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.
M & L from Vancouver, BC
Arrived on: 30-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Average
Average

Namutoni Restcamp review

Good location near lots of busy waterholes.

Lovely renovated rooms. Lloyd particularly enjoyed the big bathtub!

However the room we had (Room 18) was next to where the maids congregrate early every morning on the walkway outside our room, so we were not able to enjoy sitting on our outside deck.

Food was average buffet food. Would have been nice to have been able to buy small meals such as sandwiches etc. Fortunately we had our own cheese and crackers and could buy yogurt. I would not be too keen on paying an all-inclusive room and meal rate as is proposed for next year, based on the food offered.


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Mr & Mrs J and Mr & Mrs L
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Namutoni Restcamp review

I think they have made some real erors in the refurbishment there. Superficially it looks good but already the window blinds in the rooms are bent and tangled, the twin washbasins mean there is no room to place washbags, the loo is in sight of all and sundry and our air conditioning didn't work ( we had to move rooms). I think they should have gone for low tech rather than a sophisticated look. They were working under real pressure in the restaurants as the kitchens weren't ready so they were doing really well to provide food. The service under the circumstances was good. The waterhole was pretty poor and odd looking and they now charge day visitors to go up to the viewing platform. If you're staying there its free.
The waterholes around Namutoni were excellent so jsutified staying there.

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Mr & Mrs H - Isle of Wight
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Lots of animals

We stayed at Halali restcamp as Namutoni was being refurbished. Halali was OK but quite a difference from private lodges.

Our animal named bungalow was fine although the setting was not brilliant. The area hasd not been landscaped so was a bit dusty and barren. Bungalow had a small private garden area with a hot tub. Waterhole was a good walk in the dark - not very well lit or signed.

The food varied from good to not so good although all the cold buffet sections were excellent. Facilities not brilliant, eg swimming pool empty of water!

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Dr African Crake
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average

Namutoni Restcamp review

again big camp rather impersonal but new bungalows were superb! Refurbishment was taking place during our stay so eating facilities were none too great.

Look forward to seeing the old fort in all its new splendor.

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Mr & Mrs M - Ascot
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Namutoni Restcamp review

The rooms are now as good as any outside the camp but the dining/food is still very average but adequate

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Mr. B - N Yorks
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

nice camp

new hut fantastic. stir fry dinner would have been terrible if more people there. breakfastr poor

waterhole not too interesting

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Mr DS - Surrey
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Rooms wonderful!

Our room was excellent - sunken bath, his and hers sinks! Our loo was open-plan, which seemed a bit strange.

if you were two friends sharing, rather than a long-married couple, this might have been awkward!

Quite a long walk from the parking area carrying our suitcases. Again, a lot of building work going on, but it should look good when it's finished.

The waterhole was disappointing - not much action. Though we did see meerkats on site, which was lovely - not having seen many 'in the wild'.

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Mr AT
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Namutoni Restcamp

Waterhole did not have some many animals.

The camp was in the middle of being rebuilt. The room was unbelievable, it was like a room you see in a designer magazine.

The restaurent was good with a nice feel about it. I hope the rebuild does not spoil it.

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Mr. Nawas
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Amazing birds as Namutoni

The room in Namutoni was gorgeous - although the open-plan toilet a little strange!

The water hole here was the least attractive and seemingly least visited of the three rest camps (we called in at Halali on our way through) however the bird's display as the sun set was absolutely incredible...What must have been millions of tiny birds appearing from all over the sky, swooping in huge flocks, landing on trees, lining up on the rushes and suddenly setting off again was breath-taking.

The food here was massively better than at Okaukejo - both dinner and breakfast very good.

The shop was not especially well stocked (compared to the other rest camps)

When we came to leave Etosha we could not find the form we had filled in on arrival. Although we eventually found it after a stressful 45 minutes which involved unpacking all our luggage and driving back to Namutoni - it would have been good to have known that we would need to show this on departure. The woman on the gate was not going to let us out without paying again if we couldn't find it.

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Mr I G
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Namutoni Restcamp

At the moment the camp is being upgraded & refurbished. When it is finished it will be a credit to the country.

However on arrival we were asked for N$500 deposit without any prior knowledge & this came as quite a surprise. The receptionist was quite abrupt & could of explained the reasonning behind the deposit. We found out later that this was because previous guests were removing things, towel etc from the newly refurbished accommodation.

We understand that the upgrade needs to be undertaken consequently the area did resemble a building site.

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