Fodor's Expert Review Namutoni Rest Camp

Etosha National Park, Kunene, Namibia

Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.

On the eastern edge of the park and resembling something out of the novel and films Beau Geste, this restored colonial fort with its flying flag and graceful palm trees is the most picturesque of the national-park camps. Hearing the bugle call from the watchtower at sunrise and sunset, you almost expect to see the French Foreign Legion come galloping over the horizon. The historic rooms are tiny—the troops didn't live all that well—so if it's comfort rather than history you're after, don't choose a fort room; opt instead for one of the fully equipped bush chalets, built at a respectful distance from the fort so as not to destroy the ambience. A recent renovation has left the spacious chalets gorgeous and well equipped, with nice touches like patios and outdoor showers. Directly behind the fort is a floodlighted water hole for game-viewing.

PROS

  • great location with access to the northeast section of the park where the flamingo colony at Fischer's Pan is found
  • two restaurants, a gas station, and good shop
  • daily game drives available

CONS

  • car park is a bit of a hike
  • camp water hole not one of the best in the area
  • only camp sites are self-catering
  • still undergoing renovations which can be disruptive

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 061-285–7200 | 061-285–7200

HOTEL DETAILS

20 bush chalets, 24 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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