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Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava
Andersson's at Ongava

Andersson's at Ongava

19°21’20.6"S 15°54’13.3"E

Andersson's at Ongava: Our full report

Opened in April 2019, Andersson's at Ongava is a complete reimagining of the original Andersson's Camp.

Extensive renovations have change what was a mid-range, family-friendly camp on the private Ongava Reserve into something more luxurious and exclusive. Following the update, the camp is also home to the exciting and unique Ongava Research Centre (ORC).

In some respects, this incarnation of Andersson’s is the same as the old camp. It still occupies the same location, 8km inside the Ongava Reserve; it is still the only fenced property on the reserve, as was the old Andersson’s; and it still has the same excellent sunken hide overlooking a waterhole. However, don’t be fooled: the new Andersson’s at Ongava is a very different prospect to the original, and has overtaken its sister properties Ongava Tented Camp, and Ongava Lodge as perhaps the most luxurious property on the Ongava concession, only Little Ongava remains more exclusive.

Gone are the 18 simple tented rooms, replaced by eight luxurious suites with large, comfortable twin or king-size beds under a canopy of mosquito nets. Each suite comes with air conditioning, a writing desk, tea and coffee station, luggage rack, comfy sofa, WiFi and a smart TV connected to cameras overlooking the lodge’s waterhole.

To the front of the suite, large sliding glass and screen doors open up onto a wraparound veranda, looking out onto the surrounding bush, generally toward the waterhole. A clever electric fence system means that the view isn’t obstructed by wires and that wildlife can get quite close to the suites.

To the side of the bedroom is a modern en-suite shower room with marble surfaces, twin basins, rain-effect indoor shower and a separate toilet cubicle, while a sliding door opens to a well-screened outdoor shower.

For families or couples travelling together, suites five and six have been positioned closer together than the others. Aside from their proximity, there is no other difference, so when not being used by a group/family, they are used as independent suites. As the whole lodge is fenced, walking between rooms is relatively safe, so this arrangement works well, even for families with relatively young children.

Brick pathways through the bush link the suites to the main area: several buildings arranged in a semi-circle around a courtyard looking out over the waterhole. At its heart is a large firepit, a perfect spot to relax with a drink at the end of the day. Set around this are the bar and lounge; the dining area; and a large open viewing deck fronting another lounge and a presentation area. A small curio shop doubles as reception.

Surrounded by manicured lawns and a deck with sunloungers, the camp’s large infinity pool comes complete with a separate elephant trough – giving elephants access to fresh water without resorting to the pool itself.

During our stay in April 2019, the presentation area was the location for half-hour talks on research conducted at the Ongava Research Centre – which, at the time, was still under construction a short walk from the main camp. When we dropped in for a visit in May 2022, the centre was built, although not yet running at full capacity. The building itself is an impressive structure with space for veterinary studies and research as well as an auditorium and a sky deck, giving guests front-row seats to the spectacular Namibian sky.

Our favourite feature at the research centre was the museum; with limited time, we could not spend as much time there as we would have liked. We could have whiled away a couple of happy hours learning about Namibia's geology, country-wide conservation efforts, the history of Ongava and all sorts of facts about both of Africa's rhino species. We understand it is relatively common for guest from Andderssons' and the other Ongava camps to spend an afternoon touring the research facilities and museum during their stay on the reserve,

By no means least on the impressive list of facilities at Andersson’s is its thrilling sunken hide. Dug into the ground to be at eye level with the animals while they drink the hide is accessed through a tunnel and offers an exceptional opportunity to get up close and personal with the reserve’s wilder residents. The hide was designed with comfort in mind, with a water cooler and comfortable seats reminiscent of those in the game-drive vehicles, but as both the tunnel and the hide are quite echoey, it’s important to keep movements to a minimum.

Other activities from Andersson’s focus largely on game drives – both into Etosha National Park and on the reserve itself. Unlike in Etosha, however, Ongava can offer walking safaris, rhino approaches and night drives, as well as the more traditional game drives.

Our view

Andersson's at Ongava occupies a fantastic location on a rewarding and well-run private game reserve within easy reach of Etosha National Park. We have always enjoyed staying on the reserve and this lodge certainly to lives up to the high standards we've come to expect from the Ongava portfolio. The sunken hide and research centre add the opportunity to gain unique perspectives on some of Namibia’s most endangered species.

Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Country manager: Namibia


Etosha National Park, Namibia
Ideal length of stay
Two or three nights here is ideal if you want to go on game drives into Etosha and the Ongava Reserve as well as experiencing the Ongava Research Centre.
The lodge is located on the Ongava Reserve on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park, near the Andersson's Gate into the park.

There is an airstrip on the Ongava Reserve, and from here Andersson's is just a short drive.
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board
Food quality
On our visit in May 2022 we didn't have time to eat here, but on a previous stay in April 2019 we were impressed by the high quality of the food. We understand that the lodge will be able to cater for most dietary requirements so long as sufficient notice is given.

Breakfast comes in the usual Namibian style with a buffet of cereals, bread, cold meats, fresh fruits, yoghurt, tea, coffee and fruit juice, along with hot dishes cooked to order.

For lunch we enjoyed a light and refreshing tomato and mozzarella salad, followed by a choice of vegetable pasta or a kudu kebab with roast vegetables. The meal was rounded off by chocolate brownies and/or vanilla ice cream.

Our three-course dinner started with leek and potato soup with a fresh bread roll. The main course, of either chicken stuffed with feta and spinach, or pork, was served with potato wedges, green beans and steamed vegetables. Although we were quite full we thoroughly enjoyed the vanilla cheesecake dessert.
Dining style
Individual Tables
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info, including room service
Private dining can be arranged on request.
Drinks included
Local and house drinks are included on a full-board basis with premium drinks such as champagne and whisky available at extra charge. Drinks are not included for those staying on half board.

Special interests

Family holidays
Although it has been upgraded and is now a more upmarket lodge, Andersson’s at Ongava remains a great option for a family holiday to Namibia. The lodge is still fenced, with a family suite and plenty to keep children entertained.
See ideas for Family holidays
Photography holidays
Andersson’s at Ongava has a one-of-a-kind sunken hide overlooking their waterhole. Accessed via a tunnel from the lodge this offers photographers in Namibia a unique perspective on some of the country’s most endangered species, and more besides.
See ideas for Photography holidays
Walking safaris
The focus of walking safaris from Andersson's is often on tracking white rhino, although you may also see some of the reserve's species. Lead by expertly trained, armed guides this a great way to experience the bush from a different perspective.
See ideas for Walking safaris


Attitude towards children
Andersson’s accepts children of all ages.
Property’s age restrictions
Special activities & services
There are no child-specific activities here but we have always found the staff to be flexible and good with families.
The camp has two suites that are relatively close together that would suit families with children. Subject to availability, extra beds can be provided for young children to stay in their parent’s room, if requested in advance.
Generally recommended for children
Andersson’s is fenced but it has a relatively adult atmosphere and with no child-specific activities on offer we don’t believe it would be a good fit for young children.
Despite the fence around the lodge, we advise that children are supervised at all times; the fence is electric, and the pool is both unfenced and unguarded.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Andersson's at Ongava

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Andersson's at Ongava have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.


100% success

White Rhino

100% success


92% success


92% success


88% success

Black Rhino

87% success


85% success


75% success

Spotted Hyena

46% success


40% success

Roan antelope

25% success

Brown Hyena

17% success


8% success


0% success


0% success


0% success

Sable antelope

0% success


Power supply notes
There is a back-up generator in case of mains failure.

There are universal charging points in the suites for guests to charge electrical devices.
There is cellphone reception throughout the lodge, and WiFi is available for guests to use in the main area and the suites.
TV & radio
There are TVs in the suites but these are for watching the action at the waterhole and are not connected to satellite channels.
Water supply
Water supply notes
Each room has a flush toilet. Hot running water is provided by a solar geyser.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Medical care
All staff have first-aid training, and the nearest doctor is in Outjo. In the event of a serious medical situation, travellers would be airlifted to Windhoek
Dangerous animals
Moderate Risk
Security measures
The entrance to the reserve is guarded and the lodge is fenced. In addition, the camp’s managers sleep on site.
Fire safety
There are fire extinguishers in the suites and main areas.


  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching


  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Night drive

    Night drive


Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
A full laundry service is included on a full-board stay. On a half-board stay laundry is charge per item.
There is a small electric safe in each suite.
Accepted payment on location
Cash payments are accepted in Namibian dollars and South African rand – with British pounds, US dollars and euro accepted in an emergency. Card payments can be made using Visa, Mastercard or AmEx.

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