Welcome to Andersson's Camp in western Etosha.
Anderssons Camp: Our full report
Situated only 8km from the turn off onto the private Ongava Reserve, the family friendly Andersson's Camp is in an ideal location for visiting the Etosha National Park, and is only 30 minutes drive from the entrance gate.
We've seen an old Farmstead in the past, on the Ongava Reserve, and it is this which has been completely rebuilt with a modern, safari theme. Behind the farmstead, the Ondundozonanadana Range of low hills acts as a distant backdrop whilst the surrounding plains and mopane woodland has some good game populations.
Andersson’s is completely fenced and so it is a good, relatively safe choice for travellers with children. This renovated farmstead is the heart of the camp, and has a large, floodlit waterhole situated right in front of the main area (outside of the fencing!). A real highlight of Andersson’s camp is its underground hide, accessible along a short pathway and through a tunnel all within the camps boundaries, and so you can go on foot, whenever you’d like. The view from the hide is at eye level with the waterhole, and so offers the chance to get up close to big game – it’s a perfect spot for keen photographers. There is plenty of seating and even a tea and coffee station!
The main area is under a large veranda and comprises the outdoor dining area with individual tables, several guest seating areas with comfortable stuffed sofas with scattered cushions arranged around coffee tables and arm chairs with various small tables, all with views of the waterhole under shade. There is also an all day tea and coffee station, to which guests can help themselves.
The bar is just to the left of the main area and is lined with seven wooden high stools with back and foot rests. Behind this is the swimming pool which looks like a small farm dam. It is built of rocks between wire mesh and has a wide wooden step ladder to climb up and another metal ladder to climb down into the water. There is a second, larger, new swimming pool – built into a vibrant lawn that is next to the bar. It’s larger and doesn’t require ladders to get in and out - perfect for cooling off from the heat of the midday sun.
There is also a curio shop, selling souvenirs and African crafts, as well as childrens items such as clothes, shoes and toys – furthering the family friendly atmosphere of the camp.
On either side of the main farmhouse are 20 tented rooms, each of which has en-suite bathrooms and airy showers, with a stone wall and netting at the top for privacy. Each tent has been simply but tastefully furnished, and is raised up on wooden decks to give you an enhanced view of the surroundings from your small private veranda. All have tea and coffee stations, fans, and sockets so you can charge in your room.
Activities available here include guided trips into Etosha National Park, guided nature walks, spot-lit night drives on the Ongava Reserve, or for a more leisurely approach, simply sitting on the comfortable sofas with a glass of wine or a gin and tonic and watching the comings and goings at the waterhole. Unfortunately the lodge is not usually able to offer day drives on the Ongava Reserve.
The lodge has endeavored to be eco-sensitive and its motto is Reduce Reuse, Recycle. It has several energy-saving initiatives including solar-heated water for showers, dual flush loos and most of the natural vegetation has been kept throughout the camp. Many materials from the original farmstead have been salvaged and used to rebuild the camp into its current form; even the smaller pool is made from what used to be a reservoir!
Collectors of trivia might note that Andersson's Camp has been named after Charles John Andersson (note – this is not spelled as Anderson with one 's', but Andersson with two 's's) – who was one of the first Europeans to travel through Namibia, in the 1840s and 1850s. The gate into Etosha National Park, Andersson's Gate, which is south of Okaukuejo Restcamp, is also named after the same explorer!
Our viewAndersson's Camp is a good value lodge for independent travellers and families who wish to explore Etosha National Park on a self-drive trip, or for those who would like to take advantage of the lodge's own guides. The added bonus of the waterhole, and fantastic hide means the camp is also suited to those who wish to take the more relaxed approach to game viewing.
If you plan a fly-in safari, or want something that's a little smaller, and even more exclusive in the same area – then the obvious alternatives to Andersson's Camp on the same reserve would be the palatial Ongava Lodge or the small Ongava Tented Camp.
Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights.
Directions: Taking the B1 north from Windhoek, this soon turns into the C38. Just before the entrance gate to Etosha National Park, there is a sign on the left directing you to Andersson's Camp and the Ongava Reserve. Go through this gate and follow the signes to the lodge. The journey from the gate takes around 30 minutes on the gravel driveway.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: Breakfast is a delicious buffet of cereals, yoghurt, fruit, bread, pancakes, jams and spreads, with tea coffee and juices to drink. A hot breakfast is cooked to order.
Cold light lunches of salads and sandwiches are served.
Dinner is a delicious three course meal, which will be announced in both English and the Damara click language. On our last visit dinner was a braai with soup as a starter, three choices of meat, followed by apple crumble and custard.
Tea and coffee are available all day and cake is served at 4pm.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info: When we last visited in June 2014, lunch cost Namibian $120.
Family holidays: Andersson’s Camp is a friendly, safe and fun camp in the Ongava reserve. Perfect for a family safari holiday in Namibia, it’s fenced, with a sparkling swimming pool and a great hide at eye-level to the waterhole!See more ideas for Family holidays in Namibia
Wildlife safaris: Wildlife enthusiasts can watch the animals coming to drink at the waterhole from the lounge area of the lodge. Etosha national Park is just 30 minutes drive from the lodge, and here you can find a whole range of large game animals such as rhino, elephant, lions, and, if you are lucky, leopard.See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in Namibia
Attitude towards children: Children over six years of age are welcome.
Property’s age restrictions: Children aged 6-16 must share rooms with adults, and the minimum age for walking is 13.
Special activities & services: There are beading activities and some childrens books and toys.
Equipment: There are baby cots.
Generally recommended for children: Yes
Notes: Children must be supervised at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There is a backup generator in case of a power cut.
Communications: There is mobile reception at the camp, and WiFi in the main area.
TV & radio: None
Water supply: Borehole
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: All staff have first aid training.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Fire safety: Inside each chalet is a fire extinguisher.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available for an extra charge.
Money: No travellers cheques can be exchanged, USD and GBP are accepted, as well as the local currency. There is no safe in the room but guests are welcome to use the lodge's safe.
Accepted payment on location: Visa and MasterCard are accepted.