Reviews of Waterberg Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Lovely setting with Baboon issues
The lodging at Waterberg was the most spacious of all the places we stayed. the palteaus itself is a lovely setting and we had some of the best walks here of anyplace we stayed. Unfortunately there is no AC and the ceiling fans are not very effective. To compound the problem, the baboons have become very intrusive, having learned that all the humans in the buildings and the campsites equates to easy food.
The staff is very good overall, but in particular they were good about warning you to keep you blinds drawn and windows closed (unless you are in the room) and food hidden in cupboards and not visible from the windows as the baboons have been known to break windows to get in. A couple times a day you can hear a ruckus from the campgrounds, presumably humans chasing away baboons. While we had no room intrusions, the baboon restrictions made it hard to get any circulation in the room and temperatures were well in the 40s the day we were there.
The pool is like most of the other pools in Etosha and NP camps with minimal chemical treatment and an opaque green color. I would prefer to see all the lodges just get rid of their pools in the name of water conservation and just not have that fetid looking pool in otherwise gorgeous settings. We did have a close encounter with a zebra snake (highly venomous with no effective anti-venom we found out later) so we would just caution people to check under the outdoor patio tables before using them!
Rooms were big and nice but there's NO air flow. It was unbelievably hot. Safari ride was wonderfulRead more about the whole safari
Pretty good for a Govt camp, excellent game
The bungalow was spacious though a bit shabby.
A long cold drive to the plateau in the morning, but worth it for the game.
Waterberg Camp review
The lodge is in a good location with walks and views of the plateau. The rooms are basic but adequate although it took us a while to realise we were in a refurbished one! However the outside areas around the rooms are lovely and the visit of the dik diks,a hare and a variety of birds more than compensated.
The massive disappointment were the facilities. There is a bar but whilst there is an outside sitting area there are no tables and chairs and the paving is breaking up. We ate in the restaurant as there is nowhere else to go and the first night was a buffet and although chaotic with queues the food was quite good. The second night was a la carte and again was OK as long as you didn't want exactly what you ordered, we settled for near enough.
The swimming pool was very dirty, full of leaves and the filtration system didn't seem to be working at all with some of the grids around the edge broken and quite dangerous.
We took an early morning safari drive up on to the plateau and that was excellent with a very good guide
Waterberg Camp Review
We arrived a little late as it took a long while to collect the hire minibus at Windhoek airport and we were distracted by some great wildlife viewing en route! All was well at Waterberg Camp, good clean and comfortable chalets, good food and service in the restaurant. Good wildlife watching within the camp from first light the following morning, friendly people in general. Good breakfast with v friendly staff there and a baboon which came into the bar.
Only minor issue was that on check-out the staff at reception said we were booked for two nights. I showed the voucher I had from Expert Africa and the receptionist eventually accepted that it was only 1 night though I would say reluctantly.
There was no list of room contents and the reception was closed by the time I noticed so I was a little concerned but no one checked on the morning before we left and there was no issue
Waterberg Camp review
This is not a place I would return to, the whole camp and grounds are rather run down . We were given a chalet with no water, then we were moved to another chalet which had no chairs in the room. They provided an additional chair and advised we should use the other chair from the veranda. The reception staff were polite but not engaging.
They requested a 500$ deposit for the chalet key, a really annoying condition of entry.
They do not sell diesel, and the on site shop lacked most basic items.
The chalet was rather grubby inside, and we had to give our key to the cleaner the next day to gain access, as she did not have a key. There is no street lighting from the reception to the restaurant and onto lodges, With limited lighting on the road in front of the lodges. The restaurant is housed in the old German police station and is worth a visit. The breakfasts were good and the staff were very helpful.
The real and only prize for this site is the game drive onto the Plateau. This was once again a truly fantastic experience.
Christmas at Waterberg
A lot more people here as its Christmas than any of our previous visits but staff very helpful and everything went well.
The baboons were here in numbers as usual but there seemed to be no problems with them.
We just relaxed here and did not go on any activities or walks.
After a long drive we had difficulty finding it as the signing was very poor and we drove a long way past before someone manning a gate put us right.. It is clear this is mainly for people who want to walk, although we were not happy to do this with so many baboons about., we were warned not to open our curtains or leave the door open. The room was fairly new and well appointed.James ventured out for a short walk on three occasion and found he was being accompanied by friendly DikDiks which he loved.
We went on a drive up to the plateau, which was our main reason for going, once up there it was very difficult driving in deep red sand, we saw two sable briefly, and visited two hides, where we saw giraffe cape buffalo and a white rhino, as we spent rather a long time at the hide we had to drive as fast as possible to get back to the gate before closing time.
Room (family room) very spacious but getting a bit old.
Friendly staff, but the restaurant does not have a child seat (they did put in extra effort to make a nice special dinner for our 1 year old). Nice walks in the area.
Waterberg Camp review
Not signposted as an NWR camp from road and we drove a further 8ks before we realised our error. At reception was asked if we really wanted self- catering as there were none in the room. Brought a 2 ring stove and some plates and cutlery but no other implements or mixing bowls etc. Cannot be classed as self- catering.
Morning drive left at 5.30 and no rugs, ponchos etc were provided - we were all cold despite wearing many layers. Should have been warned to bring even more. Guide then killed time by chatting as was too dark to see anything. Could have left 45 mins later and still been at waterhole to wait for animals. Had good sightings of roan and klipspringer and a few other animals and birds. Overall no comparison with Etosha and a bit of a disappointment though unusual setting
Plenty of trails around camp but not always easy to find and boots needed in places as a bit overgrown. Plenty of baboons around.