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Okaukuejo waterhole at Okaukuejo Restcamp in Etosha National Park

Okaukuejo is an Owambo name that means ‘the place of a princess who had a child every year’. It is also called #Haiub by the Hai||om which refers to the plant, Salsola etoshensis, which grows abundantly here.

About: This waterhole is separated from Okaukuejo camp by a stone wall and game fencing. It is floodlit by night and many a drama has been played out here for visitors to witness.  It is not unusual to see lions hunting here after dark. Comfortable benches along the fence, allow guests to sit and enjoy game viewing 24 hours a day.

Since the camp opened in 1955, visitors have been camping under the trees, where the rondavels are today, to enjoy the sights around this waterhole.

Okaukuejo is a water-table spring, but the boreholes drilled nearby to supply the camp with water soon robbed the spring of its flow. Now, these boreholes are used to replenish the waterhole.

When the giant mopane moths hatch at the beginning of the rainy season they flock to the floodlights at night, attracting a number of predators which feed on them. Rock monitors are often seen gorging themselves in the morning on the moths that have been left behind overnight.

Okaukejo is considered one of the best place to spot the rare and endangered black rhino.

Water Source:  Dedicated borehole

Water Availability: Year-round


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