Reviews of Anderssons Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Back to the Homestead
Coolest, most holistically integrated camp I've ever seen anywhere. It just proves that a camp does not need to be luxurious in order to be outstanding. The facility had a feel of a renovated homestead (many renovated old buildings in downtown Manhattan have the same feel) that fit into their environment without flash or unnecessary decoration/fru-fru.
The staff, an extension of the homestead, has similarly toned-down but very smooth operating manner. It is about attitude: a confident but well-wraped demeanor who never forgets that he/she works in the hospitality industry and is facing a client. Food, another expression of life on the homestead could lean more heavily on recreating a past life style.
The guides were hilarious, funny, knowledgeable and had a cool confident attitude that says: you are in professional hands. They seemed they wanted to be there rather than it was just a job. Whoever put this camp & team together had a point to prove and did it flawlessly. This camp spoke both to my mind and heart.
Nice camp but room was inferior.
At Anderssons Camp, the staff is very friendly and attentive. Being practically right at the gate to Etosha was a distinct advantage because we were able to do both the afternoon and morning safaris. The food was generally good.
The big downside to Anderssons is the actual accommodation. The room was tiny and dirty and the bathroom was gross. The "shower" consisted of a dirty, rusty metal bucket.
However, a big plus was the "hide" where one could observe the animals up close as they drank from a watering hole on the property.
Great location with rustic accommodation
The reserve is located right outside the gate to Etosha so is superbly positioned. The main area of the camp is lovely and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly.
The accommodation is quirky and rustic and much smaller than the other lodges we stayed. That said it was still very comfortable.
We did a sundowner game drive on their own Ongava Reserve and saw lions, zebra and many antelope.
The guide also walked us up close to a white rhino and calf which was quite mind-blowing.
Anderssons Camp is a great base for exploring the Eastern side of Etosha.
Anderssons Camp review
Great location right outside the gate to Etosha.
Loved the watering hole right by the main reception and eating area.
The accommodations were unique and fun.
Same comment about kid-friendly food. Otherwise, the food was really great.
Professional and informal
Terrific atmosphere and closeness to gameRead more about the whole safari
A bit run down
The best things are the water-hole in front of the verandah and the private reserve it is set in where we went for a very nice game drive.
The tents are quite old and run down and I found them quite tacky and small. The food was OK.
The least attractive camp in which we stayed
This place seemd rather tired and we did not enjoy the corrugated iron room.
Very noisy moving around at night. Described as quirky.
More accurately somewhat neglected.
Anderssons Camp review
By the high standards of Wilderness Safari lodges, Anderssons Camp wasn't quite there. For me, the quality was good but a notch down.
On the game drive I had, we got up close to lion and rhinos (great in its way) - but too close. The animals were clearly disturbed. The guiding lacked sensitivity and was too-focused on achieving two photo ops. (I realise this is a guiding dilemma.)
A charming, laid-back camp with the feel of an old-school safari as befitting its origins as a 19th century farmhouse. The tented room was small but comfortable with a deck that opened nicely onto areas filled with wandering game. The common areas were extremely open and well-situated for viewing the water hole very nearby. The game blind accessible by easy walk from the common areas afforded absolutely amazing close-up views of various game (including a large pride of lions), and the floodlit water hole attracted several rhinos for more amazing views.
Andersson's location just outside the southern gate (Andersson's/Okaukuejo) to Etosha makes it an ideal jumping off point for visits to the park and the water holes in the vicinity of Okaukuejo, including Okondeka,the water hole with the highest concentration and variety of game we saw on our four separate visits to the park.
Staff inform us that Andersson's is about to undergo an upgrade of facilities, to reduce the number of cabins and provide a more 'luxurious' experience, We hope that the camp doesn't lose its distinctive 'retro' charm in the process.
Excellent Etosha stop. Good waterhole
A well run camp, though not as special and Kualala or Doro !Nawas. A large party made its presence felt and on the first night when the black rhino came to the waterhole they all started moving the very heavy chairs and making a noise, scaring the back rhino away within a few minutes. Frustrating! Maybe a notice on the terrace reminding guests to respect the need for relative quiet when animals come to the waterhole would be good - it was clearly awkward for the staff to say anything to the party.
Staff were excellent and very friendly, well informed and helpful.
I was concerned that Anderssons Camp might not be as good as staying inside Etosha with access to the waterhole in the evening, especially as we saw nothing at waterhole first night. But it was completely worth staying at Andersson - in fact brilliant. We saw black rhino both 2 and 3rd nights and watched a pride of 13 lion for about 2 hours on the third night. Fabulous!
We had no need to use any of the guide services - we saw masses in Etosha driving ourselves, including a lion killing a springbok and lots of birds. It was perfect and we so much enjoyed driving around ourselves and spending as much time as we wanted at various spots.