Accommodation

Okaukuejo Camp

“The famous floodlit waterhole is ‘rhino central’ in Etosha National Park”

Budget level: Budget
Country
Namibia
When to Go
All year
Property Type
Camp Permanent
Location

Famous for its floodlit waterhole Okaukuejo Rest Camp is also the administrative centre of Etosha. Most visitors travel though this camp with its characteristic stone tower and Etosha Ecological Institute is also situated within the camp.

Okaukuejo Camp was formerly a military outpost founded in 1901 and the stone tower was added in 1963. Located in the south of Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo it is only 17 km from Anderson Gate.

Okaukuejo offers a wide range of accommodation as well as all the necessities such as a petrol station and a shop. The restaurant and bar offer refreshments and delicious meals, while the swimming pool offers relief on hot days. The waterhole is a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning. Especially during winter a large diversity of game congregate in close proximity to the camp to quench their thirst.

After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major drawcard of Okaukuejo Camp. Many visitors spend long hours at night watching the spectacle in anticipation of what will happen next, just one of the best experiences in Africa! It is not uncommon to have eight or more rhino at the waterhole at the same time, not to mention large herds of elephant.

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.

The camp can be very busy at times, but it is located inside the Park in a great location and the floodlit waterhole is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!

Why we like it

  • Floodlit waterhole one of the best experiences in Africa!
  • Waterhole chalets allow you to experience the spectacle from your veranda all night long.
  • Wild black rhino in abundance and up close and personal, pretty rare.
  • Affordable stay with reasonable facilities and accommodation.

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