Okaukuejo waterhole
Okaukuejo waterhole
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  • dixiepeach
    Kansas City, Missouri9,491 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow moments at the waterhole
    Our first afternoon here we saw a herd of 28 elephants at the waterhole. Late that night I saw 10 rhinos between 9:30-11:30 pm. At one point there were 6 rhinos there at one time. There were some excellent photo opportunities at all hours.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Dewald R
    Cape Town Central, South Africa3,090 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem of Etosha
    The Okaukuejo Waterhole is, in my opinion, the gem of the Etosha National Park. It is the perfect spot to observe a wide variety of animals from up close and it is very impressive how you are almost guaranteed of great sightings. One of the things I really like is how there are benches spread all around the waterhole ensuring you can sit and relax as well as have clear views of the animals. Some of the benches also have shade which is great for those hot days. What makes the Okaukuejo Waterhole even better is it is just a short walk from most of the accommodation options at the Okaukuejo Resort, including the camping area. This means that you can spend an entire day at the waterhole and enjoy animal sightings without having to ever leave the resort. Over and above all of this, the highlight for me is the mesmerizing sunsets at the waterhole, truly what African dreams are made of. If you are planning to visit the Etosha National Park, then definitely make some time to pop over to the Okaukuejo Waterhole, you wont be disappointed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 December 2023
  • dianedinky
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom1,353 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for elephants
    You will certainly see wildlife come here for a drink early morning and afternoon. We mainly saw elephants but vultures and giraffes were there later. There is a resort nearby for facilities. Overall, it was a good spot but I preferred actually driving deep into the park and trying to spot the wildlife. There are also better watering holes further in that attract various different animals.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 January 2024
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Michael A
Koping, Sweden687 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
At sunset people gathörn around the waterhole. A couple of lights light up thr water hole so you can see the wildlife. The problem is that alot if spectators bring drinks and wine so after a while it is more like a festival...
Written 13 May 2022
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Dewald R
Cape Town Central, South Africa3,090 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The Okaukuejo Waterhole is, in my opinion, the gem of the Etosha National Park. It is the perfect spot to observe a wide variety of animals from up close and it is very impressive how you are almost guaranteed of great sightings. One of the things I really like is how there are benches spread all around the waterhole ensuring you can sit and relax as well as have clear views of the animals. Some of the benches also have shade which is great for those hot days. What makes the Okaukuejo Waterhole even better is it is just a short walk from most of the accommodation options at the Okaukuejo Resort, including the camping area. This means that you can spend an entire day at the waterhole and enjoy animal sightings without having to ever leave the resort. Over and above all of this, the highlight for me is the mesmerizing sunsets at the waterhole, truly what African dreams are made of. If you are planning to visit the Etosha National Park, then definitely make some time to pop over to the Okaukuejo Waterhole, you wont be disappointed.
Written 19 December 2023
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Travelaround59
London, UK2,032 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Such an amazing safari along the path of Etosha National Park it was a one in a lifetime experience. Along the drive you get waterholes and at the end of the rainy season quite a lot of animals are also along the route. To be fair we felt that the DIY drive really didn’t catch the full of Etosha so we come back the following evening for a sunset safari with an experienced guide that took us to the right places…unforgettable sundowners in the park also helped for a memorable day!
Written 22 February 2023
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elycee
Toronto, Canada714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Experience the wonders of nature at a safe distance. There are benches around the waterhole as well as a small section of bleachers. Great spot for lunch or anytime. Guests staying at the lodge get to watch at night, after the park closes!! Day trippers must leave by 6:20pm, closing time
Written 31 August 2022
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Mid-Kate
London, UK431 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We stayed at this resort and visited the waterhole in the afternoon and also after dinner. There is a small covered platform with seating area and benches around the waterhole. We saw giraffes and a rhino family.
There is also a parking area nearby but it wasn’t a long walk from the restaurant area.
Written 14 December 2022
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suewL9337BT
Swakopmund, Namibia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
As a Namibian, the best part of our experience was that we had the waterhole, the park and ther roads to ourselves!!!!!!

Because of the Pandemic, there were no tourists and so we did not have to view game in a traffic jam of Overlanders, self drive 4 x 4-ers and buses. But, sadly, this has had devastating effects on our tourism industry and economy in general. Many have lost their jobs and the future looks bleak!
Written 20 October 2020
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
You will certainly see wildlife come here for a drink early morning and afternoon. We mainly saw elephants but vultures and giraffes were there later.
There is a resort nearby for facilities.
Overall, it was a good spot but I preferred actually driving deep into the park and trying to spot the wildlife. There are also better watering holes further in that attract various different animals.
Written 1 January 2024
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dixiepeach
Kansas City, MO9,491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Our first afternoon here we saw a herd of 28 elephants at the waterhole. Late that night I saw 10 rhinos between 9:30-11:30 pm. At one point there were 6 rhinos there at one time. There were some excellent photo opportunities at all hours.
Written 29 August 2023
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thepeckster
Cape Town Central, South Africa158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Spare yourself the bone-jarring roads. Sit at the waterhole as we did for our entire last day in the park. Car will last longer and you'll see some great wildlife. This waterhole is the only reason to visit this camp.
Written 3 August 2022
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,731 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I think the viewing possibilities at this water hole are really dependent on the season. If you read enough reviews on here, you'll see that people who visit during dry season tend to see heaps of animals here (basically b/c the rest of the park is bone dry, so they have to go to these big water holes to quench their thirst). People who visit during rainy season, however, don't tend to see many--if any--game at this waterhole.

Given that we were there at the beginning of January, we were in the latter group. That said, the waterhole was big and the viewing area was spacious (and went a good deal around the waterhole), so had game arrived, it wouldn't have been difficult for a lot of people to have good viewing spots. As it was, it was nice to sit on one of the benches at night, quench our own thirst with some Hunter ciders, and watch a few birds doing some nighttime snacking (on bugs).

As for the reviewer two down--lourensm1365--what a ridiculous review. First off, the roads were absolutely fine. Compared to some other parks, they were excellent. Gravel, yes, but quite maintained otherwise. Plus, you're in a nature reserve--of sorts. Do you want everything to be tarred and more "manmade"? I sure don't.

Secondly, it's absurd to think that the only place anyone can see game is at the waterholes. We went at the beginning of January--so the height of rainy season--and still saw loads of animals: hyenas and jackals galore (including some feasting on an elephant carcass); giraffes; loads of zebra, springbok, wildebeest, and black-faced impala; three types of mongoose; half a dozen black rhino, including a baby (!); two leopards (one of which we watched for 10 or 15 minutes, all to ourselves); and so much more. You have to get up early and go out right away, go slow, be patient, have your windows down so you can hear and smell potential animals nearby, stay out until sundown... A lot of people don't game drive "properly" and then complain about not seeing animals, and it's ridiculous. Etosha is very rich in wildlife.
Written 7 January 2020
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