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“Amazing waterhole & very friendly staff”
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Andersson’s Camp
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Munich, Germany
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“Amazing waterhole & very friendly staff”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

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.

Tents
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.

Waterhole
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!


General advice
Malaria:
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.

Weather:
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.


Tipping
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.

Etosha
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.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

What makes this lodge truly special is the quality of its waterhole. We stayed at several lodges with waterholes including Okaukuejo in Etosha but we liked this the best. You are close and the number and diversity of animals is superb and it's intimate; there are only some 20 guests. To sit with a drink or at dinner and watch the action is unbelievable.

Other great things about Andersson's is the quality of the people who make a major contribution to your enjoyment and comfort - friendly, efficient and very knowledgable. The food is good (better than many lodges) and the public areas comfortable and well-furnished.

The rooms are rather basic and disappointing but are clean and some offer great views.

Overall this is a great place and a great wildlife experience.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

The climax of our 2 week road trip around Namibia was three nights in this family-friendly camp only 8kms from Etosha NP. We stayed here from August the 23rd to the 26th, 2012.
We were travelling with our 4 children ( aged 4-10 years) and were pleased to find that our children were not just tolerated at Andersson's but were positively welcomed by the staff.
The cooks were happy to adapt the evening meals to suit our slightly fussy, non game eating kids, then amuse them by the fire while my husband and I enjoyed an alcoholic beverage.
We did have a slight issue when we arrived and were presented with 3 rooms of 2 beds each. Our 10 year old did not want to sleep without an adult, but the problem was solved when the staff moved an extra bed into each room so we slept 3 in a room.
The first night was a bit chilly, but the staff put amazing hotwater bottles in our bed which stayed warm all night. The 2nd too nights were much warmer and the hot water bottles weren't as welcome. It got quite windy the second night, and the canvasroof flapping kept me awake but the kids slept through, so I didn't mind!
We loved the rustic style of the rooms, especially the tin bath shower. Our son hates showers and was happy to 'swim' in the bath. The common area by the camp waterhole, with its tables, sofas and books was also lovely after a day of sitting in a car looking for lions.
Unfortunately, one lot of guests hadn't realised that there would be children present and requested we keep them away from the common area as they were disturbing their peace and quiet. The rooms were too small to keep the children in for any length of time and they needed to stretch their legs so we couldn't do this, but the staff were quick to confirm that our children were not a problem and the group concerned were out of order.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Andersson's. Everything was excellent, but it was cold.

Rooms: The rooms are very comfortable, a bit small as we had an extra bed for our daughter. The beds are comfortable, the water hot and the view from the room fabulous. The rooms walls are tents, hence the cold, we took care to zipper down everything to retain daytime heat but they cool down fast. The hot water bottles in bed help.
Service: Outstanding. Everyone of the staff were polite and attentive. They love to talk with the guests or leave you alone depending on your personality. They really made an effort to keep our 7 year old occupied, and we appreciated it. In addition, they made sure she was absolutely safe at all times. We never heard a "no" from they, they were very eager to make sure we had everything. They have a great wine list.
Food: Probably the best food we had in all lodges we stayed at in Namibia. The food was cooked to order, flavorful, and they infused a variety of native or other flavors into the dishes. This was much better that the normal bland dishes that we got at other lodges.
Ambiance: Wonderful. The waterhole is right there and always teaming with wildlife. We saw waterbuck, oryx, kudu, black jackal, the ever present guinea fowl, warthogs and of course Odin, the black rhino, and lions. This was probably the best waterhole in all of Etosha. The seating in front is comfortable and the quiet makes for wonderful evenings and mornings waiting for animals.
Activities: You can do your own drives to Etosha, the gate is very close. We did a night drive, it was amazing, we saw a pride of 8 lions right outside the Camp, owls, giraffe, and other animals. You can do a walk in the evenings. We did a full day drive to Etosha, it was customized to us so we chased lions and saw a large pride of them. The camp has something for everybody os make the best use of these services.

TIP: Get a room with the higher number as they have direct views to the waterhole.
Also spend some time talking with the manager, he has a lot of experience and knows a lot about the politics and region that makes for very interesting conversation. Besides he is a great guy.

Overall, a great Camp, we would definitely come back but is warmer weather.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Lovely staff and the food was great. Very near the entrance to Ethosha and there was a lot of activity around the camps water hole. The rooms are quite small and the bathroom open to the outside, just mesh on the wall. It has an old tin bath as a shower stall!! It was freezing and the bed area was just as cold because of the mesh. We really think they should do something to improve the experience.

We loved being near the entrance to Etosha and there is a lovely waterhole just to the left as you enter. We spent the last hour or so each day sitting there and just nipped out of the park as the gates were closing. Anderssons Camp is a nice place but could do with a bit of tweaking to make it great.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Andersson’s Camp, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Thank you very much for the feedback you have provided, we really do appreciate it. Anderson’s Camp (as most camps in Namibia) is definitely built for the summer months which constitute about 10 of the 12 months. The whole camp was built with the “recycle, reuse and reduce” idea in mind. The rooms are normal canvas with tent flaps and the bathroom area is built with gabions (rocks covered with wire mesh); these gabions fit snugly together and no breeze comes through here. By using the gabions we have used very little concrete so the camp has a very light footprint. It is only the top part of the shower area that has mesh, not the whole bathroom- and it was a decision not to use glass because glass would have made the temperatures unbearable in summer. There is a wooden door with a tent flap that can roll up, separating the bathroom and the room areas. If this door is closed and the flap down and secured by the Velcro, the cold wind from the bathroom is considerably diminished – we shall ensure this is being adequately explained to guests on arrival. There are plans to possibly insulate the tents by doing double canvas or tongue-in-groove wooden strips. There are plans to improve the cold in the main area as well, with some form of heating. We are sorry that you experienced once of the coldest spells to Southern Africa in quite a while, whilst at Anderssons, but are delighted you enjoyed the stay despite this.
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Reviewed July 18, 2012 via mobile

Wonderful location near Etosha gate, lodge and tented cabins all built around a watering hole where all kinds of animals come in to drink. The main area around the dining area is very attractive with couches you can sit on and watch the animals come into the watering hole.
The tented cabins are rustic but attractive, beds comfortable, plenty of hot water, the only issue I had was that it was very cold weather and there was no heat in the cabins. There are outlets so no reason why the couldn't have small heaters, radiator if concerned about fire.
The food was wonderful, they will cook whatever eggs you want, lots of variety for breakfast and dinner. Nice selection of wines, drinks.
Staff very accommodating and friendly, great stay, lions and hyenas on the last night, wonderful campfire at night with amazing views of the stars. Also very nice gift shop with more upscale items then you usually find

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Andersson’s Camp, responded to this review, July 26, 2012
Thank you for the super feedback you have posted on Andersson’s Camp.

At the time you were visiting camp, there was a very unusual cold spell which moved in over the area. Hot water bottles are provided in the evening, which helps a great deal in taking the edge off the cold and assists guests in warming up so that they can get cosy in bed. There are also extra blankets available in the room and guests may make use of when required.

We are delighted you enjoyed the wonderful food, had good game sightings and found the little gem of a curio shop!
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We stayed in many lodges throughout Namibia but this one was a disappointment. The staff stood off in the corners and the main person in charge was trying desperately to do it all.
We went all inclusive and the first night we were the only guests and they clearly did not bother to cook for us. Some dried up roast was pulled from the freezer. Horrible stuff.
The second night was better since I think they overheard us complain. The rooms were super small and there was hardly enough space to get your shoes on. The shower was a tin bucket.
The wildlife was abundant and the watering holes were busy. Looked like an audition for Noah's arc. In contrast to all the other places we felt unwelcome here! This lodge is not owned by Wilderness but rather only managed by them. This is a putty because I know wilderness would do better!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Andersson’s Camp, responded to this review, July 27, 2012
We are really disappointed to hear that your stay at Andersson’s did not meet with your expectations.

Andersson's forms part of the Wilderness Adventures brand, offering an accessible and authentic experience in diverse wilderness areas. We promise simplicity, consistency and affordability, a fun and flexible offering in a relaxed and interactive atmosphere. The main area of these larger camps is the centre of the experience with restaurant and /or buffet style dining. The rooms are smaller and simpler than Wilderness Safaris Classic camps but extremely comfortable . The camp caters to those wanting a value for money experience and /or a family-friendly safari. Game drives are conducted in 9-seater 4x4 vehicles with no guarantee of “window” seats and guests are accompanied by a knowledgeable guide on each activity.

All our food is prepared freshly everyday, whether there are only two guests or a full camp. Our staff has been doing very well recently concerning service and thanks to the additional attention of a Food Experience manager, has seen marked improvement in the food quality and offering.

We are extremely pleased that you encountered an abundance of wildlife whilst staying at the camp, the waterhole being the main attraction for a variety of animals.
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Property: Andersson’s Camp
Address: | Ongava Game Reserve, Etosha National Park 9000, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Oshikoto Region > Etosha National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Etosha National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Andersson’s Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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