Namutoni Rest Camp Etosha National Park
The Etosha Park (from 1958) is located 435 km (Okaukuejo) or 530 km (Namutoni) north of
Windhoek. The park can be entered through either Von Lindequist (Namutoni) or Andersson
Gate (Okaukuejo). It is one of the Africa's largest parks covering area of 22 270 square
kilometres. The Etosha pan's size is 4 590 square kilometres, while all pans cover more
than 5 100 square kilometres.
Name. The word ''etosha'' means place of dry water or, according to other sources, huge, white area.
History. Game Reserve 2, proclaimed by German Governor Friedrich Von Lindequist in 1907, comprised the Etosha pan and most of Kaokoland and covered almost 100 000 square kilometres. The park was reduced in 1947 by allocating Kaokoland to Herero.
recommendations of Odendaal Commission (1962) park's area was reduced even further. The
present size of the park is 77 per cent less than before the Odendaal Commission.
Best time for visit. Winters are cool and dry in the park. Game tend to stay closer
to water holes and chances to spot species are better. The rainy season normally begins at
the end of October - beginning of November.
Average rainfall figures: Okaukuejo: 412 mm, Halali: 430 mm, Namutoni: 442 mm.
Okaukuejo. The oldest camp in the park, opened in October 1957, is the home of Etosha Ecological Institute. Established in the end of last century as a control post to combat the spread of foot-and-mouth disease of cattle, illegal hunting and gun trading. Attractions: water tower (1963), floodlit water hole in the camp frequently visited by elephants, rhinos, lions and different species of antelopes.
Namutoni. The camp was opened in 1958. The first fort (1902-03), erected as a border post and was attacked in 1904 by 500 Ovambos. The garrison of seven German soldiers successfully defended fort for the whole day and retreated later during the night. Next day fort was completely destroyed by Ovambos.
After Herero uprising Namutoni fort was rebuild and later used as a police post but during the course of time fall in disuse. Restoration works began on the end of 30s when one of the towers was destroyed by lightning. In 1950 the Namutoni fort was declared a National Monument.
The restaurant, additional accommodation units and shop were added in 1983.
Halali. The newest camp was opened in 1967. The name derived from the sound of traditional German hunting horn used to announce the end of the hunt. The only hills in the park are located here.
Vegetation. The vegetation groups can be identified as follows: grass plains along the pan (e.g. Andoni, Chudob), mopane woodland (Okerfontein), mixed thorns and terminalias (Namutoni), dense woodlands (tamboti, thorns, mopane) (Namutoni-Okerfontein).
Altitude. The average height of the park is around 1000 m above sea level.
Attention: SPEED LIMIT IN THE PARK IS 60 KM/H
On the eastern side of Etosha National Park, Namutoni centers around a beautiful old German Fort, overlooking the flood-lit King Nehale waterhole. The Fort dates back to a German police post built before the turn of the 20th century, which was later used as an army base. The Fort has now been developed into the hub of activity, offering two restaurants with exquisite cuisine, private chill lounges, a bar, crafts boutique, curio shop, jewelery and bookstore. The fort area is for pedestrian access only, and an elevated decked walkway along the water-hole facing wall provides opportunities for enjoying the surrounding scenery, wildlife and the spectacular sunsets over the flood-lit waterhole.
How to reach the resort (Directions from Windhoek)
Etosha National Park is easily accessible in a day from Windhoek. Take the B1 from Windhoek through Otjiwarongo and on to Tsumeb. Continue on the B1 for approximately 95 km and then turn left onto the C38 until you reach the von Lindequist Gate, which is about 12km from the Namutoni Resort, northeast of the park.
The nearest landing option is provided at Mokuti Lodge on the outskirts of the von Lindequist Gate by Namutoni and is only permitted with permission. Transfers from the air strip to Namutoni can be arranged with prior notification.
Accommodation is provided in comfortable en suite double
rooms; interconnected through elevated wooden walkways, or spacious bush
chalets, all equipped with private relaxation areas and outdoor showers. Camping
is also available.
20 Bush Chalet 2 beds, 1 room; Elegant, Specious and private, with double shower and basin bathroom; sliding doors giving on to relaxation area at front and outdoor shower accessed from bathroom area. Equipped with fridge and tea station.
24 Double Room 2 beds, 1 room Accessed along wooden decked walkways, these sophisticated rooms offer comfort and privacy, enjoying a private outside area both at the front and from the bathroom. Equipped with fridge and tea-station.
Camping Site Demarcated shaded sites with Ablution Blocks (photo album camping ablutions) all with showers and toilets.
Field Kitchens equipped with cooking areas.
All camping sites are outfitted with braai facilities, power points and cold & hot water.
NB: In addition to the rate per night there is a refundable N$500.00 room deposit payable upon check in at reception
Other Facilities: Swimming Pool, Steak House, African Fusion Restaurant, Tourist Shop, Bar, Bookstore, Jewelry Shop, Fuel Station
Check In and Check Out Times:
Check In time on day of arrival is 12h00 and Check out time on day of departure is 10h00.
Restaurant Opening Hours: Winter time (May – August)
Morning 05h30 - 10H00
Afternoon 12h00 – 14h00
Evening 17h30– 21h00
Restaurant Opening Hours: Summer time (September – April)
Morning 06h00- 10H00
Afternoon 12h00 – 14h00
Evening 18h00– 22h00
Attractions and activities: Historic Fort with woken Deck, Flood-lit Waterhole, guided morning and afternoon Game Drives, Nature Walks within the camp
Game Drives Schedule
Morning 06h30 – 09h30
Afternoon 12H00 - 18H30
Evening 20h00 - 23h00
Children between the ages of 6 and 12 are charged at half price.
No children under the age of 6 are permitted.
Book your seat at least 1 hour before the trip commences.
The morning drives are according to the gate opening times.
Photo album camping ablutions Namutoni
Accommodation in the area:
Usage and entrance fees per day (payable on arrival or pre-booked): click here
Accommodation and camping per night Namutoni: on request
|Unit type||Number of units||Daily rates per person||Single rate||Note|
|Bush Chalet 2 beds||20||-||-||Dinner, bed and breakfast Maximum 2 adults|
|Double room 2 beds||24||-||-||
Bed and breakfast
Maximum 2 adults
|Camping||25||-||-||Maximum 8 persons per site|
Accommodation only: children under the age of 6 stay free of
change, 6-12 years old pay 70%.
Provision for children will be made upon arrival; however the booking must be made in advance.
Disabled access units available - please specify when booking
|Guided morning drives||-||on request||-||No children under the age of 6 permitted|
|Guided afternoon drives||-||on request||-|
|Guided night drives||-||on request||-|
Rates for guided drives per person:
|Namutoni||on request||on request||on request|
Other facilities: shop,
kiosk, swimming pool, restaurant, fuel (no diesel). No banking facilities.
Conference facilities (40 pax):
Rate: on request.
Other facilities: shop, kiosk, swimming pool, restaurant, fuel, mail facilities, fire wood. No banking facilities.
Open: 7.00-9.00, 12.00-14.00, 18.00-22.00
7.00-8.30, 12.00-13.30, 18.00-20.30
(click for more information)
Contact & reservations:
1) you can e-mail us requesting information and/or rates
Reservations are only accepted in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Final availability confirmation: in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Terms & conditions,
Payment options and
DAILY PARK AND RESORT FEES (PER PERSON AND PER VEHICLE) ARE NOT INCLUDED IN ACCOMMODATION FEES!
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