Waterberg Camp

Reviews of Waterberg Camp

Good(75%) From 54 travellers
Excellent
6
Good
32
Average
13
Poor
2
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 54 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.
Mr F and party - Portugal
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Waterberg - a confortable stopover

From Windhoek, we split in two our 900 Km journey to the Caprivi, using the Waterberg Camp has a one night stopover.
The 320Km were easily and quietly driven on tar road from Hosea Kutako Int. We just reached the Waterberg Plateau National Park in time for lunch, which we took on the nice restaurant. The food and service was good.
After lunch we had time for a short walk (Mountain View?) which was fairly enjoyable. Nevertheless we trust that, at the entrance office they should have /sell a booklet on the wilderness trails/walks /activities in the park, so that visitors could extract more from their visit to the park. Although they offer morning and afternoon game drives, we did not hire those services.
The facilities /chalets were good.
At late afternoon /evening a couple of Steinbucks could be seen grazing on the vicinity of the chalets.

We have stayed only one night at WPNP, which proved insufficient to fully enjoy it.

On the following morning and after an excellent breakfast we re-fueled our vehicle at the filling station available and proceeded to our next destination.

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Mr & Mrs H - Kent
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Friendly and comfortable

Our expectations were not high based on previous reviews, but it was a very pleasant place to stay for 2 nights.

After having spent 2 weeks being unable to walk without the protection of a guide, it was liberating to be able to take a hike on our own up to the top of the plateau, from where there were magnificent views across a lodge chuck of Namibia. In contrast to the government run camp in Etosha, Waterberg was a nice size and staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful.

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Ms C & Mr W - Colorado
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
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Food:
Average
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Activities:
Good
Good

Waterberg camp review

The plateau was beautiful and viewing blinds were special. The game driver (Barira?) was very knowledgeable and very proud of the conservation work that has been done at the plateau. He was funny and very good at spotting game.

The camp itself was disappointing. They have a real problem with very aggressive baboons which made our experience at the camp unpleasant. We had to keep the windows and curtains of our room closed most of time to keep the baboons from seeing in the room and trying to get in. We tried to sit out on our patio but had a troop of baboons show up and act very aggressively toward us (they charged and screamed at us). When we weren't out game viewing we had to sit in our room because of the baboons. Our room also had cockroaches so we had to keep everything off the floor and all food in the refrigerator.

The food was average. The first night our waitress was Maria, she was very friendly, helpful and efficient. The second night we had someone else and the service was very unorganized and unresponsive. We had to have Maria intervene to help us get our order right.

I really enjoyed the history associated with the camp and the mountain hike to the top of the plateau was very nice.

Waterberg camp was our only slight disappointment of the whole trip.

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M and M Oxford
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
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Facilities:
Good
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Waterberg Camp review

Fortunately we were warned by Expert Africa about the up-front deposit and took our own inventory of the room and facilities.

The fact that the patio furniture was slightly damaged was moderately concerning in case we were to be billed for repair/replacement.

Poor maintenance on the patio door resulted in us being locked out and had to wait for the maintenance man to come.

The best meal of the whole trip was here, especially being seated on the cloistered veranda overlooking the park.

The morning game drive on the plateau above the lodge is recommended if only for the sight of a back rhino (no guarantee).

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Mr & Mrs H - Dorking
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Waterberg Camp review

The camp still suffers from the bureaucracy of a state run organisation but the food was good.

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Mr & Mrs F - Bristol
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Scary Baboons

As we arrived the baboons were raiding the bins around our cottage area - they were very fierce and snarled as we tried to get out of the car- once inside and reading the warnings about these wild animals we felt quite vulnerable -
The room was clean and comfortable if basic, food in the restaurant at dinner and breakfst was good, service friendly.
We didn't see the baboons again but they put us off the place

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Mr W and Dr M from Southampton
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Waterberg Camp review

Good place to stop over. Nice walks from the camp. In terms of the rooms, facilities, and service, nothing special.

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The B Family from Nottingham
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
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Facilities:
Average
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Great location

Very good walk to the plateau- less than an hour to the top. Excellent views.

You might see a rock hyrax. Deer, baboons, mongooses all wandering between the lodges.

Long walk to restaurant (0.9 km from furthest lodges) but an interesting old building. Plenty of birds to see. Rooms comfortable and fridge provided with small kitchen area.

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Mr. T & Ms. M - West Molesey
Arrived on: 13-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
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Food:
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Waterberg Camp review

We like this place, nice and quiet at this time of year. Our bungalow was fine .

There was a welcome breeze which helped to keep the now hot temperatures comfortable. There seemed to far fewer baboons this time but those who were around were no problem. Many birds seen particularly Hoopoe's, groups of banded mongoose and several Dik-Diks.
Food at the restaurant was pretty good and reasoneable priced.

We don't quite understand the deposit system as nobody seems to check anything.

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Mr M & Ms H - 5th visit to Namibia
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Waterberg Camp review

The rooms were very private and nicely done with fantastic views. Each chalet had a plunge pool which was great, but we had to request that ours was cleaned before it could be used and this was done.

The restaurant area was a little barn like and impersonal for our taste, although with fantastic views and again had a metal roof so proved quite hot. The food was bordering on average/poor and the main course was far too salty. Table service was very poor., e.g. plates and bowls of food were banged down on the table, when told a glass provided for water was chipped, the waiter ignored it and left, we had to go to the bar and get the glass and water replaced.

This lodge is very convenient for getting up to the plateau, but would not recommend more than one night. The Wilderness Lodge would have been a better place to stay for us, although the rooms are a little less private but looked very nice and without the far reaching views. The guided walk was good and again spectacular views, before you go you need to accept as Expert Africa have pointed out the guides are not very knowledgeable about wildlife.

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