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What we say

Okaukuejo is the biggest camp inside Etosha National Park. The accommodation here is known for being shabby and badly maintained. However, the truth is that no visit to Namibia is complete without spending at least one night here. The reason for this is the phenomenal spotlit waterhole – which allows overnight guests to spend the evening watching a huge variety of animals come to drink.

On a recent visit, we were treated to two roaring lions, a couple of amorous rhino and an unperturbed elephant all visiting the waterhole in a half-hour window.

Okaukuejo has a large pool surrounded by lush lawn, a poorly stocked shop, restaurant and a petrol station (you will probably need cash for fuel here – cards are generally not accepted).  Everything is within a few minutes walk, so getting around is simple – a stroll from one end of Okaukuejo to the other takes about five minutes.

The camp also offers morning and evening game-drives. The evening game drives are the only way to see Etosha at night. However, we generally prefer to self drive around Etosha during the day and after dinner grab a bottle of wine and head down to the waterhole.

There is a wide range of accommodation available ranging from campsites to ‘luxury’ chalets. We find that the accommodation is generally clean, but expect to find some maintenance issues: a leaking toilet, air conditioning not working, cupboard doors missing etc. As long as you are willing to put up with these minor inconveniences and adjust your expectations accordingly you are sure to have a fabulous time at Okaukuejo.

The accommodation types are as follows:

  • Campsites – with braai area, and shared ablution & kitchen facilities
  • Double Rooms – very basic en-suite rooms
  • Bush Chalets – probably our favourite room types, most have a braai area, fridge, kettle, en-suite bathroom and ac. Good if you want to self cater (although no cutlery or crockery is provided).
  • Waterhole Chalets – double chalets close to the waterhole, but most do not actually have waterhole views.
  • Premier Waterhole Chalets – double story units with a balcony overlooking the waterhole. Great for game viewing from bed

What they say (the facts!)

Okaukuejo, located 17 km from the southern entrance of the Etosha National Park, is famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting.

Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.

Elephnats at Okaukuejo waterhole

Why we like it

Brilliant access to the spotlit waterhole
More animals than you can shake a stick at!
It's good to be reminded of the 1980's

In summary

Manage your expectations – expect some issues in your room (which are unlikely to be resolved) but enjoy relaxing and watching the wildlife of Etosha come to the Okaukuejo waterhole. Don’t stay here if you have high expectations about the quality of accommodation (or food). There are plenty of private lodges around Etosha that will be more suitable.

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