Namutoni Camp

Reviews of Namutoni Camp

Good(84%) From 65 travellers
Excellent
25
Good
31
Average
7
Poor
2
Terrible
0
Below are independent comments from 65 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.
The Aardwolves from Middlesex
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Namutoni Restcamp review

Beautiful rooms but no outlook. This was made up for by the wonderful game drives with Paulus another superb guide.

The Fort provided a more focussed and more atmospheric location for dining and shopping.

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Dune-larks from Northallerton
Arrived on: 13-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Namutoni Restcamp review

More stylish than Okakuejo, again recently refurbished to good effect. More of a base to tour, the waterhole not as good as many out on the pan.

Our room was 5star European hotel style, with both indoor and outdoor showers! The fort is a dining place with character although very quiet when we stayed. Not sure the night game drive is worthwhile.

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Mr P & Mrs C Leicestershire
Arrived on: 26-May-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Average
Average

Namutoni Restcamp review

If you want a luxury room go to Namutoni, however the room is a waste of money as you won't want to spend anytime in it. We have stayed there 4 times in the past and whilst we fully agree that it needed renovation, this is a total waste of money and for true wildlife enthusiasts will do nothing to enhance your experience. In particular, the rooms being enclosed with no view and even worse, the long walk and golf cart ride to your chalet means you will not want to go back to your room, it's too much hassle with camera equipment etc.

The food was surprisingly okay, but given the lack of guests here it looks like NWR have made a massive mistake in this camp, aiming for well off clients who want luxury rooms rather than those who love wildlife.

The wildlife remains excellent around here although with a new 'exclusive' restcamp to be built at Stinkwater, it is debatable how long this will remain. On this experience we would recommend staying outside and saving your money.

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Mr & Ms Rockjumper from London
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good

Namutoni Restcamp more fun than Okaukuejo

The room in Namutoni was (like Okaukuejo) newly refurbished and very much design-led. However the design didn't get in the way of comfort. The room was spacious and well-furnished, very stylish too.

The restaurant in Namutoni was more cheerful than Okaukuejo and although service was good, it was bit erratic. The shop was poorly stocked (as in Okaukuejo) so if you want to eat your own food (as we did for dinner), you should bring it in from elsewhere. Breakfast was fine but they may not have always had sufficient of everything for the numbers of visitors.

The site of Namutoni is imaginatively done and fun. The location is great for easy driving to waterholes and around the eastern section of the park.

We went on a night drive which was relatively expensive but had an excellent guide (Danny?).

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Cape clawless otters - from California
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Namutoni Restcamp review

The rooms were spacious and very nice. Namutoni has the nicest rooms of all three rest camps. However, the waterholes there are not very good - they are small and there are not many animals. We enjoyed siiting by the waterholes in the evening at both Okaukeujo and Halali, however, it was not worthwhile to do so at Halali.

We ate at the African restaurant in the camp - the food was delicious and we were happy to eat authentic African food and chat with the cook.

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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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