Each of Etosha’s three wildlife safari rest-camps has its own waterhole, night floodlights and seating area.
In Bugbog’s humble opinion Namutoni is the least successful of the three, with slightly inferior accommodation and a less-populated waterhole. We stayed there one night, with two nights at Halali.
Halali has a hole that requires a ten minute walk and has no shade but seems to attract more than its fair share of elephants and giraffes and so is a great site for photographing bigger wildlife.
Okaukuejo’s was clearly the winning rest camp when we were on our Etosha safari, with constant wildlife activity at the waterhole very close to smart, new visitor huts. If you’re booking then low, odd numbers are the very best huts . e. g. 3, 5, 7 and so on.
This waterhole seemed to attract the smaller wildlife but that meant that it was a target for the big cats so this was one of the few places to get lion photos.
We didn’t manage to stay there, having booked late. Actually, not having booked at all. We drove in from our camp, took one look at Okaukuejo and thought, OMG, this is the place to stay!
Still, wherever you are with self drive you can visit the other two restcamps any time and actually the best bit of Etosha is the random driving from waterhole to waterhole to see what you stumble across.
Visitors staying in Halali restcamp watch a mongoose family nosing around and squeaking around their bungalow. Some cute warthogs were grazing nearby too.