Why photographers love Erindi
- Great stopover on the way to or from Etosha
- Opportunities to find some rarely seen animals
- Good chance to see wild dogs
How we rate Erindi
Erindi at a glance
Erindi is a great destination for photographers and well positioned between Windhoek and Etosha for self-drivers.
Old Traders Lodge
- 30 Luxury Suites with ensuite bathrooms, private verandas and with views of a small waterhole which is floodlit at night
- 9 Superior Suites with ensuite bathrooms, private verandas and with views of the dam
- VIP and Livingstone Suites with private splash pools, outdoor showers, and excellent views
- Family Unit with two connected rooms and spacious veranda next to the pool
- Communal restaurant, viewing decks, swimming pool, and curio shop
- WiFi in communal areas
- 220 volt charging in rooms, TVs, mini bars, coffee stations, hair dryers, and safes
- 15 Self-catering chalets around floodlit waterhole and 30 camp sites, each with a private bathroom, braai, vehicle awning and kitchen area
- Access to some self-drive roads
Erindi Private Game Reserve covers 65,000 hectares. It was converted from a cattle farm to a conservation area in the 1990’s, and wildlife was reintroduced in large numbers. The reserve has elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, crocodile and many more species. Notably, the elusive pangolin, is seen frequently here during the dry season. Many animals at Erindi have been collared or implanted with VHF tracking transmitters, which are used for both research and tourism. Some of the activities on offer include tracking these collared or tagged animals such as cheetah, pangolin, serval, honey badger and more. There are also bush walks, San village visits, private photographic drives, and visits to the leopard research project. As a private reserve, Erindi does allow off-road driving, opportunities to get out of the vehicles, and night drives. Many documentaries have been filmed at Erindi including “Into the Pride”, “Ray Mears’ Survival Leopards”, and “Deadly 60”.
- Game viewing is best as the dry season progresses from May to October and November.
- Game viewing is more difficult in the green season from November or December to May, but it’s a good time for migrant birds and new-born animals.
What Erindi costs
Access is by 2 hour drive from Windhoek.
Photographers need to know
- Erindi tries to fill their standard game drives to capacity, so photographers will want a private vehicle.
- Quite a few of the predators do have collars, which can be frustrating for photographers.
The good news
Erindi is a conservation success story where a formerly degraded cattle ranch has been restored to a more natural state and serves as an important refuge for local wildlife. The lodge is home to the Global Leopard Project that seeks to research leopards and raise awareness about leopard conservation.