Tel: +27 (0) 21 855 0395
Address:B5 Mariental, Namibia
Namutoni must be the rest camp in the Etosha National Park with the most character. It owes this to the old German fort around which the camp is built as well as the makalani palms dotting the landscape. Namutoni is situated near the Von Lindquist gate on the eastern side of the Park and is close to Fischer’s Pan, where you can see crowds of flamingos and other waterbirds during the wet season.
The Fort is the central hub of Namutoni and you can only reach it on foot via a wooden walkway which allows you to see the natural surroundings and beautiful sunsets. The Fort overlooks the floodlit King Nehale waterhole, where you can see a wide range of animals coming for a refreshing drink. The Fort also houses two restaurants (The Steakhouse offers international fare, while African Fusion serves delicious African meals), bar, lounge, curio shop, bookshop, jeweller and crafts boutique.
Namutoni offers luxury accommodation in 20 bush chalets and 24 double rooms. The bush chalets are en-suite (with double shower) and equipped with fridge, tea/ coffee facilities and sliding door leading to private relaxation area (with outside shower). The double rooms are en-suite and equipped with fridge, tea/ coffee facilities and outside private area. Namutoni also offers campsites in the Etosha National Park, with shared ablutions and power points as well as water at each site.
There are a number of waterholes around Namutoni, and because the Etosha National Park is geared towards self-drive game viewing, you will be able to visit these whenever you want to. The Chudob waterhole has a floating reed island, while Kalkheuvel and Tsumcor are a photographer’s dream. Namutoni also offers three guided game drives per day: early in the morning, late in the afternoon and after dark.
Etosha National Park might be Namibia's best wildlife destination, but it is certainly not the only attraction. In order to explore Namibia in a small group on a tailor-made safari the best would be to contact Temba Namibia. They are experts in Namibian tours and safaris. To the east of Namutoni is the Caprivi strip also known as the Zambezi District. A few nights at Ngepi Camp on the shores of the Kavango River will be a very rewarding experience for families. Alternatively stay at Mazambala Island Lodge on the banks of the Kwando River. Drive south from Namutoni and stay at the Vingerklip Lodge near the vingerklip before you visit the Cape Cross Lodge along the Skeleton Coast near the Cape Cross seal colony. This will allow you to experience both wildlife of the ocean and that of Etosha National Park.
If you plan a visit to Gaborone, the capital City of Botswana, after your stay at Namutoni Rest Camp you can overnight at the Rakops River Lodge before travelling to Gaborone's Big Five Lodge.
In Zimbabwe, Namutoni Rest Camp recommends the Sikumi Tree Lodge which is in the Hwange National Park.
A visit to the Wild coast of the Eastern Cape of South Africa might be very rewarding after your stay at Etosha and Namutoni. Overnight at Hanover Lodge on route to the affordable Hole-in-the-wall Hotel near Coffee Bay in the Transkei.