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Okaukeujo Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- State run Camp & lodge
- Located in Etosha NP
- Floodlit waterhole in camp
- Campsite and Lodge

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Overview

Okaukuejo Camp is a large, National Parks Campsite set within Etosha National Park in a convenient location in the southern sector of Etosha National Park. Okaukuejo offers varied, competitively priced accommodation, along with a bar and restaurant, shops, and a swimming pool. The state-run camp is renowned for its floodlit waterhole, which attracts an impressive variety of wildlife, allowing close-up game viewing day and night. Lion, elephant, zebra, and springbok regularly visit, along with the endangered black rhino, whilst the surrounding National Park is home to leopard, giraffe, antelope, and over 340 species of birds. Whilst the camp’s size and number of guests may evoke a more commercial feel than smaller, privately run camps, the comprehensive facilities and accommodation make Okaukuejo a great budget option for travellers comfortable with a larger site.

Facilities in camp include a large buffet-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a bar, swimming pool, petrol station, post office and shops, and a tourist information centre.

Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, and night drives. Note that vehicle congestion can be an issue around the park’s waterholes, especially during the Jun/Nov dry season, when wildlife density is at its most prolific. The park is particularly popular with self-drive visitors, and roads are well marked and signposted. The diverse terrain of Etosha National Park includes open grasslands, camel thorn and Mopani woodland, along with Africa’s largest saltpan. Covering a quarter of the park, the saltpan is Namibia’s main breeding ground for flamingos.

The camp offers 26 campsites and over 100 self-catering accommodation units varying from double rooms to twin or double bed chalets with lounge (some with outside barbeque area). Five ‘premier’ two storey chalets comprise two bedrooms and a private veranda with views of the waterhole. There also two family units available. All units feature an ensuite bathroom, a fridge and tea making facilities. The campsites share 3 ablution blocks, 3 kitchens and each of the campsites has power points, water and braai facilities.

Families are extremely welcome. Guests under six years stay free of charge, and there are discounts for under 12s sharing with an adult. The camp offers two spacious self-catering family units, which comprise two twin bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a large lounge and a well-equipped kitchenette. Outside is a shaded veranda and barbeque area or ‘braai’ with a table and seating. Note that participation in guided game drives for children under six years is at the manager’s discretion, whilst the self-drive option offers great flexibility for families with little ones.

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Average Rating

based on 503 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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