Andersson’s Camp is situated in the private Ongava Game Reserve at the edge of the Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier wildlife destination. The camp is eco-friendly in every way, and has an old world charm, reminiscent of a bygone era.
The stylish farmhouse at Andersson’s Camp is perfectly placed on the edge of a waterhole that is constantly buzzing with animals of all shapes and sizes who come down to the water’s edge to drink. Andersson’s also offers exclusive game drives in the Ongava Game Reserve and daily excursions into Etosha.
During the dry months from June to November, the waterhole at Andersson’s Camp exerts a magnetic pull on the big herds of game, and forms the centrepiece for visitors looking to spot the nearly 150 species that are found in the park. These include several rare and endangered species such as black rhino, cheetah, black-faced impala, tsessebe, brown hyena, black maned lions and gemsbok.
The neighbouring Etosha National Park, meaning ‘place of dry water’, encompasses a huge, flat depression (or pan) of about 5 000 square kilometres. The pan provides a great, parched, silver-white backdrop of shimmering mirages to an area of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub.Desert elephants melt in and out of these mirages, and seeing these gentle giants for the first time leaves you feeling incredibly privileged.
The pan itself contains water only after very good rains and sometimes for only a few days each year, but it is enough to stimulate the growth of blue-green algae, which attracts thousands of flamingos.
Andersson’s Camp has 25 tented suites that fan out from the main farm house along a series of walkways. All around there are terraces, shady trees and great views. The camp swimming pool is a much-needed luxury where guest can cool off during the heat of a Namibian summer day. The added bonus of the busy waterhole at the camp means the camp is well suited to those who wish to take a more relaxed approach to game viewing.
Given the incredible diversity of bird and animal life in the area, there are always plenty of things to see at Andersson’s Camp, either sitting quietly at the waterhole, or hiding in the luxury of the camp. Morning and night drives explore larger sections of the Ongava Game Reserve and the Etosha National Park. Although there are no fences between the Ongava and Etosha, guests have to enter Etosha from one of the main entrances, which is a 30-minute drive away. Guided walks are offered to guests wishing to stretch their legs and see the reserve from a different perspective. At night, dinner around the campfire is a delight, and the noises from the waterhole reverberate through the still night air. With no ambient light for hundreds of miles around, the Namibian night sky is superb.