Okaukuejo is the seat of administration and the busiest rest camp in Etosha. Most visitors to Etosha will pass through Okaukuejo with its distinctive stone tower during their travels.
Important research of conservation and the management of Etosha National Park takes place at the Ecological Institute which is also located here.
After the outbreak of the rinderpest in 1897, the German authorities cordoned off the entire north of the park and set up a fortified military outpost at Okaukuejo in an attempt to prevent the spread of this epidemic.
Although the outpost was destroyed a short while later, a police station was set up in its place and Etosha’s first game ranger, BJG de la Bat, arrived here in 1953 to take up residence in the camel stables. At that time his only companions were the resident Hai\\om Bushmen. De la Bat went on to become Director of Nature Conservation and Tourism in Namibia and Batia waterhole is named after him.
Originally known as Okakwiya, which means, “The woman who has a child every year”, the camp was opened to tourists in 1955 and the water tower was erected in 1963.
Today a variety of accommodation options are available at Okaukuejo:
Okaukuejo rest camps offer …
1. Premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole with en-suite double rooms or two bedrooms.
2. Bush chalets which are roomy with a lounge and braai (barbecue) area
3. Double rooms; with en-suite bathroom, fridge and tea facilities.
4. Camping facilities for those who like to rough it.
There is a petrol station and shop on-site as well as a restaurant offering delicious meals and a swimming pool for those hot Namibian days. The bar will see to all your socialising needs.
The waterhole at Okaukuejo is floodlit for the premium game viewing experience and many rarely seen animals are spotted here. This is Okaukuejo’s biggest draw-card along with the abundance of game, which frequent this area.
Okaukuejo is located in the south of Etosha National Park and is easily accessed from Andersson Gate, just 17 kilometres away.
For more information or to make a booking at Okaukuejo rest camp, complete the enquiry form. On mobile devices the enquiry form is located directly above and on desktop PC’s, it is located towards the top of the left hand side navigation bar. A reservations consultant from Safarires (one of our travel partners) will then get back to you with more information and will assist you in making your booking.