Etosha National Park - Namutoni Rest Camp
Eastern Etosha National Park – Northern Namibia Region
Namutoni Rest Camp is situated on the eastern edge of the pan, and centres around a beautiful old fort in an area dotted with graceful Makalani palms. It dates back to a German police post, built before the turn of the century, and was later used as an army base and for English prisoners in the First World War, before being restored to its present state in 1957.
As a reminder of its military past, sunrise and sunset are observed by a bugler calling from the top of the watch tower, in the fort's north-eastern corner. The presence of the fort gives Namutoni a different character than the other
rest camps in Etosha.
Namutoni Rest Camp offers a range of different accommodation options –
- Bush chalets: 20 spacious and private units equipped with double shower and basin bathroom. Sliding doors give access to a relaxation area in the front of the chalet while the outside shower is reachable via the bathroom. The facilities are similar to the Double Rooms.
- Rooms: 24 double rooms with en-suite bathroom with bath and a shower. A toilet, mini-bar, air-conditioning and a tea/coffee station are standard. Mosquito nets are fitted to the front and back doors. These rooms are accessed along wooden walkways and offer comfort and privacy with access to a private area both at the front and from the bathroom.
Namutoni's office and reception are on the right as you enter the camp. In front of reception is a museum and the petrol station is across from the museum.
Located inside the fort are 2 restaurants. ‘African Fusion’ offers African fare, whilst ‘The Steakhouse’ has a more of a European flavour to its menu. Take your meals and drinks in the ‘Chill Lounge’ if you prefer.
Also inside the fort is the tourist shop where you can stock up on groceries. You can also find a craft shop selling a wide variety of traditional handcrafted Namibian goods.
Most people prefer to drive themselves around the park; but you can join one of the three daily Etosha game drives offered by NWR (Namibia Wildlife Resorts): Early morning, late afternoon and at night.
- Swimming Pool
- Secure Parking
- Gas Filling Station
- Shop / Kiosk
Von Lindequist in the east, is accessible from Windhoek by fully-tarred roads. Namutoni Rest Camp is reached by turning off the B1 onto the C38, 74, km north-west of Tsumeb. The Von Lindequist Gate is a further 24 km on while Namutoni is another 12 km past the gate.
- Namutoni Rest Camp is open throughout the year.
- There is a Park speed limit of 60 km/h.
- Rest-camps must be reached before sunset and may only be left after sunrise.
- Admission fees must be paid at the gate before proceeding through the park.
The following are prohibited:
Open vehicles, motor-cycles, air-guns, catapults, unsealed fire-arms, disturbing of animals, leaving the road, getting out of the vehicle outside the rest-camp.
No pets are allowed.