Namutoni Camp

Reviews of Namutoni Camp

Good(84%) From 60 travellers
Excellent
23
Good
29
Average
6
Poor
2
Terrible
0
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.
Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

What a disappointment!

Oh dear, oh dear! What a let down. Tracy had tried to discourage us from staying here and now we know why. We wanted to stay in the 3 original restcamps and thought we'd want to spend the morning in the park after our night here so over-ruled her; in the event we'd done everything we wanted the day before.

On arrival you are told to drive round the back of the fort to a car park where (if you're lucky) you will be picked up in a golf cart and driven 100m round the corner where you have to get off and walk to your room. This is a pointless gimmick.

At first glance our Bush Chalet looked lovely but within a few minutes we realised that, while, as we understand, trying to compete with the high quality accommodation outside the park, and charging comparable prices, the refurbishment appeared to have been done on the cheap. Window blinds were broken, the sink chipped, fascias missing from furniture, drawers stuck, glasses etc listed on the inventory were missing. However, indoor and outdoor showers were excellent and beds comfortable. The rooms should deserve 5 paws but the tackiness and poor quality leads to our downgrading.

Two restaurants were advertised, Steakhouse and African Fusion. Only the location of the 'Steakhouse' was open but that was only serving a very poorly cooked buffet, not a restaurant meal. Food had obviously been cooked hours before and left to stand in warmers – and we ate at 6.30pm – pity any poor folks coming along later! Staff were friendly and tried to be helpful. As we stated in our feedback at the time we think this is tantamount to misrepresentation.
Next morning the cold breakfast was fine – no hot breakfast was offered though a cook lurked in the background of the kitchen by a burner so it might have been possible.

Rooms at Namutoni are only available on a full board basis; in our opinion this is a rip-off as the vast majority of guests arrive in the late afternoon and leave in the morning, having no chance of lunch. No alternative was offered, in fact we asked about the possibility of a packed lunch but it was quite clear this would only be available at extra charge. We would definitely not stay here again.

However, there are some very good waterholes in the area – and we had good sightings at the one in the camp after breakfast – so if you're willing to pay the price and tolerate the service for the sake of the location you might consider it.

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Mr. & Mrs. H - Notts
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Namutoni Camp review

We had two nights in a bush chalet which was very luxurious. The huge sunken bath was a real bonus. The waterhole here seemed quite quiet, but that was probably just luck of the draw.

We thought that we were staying on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis but it turned out that lunch was included too. Unfortunately nobody told us this! Also, nobody told us to book a table for dinner - it turns out this is a must if you want to sit inside (which you probably do in July/August as it gets pretty cold once the sun has set). The food itself was very good - the first night was a buffet, the second night was a set menu (with a choice of three main courses). Breakfast here was very good but it can get a bit busy and there isn't much space inside.

The waterholes in the Namutoni area are very busy, for us Klein Namutoni and Chudop were particularly fruitful. Dik-dik Drive (unlike Rhino & Eland drives) was very aptly named!

We did an organised night drive and an early morning drive here - the night drive was excellent with lots of wildlife and an informative guide, the morning drive was disappointingly quiet but it was very, very cold. Unfortunately, though, we were the only guests and our guide didn't seem very interested.

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Ms DM & MR VO - Belgium
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Namutoni Camp review

Namutoni feels less crowded than Okaukuejo and is very original for a "public" rest camp. We also found the rooms were very large and luxurious for what you would expect from this kind of camp.

The drinking pool seems to attract less animals all of the time (certainly compared to Okaukuejo's) but there are great other pools in the area. The night drive was excellent.

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Mr & Mrs M from Chelmsford
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Namutoni Camp review

We stayed in a pleasant, large, well fitted double room set at the back of the camp. The waterhole was a disappointment after Okaukuejo and we hardly spent any time there. The fort was a great place to eat and drink, and the food was very good if you like lots of game, but as we don't it was average. The location is good for exploring the eastern area of Etosha by car; it is easy to find lots of game by the waterholes and birds in the trees, particulalry raptors. We didn't try the game drives as they use the same roads as we could drive on, and the game vehicles were packed full.

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Honeymooners from Surrey
Arrived on: 18-May-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Surprisingly excellent rooms

Being a state run camp we didn't expect such good rooms - they were on a par with most of the lodges we stayed at (particularly good shower).

Great location for Etosha but we didn't see anything at the waterhole.

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Mr & Mrs Falcon - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 10-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Namutoni Restcamp review

Namutoni rests on its "designer" bathrooms and the atmosphere of the old fort. The rooms lacked mosquitoe nets and were smaller than at Okaukuejo. The food was poor, service indifferent and the waterhole simply not in the same league as the one at Okaukuejo.

We kept wishing we were back at Okaukuejo!

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Mr & Mrs B - Kent
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good

Namutoni Restcamp review

as before

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Mr & Mrs B - Kent
Arrived on: 15-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Namutoni Restcamp review

Much improved accommodation since our last visit in 2002. The bush chalet concept was excellent. The old style barrack type rooms are still there but look as though they have been refurbished as well.

No problems with the all inclusive concept of meals , although not as good as some of the private lodges with d'hote menu was quite acceptable . The Camp was quite empty so the service was fine.

Due to heavy rains the park was flooded in certain areas and some roads had been shut by the park authorities. This did stop not some good sightings LIon Hyena, Eland especially around the Chudop waterhole area. The Fischers pan drive was great for Zebra, Giraffe , Wildebeest, Warthog, Gemsbok. No elephants as they had all gone north.

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Mrs S & Ms C - Hampshire
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Namutoni Restcamp review

Lovely new room very nice decor, but I must say I would prefer some sort of door on the loo,( it was only behind a concrete wall down2 steps) Actually this arose in one or 2 places we stayed in.it made the experiece rather public
Helpful pleasant staff

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Mrs F - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Namutoni Restcamp review

lovely camp, wonderful to sit in the courtyard to have meals.

Poor general store, but it looks as if shops are being reorganised

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