Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(83%) From 639 travellers
Excellent
236
Good
283
Average
99
Poor
19
Terrible
2
Below are independent comments from 639 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 & Mrs S from St Albans
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

All about location

Location is spot on. Right by the waterhole where the rhino come.

Accommodation is basic, but perfectly clean and ideal for a night.

Breakfast was a nice surprise and served early enough to get out of the gate as they open.

Olifantsbad waterhole is a perfect distance drive for the last waterhole of the day. We saw a super heard of elephants.

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Mr S from UK
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Wonderful spot, bad food

The camp has a phenomenal watering hole, but accommodation is dirty and feels a little stale inside.

Food is also not wonderful - whilst there we observed a chef serving cooked meat and placing raw meat onto a grill whilst also at the same time using the same tongs to serve cooked meat. We mentioned this to a waitress who didn't understand the issue this could cause.

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Mrs T from Reading
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Average
Average

Interesting!!

This place does the job it sets out to do

The cleanliness couldn't be faulted especially with the volume of people passing through but the service at mealtimes was dire. Utterly dire, so bad it was hilarious. We got fed and watered but we spent quite bit of time debating whether the girls serving just didn't give a s**t or were very stupid and we couldn't decide which.

No issues with security and when I did go to report certain items missing from the room inventory when we checked in I got ushered into a side room as I think they thought I was making a big complaint. Deposit given back without a quibble or check the next day.

The waterhole was a joy, we sat and watched the nights coming and going for hours.

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Mr J & Ms J from Devon
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Waterhole excellent

Okaukeujo is an essential stop while travelling through Etosha, as the wildlife sightings are excellent. Sadly the food and accommodation were not that good. Our chalet was dismally decorated, though always clean. The buffet style meals are overpriced and disappointing and the staff lack the enthusiasm and interest that greeted us in the rest of Namibia.
We were given wrong information about the opening times of the snack bar and so missed it. The stock of food at the shop is not good. Very difficult to self cater

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CathyO from Glasgow
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Terrible
Terrible

Great waterhole

While the accommodation did not match previous places we stayed it was spacious and comfortable. Highlight of the camp is the waterhole at which you are certain to see an abundance of wildlife.

Booking in was not great and were not provided with information either about how things work in the camp or in the park itself. The staff were pretty disinterested and did the bare minimum.. all of these shortcomings however fade when we entered the park itself.

Oh must mention the picnic/toilet areas - shocking. not fit for purpose but I guess you know that.

We did the night drive and would not recommend it. We realised that there was the possibility we would not see much and we didnt but the guide made no comment on the fact that we did not see much as if this was normal.

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Mr W & Ms W from NL
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Great time in our Premier Waterhole Chalet

We knew what to expect and it lived up to those expectations.

The room (Premier Waterhole Chalet) was very spacious and of course had a great view of the waterhole.

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Mrs K from Andover
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Okaukuejo about location

Okaukuejo is a basic government run camp. Don’t expect too much then you wont be disappointed.

However this place is all about its incredible waterhole and the wildlife which visit. We spent a couple of hours one evening sitting by the floodlit waterhole and saw elephants, giraffes, white rhinos, spotted hyena, zebras and various antelope.

Would recommend a one night stay here (take your binos for the night viewing).

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Mr & Mrs P from Cheltenham
Arrived on: 14-Jun-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Wow, what a waterhole!

If you want to be able to go to the best waterhole in Etosha, this is the place to stay. A constant flow of EVERY animal, apart from lions although we heard them but even night visits by rhinos.

The accommodation was not as up market as our others but we had clean sheets both nights and it was certainly much better than we had been led to anticipate. The food was buffet style and considering they were catering for masses of people, it was good.

A great location to explore the numerous waterholes near by and of course the opportunity to watch wildlife easily at night without the need for a guide, was fantastic.

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Mr W & Miss P from UK
Arrived on: 21-May-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Okaukuejo Camp review

Short distance from Doro Nawas so arrived just after midday. Nice travel after a nightmare 7 hour drive previously.

A lot of bureacracy to pay for days in the park and then even more to get the keys to the accommodation. Info taken at the gate and then a ledger to fill in at the camp to pay for access which was til midday on our third day. When i asked if i could pay for longer on the third day as we were leaving from the east gate the lady behind the counter wrote on the pass addding 2 more hours. then a second ledger and a file to fill in for the accommodation.We were given a photocopied map of the site and our accommodation and the restaurant marked on it. No mention of the waterhole.The staff here appeared particularly jaded.

The map also listed game drives that could be undertaken at dawn, afternoon or evening, but when we asked if we could book one we were told there were no drivers and then a big party had booked the following afternoon so there was no opportunity to do a guided drive.

Having said that self drive was great as you could go out at any time between dawn to dusk and the waterhole on site was a magnet for game at all times of day. which is why I would say this camp is a must. Pre dinner and after dinner saw rhino, elephants and lions at the waterhole.

Dinner and breakfast were help yourself buffet style but food was basic and often the trays were empty.

We did have glossy starlings with chicks nesting in our porch roof and we had a visit from a bat that appeared in our room one morning. One pool was drained for repairs during our stay and the other looked like something had died in it.

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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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