Famous for its floodlit waterhole Okaukuejo Rest Camp is also the administrative center of Etosha. Most visitors travel through this camp with its characteristic stone tower and Etosha Ecological Institute is also situated within the camp.
The rest camp was formerly a military outpost founded in 1901 and the tower was added in 1963. Located in the south of Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo 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 diversity of games 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 lions and elephants. The number and interaction of the animals is the major drawcard of Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Namibia.
Etosha’s busiest camp offers different types of accommodation ranging from camping to chalets overlooking the famous waterhole:
- The Waterhole Chalets perfectly situated overlooking the popular waterhole allowing guests to view the game from their patio or balcony. These units are en-suite and are available as double rooms or premier chalets with two bedrooms.
- The Bush Chalet offers ample living space with a lounge and braai area as well as an en-suite bathroom.
- Comfortable Double Rooms offer a good night’s rest with en-suite bathrooms, a fridge, and tea facilities.
- The Campsite is ideal for nature lovers and offers communal ablution facilities.
You will find the following facilities at Okaukuejo Rest Camp:
- Curio shop
- Petrol station
- Famous floodlit waterhole