Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(83%) From 620 travellers
Excellent
233
Good
272
Average
95
Poor
18
Terrible
2
Below are independent comments from 620 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.
TansySue from UK
Arrived on: 8-May-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor

Stay in Etosha for the floodlit waterhole

Okaukuejo Camp is a government owned and run camp site - and very big resort compared to all the other places we stayed. It was an essential part of our safari as the waterhole chalets were very close to the floodlit waterhole which attracted many different animals. We saw zebra, impala, elephant, black-backed jackals and 8 Black rhino. In fact we also saw jackals wandering around inside the camp. Many people thronged around the waterhole at dusk and after dinner - these were all staying on site, many in tents. In fact there were far too many people for comfortable viewing and many were not there to watch the wildlife but to chat too loudly and drink.

Our single story waterhole chalet No. 13 was well set back from the waterhole, in fact there were really only 4 chalets near enough to be able to see the nightlife from their 1st floor room. Our room was O.K. - it had all the necessaries for a good night's sleep although the bed linen was very tired. A kettle inside the rustic wardrobe was a bonus but there was really insufficient space for our luggage.

Restaurant/Food - Very variable - rather like school diners, all buffet style. Catering for so very many people including those camping. I would give the food and dining experience only 2 stars at very best.

In summing up, just one night in this particular lodge for it's unique waterhole would have been enough for us although another night in the area as there is so much to see in this part of Etosha - we met a lion and a rhino on the road just outside the camp gates early morning and the most memorable was watching hundreds (literally) of zebra come in to drink from a fresh water spring on the edge of the pan at Okondka.

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Mrs F from London
Arrived on: 26-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Terrible
Terrible

Barracks like accommodation in Etosha

This is a government run camp and the main selling point is the location rather than the camp itself. We stayed in 2017. Nothing had changed. Indifferent buffet meal served by willing but rather muddled staff and overseen by a rude and patronising cashier. Swimming pool out of service. Accommodation though basic is clean. Fine for an overnight stay given the quality of wildlife around the camp.

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Mr K from Maidstone
Arrived on: 22-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

A complete change of attitude so that the odd friendly smile and conversation was the exception rather than the rule.

We paid our N$500 deposit, but there was no inventory to check (nor was there a physical check at any time) and equipment in the chalet was basic - nothing not 'fixed'. There are two pools, one more like a pond with growth and the other not clear.

The food was very 'school dinner' self-service and reminders to re-stock needed, quality was way down on the two previous stops. Breakfast for the later guests on our first morning (us at around 7.30 only) was virtually without choice. A disappointment in that respect.

The waterhole was sadly bereft of wildlife but an enjoyable 'sundowner' setting watching weaver birds.

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Mr M from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 5-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average

Not bad for a government facility

It was about what we expected.

Nothing to complain about but we had been spoilt by better!

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Mr & Mrs W from London
Arrived on: 10-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Better than we were led to believe

We were led to believe that this would be pretty awful because it is Government run, and so our expectations were low. In fact, with one notable exception (a very rude woman in the tourist shop) the staff were pleasant and several were very friendly.

We had to make our own way to our chalet near the waterhole - understandable because it's such a big place - and found it clean and reasonably comfortable, if a bit small and characterless.

We didn't do any of the guided drives, preferring to drive ourselves because the guided drives couldn't go anywhere we couldn't.

The wifi wasn't free and didn't work very well. It must have been faulty because our 150mb was used up in a few minutes and our complaint didn't get very far.

Dinner and breakfast were buffets. Nothing spectacular - it was fine.

It was nice being close to the waterhole and being able to sit out in the morning and evening watching the animals.

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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 11-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Great location in heart of Etosha

Our 4th stay in Okaukuejo because of it's great location.

The waterhole is very quiet at this time of year (Feb), but still worth staying for game viewing in the park.

The food still isn't great, but much better than it was 10 years ago.

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Mr D from Farnham
Arrived on: 11-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Good
Good

Potential in need of a positive boost!

The place is bit run down and clearly has a management that cares little for what are quite disintereted and miserable staff. It is a bit like staying in an old Eastern Block country. This is unfortunate, as the site is well laid out, with comfortable chalets - ours even had a Braai / BBQ pit - and still has the potential to be a top place to stay, with an amazing waterhole.

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Mrs C from Shrewsbury
Arrived on: 20-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Camp review

We had good accommodation & it was good to be able to partly self cater even though there was no cutlery or crockery, we had to hire them from the kitchen.

The shop was poorly stocked.The breakfast was only average, the camp was very busy & I think the staff couldn't keep up.

We would thoroughly recommend getting a room with a BBQ, it may not be by the waterhole but it was more private & great to cook our own food.

The lions roaring at night was truly magical. It was wonderful to be so near to the wildlife, we didn't have to drive far before encountering a pride of lions.

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Dr & Mrs S from France
Arrived on: 25-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Terrible
Terrible
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Camp review

This was our fourth visit to Okaukeujo. This is a good location within Ethosha for game viewing - but far too many people!

The standard rooms are cramped and claustrophobic - would be ok for a short overnight stay but no good for several nights. We have previously stayed in the waterhole rooms and the bush chalets which are much better.

It is difficult to understand why the quality of food and service in the restaurant at Okaukeujo is so much inferior to that at the sister camps Halali and Namutoni - I suppose nobody cares.

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Dr B from Armidale
Arrived on: 19-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

Just the minor glitch about our reservations (one double room instead of a chalet), but handled well by Tom Morris

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