Okaukuejo Camp

Reviews of Okaukuejo Camp

Good(83%) From 623 travellers
Excellent
233
Good
273
Average
96
Poor
19
Terrible
2
Below are independent comments from 623 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.
J Family from Washington
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Good
Food:
Average
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Facilities:
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Poor

Okaukuejo Camp review

On the positive side, the waterhole at the camp is tremendous and easily outweighs the various downsides of this Camp. We saw wildlife day and night, including 37 elephants cavorting in late afternoon, 5 rhinos in the evening, troops of giraffes and much more. It was a constant show and the setting and lighting was much more integrated into the natural scene that various write-ups had led us to believe.

The Bush Chalet we stayed at was a good choice for our family, clean, and very functional even if it lacked much character. We were glad we had not paid the premium for a premium or water hole chalet because it is only a one minute walk from the bush chalets to the watering hole and the premium ones aren't actually close enough to the hole to get the best view. Plus you get the constant traffic from folks visiting the watering hole. Also, the Camp seems to have addressed the concerns EA had warned about previously.

The reception staff was helpful, check-out was a breeze and did not involve an inventory check, and the staff was consistently scrupulous about letting patrons handle credit cards. Also, the watering holes near Okaukuejo were better and more productive than the ones we visited in the middle and on the eastern side of the camp. The main downside was medicore and overpriced food. The buffet was tired and the lines were long -- it didn't help that one night they ran out of clean plates. For lunch you're forced to eat an expensive and even worse buffet. The pool was empty and being painted for our entire visit and the fumes made us move our table to the edge of the restaurant at lunch - leading to the "poor" facilities rating below.

So there are some clear tradeoffs, but it was absolutely the right recommendation of EA to stay here for two nights for the many wildlife experiences.

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Family H & L from Berks
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Poor
Poor

the worst place re service and staff attitude

OK - you had warned us.... But location great

Dire service, shabby rooms - premium waterhole chalet - with broken loo seat, bare wires sticking out of plugs, remote control for AC not working etc etc.......as you warned us. staff not bothered eg brought drinks - but forget glasses, no plates / bowls at buffet, toaster stopped working. We went to breakfast on day 1 at 9am...very little left and what was left - was curling and dried up.

But made up for by location and number of animals! Fantastic location of chalet - could sit in bed and watch animals come to waterhole. best place for zillions of animals.....saw loads and this made it good.

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Mrs H from Leyburn
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Position of the chalet was outstanding, and the chalet itself surprisingly good, although maybe could have been maintained better, some taps didn't work and a number of bulbs were out.

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The E family from Bath
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp

Chalet and outlook could not be bettered. Many and varied animals at waterhole.
Very limited supplies of basics in the shop - a missed opportunity to provide income for the Camp. Buffet style meals were good.

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Mrs N from Purley
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Great waterhole

The accommodation is adequate. The main attraction is the waterhole with a fantastic chance to see all the wildlife without leaving the lodge

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Family V from Belgium
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good

Okaukuejo Camp review

Rooms very basic, dark and small; no (or hardly any) view, with tiny barred windows.

Facilities nicer, with pleasant restaurant, terrace and bar.

Water hole impressive.

Altogether a nice set-up but still comparatively expensive for what you get.

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Mr & Mrs S from Wellington
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Okaukuejo Camp review

Great. No problems with inventory or payments. Good food.

Superb waterhole viewing.

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Mrs R from Billingshurst
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
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Poor

Fantastic waterhole, rubbish food

Okaukuejo Camp is a great location for exploring Etosha and visiting the on site watering hole both at night and during the day is a must. We saw lots of animals (giraffe, elephant, rhino, hyena, jackal) come to drink at the waterhole at night and there's plenty of seating so take a glass of wine and settle in for the night.

The rooms were basic but clean and comfortable. There was a bit of a wait to check in and pay park fees (and to check out at the end) so allow time for that.

We went on the dawn and night game drives which were both fantastic - guides were knowledgeable and we saw lots of wildlife. We went in June and it was freezing on the drives when the sun wasn't out so wrap up warm!

During our visit in June 2017 both the restaurant and swimming pool were undergoing renovations so were building sites. They weren't roped off - you could walk right amongst their ladders and building equipment both at night and during the day which could be a bit dangerous for families. It also meant all meals had to be eaten outside which was cold and dark early morning and later evening. We weren't aware of this before our trip and there was just a sign from management apologising for the 'minor' renovations.

The main downside of this Camp was the food. It was really poor quality and not worth the money at all. There was barbequeued meat each night which was ok but the potatoes/veg/polenta/other accompaniments were awful. They frequently ran out of food at breakfast and dinner and didn't replenish it at all. If you can take food with you to eat in your room, I would.

That said, I would still stay here again because it's a great base for your safari.

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Mr &a Mrs G from Ringwood
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Terrible
Terrible
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Terrible
Terrible

Great waterhole - terrible camp

The positive-
Great waterhole where you can sit at your leisure and watch all the animals come down to drink and observe the dynamics of their interaction- especially when the rhino and elephant make their appearance. It is floodlit at night which makes for great viewing. You do need to be patient though as there are times when there is little to see and then an hour later it can be all action. The Bush Chalet was well located as it was a quick stroll to the waterhole and if you saw something interesting approaching the waterhole (e.g. elephant, rhino, etc.) you could quickly pop back to the chalet to call the rest of the family.

The negative-
The staff in reception taking registration/payment were the worst we experienced in Namibia. They were rude and disinterested.
The food supplies in the shop was very limited. Fortunately we had been forewarned and taken our own supplies so we could braai/BBQ.
In the chalet there was only a fridge, kettle, two mugs and two teaspoons, an outdoor braai but nothing else. It was a real hassle just trying to get plates, knives and forks (although we were on a B&B basis it was self catering accommodation) and they wouldn't supply us with bowls.
The breakfast was so bad most of us skipped it.
The swimming pools were 'under refurbishment' - this construction work along with the green mucky pools located right next to the restaurant made it an unpleasant area.
Chalets were not well maintained with doors not closing, toilets not flushing properly...
The waterhole was very busy with people which detracted from the overall ambiance - this made it feel quite artificial.
We had been forewarned to moderate expectations and this was certainly needed.

Despite the amazing waterhole we would never stay here again. There are so many other fantastic places to choose from.

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Mr M from London
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent

Etosha's central hub

Found Okaukuejo pretty much as expected - large central hub for Etosha. Extraordinarily busy waterhole, but strange to share it with so many people resulting in safari park feel...... Surprisingly comfortable chalets and adequate room (on return) but a little confusing to find your way around. They ran out of Diesel for a day which could have been fairly serious if you were needing to get to the airport! Desperately slow and inefficient shop resulting in huge queues which were unnecessary and frustrating when wanting to use every minute for wildlife.

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