Okaukuejo is the most popular rest camp inside the Etosha National Park. It is 114kms north of Outjo on the C38. This road leads you right to Etosha Park's Andersson's Gate – and from here it is only a few 'game viewing' kilometres to Okaukuejo, the oldest tourist camp in Etosha, Okaukuejo,Currently it functions as the administrative hub of the park as well as being home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. Okaukuejo is situated at the western end of the Etosha Pan.
The main attraction of Okaukuejo is that it overlooks a permanent waterhole, which is floodlit at night. Here a wide diversity of Namibian wildlife congregates and interacts. The spectacle starts at dawn, with animals coming in large numbers to quench their thirst. The excitement continues throughout the day and deep into the night. In the early evenings, it is not uncommon to have black rhinoceros, elephant and lion, all drinking at the same time.
Okaukuejo is the oldest tourist camp in Etosha and it currently functions as the administrative hub of the park. It is also the home to the Etosha Ecological Institute. It is situated at the western end of the Etosha Pan, 114kms north of Outjo on the C38.
The restaurant provides a choice of a buffet or 'a la carte' menus and a selection of wines, beers, spirits and cool drinks can be bought from the bar. The kiosk offers guests the opportunity to shop for goods for their stay or onward journey. Head to the swimming pool after your drive or safari to escape the hot afternoon sun.
Accommodation is in one of the following units:
Premier Waterhole Chalet: A double story chalet with a balcony overlooking the waterhole. There are 2 bedrooms, downstairs has 2 single beds and upstairs a queen size double. Air-conditioning, mosquito nets, a lounge area, fridge and tea/coffee station are standard.
Waterhole Chalet: Situated close to the waterhole, these comfortable double rooms have an en-suite bathroom and similar facilities to the Premier Waterhole Chalets.
Family Chalet: A 2 bedroom unit with a kitchenette and braai (barbecue) area. Air-conditioning, mosquito nets, a lounge area, fridge and tea/coffee station are standard.
Bush Chalet: 2 bed chalets with one bedroom, an en-suite bathroom, lounge area and braai. Equipped with a fridge, tea/coffee station, air-conditioning and mosquito nets.
Double Room: A double room with an en-suite bathroom and similar facilities to the Bush Chalets.
Okaukuejo is the main area of tourist activity inside Etosha, but visitors can also choose to stay at either Halali, Namutoni, Onkoshi Camp or Dolomite Camp. All 5 of these camps are operated by Namibia Wildlife Resorts and have the advantage of being inside the Etosha National Park. Alternatively, you might like to enquire about several other private lodges around Etosha which tend to offer a higher and more personalised degree of service.
Join one of the morning, afternoon or night game drives around Etosha. Game viewing is best done in the cool of the early morning or late afternoon. Most people choose to game drive themselves around the park – stopping at the various waterholes en-route.
Etosha Guided Game Drives:
You can join one of the twice daily game drives around Etosha.
Game viewing is best done in the cool of the early morning and late afternoon, most people choose to drive themselves around the park - stopping at the various waterhole's and watching the animals as they come down to drink.
On a small hill on the extreme western side of Etosha - Dolomite is the newest (and fifth camp) to open within the park boundaries. It is a smaller lodge as opposed to the traditional resort feel of the other camps within the park.
Value for money accommodation in a well designed tented camp.
Traditional slightly formal up-market lodge. Situated on same property as Eagle Tented Camp.
Serene yetfull of character, the thatched chalets of Etosha Mountain Lodge are perched on a dolomite hill, offering panoramic views of the iconic namibian landscape with an abundance of big game and wildlife.
Etosha Oberland Lodge, at the southern entrance of EtoshaNational Park, combines luxury with a lot of privacy.
Only 10kms from the park, Etosha Safari Camp offers good quality budget accommodation.
The quirky Etosha Safari Camp should be on every camper’s travel itinerary, as the Camping2Go accommodation offers a vibrant introduction to versatile and colourful Namibia.
Within 10km of the Etosha entrance this mid-range lodge offers an ideal base from which to explore the park.
Situated only 2 km from the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha National Park, Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine.
Etotongwe Lodge is situated in the northern Namibian town of Outjo. This is 94kms south of the world-famous Etosha NP. Stopover here on your way to explore the country's most visited tourist attraction.
One of the five camps situated inside the park, generally less popular with visitors than Okaukuejo or Namutoni but has the advantage of a secluded quiet spot lit waterhole.
On the far western edge of the park, just outside the Galton Gate, this is an excellent location to explore Etosha, Damaraland and the remote Kaokoland area.
Luxury accommodation, each unit with private pool, great place to spoil yourself. Guided tours on private nature reserve and inside Etosha Park.
Value for money self drive option situated 32km from the park.
Accommodation in permanently erected tents, 14km south of the park.
A brand new campsite inside Etosha Park. No accommodation is available here and this only caters for self-sufficient campers. A highlight of the camp is the unique hide which overlooks the camps waterhole.
Upmarket accommodation, situated on private game reserve with easy access to the National Park.
Once called Etosha Gateway lodge this is a budget accommodation option which has recently been renovated.
This small family owned and managed guest farm is situated in easy driving distance of Etosha. The tranquil gardens and homely atmosphere make for a relaxed stay far from the crowds of the more commercial lodges.
These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
Perfect! Good accomodation and restaurant. The waterhole is amazing and you can see a lot of animals.
everything was fine, but it is a very big spot. we recommend to everybody to book a waterhole chalet.
Too big to be a Lodge in the Etosha. Restaurant is not good (bad service). I suggest smaller resorts.
Absolutely awesome in every way - wildlife, service, facilities, a very jolly and welcoming chef etc.
Facilities (bathroom, showers) were not very clean and very old. Facilities at Halali were much better
AMAZING day viewing of elephants, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, springbok, etc at the camp watering hole
Cabins were satisfactory. The highlight was the floodlit waterhole and seeing rhinos and lions! Wahoo.
As usual, we enjoyed the waterhole chalet! Good buffet for diner, good breakfast...wonderful waterhole.
The Bush Cottage was very comfortable and the Braai essential for cooking.The waterhole was magnificent
waterhole location a must. great experience even though more people then we were used to at that point.
Great pick among the various camps! We loved the watering hole, and their restaurant was very nice too.
Excellent location, waterhole is perfect. Room are nice but extremely small.Food is not a highlight....
Etosha is brilliant, good chalet, a bit too big for 2 people, but very luxurious. Brilliant hospitality
Best camp in Etosha Very good cottage; fantastic waterhole Good restaurant; shop with very few products
Ideally placed to leave early on the self-drive game drives. The facilities are in good state and clean!
Great! Staff friendly and helpful, food great! Etosha's flagship by far. I will only go there in future.
This was one of my favourite camps, really enjoyed it here.Only problem, cant choose your own camp site.
The waterholechalet was a bit small but it was directly with the waterhole so it was a perfect location.
Touristy place but great waterhole(though not as nice as Halali!) The food quality is poor (but eatable).
Was good but no hot water for schower. Rooms were good but a lot maintenance backlog. Dinner very simple.
Very comfortable - toilet not flushing properly and consequent loss of water - mentioned it to management.
No surprises. waterhole remains one of the many highlights of a Namibia visit. Waterhole chalets excellent.
All very good, but maybe the stay in Etosha was 1 day too long, 4 days altogether would have been suffient.
This was our favourite campsite (apart from Olifantsrus) - really good facilities, and an amazing waterhole.
Restaurant is not great. Waterhole impressive! Lodges with view on waterhole seems great. Campsite is dense.
Surprisingly decent for a government-run facility. Check-in process somewhat disorganized. Food pretty good.
Great overall. Enjoyed the room close to the water hole. Food was good. Brilliantly run. Really professional.
Nice resort with the most amazing water hole. Our waterhole chalet was beautiful and 20m from the water hole.
Not very impressed with the room - shower did not work. The staff were very friendly and accommodating though.
Waterhole chalets are really small (and for no real reason) felt a little tour packaged here. 1 night was fine
Amazing!!! Waterside chalet well worth waiting for. Pools great, food great. Would recommend it wholeheartedly.
This was the first time we had stayed at this resort. Very good staff and comfortable accommodation -excellent.
Very large camp where we stayed 2 nights. We would have loved to switch one of these nights with Dolomite Camp.
Very pleased with the Water Hole Challet accommodation with the location next to the waterhole being excellent.
Great place to see animals by he herd. Just sit by the watering hole and watch he animals walk by day and night.
Fantastic location: Delux Waterhole chalet excellent. Food so-so, but as expected: we`re not there for the food!
Very busy and campsite felt crowded and dusty but a fantastic waterhole and efficient reception / guides / shops
Better value food and a much nicer setting than the restaurant at Halali. We were just sick of buffets in Etosha.
Perfect waterhole but did not like the camp. Too crowded and our campsite had no shade. We roasted during the day
Absolutely too expensive for the services received. Someone of the staff was unfriendly. Bad smell into our room.
Very nice. Quite a big property but the Waterhole Chalet rooms were beautiful and the beds/linen very comfortable.
what could be better than staying 1 minute from the waterhole? I spent hours every day watching the animals there.
Great waterhole for elephants, zebra, rhino. Nice bush chalets (we stayed in Tamboti). Easy walk to the waterhole.
Lots of tourists there, but the waterhole experience was fantastic. We were glad that we stayed there for 3 nights
brilliant show of wildlife. We were delighted to have a house near the w/h. Probably could have done with 3 nights
Not the cosiest campsite, but all facilities were there and ablutions were clean. The waterhole is great however!!
The waterhole at Okakuejo was just wonderful. Because of the lack of rain there was enormous quantities of animals.
Waterhole chalet was nice but expensive , restaurant was not so nice but expensive too Waterhole is very interesting
Well located inside Etosha but quality inferior compare to the rest of the Namibian lodges. Bring you meat for BBQ !
excellent location but only an average resort, buffet dinner in the restaurant does not really cater for vegetarians.
the campsite was not our thing - a bus full of youngsters arrived at 9pm, noisy till midnight and at 6am again noisy.
All OK, except for the dinner... Arrived at 8,00h. for dinner and there was almost nothing left, very rude waitress !
Ok - available facilities limited considering the amount of people staying at this campsite but very nice water hole.
Disappointed with Campsite. Was very bleak and quite crowded with all the overlanders. Ablutions were under pressure.
Good except was in basic room that was very small and would have liked to have known that there were 2 further options
One should have choices which they don't offer at dinner. Totally overpriced. Un-organised. Bad system. Rooms are fine.
Execellent room, close to the waterhole but food service is a little basic presumably due to the large number of guests
Dit is altyd lekker om te kamp in Etosha en het ons geen klagtes nie, onssal beslil volgende jaar weer daar gaan kuier.
Classic NWR place. Big restaurant with (too) basic meal...and chaotic service. Very large rooms and comfortable bedding.
Croud of people. Good facilities. Campsite too much near but good for visit ethosa and with a very good waterhole inside.
Not very helful when our room get flooded at night. In general the service here was not good by the members of the staff.
This is a nice camp but because it's a big and popular resort the staff also aren't as friendly as at the smaller resorts
We last stayed in 2001 and could not believe the transformation - rooms are lovely, though the food could be a bit better.
Very crowdy resort, lot of people, food was average poor, very tiny waterhole, staff average ppor however very clean rooms
The most delightfull camp with a warm atmosphere, lovely viewings from the waterhole and a very true to nature experience.
Maybe the option between double room and chalet should be given, as the double rooms are very very small. But it was nice.
Probably the poorest campsin terms of quality. Don't do night drives, which was a shame, but the waterhole was spectacular.
Very nice lodge, the food was better than Namutoni and the swimming pool a lot cleaner. Also the people were very friendly.
There`s a lot of bureaucracy in Etosha. They seem to know well they`re Namibia top destination, and service is not so good.
Same comment as Halali. We found the wildlife to be much better around Halali but this could have been the luck of the draw.
as usual an excellent stay with the waterhole chalets being the perfect rest place. restaurant staff cheerful and attentive.
Waterhole chalets were very clean and comfortable. Close proximity to waterhole was a bonus. Restaurant and bar catered well.
Nicest location within Etosha. Room a bit smaller then Namutoni but the waterhole in front made the trip. Saw everything there
good but a little bit dirty. We had ants and scorpios in our room - the waterhole was fantastic so everything else is forgotten
Perfect location, the least comfortable accomodation of trip and staff not well organised or particularly friendly and helpful.
Service here was a little less friendly than at other places, but the accommodation was fine,and the water hole was incredible.
nices rooms , great waterfall we saw many animals all the afternoon and in the evening. Food medium. Easy to visit etosha east.
Resort is busy and room seems old and needs maintenance. Chalet could be better. Food average.staff not friedly like in halali.
Again double rooms not what I was hoping for. Wanted to braai but no facilities at double room. Otherwisw waterhole great place.
We were disappointed by the service. It seems there were too much people and the personal didn't have time enough for their job.
The best of the three camps that we stayed at. The staff were professional, the food was good and the accommodation was good too.
Good resort, excellent for the waterhole, a little bit expensive for the services offered. Restaurant a little bit unconfortable.
Busy, well run resort with nice accommodation close to the waterhole. We enjoyed our last afternoon and evening in the camp here.
Waterhole is incredible and the best place to see wildlife in all of Etosha (rhinos in a standoff with elephants was a highlight)
great waterhole with plenty of wildlife (lion, rhino, elefants, zebra etc..), crowded campsite, ok standard, dirty ablution blocks
Good resort. Fantastic with the accommodation next to the waterhole. Rooms a little small, but the room was very nicely decorated.
Truly amazing waterhole. Thanks for booking our rooms so close to this it was an immense privilege to be so close to the wildlife.
The camp is big but the atmosphere is excellent, especially the restaurant and the waterhole. Waterhole chalets are small, but ok.
Good room, new and well furnished. Very good position inside the park. Too touristic and too big the restaurant and the common area.
We booked a combination of a waterhole chalet and a camping place. The campsite was a bit crowded and noisy but the chalet was good.
Very enjoyable stay. Accommodation was well located and food was ok except for hot deserts served cold, and no toaster for breakfast.
Lilly helped advise us for all the camps, but the premier waterhole chalet she booked for us at Okaukuejo was definitely a highlight!
Good, in hindsight good to split time with Namutumi camp: latter has much nicer, historic setup and quieter, better game during summer
OK but we had to pay for a towel which got burnt by accident an exorbitant high price (150 rand!!).We did not appreciate that at all!!
Good campsite. Facilities a bit run down. Poor maintenance. Welcome during check in at camp could be better. Good waterhole. Basic shop.
A bit too much of a "tourist plant" but there isn't much more options. Waterhole chalet with a quite desapointing view to the waterhole.
a very nice camp, but we saw nothing at night at their famous waterhole. we saw plenty of animals all day long, so no big disappointment
The room was very good, as was breakfast. Dinner buffet mediocre, but all in all, service much better than expected. Loved the waterhole.
Nice place to stay, but too touristy for us. We did enjoy the waterhole, but unfortunately together with 100+ other people. Rating: 7/10.
Beautiful setting. Very nice bedrooms - heating much appreciated. Food very low quality (but can you expect better from a National Park?)
Would have preferred to discuss doing one night here, one night at Halali / the eastern camp so that we could drive further into the park
Very good campsite , my own personal preference would have been to camp at Namutoni (more comfortable campsite with the grass camping area
Top class the waterhole chalet No. 33 was excellent. as you stated previously the service not always up to scratch but okay. food was good
Very good. Abultion block was a bit of a walk. they seemed to be all in one area and none catering for those at the end of the camp ground.
Great campsite. Again the problem with bathrooms- water all over the floor and no where to place clothing or toiletery bag. No mop supplied
The absolute best NWR resort! There are a lot of possible improvement but for a state-owned lodge I was astonishingly positively surprised!
We loved having a waterhole chalet. We saw there were also fancy double story waterhole chalets and one of those would have been first prize
Very comfortable and well appointed accommodation - restaurant perfectly adequate. Brilliant waterhole experience. Will return to this camp.
For vegetarians, please note that they have separate (lower) rates for buffets. Best to talk to the chef and get the correct (current) rate.
Kristin's favourite! Comfortable chalet, nice swimming pool and a great many different animals at the waterhole - over all our expectations!
Good experience, other than the tour buses / safaris reving their engines at 05:00. Some of these groups tended to be noisy. Great location.
It feels like camping in a parking lot but worth it for the night time waterhole (sparring rhinos) and early morning (herd of anxious zebras)
the place was giant, and felt impersonal, but we wanted to stay within the park, so our options were limited. the waterhole was great, though.
it was great to stay so close to the watherhole. It's a little bit crowded but still a very good place to explore the nature and the wilderness.
Great location. Service was ok. Bit worried about food hygiene, raw and cooked game meat was being handled using the same utensils by the staff.
Nice clean room and acceptable meals. Waterhole was all I expected and more. Just wish I could stay awake 24 7 to see all the comings and goings
Great waterhole, waterhole chalet good location and reasonable room. Night drive good (lions), I wouldn't bother with a daytime game drive again.
Nicest of the three resorts but felt that some staff staff at times were not that helpful and general feel of not caring. Facilities a bit shabby.
To be recommended. Very impressive to have the opprotunity to observe animals only a stone's throw from our camp place in the existing water hole.
Good location to be based for wildlife viewing, saw an 8 lion pride in this area, and lots of game. a bit dry and old after Halali, but enjoyable.
Fantastic choice of lodge, very close to the waterhole. This place is amazing and we couldn't fault the accommodation for location within the camp.
Conveniently located, well maintained, but campsites are too close and baren, little shade, little privacy, OK for one overnight stay, but no more.
Room A was small but adequate for 1/2 nights We tried the dinner the first night and found it lukewarm and again expensive as it was a buffet meal.
waterhole chalet very well situated; however for that price of accommodation we would have expected a better restaurant. Mediocre food and service.
good location. We didn't like the game drive arrange from the lodge. the food could be better. The room was fine, close to the waterhole, fantastic.
The waterhole is the best in the park; I could have stayed there all day. The waterhole chalet was stunning. The checkin could be improved, however.
Better than namutoni. We expected buffet style dinners, but it was a la carte instead, with very little variety for the three nights we`ve been there.
I liked living so close to the waterhole and the guided tour in the truck in the nationalpark early in the morning. very good and proffessional guide!
Comfortable. Of course more people (sine obligation for all to go in one of the 3-4 lodges of the park. Good, location to be in the park all the time.
Lovely as always, really enjoyed the stay. Clean and spacious family bungalow. The food at the restaurant seems to have improved since our last visit.
Accomodation in line with our expectations : same as in Waterberg : reception not very helpful which denoted the overall good work of other employees.
Wonderful waterhole, as always and very nice after the refurbishments. Restaurant is average at most. Okaukuejo has gone very expensive, unfortunately.
Basic, with an even more basic restaurant/dinning; but staying in a chalet near the waterhole makes all the difference! Woudn't change it for anything!
The campsite was fair a the ablution facilities were fairly clean.The camp does have a problem with jackal and should endeavour to remedy this nuisance
Great place. Beautiful accommodation (waterhole chalet) with everything we needed. Very friendly staff. Excellent breakfast buffet included in the price.
Very nice lodge even though despite really high price, they put just a materass ON THE FLOOR for my daughter for which they charged half price! Nice food
We stayed two nights there. One more nighth would have been great. For us, the best lodge in Etosha. The waterhole is #1, compared to Halali and Nalutoni.
A wonderful camp - clean and operational. A bit crowded but we had a nice spot at the back near the fence. The waaterhole is WONDERFUL. What an experience.
Same as Halali, much better than expected! Tip: book and pay safari's in advance via internet. When you try to book once on location, you will be too late.
It is the most beautiful camp site in the Etosha. You can see the most beautiful sunset at the waterhole in Okaukuejo. It is a must-visit place in Namibia.
Lovely water hole and had a camp site booked quite near the water hole. Ablutions over utilised by many groups of overlanders. Could do with more ablutions.
LOVED THE ACCOMMODATION! Villa was in the perfect location, was very clean and nicely decorated -- very comfortable. Animals were plentiful --- lots of fun.
Waterhole bungalows are nice. I actually thought that the bungalow was much closer to the waterhole and I thought it had a view if it, which is not the case.
Big and busy camp. We stayed in a Premier Waterhole Chalet (W32), spacious and modern with direct views of the very busy Waterhole, day and night. Wonderful!
The dining hall service and food quality is substandard.Reception is helpful but frustrations with credit card machines.The lack of an atm is incomprehensible
Campsites were adequate but poorer than the others we had stayed on to this point. The toilet block and facilities were Ok but campsite much busier and noisy.
Of all the campsites we stayed this was the most `cramped` one. A lot of people in a small space. But the facilities were very good and the Waterhole amazing.
Again the restaurant wasn't great but it didn't matter as again the game viewing was so good. 6 rhinos' at the waterhole, herds of elephants, fantastic viewing.
Fantastic chalets at the waterhole, so you can look to the hole whenever you want. The restaurant was fine. Also fine was, that we could sit outside for dinner.
unfortunately the meals were horrible. We`ve booked this camp, because 2 years ago the meals were better than in Namutoni- Next time we`ll stay in an other camp.
It was very nice that Anke managed to find place for us in Okakuejo. The rooms are very nice, the swimmingpool at midday relaxing and the waterhole just amazing!
We did not like the camp but had an amazing room overlooking the waterhole which made staying there worthwhile and it provided a wonderful view of the waterhole.
The watering hole behind the property was definitely the highlight! So great to be able to sit there in the dark and watch animals approach throughout the night.
I suggest this resort to visit Etosha..good accomodation and start point to visit the park plus an unique point of view for animals ( the 24h floodlit waterhole)
Fantastic - especially the waterhole was fantastic and kept us up much too long to see all the animals going there incl. a lot of rhinos, elephants, etc etc. Wow!
Accommodation was not as well kept as Namutoni but it was much better located for seeing the wildlife. Buffet evening meals were expensive and a little repetitive.
campsite clean but no charm. facilities on the campsite could be better or more often cleaned when fully booked. staff at reception not really friendly or helpful.
The floodlit watering hole is the only good reason to stay here. Otherwise a fairly poor option relative to all the more intimate and nice lodges outside the park.
mass tourism, but worthwhile because of the nearby waterhole. Friendly reception, large bungalow with fridge,and coffee facility,and airco and heating. Buffet was good
Decent and OK food (I had my doubts, since some comments on Tripadvisor are very negative on this subject). A bit of a bummer that the pool was under renovation though.
Accommodation was spacious, clean and modern. Our visit was in the low season so not huge amounts of game by the waterhole, but lots seen when we drove into park itself.
The pits. Waterfront room really small, aircon didn't cool the room properly. Staff at restaurant indifferent but passable. Wouldn't stay there again. Halali much better.
The room itself was quite good, for us the highlight was access to the floodlit waterhole. We really enjoyed driving around Etosha and experienced many memorable moments.
Nice camp in the park, with a lot of wildlife in the area at June 2011. It was a bit inconvenient/unusual that the car parking was a good ways away from the bush chalets.
Busy main camp waterhole very good. Restaurant was busy and chaotic even in the quiet season. Food was OK ish but not great. Rooms were reasonable. Location is everything!
great location but camp is now becoming in need of maintenance; food is poor - like a huge scrummage at dinner with the need for a proper system; staff not very attentive.
Nice duplex bungalow, easy walk to waterhole, at waterhole saw elephants, zebras, pringbok, gembok, giraffe, gnu, fox, birds, good food at lodge, good service, fair pricing
Great location for the surrounding waterholes which are some of the best. The double room accommodation was lovely and very clean. I would recommend the guided night drive.
For what it is it is fine. Great to stay in the park - Allison was right. The other place we would stay is in Onkoshi - on the pan. We stopped there and it looked fabulous.
This lodge was the best one in Etosha Park, we loved the chalet in front of the waterhole. In my opinion we found the best food compared to the other 2 resorts in the park.
The hotels in the park are not the most luxury but have the best location. We would like to stay more nights in Halali Resort because over there you can see a lot of animals.
The waterhole lodges were nice but rather small. Great waterhole - the best while we were there (including on drives). Restaurant seemed much better able to cope than Halali.
Excellent resort and much better than we had expected. Accommodation was very good and the meals were very good and remarkably priced. Location of course could not be bettered
The resort and particularly the premier waterhole suite were lovely. I would have liked to know that there were two bathrooms however as this would have influenced my booking.
Needs basic maintenance. things have deteriorated in the last 5 years. All of Etosha needs upkeep - public toilets at picnic places are old, falling apart, dirty and disgusting
Everything in excellent condition (including the swimming pools) but a shame that the braai facilities for the rondavels have been removed, so obliged to eat at the restaurant.
The waterhole is great but it is a too busy place. The samller camps a much nicer - but they do not have the hole. Food/restaurant was only ok in the big self service "canteen"
Great time here. With hindsight, the bush chalets and family units would have been just as good (plus they had braai facilities!). It is not at all far to walk to the waterhole.
really enjoyed it, after hearing negative comments prior about the ablutions,we went not knowing quite what to expect. However no complaints and the cleaning staff very friendly.
Not the nicest site but as others have said the waterhole was amazing. 10 rhino there the first night, unbelievable. Facilities are OK but get taken over by the large overlanders.
Great room (premier waterhole chalet). Unfortunately, bad luck with the animals due to rain 3 weeks prior. But room would have been perfect otherwise. Highly recommend the upgrade.
Dilapidated (former beauty). Kitchen and bathroom facilities absolutely needed maintenance. Hot water in sinks only, not in showers. Staff at reception bordering on unfriendliness.
Love camping at Etosha, but some of the facilities could be better managed. No problems, but not quite the standard of the other sites. Needs more ablutions closer to the campsites.
We have been very satisfied with all aspects in this resort. When we left the resort we have forgotten something in the chalet and the staff informed us in a very short time. Great!
Clean and adequate waterhole chalets. Very good view of waterhole. Restaurant very uninspiring and food bland. However this is a great location for Etosha and good for game viewing.
Everything was fabulous! The accommdation was top class, the watering hole never disappointed, the food was fantastic and the staff helpful and friendly. Wish we hadn't had to leave!
Accommodation not quite as good, staff not quite as friendly as elsewhere, buffet style meals were dissappointing. Proximity to water hole was excellent and made the stay worthwhile.
The location, near the waterhole was perfect. However the service in the restaurant was a mess; quite chaotic, no organisation, long waiting times, nobody was prepared to help etc...
The waterhole is spectacular and makes the trip here worthwhile by itself. The room was functional and clean. The food was disappointing and the service in the restaurant was chaotic.
Family unit was in very good shape. The room maids made a wonderful job, decorated the rooms nicely. Breakfast was OK but nothing special, the worse in all the NWR camps in Etosha N.P.
I thought this accommodation was underrated in the reviews. Great location and very clean, comfortable rooms. Pool and dining area also was great. The waterhole viewing was mesmerizing.
The busiest of our Etosha stops which was expected given its central location. Okaukuejo had everything we needed and was in the middle of Etosha, that alone made it an incredible place.
great location, good standard rooms (we upgraded from double room to a chalet) but not the most friendly or helpful staff - could be improved but worth putting up with to stay in the park!
Not a place to recommend for food or accomendation, but the view at the waterhole during the "dark hours" cannot be matched. A must and a good way to start slimming and burn some surplus fat.
Awesome stay. Very similar to Namutoni, but the watering hole was so much better!!! Stayed out late at the watering hole and got up early to see as well. We saw so many wonderful things here.
Very wet and no animals, don't blame them. We spent the whole time in 4wd and axel deep mud, good fun driving. Accomodation was very good, lacking a few power points though. Staff were great.
Fantastic accommodation (premier waterhole chalet) - service in the restaurant was terrible on one night, but better the following 2 nights. Again, great location within Etosha national park.
The best waterhole in Etosha but the price for the premium waterhole chalet is really too high. The room is very small and the fridge make a terrible noise during the night. The restaurant is ok.
Campsites are lacking in grass but a fantastic waterhole attached to this campsite. We saw elephants and black rhino come into this waterhole. The bar/snack bar near the pool was a welcoming spot.
The remodeling of the waterhole chalets was incredible!!! By far the best accomodations of our entire trip! I hadn't been back to Etosha since 2001 and the improvements were better than I expected.
Very nice room. The floodlit water pool was very special as we got to see 3 rhino who were then chased off by a herd of elephants. a very enthusiastic guidecalled Johhny took us out on a game drive.
This resort is unfortunately too busy. I was pushed away when I was making a photo of the sunset and stood in the way of somebody else. Your customers should realize this. The quality of the food is ok.
We were very surprised (positively) by this lodge. The room was new, the decoration was beautiful, and it was super close to the amazing waterhole... The begining of the trip could not have been better!
We had some technical difficulties in the room : to find an electric socket, to open the sink, the fridge was not working, etc. The most expensive room but not the best (and not the biggest !). Good food.
The game drives from here were excellent - the guide knew her stuff and explained everything we saw with a real passion. The food was not as good as Namutoni and the staff were not as helpful or engaging.
A bit like a holiday camp (UK style) because big with a lot of people. meal was OK for mass catering.Room and bathroom comfortable. Enjoyed the water hole with lots ofanimals coming and going at all hours.
Decent accommodation. All round, probably marginally better than Halali. Would just say that we arrived too late for lunch so grabbed a bite to eat from the kiosk, which served expensive but not great food.
At the time of year we visited it was quiet so the facilities were fine - I liked the way the chef cooked your choice of meat as you requested at dinner and, similarly, your breakfast choice - fresh cooking!
Fine but not a great choice for the time of year we were there - the game was at the northern end of the park. We had the buffet (no choice) which was dire so at Halali we just snacked on food from the shop.
It is 10 years since we visited Etosha. In that time the bush chalets have been built at the three main camps & now provide excellent quality accommodation. The arrangements for eating are also much improved.
Okaukuejo was much better than expected from the comments in the internet. Room was perfect and food was o.k., we enjoyed the school children with their presentation of folk songs during the dinner very much.
We loved the accommodations here. I was really happy that we opted to upgrade to the deluxe waterhole chalet. I appreciated Allison's advise to forgo a night game drive due to animals coming to the waterhole.
Fantastic place in terms of what was available nature wise (waterhole, etc). Rooms were clean but basic. Felt the service was not up to the sae level as all other places - to be expected I guess given the size
The campsite is very crowded, sandy and the cleaning is not the best we met in Namibia, however it worth to stay in this camp site because the waterhole is amazing because of the number of animals that visit it.
We were disappointed with Okaukuejo resort. The pool was not functioning and hadn't been in some time. The space we had was large but not all of the air conditioners worked. The place could use some maintenance.
This resort is very beautiful and tidy. The water hole was a treat - we spent quite some time there. The restaurant is not up to standard. The breakfast was really not a pleasurable experience. Overall very good.
The campsite felt very crowded compared to where we had previously visited. The waterhole more than made up for this! Despite the number of people in the campsite, we are glad that we had more than one night here.
Accommodation was not up to the standard of the lodges we stayed in, but this was to be expected. The highlight was being able to sit and watch game coming to the waterhole right in the resort. Well worth a visit.
Great spot for the animals and we diddnt find it too noisey at all. But you cant get away from the fact that the service lets it down....bring some Hobatere enthusiasm and Kulala process in and it woukld be perfect
The camp itself was nothing special, but we loved being in the Premier Waterhole Chalet. That was really special and we loved game watching from our bed! Would not want to stay here if we hadn't been in this chalet
The best of the etosha sites. All of them seemed to be run by the government, they felt a lot like the US park service owned and run or `leased out`facilities - along with Waterberg. Best animals at the waterhole..
Campsite a bit characterless, but pool a welcome facility, and the waterhole is amazing! We had 9 black rhino, 2 bull elephants and a pair of lions (and lots more) at the waterhole within the space of about 2 hours!
It has a major attraction and the staff act in consequence, except the friendly housekeepers. Our chalet was barely waterhole view - this is deceptive as it was blocked by a Premium chalet, but all in all acceptable.
Basic camp. Try to get into the first row of Bungalows. We stayed in a Waterhole Bungalow but the waterhole was difficult to see from there. Waterhole was absolutely worthwile - herds of elephants, rhino and so on...
Amazing - again staff helpful, friendly, welcoming and restaurant good. Bedroom really spacious and kitchen area a bit cramped but not a problem - we didn`t want to be indoors except to sleep. Waterhole fab - saw lots.
The campsites inside Etosha National Park or more basic and more crowded than other campsites we experienced in Namibia . The campsites however are well maintained and very throughly enjoyed the waterhole at Okaukuejo.
The pool area is nice and the food was ok but the whole site is a bit ugly and the double rooms we had were tiny and uncomfortable. There is only one washing machine and dryer for the whole big site. That is not enough.
Very well organised and run, and the campsite amenity blocks could cope with the large tour groups booking in. The lit water hole was fabulous, and we appreciated being able to purchase maps and information at the shop.
Big and busy. We stayed in a family villa that was nice. Had we realised what equipment was provided in the kitchen we would have bought food from a supermarket rather than eaten in the restaurant which has average food.
More commercial but waterhole offered dramatic viewing throughout the evening. Difficult to drag ourselves away! We would have preferred to have self catered here to escape the crowds (& the television in the restaurant!)
Same as Namutoni with abominable cooking.Waterhole chalets are not so bad but very far from the restaurant and the view on the waterhole is too far away, so it`s not worth for the price. Prefer a lodge outside Etosha park.
Not a great campsite (too many people on top of one-another, bins not secured so the jackals get into them every night). Amazing waterhole made up for that though. All the game watching you need can be done at the waterhole.
Better than I thought it would be based on reviews I had seen. We stayed in waterhole chalet - very nice. Thought we could see animals at waterhole from chalet but in fact need to walk down to the waterhole to see the animals.
Great, everything was in working order, we had no problems. Again, the people were friendly, the food was good and the waterhole magnificent. We prefer Namutoni as we like the less commercial set-up. Can`t fault the camp though.
The waterside rooms are very nice now. Food and service adequate - but the main purpose of being here is the waterhole, which did not disappoint. So worth staying a couple of nights and exploring other waterholes during the day.
Can't say enough about this stop. Location at the waterhole in the park was absolutely fantastic. Food was good at the buffet. The room itself was a bit small, but we did not spend too much time in the room. Location was perfect.
The NWR camp we liked least of all camps we visited (although in Etosha). To many Bus-tousists (to many stressed, middle aged Germans ;-) ) - but nevertheless a perfect place to see a lot of animals. Very good barbecue for dinner.
Great waterhole, but the rooms need to be upgraded, very cramped, with little packing space, not as nice as Namutoni. The food is expensize for what you get and the buffet is the same every night, which is OK if you stay one night.
Okaukuejo was a good place to stay to do the game drives outside park opening times. The chalets were rather basic and infested with beetles. The restaurant was not great. I would prefer to stay outside the park in a private lodge.
Accomodation was great. Service was pretty much non existent. Really unorganised. No one taking control. Attitudes were poor. The waterhole was a bit weird to us, but seeing the Rhinos come down for a drink at night time was great.
The rooms were fine as we had the waterhole rooms, but the service at the restaurant was poor, the food average, the restaurant wasn't particularly clean either. There was just no comparison to any of the other lodges we stayed at.
This was a less intimate lodge. The pool was great. The evening meal was good and breakfast was fine. the waterhole attracted diverse animals - magical. There were short-lived electrical and water problems which were rapidly fixed.
The accommodation was perfectly acceptable, the on site shop was rather limited so if you wanted to braai then you should bring your own food with you. The waterhole is absolutely amazing, would recommend staying here just for that!
Overall we were happy with the service. However we would not advise doing the night safari. We found it to be cold, long and a bit pointless, since it is unlikely you will see things that cannot be seen (better!) during the daytime.
Waterhole chalet was nice (however without direct view to the waterhole). Bathroom was very small. Buffet breakfast and buffet dinner were a disaster. Very poor food presentation, quality and variety. Staff efficiency below average.
you could go to Etosha and only visit this waterhole!!!! The standard waterhole chalets are outstanding with views of the waterhole and very comfortable. Restaurant busy but efficient. We found the staff very friendly and efficient.
A good camp with the chalets being both well equipped and located in a prime spot. Our only disappointment was the service at the restaurant which was very poor - a total lack of "commonsense" organisation resulting in general chaos!
stayed in waterhole chalet, very good location, especially the waterhole. unfortunately spiders in the room. service not well organised (we had to pay our dinner cash that evening, although we asked to put it on the bill for our room)
Claim to fame here is, of course, the waterhole (which definitely lives up to its reputation). Our bush chalets were very nice and I believe fairly recently refurbished. Food typical "Parks Board fare" - adequate but that's about all.
This camp was very dated and the staff impolite and disinterested in service. Very little eye contact, very few salutations - the whole place had a gloomy feel. The on site comments book included similar observations from other guests.
Probably only worth 1, rather than a 2 night, stay. We would have enjoyed a 2nd night at the splendid Onguma Bush Camp. We had to pay the full rate for the 3rd person, even though he had to sleep on a mattress on the floor of our room.
Great watering hole. Watering hole chalets were very nicely appointed and wonderfully located. Just lacked braai facilities. Restaurant service was good, much better than expected. The Buffet was not fine cuisine, but the food was okay.
You have to love the waterhole which seems much more effective than at Namutoni. Pity that the overall facility has grown so large but good for the industry. Well managed facility and even though the camp area is large it still `works`.
A highlight of our trip. Waterhole perfectly situated and very well frequented by a huge variety of gam, making game viewing absolutely wonderful 24 hours a day, without any need to drive. Lovely swimming pools and well maintained camp.
I thought this the best of the NWR accommodation. Like everything in Etosha at this time of the year, very busy. All the NWR accommodation is expensive for what you get but still quite comfortable and the waterhole makes up for everything.
We only really stopped here as a break between Onguma at Erongo. It was a large impersonal resort as expected and the food was average. However their waterhole was awesome - we could have sat up all night watching the numerous animals there!
Much improved since I was last here but this is reflected in the price. Worth letting clients know that you can't just buy a snack there you have to pay for the full dinner. We had super noodles having been advised that the dinner wasn't great
The camp is very well situated and has the best waterhole of all the camps we visited as well as the best stocked shop. The rooms were clean and the staff were pleasant. One improvement I would make would be for better vegetarian food options.
lot of guests there, well organized, Please give guests the information, that within ETOSHA-national park there are no ATM-facilities. Theoretically you can pay by credit card, but in reality it did not work. So you can easily run out of cash.
Am really glad Allison recommended the Waterhole Chalet - seeing animals at the waterhole so close is a memory I'll remember for a long time! Accommodation was excellent and lodge was excellent - got a few ideas of how to design my own house :)
Great waterhole. Restaurant more like a canteen, but the food was good. On a completely different scale in terms of numbers of guests than anywhere else we stayed, so it was impersonal but worth a night's stay for the contrast and the waterhole.
I enjoyed this Resort the most because of the abundance of wildlife at the Waterhole. The Waterhole Chalet was very comfortable. The dinner buffet was the best of all of our accomodations (plentiful fresh food with lots of salads and vegetables).
The room here was near the waterhole which was wonderful for game viewing but the room itself was quite small compared to other lodges we stayed at on our trip and the restaurant was very poorly lit and the restaurant staff were not very friendly
Very enjoyable. The restaurant service as a bit disorganised - they seemed to be struggling to cope with the number of visitors, e.g. lack of cutlery, or not noticing that particular dishes of food had run out. The waterhole is excellent of course
This campsite was very busy and did not provide much privacy. People on top of each other almost. Jackals were a bit of a nuisance, throwing over trash cans during the night and scavenging the whole time, so you cannot leave anything unsupervised.
Our most cramped accommodation, but quite adequate. The lighted waterhole is great. No need to rent the expensive chalets to view and enjoy it. The only disadvantage is rather massive size making it a less personal experience than our other stops.
Our experience at Okaukuejo resort was excellent as usual. Rooms were prepared well and food offered in the resturant were good. In terms of game vieiwng, we had a good time within the limited period. Hoever, front counter staff could be freindlier
Same comments as for Namutoni. Food was slightly better but again, does management care about Okaukuejo? Please make sure that travellers know they won't get the same level of service/facility if they stay there in Etosha than anywhere else in Namibia.
Okuakuejo waterhole is the best of the lot. Unfortunately, that resort experience was marred for me by missing items from my luggage (small items so I didn't report them) and the room needs some maintenance. Apart from that staff were all very helpful.
The position is lovely, but overall we found the price of the waterhole chalet a little bit too high for location and service received. It costs more than twice than Halali and is very similar...for example dinner is the same. However it's very very nice.
The resort is magnificent and without much effort could make their facility more accessible for people at disabilities who are eager to have opportunities for adventurous travel. A qualified consultant should be hired to remove barriers to full inclusion.
Waterhole is great, is not necessary to book a room at the waterhole, one can just sit in front of the waterhole and watch the animals what people who booked a waterhole room (which is very expensive) also do. Rooms very clean and big. Food not really good.
What exceptional accommodation. Totally spoiled by the lethargy and bad attitude of the parks staff. Very civil service like. Attitude same as trying to renew your licenece at the respective government department in South Africa - like they are doing you a favour
lovely unit we had over looking the waterhole which I would recommend.Saw many elephants at the waterhole who came on a day basis to drink as well as had their mud baths.Staff great and friendly and the resort well looked after only the food buffet quite expensive.
reception welcome is poor... especially compared to namutoni where people explained all aspects of the park, services ... tourist shop is very expensive and dissuasive. Waterhole close to the camp site : so great ! A pity people come there with beers, MP3 players...
Ummm. Wouldn`t recommend this,except for its central location in Etosha. The staff (particularly in reception) need to have a bit of customer service training and the whole place would benefit from re-furbishing.The food is poorly presented but is in fact not to bad.
Very friendly staff at the reception and in the restaurant. Cleaness and functionality much better than in the last articles readable in the AZ and FB. Food simple but ok but unfortunately no lunch menue with a selection of light meals like sandwiches, burgers and so.
Probably the best in Etosha with the best quality of road. Good waterholes close to the campsite with Lions and Giraffes seeming to be the ones to watch here. Also, the floodlit waterhole is something else with Black Rhino, Jackals, Giraffes and Elephants all visiting.
Unfortunately all camps at Etosha (apart from Olifantsrus) Look the same and are really American. Staff is not very friendly. They are just used to many tourists and dont see a need to put more effort into the job Great waterhole and cool that every camp has electricity
We had a great time. Included a night and morning safari - super Guide who we all enjoyed chatting to. Everything at the Camp was processed smoothly - from arrival, through to meals, amenities, lodge service. Very special to be up & about in the park before dawn. Super.
The accommodation (waterhole chalet) was excellent. Game viewing is superb. The shop is a disaster - no stocks and unfriendly staff. Again no ATM in this camp so we were unable to pay the key deposit. The dinners are mediocre quality with again unfriendly chef and staff.
I really appreciated that Chantelle arranged for us to stay in a double bedroom with 2 matresses for the kids. I understood that usually they only allow one, so this was a really great arrangement for us to be in the park even if there was no more family chalet available.
The rooms are very comfortable and the camp site is very pleasant. The staff in the restaurant are great. The food is good solid stuff. The staff in the reservations office (as with the staff at Namutoni gate) are unfriendly, unhelpful, uninformed and a big disappointment.
We opted to stay in the premier waterhole chalet- fantastic. We really enjoyed Okaukuejo. One member of staff in reception was excellent but the rest didn`t seem to want to be helpful. Food in the restaurant was good but a little disorganized. On the whole we really enjoyed.
Fantastic room that overlooked the water hole. No problem with the buffet style food - food little different from anywhere else - and actually having the cook stand there cooking our meat did result that we had it cooked as we like it - not something that happened everywhere.
Our waterhole room was a dream. Hardly any point leaving the camp as the wild-life was constantly visiting, Elephant, Giraffe, Rhino, Lions, etc, etc. But we did find our own pride of lions and followed them to their breakfast kill. WOW ! The Oryx steaks were good that night!
We had the waterhole chalet, so it was an excellent location. Loved the waterhole and the pool area. Very popular for tourists, so found the staff were not very personal with you as they had just so many people there. Food was average to good, but always a queue at the buffet.
Chalet was fine but the fact that the kitchen is not equipped is a disappointment. The on-site shop is below standard. Reception staff is friendly and helpful. At night overseas visitors keep asking us for directions as they keep getting lost - direction boards would be a help.
Beautiful setting in the camp next to the waterhole - perfect. Service by the officials in the camp, quite rude and unhelpful. Prices of food in the camp exorbitant and it would have helped if Norelle had told us that getting supplies in Etosha would be difficult and expensive.
The campsite here was dusty, busy and unattractive. The food in the restaurant wasn't great either. You were forced to eat from the overpriced buffet and it was all pretty unappealing. I wouldn't stay here again and I'd recommend people pay the extra to stay at Dolomite instead.
Exactly how Anita described it - can't thank Anita enough for the tip to a Braii instead of the restaurant. The breakfast there wasn't up to much. The shop on site was limited in goods but overall there was sufficient goods to purchase to have a BBQ, including wood and lighters.
Best waterhole, most expensive accommodation (as we had a waterhole chalet) and least amount of space in the room. It was a bit odd that all 3 camps have different facilities in their bush chalets. Halali one could have self catered but the others are not set up for that at all.
Nice to experience being in the park, my least favourite place to stay of the trip, average room, food was very hit and miss, first night was awful, second night I was pleasantly surprised. It was my choice to stay here and we had to cut costs but this is one I would not return to.
The best thing about this resort was the floodlit waterhole. Sitting around the edge, watching 35+ elephants of varying ages and sizes is something I will never forget. It1s quite commercial, and the room was quite small, but the game viewing made it all worthwhile. Nice pool area.
Accommodation was good unfortnately service was poor.Restuarant for breakfast was shocking one person to cook for entire restuarant,guests had to cook their own bacon,tomatoes and sausage.Cooking oil looked like recycled soup.Service in shop was slow and unfriendly.Will not go back.
Food has improved since 2 years ago, nice bush chalet, good beds. And the watrehole is always good. The staff at the reception does not know what tourism is and how you treat customers. But if you know this you, just accept it and can even smile about it, it is just how it goes here.
Excellent accommodation. Fabulous location. Hadn1t appreciated there was only one (expensive) restaurant to eat in. It was very busy on our first night and getting seated (even though we`d booked) and sorting out payment was a bit chaotic ... but it didn`t spoil the fabulous location.
one of the most exciting experiences in Namibia. The room was wonderful, clean and with a wonderful view on the waterhole. Probably one of the best rooms we visited in Namibia. The only negative characteristic is the lack of organization at the restaurant even if the food is quite good.
Really a very crowded location - for the namibia standard of quitness and relax - but the waterhole was really a good and gave us the choice to see animals at every time of the day. Not so special the night game drive. I think that in Etosha you don't need a game drive if you a own car.
Though accomodations would rank as 3-star or so in the city, having this degree of comfort, cleanliness, and hot water in the bush was really great. Food and drink were fine, more than adequate, and waterhole viewing was good for keeping you in the experience. Compound felt secure also.
Impressive facility, but beginning to suffer from having been perhpas overly busy for many years. Restaurant facilities seem a bit worn. Service is good, but understandably not very 'personal'. Food was nice consdiering that it was a buffet supposed to serve large crowds in a short time.
Probably our favorite place on the trip. We spent probably a total of 5 hours just sitting by their watering hole watching antelopes, giraffes, rhinos, elephants, etc. come and go. So so so so pleasant. I'm sure their drives are nice too, but we felt no reason to leave that watering hole.
Good facilities generally, staff ok, game guide on early morning tour dreadful - pointing out 'bird' - even when game viewing is not good, there's so much information which would be of interest to visitors, staff appear uninterested generally, but game viewing at waterhole was spectacular
We stayed in the waterhole chalets and it was perfect. We fell out of our front door to watch a procession of animals at the waterhole, simply amazing. No need to drive around the park, we saw everything right there. They ran out of diesel though, so we had to drive to Namutoni to re-fuel.
Large camp and because of this, not familiar like the other lodges. But for this size and the amount of guests the breakfast and dinner buffet was excellent (quality and choice). The whole camp was well cared and very clean. We had room service (not on your website). Post office in the camp.
As mentioned the campsite was quite dusty but we were pleased to spend more time here than in the other camps as the wildlife spotting opportunities and the Okaukuejo waterhole were fantastic. The NWR staff were pretty useless here as elsewhere but there seems to be no getting away from that!
Absolutely loved this place. But, when we got there we realized all the game drives for that night and next day was sold out. They wouldn't take advance reservations and guests have to be physically present to make game drive reservations. This is not fair since they operate very few vehicles .
Poorly designed chalets, rather grim cafeteria style restaurant, the whole camp is poorly maintained. Staff at garage/filling station very helpful when we had a small tire issue. Staff ignores the jackals that sneak into dining area. Our only reason to stay there again would be to be in the park.
Okaukuejo can be reached by driving north from Outjo on the C38. This road leads to the Etosha Park's Andersson Gate - and from here it is only a few 'game viewing' kilometers to OkaukuejoDownload Map
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