Namutoni has a unique atmosphere. The fort was originally established as a control post during the mad cow disease (BSE) epidemic of 1897 in Namibia.
It was built by the German Schutztruppe 1902-03 and rebuilt in 1906 after the Ovambo destroyed the original building. The fort served as a police post and later as a South African army base. Fort Namutoni was declared a national monument in 1950 and was opened to tourism in 1957.

From the walls of the fort you can enjoy an elevated view of the King Nehale Waterhole allowing for game viewing without leaving the camp. The walls of the fort are also and excellent spot for sundowners. There is hardly a better way to end a day in the bush and Namibia than to marvel at the colours of the setting sun.