Andersson’s Camp was created with the environment in mind and everything on site has been completed with the motto, ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. Much of the natural vegetation has been kept – and although the old farmstead has been updated, many original features remain, such as the small pool. As the camp is unfenced, it is not suitable for children under the age of 12 – however, the camp will take bookings for younger children at an extra cost and in advance.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The Swedish explorer Charles Andersson discovered the Etosha Pan in 1851. This family-friendly property has taken his name and consists of a delightful lodging in an old farmstead just 8km inside the private Ongava Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Featuring large wrap-around verandas on the outside of a traditional farmstead building, Andersson’s Camp has been built with the authentic in mind. At the front of the main building guests will find the waterhole, which is teeming with all sorts of animals by day and by night! For relaxation, you can take a dip in one of two swimming pools. One is quite small and framed like a water tank that you would have found during the old days when the property was a working farm. The other is a thoroughly modern pool, set into the camp’s pretty lawn. For dining, the verandas offer an outdoor experience – you can eat your meal while looking out at the waterhole below. Should you wish to step inside for a post-meal drink, a sizeable bar and lounge awaits you. Comfy chairs, sofas and tables fill the main area, and two open fireplaces can warm the night chill away accompanied by a sturdy whiskey! A small curio shop provides plenty of traditional crafts and artwork, as well as children’s toys, clothes and shoes, so there is plenty for the little ones.
Slightly away from the main building, Andersson’s Camp’s twenty raised tents spread outwards into the mopane woodland – this offers ample seclusion, as if you are on your own private safari in the olden days! Each tent is made from canvas, wood and stone cladding. Enter through a double door, and you will have access to your own private and covered veranda, an intimate space in which to relax and look out into the reserve. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom made from stone, including an open-air shower – you can get a feel for the stark and beautiful nature all around you as you awaken fresh from a good night’s sleep! A torch and mosquito repellent are provided for all guests and the humble furnishings are both tasteful and comfortable.
Game viewing at Andersson’s Camp is pretty impressive, with both black and white rhino known to be around for visitors to gaze at in awe and wonder. You can do that from the peace and quiet of the Camp itself, sitting with a glass of wine on one of the sofas in the lounge area and watching the waterhole come to life, with the floodlights coming on at night-time! The Reserve is fantastic for photographers – you will be snap happy with the hundreds of species of bird on show, the large and small animals congregating at the waterhole and out in Etosha National Park, and when one of the happy and friendly guides takes you out for a bush walk. You can book half- or full-day game drives into the national park – or this is the perfect location to set off on a self-drive journey, which many guests choose to do. There is also a brilliant hide right next to the waterhole, which can be reached via a tunnel from camp.