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Okaukuejo Rest Camp
Reviewed January 4, 2014

As other reviewers have said, the reason you stay here is about location rather than 5* accommodation and service. However, that said, the waterhole chalet that we stayed in was excellent and only a few steps away from the waterhole. Air con and fridge provided, mozzie net and good shower - what more can you want? The restaurant food and service was pretty good. The shop has all the basic provisions and the curio shop sells some interesting items (the first lady was a bit surly, but the second one was very pleasant!). There is a bar, pool and petrol station as well as a campsite.

Room Tip: I'd recommend the waterhole chalet (any of them are fine - we had 23).
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

This is our fourth visit to Okaukeujo Camp and I would return tomorrow. Mainly for its amazing waterhole - it would have to be one of the best in Africa - providing you also visit in the dry months. Do not go to Okaukeujo if you are only used to or want 4-5 star ammenities and few people. One must appreciate the real reason for being here which is immediate access to the waterhole with its array of animals at your doorstep day and night - provided you are visiting in the dry season, of course - and immediate access to the reserve in the day.

On this visit, my friend and I witnessed a lion kill at the waterhole later one evening, obviously a very rare sighting and more incredible as it was my friend's first visit to Africa. The rest of our group had gone to bed. And about nine rhinos. Patience pays off. ;-)

We have always stayed in the luxury waterhole bungalows, air-con'd, and very clean & comfy if you want that bit of luxury in Etosha. It's about the best you are going to get. For the not so fussy, most people would be happy with the other accommodation venues from camping facilities up. And of course, there's fuel, groceries, a post office and bank, like a mini town.

The staff can be surly, and the woman in the curio shop was a complete misery. Not all staff are as bad, some in the reception and restaurant are great, but they also deal with some grumpy guests. Buffet meals in the restaurant are simple fare but plentiful and I have to say have improved since our very first visit in 2005. Toasted sandwiches and light meals can be purchased for lunch or you can make your own if in self-catering. The swiming pool is pleasant and nicely maintained, but another thing to keep in mind is this is an old camp, after all. I feel it has character with its stone buildings, landmark water tower and history.

Sadly, the crowds and buses have also notably increased since 2005 - the buses in particular - word has got around. And more sadly, people are leaving their litter and fag butts where they drop them! C'mon - what's wrong with humans? This is a fantastic game reserve to spend your time in, particularly if you are an independent traveller. We always feel right at home here.

Room Tip: Waterhole chalets are the most upmarket here - and their position near the waterhole can't be be...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Stayed in very comfortable family chalet for 2 nights. Clean, air conditioned, spacious, self catering with great BBQ area and just a 2 min walk to the waterhole which has amazing sunsets. Game viewing at waterhole was disappointing but it is the low season for game viewing. Did 4 drives in Etosha Park and saw no lion and only 1 elephant. BUT the service by staff of Namibia Wildlife resorts was shockingly poor. They answer you in bored tones, there is no urgency, lazy and it's a shame for this National treasure Etosha. Breakfast was substandard. Pools were green. All 3 toilets in the park we visited, there was no running water, no toilet paper and dirty. What a pleasure it was to move for next 2 nights to beautiful Mokuti Lodge at entrance to park near Von Lindquist gate - animals in this area were more plentiful than at Okakueja.

Room Tip: Mopani family chalet is opposite pool and bar, 2 min walk to waterhole, nice BBQ facilities
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

At the very southern entrance gate to the greatest wildlife watching in Namibia, the rest camp (owned and ran by Namibia government) is fabulous and supports this wonderful National Park. Excellent stone buildings are comfortable, private and large. The restaurant serves great buffet dinner and breakfast. A small shop allows you to self cater if you need to save a few Namibian dollars.

Room Tip: Various room types are available and vary a little on price. Choose carefully.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

First impressions were as normal, lots of vehicles, some being driven far too fast, many people in groups. Yes back to industrial tourism. The reception staff were very nice, a real improvement, quite charming. We had waterhole chalet 2 a real belter, right next to the waterhole, try for it.
the room was very nice and clean with fridge.
The daytime viewing at the waterhole was quiet, this was surprising after our previous visits and we saw more at outside holes like Okendeka and Nebrowni.. night time viewing still excellent , ellies v lion and lots of rhino.
The restaurant was close to being a disaster. Huge problem with wasps trying to get at food, someone bitten while we there. In the morning the fun continues with the added joy of birds trying to eat your food, fun for about 30 sec. At one breakfast the gas had run out leaving only eggs. It may sound churlish when it is a priviledge to be in such a place but they can do better.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

There is an accommodation complex including waterhole chalets and rest camp at Anderson Gate – the southern entrance of Etosha National Park. I spent 2 nights in this park hotel during September 2013. My room size is average with 2 single beds and beautiful bedding. Bathroom is very small but clean. Our room (# 20) is very close to the waterhole. The room was equipped with coffee maker, fridge, safety box and mosquito net and spray. Restaurant is at another building, about 5 minute walking distance from my room. There are shop, post office and gas station by the restaurant. Both breakfast and dinner are buffet style; food was good and sufficient. Staff was friendly.

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1. The gate is open in the morning around the sunrise and closed at evening, so check the clock (by the gate) to see these scheduled time. My tour guide told me it is very hard to get back inside after the gate door is close.
2. Soft drinks and beers are more cheaper in store than buying from the restaurant.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

It's a bit of a swindle isn't it? Creating a great big artificial water hole and then building a camp next to it. But, for the lazy amongst us, it certainly makes rhino spotting and elephant spotting a lot easier.

There is also a splendid birds nest belonging to what I was told are social weaver birds which must be the size of an elephant itself.

The camp reception was, for us anyway, very helpful and informative. We booked a couple of game drives although I could have driven the car. After four weeks in Africa we saw our first lion and, with the amount of calling around the guides did to find where one was resting I'm glad we did spend the money.

The camp is plagued with jackals after dark and, despite being warned that they're practically all rabid and not to feed them or encourage them there are no end of muppets feeding them to get a close up of them.

The food was excellent. Oryx, kudu, warthog. Lots of game meat. And the breakfasts were excellent too. The omellete/egg guy is another who clearly loves his job.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Anderson Gate | Southern Entrance, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Oshikoto Region > Etosha National Park
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