Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp
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Okaukuejo Camp review
After two wonderful private lodges this camp seemed at first somewhat basic, the staff doing their jobs without the enthusiasm we had experienced to date. However the food was good, the waterhole provided excellent wildlife and it was in fact as good as any state- owned African lodges we had previously experienced.Read more about the whole safari
A relatively large camp inside Etosha
We had been spoiled staying in small luxurious lodges in Caprivi and this is quite a large complex of individual bungalows, like a small town rather than a safari lodge, and caters for relatively large numbers of people. So the restaurant is a self-service buffet and the food, although good, was not to the "gourmet" standards of some of the more exclusive lodges.
Although we rated it "average", the quality of this camp was quite acceptable - just that "excellent" and "good" in Namibia really mean something that is exceptionally good by international standards.
Unfortunately the water hole for animals by the camp, one of our reasons for wanting to stay there, was completely devoid of any four-legged visitors in the evening perhaps because it was the rainy season when there are plenty of alternative water sources.
Etosha is green !!
We were surprised by the Main Camp here as we did not expect it to be as good as it was. The room was certainly satisfactory. Food was OK but nothing special however this did not detract from the stay there.
Plenty of water in Etosha so the animals were not visiting the known waterholes as much.
This was not to our personal taste as it was relatively commercialised, large and busy. However, the area was fascinating and we enjoyed looking at the wildlife at the waterhole.
I think it needs to be emphasised a bit more that finding wildlife is definitely harder when the rains start. But we still enjoyed our stay and were lucky to see quite a lot of animals. The food was again a bit canteen like and too much choice.
We felt that the waterhole needed to be monitored at least some of the time as one person decided to throw stones at a sleeping black rhino to persuade it to move. We did not expect to see such behaviour in a place like that!
Reception switched our room to W10, one of the four best round the waterhole. This year was lion year, saw many but no kills.
The room was kept immaculate by our room girl. Take away breakfasts were always ready on time so we could get into the park when the gate opened. Enjoyed evening meals. Little shop had everything we needed.
A very busy place
Our one night stay here was enough, although the accommodation was fine the catering was fairly chaotic with so many people the staff had a tough time keeping up with buffet content.
The waterhole had plenty of visiting animals and is always great watching
Watering hole is the only reason to stay here
We had very low expectations staying here. The sole, and only reason for booking Okaukuejo, was to stay close to the flood-lit watering hole. And for that reason alone, it was worth it.
We knew that the government run camp would be fairly basic and without a lot of character. So those expectations were met. The room was very tidy, clean and roomy. The other facilities - i.e. the swimming pool - were not as clean.
The food was below our expectations - very poor. Dinner consisted of overcooked grilled game and mayonnaise laden salads. Vegetables were so overcooked that there was no taste.
Service/friendliness was the worst we experienced on our entire trip. It wasn't that it was so bad, but everywhere else was much better.
However, that being all said, the watering hole was indeed amazing, and for that alone, we are happy we stayed here. The amount and variety of wildlife was incredible. We had never expected to see rhinos, never mind baby rhinos. And at one point, during the sunset, it felt like a scene out of "The Lion King" but without the cheesy music.
So, if you are looking for a reliable place to view wildlife within the comfort of your room, and can put up with bad food and mediocre accommodation/service, then we can highly recommend it.
The best waterhole in Etosha to see wildlife.
It is a great place to watch wildlife right a few meters from your room. The service is poor.Read more about the whole safari
Okaukuejo Camp review
We had 2 nights in main camp.
Well organised and we could sense a bit more service minded staff compared to our visit two years ago, so keep at like that.
A lot of animals showing up at the waterhole and we had some stunning encounters with lions at two other waterholes as well.
The chalets were very nice and all in all good service.
Better than expected at Okaukuejo
We had a waterhole chalet, and used it to advantage, even going out to look at the waterhole in the middle of the night, seeing both rhino & herds of elephant, as well as many other game species. Though some aspects were below par, it is a definite must in terms of a 2 night stay.
Though it is a self-service restaurant, service was very poor, with almost no attention given to us once we'd been seated. However the food was better than we'd expected. Wine was half the price we found elsewhere - only N$70 for a bottle of Rosé.
Rooms were good and comfortable and included a fridge, which many other private lodges did not have.
The pool filtering system was either switched off or wasn't working, so the water surface wasn't pleasant. Also there were insufficient loungers for those that wanted to sunbathe, which after a long drive we certainly wanted to do.