If you are on your way to the northern regions this festive season, and would like to get a taste of true nature away from the city noise and a get new breeze of fresh air, we invite you to make a stop at the Namutoni Resort for relaxation and enjoy the best of nature. Namutoni Resort manager Maria Taavres has extended an invitation to travelers this festive season.
Located at what is dubbed to be the sweet spot of the Etosha National Park is the country’s best sanctuary. According to proffessional holiday makers, Namibia Wildlife Resorts’ Namutoni Resort should be top of your list this festive season.
What stands out is the rich history that comes with the Fort aided by the hospitality and generosity extended by the friendly staff. You are guaranteed to fall in love with the wildlife all over again.
Upon your arrival, what you would first see is the famous German Fort that now has a waving Namibian flag at the top. Not taking away from the rich history that comes with the fort, but the view from the top provides you with an elevated perspective of the King Nehale Waterhole allowing for great game viewing without leaving the camp.
As you drive from the Etosha gate to the resort, you can already see animals like the giraffe, springbok, elephant and rhinos which are a must see, just to welcome you and intrigue you to wanna see more.
In 1897, Namutoni was originally established as a control post during the mad cow disease epidemic. The fort was built by the Germans from 1902/3 and rebuilt in 1906 after the Owambo people destroyed the original building. The fort served as a police post and later as a South African army base. Right at the top, you are exposed to the advantageous view that the enemy had over the courageous Owambo people who took bows and arrows to a gun fight.
On 28 January 1905, 500 warriors of King Nehale Lya Mpingana attacked Fort Namutoni. Seven German cavalrymen repulsed the attack until they were able to withdraw under cover at night. The fort was destroyed the next day. More of this history is displayed in a museum with a deeper narrative on the people of Namutoni before and after the victory of the Aandonga under the leadership of King Nehale.
Fort Namutoni was declared a national monument in 1950 and was opened to tourism in 1957. Not to talk about the perfect place for a perfect sunrise and sundowner – on top of the fort is the best place to start and end your day while looking at the flora and fauna of the park.
“Unlike other parks where there are peak and low seasons of seeing wildlife either due to droughts or heavy rainfalls, the Kalahari grounds around the Namutoni Resort are home to every animal at any time of the year. The park in itself is home to the Big Five (except the buffalo) which you need no long drives to see these beautiful animals.
The resort is one of the few in the country authorized to do evening game drives. So if you ever want to see the wild at night, which features the cat family and other predators that roam around at night, this is the place to visit.
Under the guidance and expertise of Fatima Valungameka, your journey in the wild will surely be one to remember. Fatima is the only female guide in the resort and NWR at large – ready to make your game drive memorable.
The beautiful resort is home to the accommodation of your choice; from bush chalets to your preferred outdoor campsite. Day visitors can also have their long-postponed picnic while they cool off at the pool.
Resort manager Maria advises Namibians that they should do away with the mentality that traveling is an expensive exercise when they do not even know the figures. With the assistance of the NamLeisure Card, Namibians can get as much as 50% discount at any of the 19 NWR facilities.
“We are going to be very happy if our own people know their own products. If people can come from overseas to Namibia, Namibians too can surely do it. Come and invest in your own. Bring your children so that they see animals live and not just on TV. The team is ready to host you,” she said.