Namutoni Camp

Reviews of Namutoni Camp

Good(84%) From 60 travellers
Excellent
23
Good
29
Average
6
Poor
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Below are independent comments from 60 of our travellers who have visited Namutoni Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms N & Mr S - Bristol
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good

Organised Chaos

The title of this review refers to our check in. We were warned by Expert Africa that Namutoni camp doesn't understand the concept of half board. They weren't kidding! After about 30 minutes and many photocopies of invoices they finally told us to go and sort it out with the restaurant direct. Fortunately the restaurant managed to sort it out and we had no further problems.

The room was nice and clean with an absolutely huge bath which we made good use of. The food was much better than at Okaukuejo and the staff more friendly. The waterhole was a bit disappointing after the one at Okaukuejo, but it was good to be in the less used end of Etosha during the weekend, and the animal sightings in the park itself were excellent.

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Drs from Brisbane, Queensland
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
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Pretty location, Great staff

We stayed in Namutoni for one night in a bush chalet to allow us to explore the Eastern end of Etosha. We had not stayed here before. Our room was beautifully decorated, and very comfortable. We had numerous banded mongooses outside our room, which was lovely. However, the best thing about the accommodation was that it had one of the most impressive shower and bathing facilities we have seen anywhere (we were definitely a bit dusty by this point in our trip)!

On this occasion we found the food at Namutoni was not the best, but it was certainly adequate. However, the camp had a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere and very pretty, peaceful surroundings. We felt that the shops were much better stocked that those in Halali and Okaukuejo, but perhaps this was because the camp seemed so much quieter. Without exception, all of the staff we met at Namutoni were friendly, polite, and helpful - this applied equally to the bar, restaurant, shops, reception, porters, and even the man at the petrol station!

We left with a very good impression.

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6 from Whangarei, New Zealand
Arrived on: 18-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Good location inside Etosha NP

Good location for game viewing, on edge of Etosha pan. Our rooms were stunning and very spacious, more like a top class hotel. No mosquito nets, but screens on doors and spray provided. Rooms quite a distance from the tower and restaurant area. Layout very spread out.

Food ok, but more like boarding school style across a servery. Management and staff just doing their job, but not exceeding the mark.

Some of our best game viewing was done in relatively close proximity to this camp. Good idea to check the log book for recent game sightings.

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Mr C & Mrs K - Leicestershire
Arrived on: 28-Jan-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
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Facilities:
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Namutoni Camp review

Another very good lodge. With similar facilities to the previous. (electrical and fridge)

They did not provide mosquito nets but they did provide insecticide spray and repellant. We had great sightings of birds and elephant on the way through the park (and other animals).

We had a sighting of warthog with babies in the lodge area on the second evening. There were also mongoose.

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Mr M & Mr C - Switzerland
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Namutoni Camp review

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Mr J & friends from Bristol
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average

Namutoni Camp review

Having stayed here several times I have seen several changes over the years. Although this is a NWR lodge the rooms are of a good standard matching many private lodges outside Etosha.

The pool is attractive though not very clean, The food as in all the Etosha NWR Camps is not very exciting but the service has improved since my last visit. However the wildlife and not the food is my main concern

The real advantage of this camp is that it is in Etosha so you can view and photograph the wildlife at dawn.

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Mr & Mrs E from Morden
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Average
Average

Namutoni Camp review

Camping at Namutoni didn't seem as well organised as Okaukuejo, we didn't have a pitch assigned to us per say. We just had to park in a specific area and others were already there (as we were in close to sunset) and they'd spaced themselves rather generously so we were rather squeezed in and didn't have the braai facilities to ourselves like at Okaukuejo.

The waterhole itself is disappointing but Namutoni looks great (more grass in the campsite and the lodges must be amazing). The advantage is how close you are to waterholes outside the park for early morning starts or late finishes.

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Mr C - Cyprus
Arrived on: 26-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
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Facilities:
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Namutoni Camp review

Breakfast service good. Cold drinking water should always be available in restaurant. Fruit juices were "laced"with sugar. In this part of the world there are numerous sugar free fruit juices which are excellent - they should consider using them.

One evening I had to wait some 40 minutes without a waiter coming to serve me supper. I actually had to go and ask to be served. Although they were busy, waiters should be more aware of the presence of clients who are awaiting service.

The chef did not know how to cook an eland steak. I asked for a medium steak (pink colour) The first one came oozing blood. The second one was not much better. When a waiteress informed him of the problem he took offence and finally producèd a third steak which met the requirements. It is suggested that the chef be exposed to further training. A "banana salad"was a good idea but was spoilt by the use of over ripe bananas. Over ripe bananas would have been better used in a cake.

The restaurant manager met me and sought my comments which I gave him freely. He accepted them with dignity and took action to solve the issues that I raised.

It was iinteresting to note that both Halali and Okaukeujo had buffet dinners whilst Namutoni had a sert menu. Surely buffets are much easier than serving a set menu.

Excellent game viewing in this area.

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Mr. T & Ms. M - West Molesey
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Namutoni Camp review

Our first stay here for many years so it was interesting to see the changes.We liked the inner fort area where the restaurant is situated but still only one choice (not two as in their brochure).Very strange arrangement with park&ride to your chalet.Our chalet no42 was right beside the camping area which was very noisy at times.The chalet itself was very bright and had all the modern fittings ,large area for the bath/shower ,dimming lights(nice touch).Did not like outside area which consisted of high fencing and gravel!
Pool area OK but then no towels available.

The waterholes outside of the camp were great for viewing particularly Chudop,large numbers of giraffe seen here.

Although booking was described as Full Board and their own flyer states LDB&B, the reception staff says lunch is not included in the price

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Mr & Mrs A - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Snakes at Namutoni Waterhole

We stayed in a chalet room in this lovely camp within Etosha. It was ultra modern,surprisingly luxurious with dimmer lighting, twin showers over the bath and two futher showers including one outside.

The restaurant providing a delightful outdoor candlelit setting for dinner and the waterhole although not having the number or variety of animal visitors as Okaukuejo was still full of life including several 3 metre pythons swimming across from the reed beds. With this quality of accommodation and beautiful setting within the old fort we remian convinced that there is no reason to want to stay in ultra luxury outside the park with the restricted hours of entry and additional travel.

It is lovely to have an early evening meal and then join fellow travellers at the waterhole to exchange experiences and watch the animals before retiring to bed.

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