonal welcome on arrival. I suppose this is to be expected in a large camp, but we were pleased we had only booked one night there. Taleni Etosha Village, at Andersons gate, was a much nicer place to stay.
That said, the water hole was fantastic. There were a group of 25-30 Elephant the night we were there, together with a black and white rhino, all having a stand off around the rim of the water hole. We wouldn't have seen that anywhere else. We sat and watched for ages.
The rooms were simply arranged, but clean and with perfectly adequate bathroom/kitchen facilities.
The food was average, but fresh and plentiful. The staff in the restaurant were helful and friendly: in the shops the service was excruciatingly slow as items were not priced, and had to be individually looked up, and then stock codes typed in. We avoided shopping for snacks and souvenirs as a result.
Worth staying to get overnight views of the water hole (anyone can visit during the day), and also has the best swimming pool we found (also can buy a day ticket for this), but otherwise would suggest Teleni Etosha village and driving in from there in the morning.