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Namutoni is situated near the von Lindequist entrance on the eastern side of the Etosha National Park. Namutoni derives its name from the old German fort around which it is built and it overlooks the King Nehale waterhole. The presence of this fort undoubtedly gives Namutoni more character than the other rest camps inside the park.

Fort Namutoni was declared a national monument on 15th February 1950, when it was decided to use it as a tourist camp. Funds were made available to have it rebuilt along the old German design from instructions of the Historical Monuments Commission. In 1957 it opened its gates to tourists for the first time.


Namutoni's accommodation was completely re-furbished in 2007. There are 20 bush chalets and 24 double rooms. All rooms have en-suite facilities of a bath and shower, a toilet, mini-bar, air-conditioning and a tea/coffee station. Mosquito nets are fitted to the front and back doors.

  • Double Rooms (x20) - accessed along wooden walkways and offer comfort & privacy with access to a private area both at the front and from the bathroom.
  • Bush chalets (x24) - spacious and private, with double shower and basin bathroom. Sliding doors give access to a relaxation area in the front of the chalet while an outside shower is reachable via the bathroom.

Located inside the fort are 2 restaurants. 'African Fusion' offers African fare, whilst 'The Steakhouse' has a more of a European flavour to it's menu. 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. Jewelry and book stores complete Namutoni's facilities.

Most people choose to drive themselves around the park. Guests can also join one of the three daily game drives around Etosha: Early morning, late afternoon and at night.