Hide and Seek in Namibia


Just below Namibia's Etosha National Park, Andersson’s Camp has a ground-level hide that is a fantastic way to get up close and personal with some of Etosha’s wildlife. If you are a keen photographer, or just a nature lover, then read on as we will be telling you why you need to get yourself to this awesome wildlife watching spot.

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Zebras making their way to a waterhole with Andersson's Camp in the background.
(Photo via Wilderness Safaris


What is a Hide? 

A great way to catch undisturbed views of wildlife in Namibia is to spend a lot of time in a purpose-built hide. These hides are built so that they blend in with the natural surrounds and thus the local wildlife will be at ease and guests will be able to quietly see how these animals behave in their natural environments.

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A warthog, just chilling.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

At Andersson’s Camp Wilderness Safaris has set up an underground hide near a waterhole a few hundred metres from their main camp. A fenced-off passageway leads from the camp’s main area to the underground hide that allows guests of the camp to easily travel to and from the hide whenever they desire.

 

Ground Level Photography

Once in the hide you will be in a large airy and cool room that serves up panoramic views. In the hide there are benches allowing guests to get comfortable while they wait for and watch the animals around the waterhole.

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Ample space and surfaces to makes getting that shot that much easier.
(Photo courtesy of photographer 
Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

The hide at Andersson’s Camp is open on three sides and as a result it is always cool and pleasant. Unlike most hides, which are very cramped and often intolerably hot, there is a lot of space in the Andersson Camp hide and this allows photographers enough room to maneuver.

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The ground-level hide offers guests unique viewing opportunities.
(Photo courtesy of photographer 
Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

So if you’re searching for that perfect shot then feel free to bring your tripods and other equipment into the hide as there is ample space in which to set your equipment up for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

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You’ll need space for your tripod if you want the most from your low light shots.
 (Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

What to Look Out For

Once in the hide you will be about 6 metres away from the animals, close enough to hear the animals slurp the cool water and see their alert eyes blink. It’s as close as you can get to the majestic animals without putting yourself, or the animals, in real danger.

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Undisturbed and up close game viewing.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris) 

 

You can expect to see giraffes, black-faced impalas, hartebees, kudus, warthogs and other large antelopes and mammals. Along with these more common animals, lucky guests have also seen black rhino and lions coming to cool off at the shady waterhole.

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Two adult hartebees at the waterhole.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris) 

 

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You are so close to the action in the hide that even "smaller" creatures can be seen up close.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

Day and Night 

Anyone who has been on an authentic safari knows that animals tend to come and go as they please. This is why patience is so important when you are on the look out for wildlife. Luckily, the hide is open day and night and guests can stake out the waterhole by the light of the moon or the rays of the sun. 

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On the move.
Some herbivores spooked by the arrival of a larger animal.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris)

 

During the day you can expect to see general game like giraffes, zebras, black-faced impalas, kudus, warthogs and other antelopes. In the early evening (and often when dinner is served at the camp!) rhinos often come down for an evening drink. After darkness falls keep your eyes peeled for lions who sometimes come down to the hole for a night cap.

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A black-faced impala enjoying the cool water.
(Photo courtesy of photographer Olwen Evans & Wilderness Safaris) 

 

Where is Andersson's Camp?

If you want more information on how you can book some time at Andersson’s Camp then click on this link. You can find the camp in the Ongava Game Reserve, which is a privately run reserve right that shares a border with Etosha National Park.

Most travellers get to Ongava via the C38, but for the more adventurous there are less well travelled roads that will get you there as well… Just be sure to be adequately prepared! 

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(Map via Wilderness Safaris)

 

If you still aren't convinced then check out all the glowing tesitominals on Trip Advisor for Andersson's Camp and then begin planning a visit to this truly awesome spot in Namibia.

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There's plenty to explore and experience at Ongava and Andersson's Camp.
(Photo via Wilderness Safaris)

 

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