The desert truly blooms into life during January as the summer rains provoke a sudden riot of greenery – very different perhaps to how many people imagine Namibia. This is arguably one of the most beautiful times of year to visit Andersson’s – having said this, the animals are spread further out and make it difficult for us to track them down.
It is difficult to convey the transformation that occurs in this area, with up to 28 mm (1 inch) of rain in one day! Of course the rains result in a bonanza of new vegetation for herbivores to feed on, and our guests enjoyed many very rewarding game drives into Etosha National Park, with the Park’s usual arid, lunar landscape also having undergone a transformation.
Namibia’s megafauna has been much in evidence, with breeding herds of elephant and both species of rhino counted among the highlights. One black rhino has been making regular visits to Andersson’s waterhole to the great delight of guests.
Within the Park, guests have enjoyed sightings of spotted hyaena and lion, and closer to camp, two female lions and a cub were seen.
Lion sighting on game drive on the property
Inspired by the natural wonders all around us, we have had a lot of fun this month setting up some special events for our guests including a special sundowner event as the stars emerged over Etosha – and where better to observe the heavens than the divine setting of northern Namibia.
We have always prided ourselves on letting guests have the best possible wildlife sightings, without of course risking disturbing the animals and birds, and the completion of the Andersson’s Camp’s sunken hide has greatly assisted us in this. Guests can now relax and enjoy spectacular wildlife viewing without the animals even being aware that they are there. The underground hide provides a unique perspective from which to view game and take dynamic photographs – including that of a black rhino visiting the waterhole.
Our weekly boma evenings give the staff members a chance to showcase their cultural heritage through traditional dress, dancing and food – an opportunity also for guests to enjoy this important integral part of their safari.
The rains herald many new beginnings in the Namibian desert, and living here at Andersson’s gives us front row seats for this show, and we invite all of you reading this to come and share this experience with us. Situated as Andersson’s Camp is on the very edge of the immense Etosha National Park, we are in the perfect position to observe and learn.
“Doing the game drive was great. Staff were so friendly and accommodating. Nothing was too much effort. Seeing black rhino at the waterhole and then seeing close up through the underground shelter was amazing’’. Santa Gascoigne & Ian Gascoigne
“We loved the night the staff sang and danced. It gave us a flavour of Namibia. We have really enjoyed our stay. The camp was very comfortable = great linen and beds. Bathrooms were charming and o was the lodge. Unfortunately, not very stylish. I’d still come back.” Donna Chabot & Jean Christiasen