Okakuejo is the main restcamp in Etosha and is the first one you will come across if entering via the Andersson Gate. It looks real nice ... built in the style of a white fort, and landscaped nicely. It also has all the amenities necessary ... restaurant, swimming pool, reception/info centre, souvenier shop, grocery store selling basic supplies, gas station (with tire repair), postbox, bungalows for rental, and of course campground with shower facilities.
This is usually the most crowded of all the restcamps, especially in the weekends which can get quite hectic and noisy.
The most outstanding thing here is the floodlit waterhole, which is very near to the campsite and you can just hang around on foot after dinner. When I was there I was lucky enough to see 3 rhinos and a pair of lions (see second pic) amongst other animals. I also witnessed a lion attack on a springbok, but luckily for the springbok its quick feet helped it flee to safety in time.
Also I think this was the campsite with the most jackals running around - of course I don't mind them as they give a little sense of 'wilderness' otherwise lost by all the amenities and 'comforts' available here.
The historical fort Namutoni gave this Rest Camp its name.
You can still visit the imposant white building.
This Camp lies at the eastern Gate (von Lindquist Gate).
The waterhole is not so frequented, but there are a lot of them in the environment, so you can go there in the late afternoon and early morning.
Also there are striped Mungoes on the Campground. They come in hordes to inspect what you may have left for them in the garbage bins (hanging them up doesnt seem to help against these rascals). They are quite cute.
Halali is the Rest Camp in the middle of the Etosha Ntl Park.
The name comes from the trumpet sound of an instrument played before it went to hunt.
Nobody hunting here anymore (good!).
The waterhole here lies a littel farther from where you can stay the night. A path brings you to an arena-like view ground.
There are normally not so many animals here like at Okaukuejo, but a lot more Elefants - and they are very interesting animals too.
More quiet Campground.
Lots of Elefants.
Located at the southern gate (Andersson Gate).
The waterhole is highly frequented by all animals in the park - especially in the dry months.
In the night the waterhole is lighted (see tip: nightlife).
Here is the best possibility for you to see Rhinos, Lions and Elefants - at the same time.
Beside the very simple Campground there are also Luxury Bungalows that are located close to the waterhole - but to catch one of these you will have to book ahead -way ahead.
Oh: all camps close with sunset and you should be in before - or you will be fined.
Shakals on the campground - so take a light with you if you wander around at night...
This rest camp has the best facilities for the bungalows. They are equiped with kitchens, a grill, toilets and bathroom. The camping is not the best as there really is no grass. But this is the case for all of the rest camps here. The bungalows run from 30 US to 45 US. Camping runs for about 20 US for two people.
Bring your own cooking equipment if you are camping.
Power is available for an additional cost.
Watch out for jackals as they will get into your packs and tents if you are not careful.
The Okaukuejo water hole allows visitors to see the animals outside their vehicles from the protection of a fence. The viewing area is raised a bit and clear viewing of the animals is available. During the day herds of elephant come to the hole as well as the occasional black rhino. I had the experience of seeing an elephant and a black rhino get into a scuffle where the rhino eventually got pushed out of the water hole (no surprise). The water hole is flood lit and allows the visitor to see some of the predator nocturnal species such as lion, brown hyena, leopard, and cheetah if you’re lucky. The Okaukuejo is most active during the winter dry season.
Spartanic and very hot area in northern Namibia !
But the accos are oké - the landscape special and inviting to explore the nature !!
Night and day possibilities for game watching !
A small path will lead you to an ARENA like view ground, lighted during the night.
In this country - it is very warm - never visit the area mid day - explore it in the morning or evening!
the rooms are spartanic ! but AC works - most of the time !
When visiting the waterholes during night - please take care an use a good spray against insects ! They like the waterhole aswell !
Spartanic accomodation ! but comfortable !
The food is not that great - the local shop is expensive - but cooled water is always welcome - no matter the price !
There is a waterhole you can visit day and night - so no time to loose
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