There is a plethora of fantastic safari destinations in southern Africa to choose from. Selecting one for your next annual holiday destination can be tricky. But if you are passionate about nature and wildlife conservation, the options can be narrowed down rather quickly. Namibia is an incredibly underrated country, and should by no means be overlooked. The Namibian government takes their conservation laws very seriously, and they constantly strive to protect their natural resources from human-wildlife conflict, poaching, and other threats.
In Namibia, an ecotourism destination was developed by two brothers who were eager to showcase all the glorious creatures that the country has to offer. Erindi Private Game Reserve was established and opened its gates to the public in 2008. This natural wonderland, located two hours north of Windhoek, is where rehabilitation and conservation take precedent. Old Traders Lodge and Camp Elephant were built to accommodate the safari travellers who wanted an unrivalled nature experience, whilst staying in opulent bungalows.
Erindi has set the industry standard extremely high in terms of what it offers. It is a privately owned reserve, which is carefully managed by a passionate team of professionals. It caters for local Namibians as well as international tourists who have an interest in game drives and photographic safaris. For the adventure seekers, Erindi offers 4 self-drive routes stretching across miles of untamed wilderness.
Erindi has set the industry standard extremely high in terms of what it offers.
Friendships will be forged with the friendly team of staff who live on the reserve, and who regard their home and animals with great pride. Erindi is excellent value for money in comparison to similar reserves of the same caliber.
Camp Elephant offers 30 campsites and 15 self-catering chalets. Campsites are equipped with a luxury bathroom, fridge, and stove top. Chalets are equipped with crisp linen, a bathroom with solar geyser, a fully functional kitchen, and an open plan living area. Families are welcomed and have been catered for in every sense.
Old Traders Lodge offers 50 incredible suites situated in pristine wilderness, where you can meet plains game roaming a stone’s throw away. The Old Traders restaurant offers sumptuous meals that can be enjoyed on the viewing deck, which overlooks a massive waterhole where elephant, hippo, crocodile, wild dog and other species frequent.
Erindi offers over 24 unbelievable activities, where one-on-one interaction with the wildlife is an experience par excellence. The reserve is home to the most diverse range of fauna and flora species. Guests can learn what the conservation teams do on a daily basis in the form of the Cheetah Walk, the Leopard Project Drive, and Pangolin Tracking activities, amongst others. A carefully curated list of activities keeps the animals safety in mind, whilst creating a relaxed atmosphere for the nature viewer to enjoy the sounds and sights of Africa.
Erindi is a magical place, where simply watching the sun set over the Erongo mountains while sipping on an Amarula-infused coffee is a great pleasure. Watching the wild dogs tear at an antelope carcass, the elephants swim in the waterhole, and the big cats stretch in the trees above; makes Erindi a truly authentic destination where the wild are left to be wild.
A truly authentic destination where the wild are left to be wild.
Written by: Kelly Frielinghaus.
Photos supplied by: ibay