Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(84%) From 512 travellers
Excellent
201
Good
232
Average
67
Poor
11
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 512 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.
Mr D. from London
Arrived on: 18-Feb-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great location right in Etosha!

This is a great central point to stay in Etosha with easy access to many waterholes. As its a government run lodge, the facilities are a bit more basic than other lodges around Etosha, however rooms are good value, clean, well maintained and nice enough.

However, you will be coming here more for the quick access to wildlife and not for the luxury aspect. In addition, the lodge has its own floodlit waterhole which is a fantastic place to spend an evening watching wildlife right in front of you.

The food is buffet but the chef was able to help cater for our dietary requirements.

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Mr and Mrs A from Surrey
Arrived on: 29-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

We had a problem with the room we were allocated, as the hot water didn't work and a section of roof was loose and clattered around in the high wind in the early evening. However, the staff were very good and offered us two other rooms to choose from (another bush chalet that was close to the road and a waterhole chalet).

In the end we choose the waterhole chalet because of its location, although it was quite a bit smaller than the bush chalet and felt slightly cramped. However, it was very conveniently situated for the waterhole which was the highlight of the camp. On the first night we saw 8 rhino's at the waterhole and the next day at one point there were 17 giraffes at and around the waterhole. We also saw oryx standing in the waterhole to drink while other animals were around the edge.

The only activity we participated in was a night drive which was initially spoilt by high winds and then heavy rain but the guide was very good and found some interesting wildlife for us.

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Mr & Mrs P from West Yorkshire
Arrived on: 23-Nov-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Average
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Excellent
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Amazing Waterhole

Before arriving we had no high expectations for this camp and our experience met our expectations. The camp is large and is a good base to see the wildlife of Etosha, rather than one of good food and service. The staff at reception are impersonal and not outwardly helpful, but will answer your questions.

Our room location was fortunate because we were equal distance between the waterhole and the restaurant, but also slightly away from the main walkways.

The rooms are basic, but a good design for self catering and there is a sheltered area beside each room to leave the vehicle.

The purpose of our stay here was to take advantage of the staying within the park and to view the amazing waterhole at night. This did not disappoint. The waterhole was fantastic and visited by a large number of elephant, a few black rhino, lions, giraffe and antelope. Driving around the national park was enjoyable with good wildlife viewing at the numerous waterholes.

Our experience at the waterhole on both nights was another highlight of the holiday

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Mr & Mrs C - Colorado
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

The location was great and the night time access to the watering hole was a bonus.

I understand why it made sense to stay here for access to Etosha but it was run very business like and not personal. I guess that's how it must be when you have that many guests but the fact that you had to leave a deposit for the room seemed silly and getting the refund in the morning when you are trying to leave was a bit of a drag.

The cafeteria style meals were horrible.

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Mr & Mrs. B - London
Arrived on: 29-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
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Average
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Food:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

It is sad that the Namibian national camps do not match the privately run ones in service and quality. Particularly true of the rather large Okaukuejo Camp.

However it is still worth staying there for the volumes of game it attracts to its lit water hole.

As many have remarked, a theatrical event in itself. On one occasion I saw 9 rhino enjoying the waters.

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Mr & Mrs T - Hampshire
Arrived on: 27-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 10 nights
Overall:
Good
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Receptionist brilliant in getting us nine nights in one room (W9). Room kept spotless by maid.

Sadly the generator varied from inconsistent to non-existent which meant petrol pumps hardly worked and no water, only a problem with flushing. Also no means of paying by credit card. We suspect many people transferred to Halali and Namutoni.

Food was being thrown away in the little shop because it had thawed out. Sad

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Expert Africa comments

Okaukuejo experienced a complete power out during these travellers stay and had to revert to running from a generator. Unfortunately this just was not able to cope with the demand on it so Namibia Wildlife Resorts (who own Okaukuejo) moved some of their visitors to other camps to relieve the strain. They apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period.

Mr B & Mrs E - Namibia in October
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 6 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Service:
Good
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Highlight of the trip

Our second visit here after a gap of 7 years. We preferred the Bush Chalet to the Waterhole room we had last time. Just like Halali, with much more space and only a minutes walk to the waterhole which was fairly heavily used, by Elephants, Rhinos and a group of three lions most nights. The restaurant had largely moved outside (not sure if this is year-round?) which is much more comfortable and less noisy than eating indoors.

Good base for exploring the western part of the National Park, where we found some great waterholes, especially:
Okondeka - vast herds of zebra, kudu, wildebeest, oryx and springbok plus flocks of birds including 7 vultures together
Ozonjultj m Bari - even more of all above, plus warthogs, giraffe, a Bateleur Eagle and several storks
Aus - again the usual herds including Red Hartebeest and Black-Faced Impala, plus ducks, geese and a leopard!

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Mr C & Mrs L with friends - birthday in Namibia
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
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Food:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

an excellent location in Etosha with a very interesting waterhole both day and night.

A government place so large with more basic rooms and less personal service than the private lodges but still Ok.

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Mr and Mrs H from Chesterfield
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
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Okaukuejo Camp review

The oldest of the government run camps and showing its age and looks a little tired in places. The austere style is compensated by the chalets which are clean, large and cool. No point in booking an expensive waterhole chalet.

The pool was good and surprisingly the buffet food excellent at both breakfast and dinner.

The highlight was the floodlit water hole. 40 elephants on our arrival was hard to follow but 5 black Rhino arriving after dark was quite a treat. Sit down with a bottle of chilled white wine (as many do) and wait for the show to begin.

No petrol at the filling station for 2 days made many visitors a little nervous including us.

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Mr & Mrs K. from Hereford
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Wildlife viewing at Etosha is amazing and its worth staying at the camp just for the waterhole at sunrise and sunset.

The camp at Okaukuejo could be good with the right management but the staff are obviously unmotivated and unhappy which spoils it - such a contrast to all the other accommodations.

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