Waterberg Camp

Reviews of Waterberg Camp

Good(75%) From 62 travellers
Excellent
8
Good
34
Average
16
Poor
3
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 62 of our travellers who have visited Waterberg Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs & Mr DB from BC Canada
Arrived on: 29-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Good
Good

Seemed to be popular with large groups

Check in was hectic with too many people all at once and staff seemed a little overwhelmed.

One of the only places where we can say the food was poor in quality and one night the buffet ran out of food and was not replenished even though there was still another hour to hour and a half before the dinner time was over.

Both chalets had tricky/poor locks making sliding doors difficult to open and close but maintenance could not solve the issue other than to say we had to push harder and force the key. I think the locks were just worn out and would eventually need replacing.

Good opportunities for hiking but the trails were not well marked.

Did an afternoon game drive which involved long dusty rides to two viewing points. It was very disappointing.

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Mr L from Leicestershire
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Basic room but good.

Had a good stay here although the room was a little dated. had a good game drive and saw many animals and we were happy we had added it to our schedule.

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Mrs F from London
Arrived on: 21-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Waterberg Camp review

Government run camp so more spartan than private lodges (but also cheaper). Rooms have been refurbished since our stay in 2017 and had improved though the staff on the registration desk need customer relations training - not rude just a bit hopeless.

Good place for trails which makes a change from being in the car on safari. Excellent birding and other small wildlife both day and at night.

Safari a bit disappointing as during April too much vegetation to see much.

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Ms F from Southampton
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Waterberg Camp review

Not as much wildlife as in the other parks/locations we visited but still a very nice place to spend a few days.

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Mr & Mrs S from Wellington
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Waterberg Camp review

Accommodation old, basic but adequate. No problems with inventory or payments. Dining room atmospheric but food not very good.

Drive in for 20kms on the D2512 road was shocking-corrugations. The gateman played a great joke on us when we arrived as told us we were to drive up a km, turn left and then another 80kms. Surely you mean “one eight kms” we said. No, no, 80. The he burst out laughing-as did we, with great relief! The ladies at check-in said he got most people on that.

Really enjoyed the walk up to the top of the escarpment - both for exercise and the views.

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Mrs F from London
Arrived on: 30-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Average
Average

slightly unloved camp in spectacular setting

Waterberg camp feels unloved.

The cabins are clean but basic and some of the facilities also require a facelift. For example the trails which were signposted were completely unpassable and this is a disappontment.

Staff tried to be helpful staff but none seemed to be in charge overall.

So in the morning there was no water in our cabin (or any other cabin at the top of the sight) and staff in the restaurant and reception were unaware of this so that cleaning staff could not do their jobs.

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Ms Q & Mr B from USA
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

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!

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Mr H from Michigan
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

great walk

Rooms were big and nice but there's NO air flow. It was unbelievably hot. Safari ride was wonderful

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Mr D & Mrs J from IOW
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Terrible
Terrible
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

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.

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Mr & Mrs M from Kingsley
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

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

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