Okaukuejo Camp
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Okaukuejo Camp

Etosha National Park 17 km from Anderson Gate, Etosha National Park Namibia
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Etosha National Park 17 km from Anderson Gate, Etosha National Park Namibia
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stonellas wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom822 contributions586 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Okaukuejo Camp is at the western end of the Etosha National Park & is also the adminstrative HQ for the park. Therefore the camp is quite well equipped with a petrol station (there is another one just outside the park about 25knm away), shop, souvenier shop, a swimming pool & a large restuarant and bar. The camp offers a number of different accomodations from tent sites, spaces for RVs, basic chalets to upmarket rondavels - the traditional circular house with a thatched roof. We stayed in one of these next to the watering hole. The rondavel although on the small side (each rondavel has 2 separate rooms) was well equipped with air-conditioning and a fridge. The large double bed had a mosquito net and there were a couple of chairs in the room though there wasn't much space to sit in them. Outside by the entrance was a couple of chairs and there was a small terrace by the side which also had a couple of chairs. The ensuite bathroom had a lovely shower & a single washbasin with plenty of towels. There was no hair dryer in our room. Internet is available to purchase from the camp (which we didn't so I dont know how good or bad the connection was). Our accomodation was about 100 yards from the watering hole which was amazing. It is lit up at night so you can get a wonderful of the animals drinking there but ufortunately it rained the night before we got there so there wasn't much activity at night though we were told that before the rains came the previous day 5 black rhino had been drinking there at dusk. The sunsets though were spectucular and more than made up for the lack of wildlife. During the day we saw plenty of sprinbok, impala & zebra. We were about a 5 minute walk from the centre of the camp where the large swimming pool & the restaurant were located. Breakfast was included in our room rate and both breakfast & dinner (Nab $ 300) were buffets. The breakfast was the usual cold buffet with cold meats, cheese, yogurts & juices as well as toast, rolls etc. There was an egg station where you could order fried eggs & omlettes cooked to order with bacon etc already prepared & kept warm in bain maries. For dinner there was also a cold buffet with salads etc and the egg station had been converted into a BBQ for BBQ meat. Whilst we were there there was steak (a bit tough), eland and pork chops on offer. Overall the food was fine considering where we were. The room was spotless and the camp was quiet but it was low season. The service throughout was OK though nothing special. Overall we had a lovely couple of days & it is a great location to explore the western part of Etosha National Park
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Brittany_11_10 wrote a review Jan 2020
Los Angeles, California1,733 contribution816 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The best part of Okaukuejo Camp is the location, as it's located inside Etosha National Park and only 20km or so from Andersson's Gate. The waterhole is good as well, big and with easy viewing for, well, viewers.

The campsites are on top of each other, though, and when it's full (as it was the night we stayed), it can be a bit annoying w/ babies crying, truck alarms going off (I swear, whosever truck alarm kept going off followed us around the park b/c we experienced that at each of the three camps in which we stayed), etc.

The facilities were adequate (though I didn't even try to take a shower, lest I waste chill-out time or water hole time waiting for a free shower); the petrol station didn't have refills for the smaller (cooking) gas cylinders--and actually none of the petrol stations in the park did, so be sure to fill up outside the park if you unfortunately got stuck w/ the small cylinders thanks to your truck rental company; and, I don't know, I guess that's about it.

Fine for a night, especially given its location, but our least favorite campsite of the three we stayed at: Okaukuejo, Halali, and Namutoni.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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TIGGERALA wrote a review July 2021
Alamosa, Colorado232 contributions67 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights while visiting Etosha. Our room was located next to the large waterhole. The waterhole was fabulous with lights, a large area for animals, and benches along the walkway. They could use additional seating making it more comfortable - many folks had to lug chairs from all over the campsite and rooms. The rooms themselves were fine, they could use a bit of upgrading, especially the bathroom. The mosquito nets were good although in the winter, we did not need them. The restaurant was centrally located, the food was ok but nothing special. There seemed to be a limited menu for lunch or dinner. The food was overly cooked, lots of sauces to cover the bland items, and it took a long time to order, and even longer to get food. The staff were all really nice but seemed to be overwhelmed. The waitstaff even had a few safari guides helping them clear tables and bring items. Because of covid, breakfast was note really a buffet but a buffet. You could order eggs (stay on those distance circles on the floor), but someone helped you get other items-some of the times, other times, you were on your own. I guess the main reason people stay at this lodge (in addition to the great waterhole), is the opening of the gates at 7:00 to see the animals. The line was already formed and had perhaps 10 cars at each gate - I can't imagine what that line would look like during the high season.... The animals we saw were unbelievable. On our last full day at one waterhole, we saw 1 leopard (and we stayed several hours to see if she would come out of her hiding place.) While waiting, a rhino came to the waterhole and 3 lions were sleeping under the trees behind the Rhino. To get back to the lodge before the gates closed, we scooted along the pan and saw 2 cheetah. On our departure the following morning, going to the East gate, we saw another Leopard! Amazing animal life at Etosha. Again, the lodge was fair but next time I might opt for staying outside of the park to have the better accommodations.
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Date of stay: June 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Rooms by the Water Hole
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RRoadRunner wrote a review Jan 2020
Sarnen, Switzerland193 contributions131 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We rented a tent site for our car with a tent roof at Okaukujeo Camp. The campground is sparsely furnished and rather from the poorer side. Barbecue area is available, no chairs and benches, electricity did not work. The shower takes place in the central showers and toilets. In general, we noticed how unfriendly and inflexible the staff was. Everything happens like in a canteen. The swimming pool and the complex are rather primitive and outdated. Wifi seemed to be kept artificially low, so you have to rent it. The waterhole was a letdown - yes, it had rained. After all, a kudu was torn by a lioness at night, which made a certain noise over the area. Beside this - no animals. We met some on the drive through the area. The elephant pool was empty too. All in all a rather unsatisfactory campground - very reminiscent of a system from old socialism ...
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Date of stay: January 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The further away from the center, the more quiet (but the road could also be an issue)
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Zaakirah K wrote a review Dec 2020
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Etosha has no shortage of game. After pulling in we saw a variety of animals straight away. However, the place is in poor shape, it's deteriorating at a rapid pace. The ablutions were poorly cleaned and in poor shape, I didn't see a single person cleaning them once while we stayed there. Each basin's pipe was not connected to an outlet, so washing your hands meant your feet got a rinse too. The washing up area had no plugs and bins and were filthy. There were a couple of homeless/vagrants just walking freely around the camp begging from campers. The main entrance was quite run-down as well. NDF and others drive way too fast through the park that's speed limit is 60km/h making stopping for tourists to see the animals (especially birds) actually quite dangerous. The road inside the park, from Okaukuejo to Halali and further was absolutely gross, our 4x4 was rattling so much to the corrugation and poor maintenance of the road that we called it quits after just 5km. Given the lull in business due to COVID one would expect the staff to be more engaging, instead they all seemed as if though they had somewhere better to be. Despite the restaurant looking quite closed, it was in fact open, and they chef cooked us the best steak, but again, the staff acted as if though we were doing them a favour by being there. If I were to visit Etosha again, I will not be staying at the camp.
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Date of stay: December 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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51MES wrote a review Mar 2020
Bordeaux, France122 contributions71 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a fabulous cabana next to the watering hole.
They are a bit small but have full double beds with nets and a good bathroom.
Each cabana has an outside seating area to look at the watering hole as well as a private area.

Breakfast was good choice of buffet from fruit, cold meats and cheese with eggs/omelettes cooked to order.
Dinner was well cooked with good choice of meats, but the wine list is overpriced compared to other lodges.
There were a couple of staff training issue that need to be addressed.

Morning and evening game drives available and an onsite shop for souvenirs and self catering shopping.

Sitting by the water hole is a fabulous experience just so peaceful waiting for the different wildlife to appear, either singularly or in herds.
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Date of stay: November 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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4holidaymaniacs wrote a review Jan 2020
Mumbai, India1,423 contribution100 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
They have only 5 waterhole chalets, make sure book months in advance and it will be totally worth it. I checked availability months I advance and had only 2 dates available one in May and one in June.

Waterhole Chalets have 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms. The biggest highlight is their balcony with loungers overlooking the waterhole. We sat there for hours and saw tons and tons of animals which came to drink water. It was great to be in the room's comfort and watch animals. If you book any other type of room, you can sit at the waterhole and watch animals but it you will miss the comfort of the room and it also gets very cold.

This was one of the unique experience which I would highly recommend.

However, dinner was disappointing. We had requested for veg pasta beforehand but they forgot about it and then just added ketchup on pasta and served us. Needless to say, one of the worst pasta we ever had.
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Date of stay: June 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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worldtraipse wrote a review Mar 2023
192 contributions43 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Lots of mixed reviews on here so I would say go in with low expectations and focus on the easy access to the waterhole as the goal.

Lodging:
We booked the double room which is pretty small- the room could accommodate two twin beds with some space in between. There was a narrow space between the end of the bed and the shelf area. Next time would book the bush chalet instead which sees to have a bit of a lounge area for the same price (about $175 USD). Only includes breakfast.

Pros: hot water (even at a trickle at times), soap, shampoo and lotion in bathroom. Towels (you can grab pool towels at reception) were decent and the beds were fine. Not the Four Seasons but good enough. Mosquito net and a fridge and kettle. Breakfast was plentiful (eggs made to order, bacon, sausages, beans, toast, yogurt and cereals) and appreciated the small store for the ice-cream and snacks.

Cons: no microwave, low water pressure at times, and like other folks said, they need more lounge chairs around the pool and more shaded areas. Also wish the tours were less than 3 hours (night tour is from 7-10pm).

Overall it is a bit pricy for the glamping experience but you get to already be in the park to see the animals at the watering hole. If you don’t care about that, then stay outside of the park.

We didn’t have dinner here but have heard mixed reviews. Menu is limited with a steak option with mixed veggies and rice around 280 NAD. I would suggest bringing your own food and setting up a Brai and/or foods that can be cooked with boiling water or eaten cold.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Bring bug spray, binoculars, food and extra snacks, and a food attitude
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LeahBrousse wrote a review July 2020
Jansenville, South Africa37 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Okaukuejo is not the place you go for relaxation. We stayed in a waterhole chalet, which was very small with direct neighbors, which I did not expect. There are no direct views to the Waterhole. If you want that do yourself a favor and book the premier waterhole chalet, which also seems much bigger. You won't be alone though as the crowds gather in front of the rooms to gain access to the views, which are nothing but amazing. We saw black rhinos, elephants, hyenas every night. I would come here again for the views but definitely bring my own food as the restaurant is less than average. This first night I ordered a vegetarian platter fold wrap, which sounded fancy but was nothing else than a wrap with mixed veg (the frozen once) for NAD 100, which I find unacceptable. The steak my husband had and the venison we both had the same night were not great either. The waiters were very sweet though and even though they lack proper training they were really trying.
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Date of stay: July 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Justyna Podralska wrote a review Sept 2023
Bruxelles, Belgique80 contributions5 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have a very mixed feeling about this resort. Its biggest advantage is surely an immense waterhole located just in front of the fence where various animals - lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, rhinoceros, oryxes, kudus and many more - come to drink water and slowely go away. Best pictures guaranteed, especially at the sunset, the whole place looked magical.

As for the rest, you need to know that the lodge is run by a governmental agency, NWR (Namibian Wildlife Resorts), which, as far as I observed, has an impact on its efficiency.

My chalet was absolutely stunning - from inside to outside, but it was the first accommodation in Namibia that I didnt have properly cleaned (e.g. some hair in the bathroom, dead insects on the net). The breakfast and the dinner were chaotic.

The booking system for the dinner is cumbersome. There were a lot of people in the restaurant complaining about the service (someone had to wait one hour to be served just drinks) and the tables were messy and not immediately cleaned. The staff also did their job slowly, without enthusiasm. I decided to tip the cook to bring me food earlier as I could not make any reservation beforehand because of my tight schedule, and I knew I would have to wait for food forever and I was just immensely hungry after the whole day of traveling and the safari I did right after arrival.

As the resort is located within the Etosha national park, you can also have a safari with the NRW guides at the sunset (for about 650 ND), before the gate of the park opens up and the other safari tour opetators can come. Early booking is recommended as the number of places is limited. The NRW safari guides are very knowledgeable about the nature, but please note that they cannot force beasts to come out, so don't be disappointed if you don't see all the big five during your trip. Nature is unpredictable. Take warm cloth as it is extremely cold in the park at 6am.

The resort also has a grocery store and a souvenirs shop where you can also buy a map of Etosha and post your postcards.

All in all, I fully recommend this place if you dont look for extreme comfort and luxury you can find in private lodges. The place is nice, decent, but some management issues prevent it from becoming a perle of Etosha.
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Date of stay: August 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from John C
Chelmsford, United Kingdom32 contributions21 helpful votes
Wouldn’t go on day drives … no need in my opinion but night drives are usually good so book at least one while in etosha.
jezdtee asked a question Jan 2022
Sydney, Australia94 contributions86 helpful votes
Can anyone tell me anything about the camping facilities at this camp
Answer from Annie123081
Atlanta, Georgia378 contributions213 helpful votes
The campground is right next to the premium chalets and the waterhole.
Answer from 4holidaymaniacs
Mumbai, India1,423 contribution100 helpful votes
Hello, yes, they have 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. In fact, it is duplex. The first bedroom is on the ground floor with an en-suite bathroom, this is bigger but no views. The second bedroom is on the first floor en-suite bathroom, with a balcony overlooking the waterhole. It is smaller than the ground floor. But the couple who stays here can gaze all night at the waterhole from the balcony or bed. Also, when I went in 2018, they would charge double if 4 people stays. So at the same cost I got 2 premier chalet instead of 1. But ofcourse getting availbility of it was crazy.
Answer from Turac
Barcelona, Spain15 contributions18 helpful votes
I didn't swim in this one, but it seemed cool to me
AlanS wrote a tip May 2024
Durban, South Africa36 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best views are from chalets 34 and 35, but overpriced."
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rusty1962 wrote a tip Apr 2024
Cardiff, United Kingdom23 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try not to stay here. Best to l;ocate a privately owned lodge outside the National Park"
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Mikeey23 wrote a tip Jan 2024
69 contributions57 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"shop before entering the park (especially for meat)"
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Bill H wrote a tip Dec 2023
Southampton, United Kingdom108 contributions54 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dinner has to be reserved, get there early."
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Coen W wrote a tip Nov 2023
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands591 contributions139 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do visit the waterhole!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Okaukuejo Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Okaukuejo Camp?
Nearby attractions include Okaukuejo waterhole (0.3 km) and Okaukuejo Tower (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Okaukuejo Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Okaukuejo Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Okaukuejo Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Okaukuejo Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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