Situated on the eastern edge of the pan, Namutoni is based around a beautiful old 'Beau Geste' type fort, in an area dotted with graceful makalani palms, Hyphaene petersiana
. It originally dates back to a German police post, built here before the turn of the century. Later it was used as an army base and then for English prisoners during World War I, before being restored to its present state in 1957. Perhaps as a reminder of its military past, sunrise and sunset are heralded by a bugle call from the watchtower in the fort's northeastern corner – on to which you can climb for a better view of the park in the setting sun.
Some of the rooms within the fort itself share facilities and are not air conditioned. They cost from N$190 for two beds. The newer rooms have en-suite shower, toilet and bath, and usually AC, Namutoni's office and reception are on the right beyond the fuel station, as you enter camp. Its shop and restaurant are a few minutes' walk – if driving then continue past the office and turn right.