Okaukuejo Restcamp

Etosha National Park, Etosha, Namibia

At a Glance

  • Watch the dust in the air as Etosha's famous wildlife comes to drink at Okaukeujo's waterhole, the perfect location for an armchair safari.

  • Elephants lumber past the deck of your waterhole chalet in the golden afternoon light, uninterrupted views of the waterhole make these our favourite option.

  • Black rhino slowly appear out of the night as they approach the floodlit waterhole to quench their thirst, you never miss the action even when the sun sets at Okaukeujo.

  • Seek out cheetah as they stalk across the pans or sit by a waterhole and witness the events as they unfold, Okaukeujo's location within the National Park means you're never far from the action whether you're self driving or booked on a guided drive.

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The best time to visit Etosha is from April to September as the temperature is tolerably cool, especially at night. From May to September the increasingly thirsty animals gather at waterholes, making it the best time to go to Etosha for game viewing. Summer is best time to travel to Etosha for bird watching as migratory birds (both intra-African and Palaearctic) flock into the park's many habitats after the summer rains.

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Insider's View

Make sure you spend an afternoon watching the waterhole - it is a hub of activity with particularly impressive black rhino sightings!

We recommend a waterhole-facing chalet to make the most of the fabulous setting!

Go on a guided night drive in the park to have the chance of spotting elusive nocturnal species such as porcupine and pangolin.

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Okaukuejo Restcamp or take a look at our itineraries to Namibia


Okaukuejo Camp is famed for its waterhole which offers some of the most exciting game viewing on offer in Etosha. The almost daily visits from endangered rhino more than make up for the more rustic style and larger camp setting.

Okaukuejo Camp is probably Etosha National Park's most well known and popular rest camps and offers exceptional wildlife sightings thanks to its permanent waterhole. Situated on the south-western perimeter of the Etosha Pan, Okaukuejo is an ideal base for exploring Etosha as part of a self-drive itinerary. It's popularity does make it necessary to book far in advance to guarantee availability.

Whilst Etosha is popular with self-drive visitors it is also possible to arrange a game drive with a guide to make the most of your time in Etosha; a recent addition are night drives which are recommended, and not possible under your own steam. We also recommend that you spend an afternoon in camp watching the busy waterhole. A wide range of game comes to drink from the waterhole during the day and it is floodlit at night, which makes for the best sightings of black rhino; a major reason for choosing to stay at Okaukuejo.

Accommodation at Okaukuejo Camp has a range of rooms (102 in all), but we do recommend opting for either one of the 30 waterhole or five premier waterhole chalets so that you can really make the most of the fabulous position of the camp and in particular the exciting waterhole activity. There are a choice of three swimming pools for cooling off at between activities as well as a restaurant, fuel station and small shop for stocking up on supplies.

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Location & directions

Etosha National Park, Etosha, Namibia

Okaukuejo Rest Camp is located on the edge of a waterhole in the south of Etosha National Park, only 17km from Anderson Gate, in northern Namibia.

How to get there

Fly direct to Windhoek from London in around 11 hours. From Windhoek, you could drive to Etosha National Park in around 4 hours.

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