Namutoni is the second oldest camp in Etosha National Park and centres on an old German Fort.
The Herero people named this place Omutjamatinda, which means “the strong water coming from a raised place” and it was this water that led to the settlement of Namutoni.
In 1851, the first Europeans to come across Etosha, John Andersson and Francis Galton camped at the site of Namutoni and in 1870 a group of Thirstland Trekkers also stopped over. During the rinderpest epidemic of 1897, Namutoni was one of the control posts in the fight to bring this scourge under control. Later, it became a frontier post for trade with Owamboland.
During 1902 and 1903 the German Schutztruppe built the fort at Namutoni, only to have it destroyed by the Owambos in 1904. When Adolph Fischer, of Fischer’s Pan took over the garrison in 1906, a larger fort was built in its place. Fischer eventually went on to become a warden of Etosha National Park and Namutoni was pressed into service as a police post and later as a South African army base.
In 1950, the fort was declared a national monument and seven years later the camp was opened to tourists.
The fort has become the centre of activity at Namutoni with an elevated walkway overlooking the waterhole, two restaurants, a lounge, bar, boutique, curio shop, jewellers and a book store. Guests can even enjoy sun downers while game watching from atop the walls of the fort.
Three accommodation options are available at Namutoni:
Namutoni Camps offer …
1. Spacious two bedroom chalets with and en-suite bathroom, patio and private outdoor shower. These chalets are connected to the restaurant and bar area by quaint wooden walkways.
2. Double rooms with an en-suite bathroom and flanked by private areas.
3. Spacious camp sites with plug points and communal ablutions.
Facilities at Namutoni Rest Camp
1. Restaurants: African Fusion which serves local dishes and The Steakhouse which dishes up more traditional western fare.
2. Bush bar near the camping sites
3. Bar in the fort area
4. Curio shop
6. Petrol station
8. Floodlit Waterhole and view point
Close proximity to Fischer’s Pan makes Namutoni a worthwhile destination for bird watchers but fewer animals are spotted here than at the other two main camps. This is due to the proximity of Klein Namutoni and Koinchas waterholes, which game prefer.
The Camp is situated in eastern Etosha and is accessed via the Von Lindequist Gate.
For more information or to make a booking at Namutoni 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.