A fabulous little camp next to the famous Etosha National Park, Anderssons has just undergone a huge refurbishment! It includes the Ongava Research Centre and a photographic hide, and it has an admirable conservation and eco-tourism focus.
Anderssons at Ongava is one of just four properties within the Ongava Reserve – the others are Ongava Lodge, Little Ongava, and Ongava Tented Camp. It’s a must-visit for travellers seeking sumptuous accommodation alongside a keen emphasis on eco-tourism and conservation. The price of your stay includes all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, twice-daily scheduled activities within the reserve or Etosha N.P., park fees, and a laundry service. The camp is open throughout the year.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via a brief road transfer from the Ongava Reserve’s airstrip. It’s situated approximately 8 kilometres inside the reserve, with the low slopes of the Ondundozonanadana hills rising in the background.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT ANDERSSONS AT ONGAVA:
Guest accommodation consists of eight suites, each housed in a building that’s designed to blend with the landscape. Every structure features a natural stone buttress and a fabulous location close to a busy waterhole. Entering a standard-size suite via a single wooden door, you’ll arrive in a spacious bedroom, which offers a double bed or twin beds with mosquito netting, an integrated lounge with plush seating and a coffee table, and décor reminiscent of what you might find in a keen naturalist’s home. Additional amenities include air conditioning, a tea-and-coffee station, an electronic safe, and a hairdryer. The en-suite washroom is also open plan to the bedroom/lounge for the most part, and it contains a flush toilet, twin washbasins, and double shower. There’s an outside shower too! From the bedroom, sliding doors open onto a private deck, which boasts 180-degrees views over the waterhole and surrounding bushscape. The family suite is made up of two suites, linked along a short walkway.
The communal lodge at Anderssons also merges with the natural surroundings. Inside, there’s a pleasant lounge/bar, featuring very comfortable sofas and armchairs around coffee tables, some elegant lighting, and a few intriguing artefacts on display. There’s also a library, as well as a chic dining area, where guests gather for delicious meals. Throughout the lodge, cosy fireplaces are lit when necessary to keep out the chills, and the interiors flow out onto al fresco lounge and dining spaces. These surround an infinity pool, which is the perfect place to relax and watch the local wildlife gathering at the waterhole nearby! There’s a fire-pit too, where you can get to know your fellow guests and share stories about your time on safari.
ACTIVITIES AT ANDERSSONS AT ONGAVA:
Anderssons offers an exciting variety of activities. Please note, some of these are seasonal, so to find out what will be available during your visit please contact a member of the YZ team.
Expertly guided game drives– Ongava Reserve covers some 300 square kilometres of plains, scrubland, forests, and water sources. It’s home to a wealth of wildlife, including lion, rhino, leopard and elephant. There are no buffalo in this part of Namibia. There are plenty of other mammals too, among them cheetah, hyena, jackal, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and all sorts of antelopes! The real focus in Ongava is on their excellent black rhino and lion population. Game drives from camp provide ample opportunities to view the local wildlife.
Nature walks– This activity has a minimum age requirement of 13 years. Walks, which are also enjoyed in the presence of a knowledgeable and experienced guide, are ideal for anyone interested in taking a really close look at the smaller lives of the reserve – the plants, insects, and birds.
Birding– There are hundreds of bird species here, ranging from the vibrant little bee-eater to the mighty ostrich, with a vast range of songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors in between! If you’re a keen birder, don’t forget to pack your binocs – you’re in for a real treat.
Rhino approaches– Also with a minimum age requirement, of 16 years, approaches involve tracking the hefty herbivores on foot through the reserve, and getting as close as possible. A memorable experience!
Visits to photographic hide – We love the hide at Anderssons. Set up close to the waterhole, it offers amazing views of all the wildlife that comes to drink and it’s exceptionally good for close-up photography. You can even head to the camp’s photo nook after your visit, to review and edit your images.
Visits to the Ongava Research Centre– The centre is situated just a short distance from camp. It includes a fascinating self-guided exhibition area and a 36-seat auditorium for interactive presentations. The aim of research in the reserve is to preserve rare and endangered species, not least both black and white rhinos. Guests can find out all about ongoing efforts to protect the wildlife.