Olifantsrus Camp

Olifantsrus Camp

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#6 of 12 campsites in Etosha National Park
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Main Road to Golden Gate, Etosha National Park Namibia
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RRoadRunner wrote a review Jan 2020
Sarnen, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In the West of Etosha you get to this campground, which at first glance looks more like an abandoned courier station from the wild west. On closer inspection you will be surprised by the cleanliness, the friendliness of the staff (in other reviews it was the other way round but we had a great time with them), the quality of the tent sites - the shop stocks a basic range and the food was very good. The hammer is then the water hole, which can be reached via a beautifully designed bridge. There are a dozen loopholes-like observation stations there and on the lower floor the animals can be observed from very close. The water hole is very artificial, but very well laid out. Unfortunately, due to the rain, no animals came to the water - but due to previous reviews no problem when it was dry. State enterprise and artificial plant or not: an exciting alternative!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: right beside the kitchen and the reception
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KristiDNYC wrote a review Aug 2022
New York City, New York
4.0 of 5 bubbles
There are definitely both good and bad things about the Oliphantsrus camp. But most importantly, it's super convenient if you enter via the Galton Gate. And if the camp is fully booked, they may let you stay in the picnic area (which we did). Another great thing is that you don't have the hordes of people around when you visit the nearby water holes, as you do in the eastern part of Etosha. Often, you are completely alone and can just hang out waiting for the zebras, giraffes, and elephants to come around. We also saw a lion walking along the road when we left the camp in the morning just after the gate opened.

The camp, however, is not that great. When we were there, we barely saw any animals at the camp's own waterhole, and it's not lit up at night. The camping spots have shared bathrooms and showers, and the sites are really on top of each other. No privacy at all. The lady who checked us in gave us the wrong times for opening and closing the camp gates in the morning and at night, so double-check with other personnel about the actual hours. You don't want to get up at 4:30 AM (like we did) and find the gate opens at 7:30 AM.
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Date of stay: July 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Stay in the picnic area for more privacy, although you won't have an electrical outlet.
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Manze B wrote a review Dec 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Olifantsrus is a nice campsite in the western side of the park. The waterhole is beautiful, you get unbelievable close to the animals. There is also a small kiosk. The bathrooms are clean and with hot water. There was one thing which was not so good: the kitchen. On the website, they write that they have a shared kitchen for the campers. When we came there, the fridge was not working, the stove was not working and there were no pans/pots/cutlery.
Luckily, the staff fixed the stove and borrowed us a pan and a pot. Just don't expect a well equipped kitchen there. Other than that, everything was good!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LFGM wrote a review Feb 2023
Munich, Germany
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose elephant rest as recommended by many on our way to etosha.
After a fantastic day of rhinos, lions, elephants we arrived at this horrible establishment.

The receptionist was rude and unwelcoming, after explaining for 30 min we had a reservation and her paying more attention to her phone we got our camping spot.

Some of my family members came back from the shared washrooms and toilet they complained about the cleanliness but I thought they were merely not use to camping standards.

I noticed a lot of old cigarettes buds, unfortunately our grill area wasn’t clean , but could have easily overlooked this as we had a spectacular day.

After preparing dinner I went for a relaxing shower, ran into the bathrooms I couldn’t lock the door for a quick relive as constantly were interrupted by other guests needing to do the same. The back of the toilet was filled with dead bugs probably not cleaned for weeks.

After removing my shoes for the shower I couldn’t believe I didn’t notice the absolutely filthy floor earlier, I ignored it and climbed into the shower where I didn’t notice the whole roof was covered in mold, spiders webs, not mentioning the white shower slowly turning red from the sand that was never properly cleaned.

After explaining to myself it was probably late and I caught them at the wrong end of the night. Unfortunately the next morning the same bugs from yesterday had some new friends.

Do not waste your own time here and especially not your money!

Yes this is a campsite. But campsite doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be clean!

Terrible experience never again!
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Rob B wrote a review Oct 2023
Brentwood, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The camp is very basic but on the plus side very small and although all the sites are close to each other the staff and the waterhole more than make up for anything including the shower and toilet block . The staff sorted an extension lead so we could plug our fridge in ( for a returnable deposit ) . But sitting in the middle of the watering hole watching a lioness come to drink in the night was fantastic . Throughout our time at the camp we saw a whole array of animals coming to drink ..this alone made the site great value for money
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sara I wrote a review Feb 2021
Helsinki, Finland
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
In Olifantsrus, there’s only camping available. This is very remote little camp and there were not so many other people here. Ablutions very clean and the camp well maintained. There is a little kiosk selling some drinks and toasts/burgers, not much more else so you need to be self sufficient. The camp has a hide to a waterhole, we had some elephants and rhino visiting. Really enjoyed our time here, you can feel the remoteness and solitude.
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Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Dahuvariable wrote a review Feb 2020
Fribourg, Switzerland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Great spot to watch game (except when 20 other tourists make too much noise to see anything). The camp is ok but a bit dirty. Nothing impressive except the location and the sunset/rise. If you leave early in the morning you can see a lot of animals along the road.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Owen R wrote a review Jun 2024
Reno, Nevada
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This campsite has so much potential but is let down by a lack of care by the staff. We arrived to overflowing rubbish bins. When I asked when they were going to be emptied they told.d me it was “on the roster” for tomorrow. Clearly they had not been emptied for weeks! The bathrooms have mould on the walls and ceiling and the kitchen area I don’t think has been cleaned for years. The staff clearly have no pride in what could be the best camp in Etosha. The waterhole is fantastic but again the windows have not been cleaned on the inside for months. If you compare it to Okaukuejo that caters for over 30 campsites and they keep that in reasonable condition, there is really no excuse for this site. Clearly no supervision by management.
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Date of stay: June 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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danielarainer wrote a review Jul 2021
Geneva, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for one night at this rather small camp site. I think they only have a total of 10 slots for camping. What makes the place extra-ordinary, is definitely the water hole - it is open 24/7 - the way its built gets you very close up to any animals visiting.
the amenities were clean and in good order.
there is a little kiosk there, but its not very well stocked (we were looking for milk and they didn't have any to sell), so make sure you bring all you need yourself.
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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41Rebecca wrote a review Dec 2018
Belgrade, Serbia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed our first night in Etosha here. It’s a nice, clean, remote, wilderness site. The staff member on duty was very friendly and helpful. The sites don’t all have a power point - and our cable wasn’t long enough to get power from the adjacent site as instructed. The hide & waterhole are great though unfortunately were very quiet when we were there. However the day before there had been rhino and elephants (some other campers showed us photos), as well as a lion kill by the camp perimeter, so we were just unlucky. (We saw a lot of elephants while driving in this part of the park though.)You can get dinner and breakfast from the camp staff and they also sell game fillets to barbecue. In theory they take credit cards but the line is often down so best to have cash.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from Gavia
Italy2,659 contributions404 helpful votes
Scusa il ritardo. Questo campo è un po' troppo ad ovest; la parte ad est è la più bella e la più ricca di animali, meglio orientarsi in quella zona, ad esempio ad Okaukuejo camp.
Nicole V asked a question Apr 2018
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hoe kan ik het beste reserveren? Via welk e-mailadres?
Petra K asked a question Sept 2017
Nootdorp, The Netherlands5 contributions
hoe boek ik een campingplek voor oktober?
Answer from bernard M
Ghasri, Malta120 contributions50 helpful votes
No problem for travelling inside the park. All the gates (West, East and Okaukuejo open with the sunlight and close on the sundown. In the West and East gates you can meet a sanitary checkpoint (no meat or fresh eggs inside the car !). Remember the speed is limited (40 km/h) inside the park. So you need 6 hours from the East to Okaukuejo and half the time from the West. It is a good idea to sleep outside. You should find nice campsites or lodges around 30 km from Okaukuejo. Have a nice trip ! B.M.
Erik W wrote a tip Apr 2024
Bedford, United Kingdom223 contributions38 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"NO pool Basic restaurant Small supply store with basics GREAT Waterhole and viewing area"
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KristiDNYC wrote a tip Aug 2022
New York City, New York75 contributions42 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay in the picnic area for more privacy, although you won't have an electrical outlet."
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RRoadRunner wrote a tip Jan 2020
Sarnen, Switzerland192 contributions131 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"right beside the kitchen and the reception"
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Andrew W wrote a tip Oct 2019
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom218 contributions139 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lions can be noisy, but wow!"
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Dries K wrote a tip Jun 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa19 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you need a power point you should specify. People staying more than one day gets preference in this regard."
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