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Okaukuejo Rest Camp
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Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

This was a fabulous place to visit. It caters to self drive safari with well maintained roads. Finding game involves luck and patience - we found a pride of 5 lions...many herds of giraffe, zebra, various grazing animals, a lizard, many birds, etc. Overall a great experience. Accommodations were very good! Food quite adequate and it was nice to try various game meat. I really liked kudu.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
3  Thank get0uttat0wn
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

We spent two nights here at the campsite. It wasn't terribly crowded but we didn't have the place to ourselves as we did in other parts of Namibia in January. A few overland trucks and other independent travellers. The check-in was quick but the staff weren't very friendly. We spent most of our two afternoons by the pool which was a perfect way to cool down in the hot January weather. The waterhole is great and though we didn't see anything the first night, we had four rhino's to entertain us the second night! We didn't eat at the restaurant so can't comment, but we happily cooked our own meals over our braai and scared off the scrounging jackals. Overall, it was a fine base for our drives around Etosha, but could definitely do with a bit of an upgrade. Grateful to have a light and power point at our campsite.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Alison I
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

This was our second visit to Okaukuejo having visited in 2012. Last time we stayed in a waterhole chalet, this time we stayed in one of the premier waterhole chalets and I can thoroughly recommend the upgrade. I ended up staying up nearly all night getting up to look at the waterhole from our balcony hoping to see some big cats, no cats but lots of rhino including a young rhino with it's mother.
We thought the service at okaukuejo and the restaurant had improved from our last visit which was good to see. The sightings book still needs more promotion so that people know it's there to both write their sightings in and find out what others have seen nearby.
Be warned - they will ask you for a $N500 'key' deposit when you check in, you'll get the money back when you check out though. The complex has a good pool area with 3 different depth pools and a curio shop and general shop where you can buy drinks and supplies. There's also a petrol station here too.
Our room (Premier Waterhole Chalet No. 35) was a great surprise, MUCH bigger than the waterhole chalet we stayed in last time which we found a bit poky for 3 nights. The premier room actually had a bedroom downstairs (air-conditioned) and a bedroom upstairs (also airconditioned) as well as 2 bathrooms. Downstairs is a fridge and tea/coffee station as well as a sitting area at the front where you can sit inside and see the waterhole. Upstairs there is a small balcony off the bedroom area and despite a tree in front you could see most of the waterhole. It was very nice sitting up there having a glass of wine and a beer watching the animals in the evening. Etosha treated us to an enormous lightning show so we had a great vantage point to watch this too! We found the room to be fitted out nicely.
Okaukuejo is a big resort which to be honest we didn't mind - when you have a few weeks of very small intimate lodges it's nice to be a bit 'anonymous' sometimes! The major drawcard is of course the amazing waterhole which is floodlit at night and provides wonderful African TV. Despite its limitation I would always include a stay at Okaukuejo on any visit to etosha. The central location and great wildlife viewing opportunities around here and then the waterhole to keep you entertained at night is brilliant.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank LKK01
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Arriving at the Anderson Gate at Etosha was a serious let down ! we are used to large beautiful thatch and wood safari entrances that shout 'Welcome to this wild safari reserve/park'... but at this gate (which is considered to be the main gate into Etosha...not so!) it's just a tiny office manned by 'not so enthusiastic staff' and a little metal boom ! however, once in the park Etosha does deliver with great wildlife sightings. Thousands of Zebra and springbok! loads of Giraffe and other antelope and a wonderful amount of rhino ! we had booked the Bush Chalet category of accommodation which consisted of a large bedroom with lovely crisp white linen and fully enclosed mosquito net drape over the 'double beds', comfortable bathroom / shower etc and clean folded towels and toiletries including anti bug cream ! there was a small kitchen / lounge area but not equipped for self catering. This meant all meals must be taken at the camp restaurant. (breakfast was incl in our rate). The chalet was fully air conditioned and very neat and clean. Housekeeping made the room up each morning and were great. There is a small BBQ area just outside the door with an outside table and chairs area to enjoy the evenings watching your fire while visited by the very friendly jackals that roam the camp at night. The highlight of the okaukeujo camp is really the waterhole where you are almost guaranteed a constant flow of various visiting animals from hyena to black rhino and everything else in-between. We travelled throughout the park in our rented polo and found the roads to be in good condition and always had great wild animal sightings on each trip. The camp restaurant is very pleasant and all meals are buffet style, a tad pricey but wholesome and simple. staff are generally friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Rooms 33,34 and 35 that overlook the waterhole are the prime ones..but cost top dollar!!
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Andre J
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

From camping perspective, the place was good enough. The food store allowed to get whatever needed for a nice BBQ. We did go to the waterhlole at night (different review), but except for a single (regular) cat, no other animals came, when we were there. But we saw enough of them during the day, and again on the following day, so it was OK. The showers were clean and quite abundant across the campsites. There was also a restaurant and a swimming pool that looked in quite a good shape, but we didn't try either.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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