We visited the camp in August. At arrival the manager and her staff greeted us with big smiles, wet towels and welcome drinks. A ranger explained the excursions and everything we needed to know about the camp. Unfortunately you can´t do the evening walk with kids under 12 years, because that is too dangerous (they have prey size). They love kids at the camp but safety first, rightly so.
The tents aren´t big but even though we had three beds in it we felt fine. Nicely done bathrooms and veranda with two chairs. During the night it can be very cold in the tent (we measured 7°C) but you get hot water bottles.
Amazing! When we arrived there was saw a giraffe drinking, when we had coffee there came a black rhino and during dinner we saw eight lions and two rhinos and of course you see warthogs and all kind of antelopes.
When you leave the camp you drive approx. 10 minutes on a gravel road and then you are at the entrance of Etosha National Park (Andersson Gate).
The food was very good and there was always a really nice atmosphere during dinner. The manager and staff asked you about your day and chatted with everybody.
Laundry service is included.
Should we visit Namibia again we will return to Andersson´s Camp!
The Tropical Institute in Munich advised us to take malaria tablets before our trip, because we planed to spend 4 nights at Ethosha National Park (Onguma Bush Camp and Andersson´s Camp).We decided against the advice and took Malarone tablets as prophylaxis with us. During our three weeks stay (August 5th-Augusgt 27th) in Namibia we did not see even one mosquito, because the nights were too cold for them.
I thought we were prepared for the cold. We brought ski underwear, light down jackets, fleece jackets, scarfs, woolen hats and gloves but during the morning + evening excursions in the open vehicles all the lodges have I wished I had brought my ski pants as well. Also bring a warm pyjama.
During the day it is sunny and warm (sometimes you get a cold wind) but we had really freezing nights. Unfortunately most lodges, guesthouses, etc. do not have heating. If you hate it cold then make sure that you book a lodge with heating in their rooms or bring a small electrical heater from at home.
Also all swimming pools are freezing cold. Not even the Heinitzburg and the posh Wolvedans Dunes Lodge had a heated pool. It should be so easy to heat houses and pools with solar energy and I do not know why they don´t do it.
In most lodges, camps, hotels they have a tipping box at the reception and ask you to tip at the end of your stay so that it can be shared between all of their staff.
I asked a tour guide from South Africa how much you put in the box and he said for one night approx. 5-10 Euros. In the guest information booklet of Andersson´s Camp they advised that 10-15 US Dollars per day per person would be appropriate.
The rangers (the guides you go on excursions with) are always extra. In a blog I read that you should tip 8-10 Euros.
When you park your car in the cities there is always somebody who wants to watch your car while you leave it. A Windhoek citizen told us that you give 1-2 Namibian Dollars per hour for the service.
In addition to Anderssons Camp try to book a least one night at a lodge which is really IN Ethosha National Park. Then you are allowed to stay during sunset/night at the waterholes within the park. All other vehicles have to leave the park by sunset.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in mopane scrub on white calcrete soils, Andersson's Camp is situated 4.5km from Etosha's Andersson Gate. The camp was named after Swedish explorer Charles Andersson - one of the first Europeans to 'discover' Etosha, Africa's largest saltpan. The resurrected former farmstead that stands on the site now forms the centre of a charming camp fronting onto a productive waterhole. The 18 tented en-suite units are raised on decks for an enhanced view of the waterhole and surrounding vistas. The camp is an exciting example of sustainable construction; this model of eco-sensitive lodging provides an authentic, safe and down-to-earth experience for small groups, families and independent travellers to the Etosha region and is easily accessible by either road or air. Activities include morning and/or afternoon game drives in Etosha National Park, night drives (on request) and nature walks on Ongava Reserve. Subject to the availability of vehicles and guides, morning and afternoon/evening game drives on Ongava Game Reserve can be arraged at the camp at extra cost. ... more less
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