Andersson’s Camp will be closed for a rebuild from 1 January 2018 to August 2019 for a more upmarket offering with seven guest units and a family unit. The new campus for the Ongava Research Centre will also be established here before the reopening.
Andersson’s Camp is family-friendly and ideally located to enjoy the extensive and private 30 000-hectare Ongava Game Reserve, with excursions into neighbouring Etosha National Park – Namibia’s most famous wildlife safari destination. It's also one of the best places to see black rhino and white rhino in southern Africa.
- Ongava Reserve is famed for healthy white rhino and black rhino populations
- World-famous Etosha Pan is within easy driving distance
- Overlooks a large waterhole which attracts an abundance of thirsty game
- Andersson’s waterhole hide provides excellent photographic opportunities
- Off-road game driving and night drives are allowed within Ongava Reserve
- Guided nature walks (seasonal and if experienced walking guide is available)
- Largest population of endemic black-faced impala outside of Etosha
- Family-friendly safari camp that can accommodate up to 40 people
Named for the Swedish explorer who ‘discovered’ Etosha Pan, Andersson’s Camp was rebuilt from a former farmstead, combining the best of the old with the eco-friendly new. Set on the 30 000-hectare (74 129-acre) private Ongava Reserve in Namibia, Andersson’s overlooks an active waterhole.
Spacious, Comfortable Tented Units
There are 18 elevated tents, including two family suites set in the shady mopane woodlands. The Meru-style tents are a mix of stone, canvas and wood, each with a small, shady veranda. Each tent has a natural stone en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, basin and open-air shower. Mosquito nets and pedestal fans are provided. Hot water bottles and extra blankets keep you snug in winter.
Old Farmstead Main Camp
The former farmhouse has been completely updated and forms the heart of the camp, overlooking the busy waterhole. It offers undercover and open-air dining areas, a spacious lounge and bar, open fireplaces, an inviting pool, curio shop and library. Free Wi-Fi is available in the main camp. The hide at the waterhole provides excellent photo opportunities or simply sit quietly close to wildlife without detection.
Abundant, Varied Wildlife
At Andersson’s, you’ll probably see most of the area’s characteristic wildlife - springbok, gemsbok, wildebeest, warthog, giraffe, both Burchell's and Hartmann's mountain zebra, waterbuck, red hartebeest, giraffe, eland and endemic black-faced impala, lion, black rhino and white rhino. Elephant can only be seen in Etosha. Over 340 bird species are found on Ongava, with 10 of Namibia’s 14 endemics recorded.
Activities at Andersson’s
- Full- or half-day guided game drives into Etosha with a picnic lunch
- Night drives in the sprawling private Ongava Reserve on request to see unusual nocturnal creatures
- Guided nature walks (seasonal) with a skilled walking guide
- Hide near the waterhole allows you to view game up close and unnoticed – if you’re lucky, even rhino and lion
Focus on Conservation
Set in a fragile ecosystem, Andersson’s has been carefully designed and built for minimal impact on its surrounds – maximising natural light, air flow and insulation, with solar-heated showers. A large-scale wildlife reintroduction project has seen consistently healthy increases in the game on Ongava. The Black & White Rhino Project is one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government and Ongava is one of the few places in southern Africa where you have a good chance of spotting both of these majestic creatures. The Ongava Research Centre (ORC) has achieved outstanding conservation results, specifically with regard to the endangered black rhino and endemic black-faced impala.
By road: Andersson’s is accessible by road, but no self-drive activities are allowed within the concession. Andersson’s gate is the closest access to Etosha and entrance is affected by its gate times. It’s about a four-hour drive from Windhoek (425km).
By air: Wilderness Air flies to Ongava Airstrip, from where it’s a 15-minute road transfer to the camp, depending on any stops en route for wildlife, scenery and photos.
Our Take on Andersson’s Camp
It’s a rustic, yet exclusive camp with quirky little extras like the outdoor showers. As with all Wilderness Safaris properties, the staff, service and hospitality are exceptional. It has an excellent location and you get to experience the best of both worlds on safari: the private Ongava and the world-famous Etosha with its ‘white’ elephants. Well worth a visit!
- Accommodation and all meals
- Twice-daily scheduled camp activities
- Park fees
- All local drinks
- Premium-branded drinks and champagne
- Curio purchases
- Items of a personal nature
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