Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(85%) From 447 travellers
Excellent
177
Good
207
Average
52
Poor
10
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 447 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.
Keen walkers from Therfield
Arrived on: 20-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Think it was my misunderstanding but I thought Waterhole chalets actually overlooked the waterhole as opposed to just being close to it so I was a bit disappointed on arrival. The rooms are beautifully done but a bit on the cramped side compared to everywhere else. However we had a great experience at Etosha overall.

Staff rated as less helpful than elsewhere. Small example, we checked in after long dusty drive. Went to our chalet and stripped off for a shower. No water. Got dressed, walked back to reception and they said "Oh yes, its a problem all over site, they are working on it" I've no problem with this at all but it might have been sensible to mention it at check in before we went to our room.

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Elephant Man & Lion Lady - Newcastle
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Stunning Waterhole

The restcamp is ideally situated to explore the southern end of the park but by far it's greatest asset is the floodlit waterhole. We were fortunate enough to see a herd of elephants at sunset on our second night, followed by 5 black rhino after dark!! If visiting in winter you will need to wrap up warm as it does become very cold, very quickly.

Our accommodation was basic, but clean and well maintained. From the outside the rooms do look like old fashioned Butlins chalets but were comfortable enough. We were pleasantly suprised by the high standard of service and the quality of the food at the restaurant. After reading reviews elsewhere we were a little worried about what to expect from the restcamp but it turned out to be a very enjoyable 2 night stay.

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The Caracal party from London
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Wonderful waterhole in Etosha

Okaukuejo was good good, much better appointed than we expected, the service was friendly and efficient.

The food in the restaurants was pretty good, a buffet, so lots to eat, and the local school children gave a singing and dancing performance which added to the atmosphere.

But the big plus of Okaukuejo is the waterhole, which is great. We spent a very happy evening eating sandwiches we made for ourselves and drinking abottle of wine. We saw numbers of elephant, game animals and black rhino.

During the day you can drive yourself around Etosha.

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Mr & Mrs. C - Lancashire
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

The waterhole at this camp must be the best in Africa, and the proximity to the Waterhole Chalet was superb.

We saw 48 elephants drinking at one time, and later the same day 3 black rhinos and 3 white rhinos together.

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Dune-larks from Northallerton
Arrived on: 11-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

The atmosphere is more 'mass tourism' than elsewhere but it is done well and the refurbished rooms are great. Our waterhole chalet enabled us to pop over to the waterhole a few yards away, anytime day or night, and provided the best game viewing of our trip.

The food is OK but again with a canteen-type atmosphere, good service though..

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Mr P & Mrs C Leicestershire
Arrived on: 30-May-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Whilst a lot of money has been spent on the camp, the waterhole chalets were too small, lots of nice touches inside but no room to move around in. Great location though as ever. Like Halali the shop is non existent so if you want lunch, take it from the breakfast buffet.

Overall the money spent by NWR on the Etosha camps has been badly wasted, has not provided wildlife lovers what they want, and has resulted in over expensive, over elaborate and unnecessary accommodation. Bring back the good old days of self catering with dodgy kitchens and showers.

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The jays from London
Arrived on: 17-May-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp

This is quite different to all the other Lodges that we stayed in. This camp caters for a range of accommodation, from tents to luxury suites. And it also accommodates a lot more people than anywhere else we stayed on the entire trip. The food service was buffet and therefore could not be as personal as at the other camps. Despite feeling a little like a holiday camp, Okaukuejo is perfectly organised for exploring Etosha with shops, guided drives and other activities.

The room we had deserves particular praise as it had a separate kitchen/lounge area and outside eating table with a BBQ. It also had a universal electrical socket, air conditioning and screens on the windows.

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The rhinos from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 5-Apr-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

Very pleasantly surprised at how good the air conditioned accommodation is within this camp.

We stayed in an extremely comfortable room very close to the Waterhole - excellent for sitting by with a glass of wine. We really enjoyed our stay.

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The black-winged stilts
Arrived on: 14-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Restcamp review

This was probably my least favourite place on the whole trip, although the standard of accommodation and service on the trip was incredibly high so even been the least favourite still meant the standard was reasonably good.

The chalet was fitted out well, but somehow it seemed dingy and a bit unwelcoming and the whole area had more of a feeling of suburbia than restcamp. There was a fridge which was good and a kettle to make tea, but they provide you with the grand total of 2 teabags so you can't overindulge yourselves...

The service at the reception was perfunctory at best and even the guys at the petrol station were fairly miserable which is pretty rare in Namibia. The food was pretty dreadful and overpriced in my opinion. The second night we skipped dinner and ate a snack from the snack bar instead, but the quality of the food from there was pretty dubious, but at least it was cheaper.

Having read the Bradt guidebook I thought that the office would provide some useful information on where the best viewing spots for wildlife were but there was nothing much there, just some out of date information on roads and a few spottings written down by other tourists. I did ask someone for some advise and he recommended a route which when we arrived at Andreson gate to turn onto turned out to be blocked off and shut which was a bit annoying as it was getting late on in the day and we could have done without having to drive all the was there to find a blocked off road. It would be good to have had more information at the office to advise people on wildlife viewing, particularly as it was rainy season and viewing is not as simple as just rocking up to a water hole and sitting back - nothing needed to go to the water hole as there was water everywhere!!

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Desert elephants from Devon
Arrived on: 7-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average

Far better than expected

Some of the best beds we have slept in.

Impressed with the layout of the bush chalet. Small details were unexpectedly good.

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