Erindi: Safari Destination Like No Other

Erindi: Safari Destination Like No Other

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.

Springbok by Donal Boyd

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.

Luxury Suite by Nadia Akester

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.

Erindi’s Guides by Nadia Akester

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.

Camp Elephant by Nadia Akester

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.

Old Traders Viewing Deck by Darren Swartz

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.

Leopard by Donal Boyd

Written by Kelly Frielinghaus.

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Kelly is the content strategist at ibay, a digital agency in Cape Town. She loves the outdoors and is a big cat lover. She is passionate about wildlife and strives to raise awareness about conservation through blogging.

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  • A paw to the face or a bite to the ear. These lion cubs are really strong at this age, even though this is just normal "play fighting", they pack a serious punch πŸ€› It makes for humorous game viewing seeing siblings tumbling about. 😼Photo: @fnventer . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #bigcats #bigfive #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "A paw to the face or a bite to the ear. These lion cubs are really strong at this age, even though this is just normal "play fighting", they pack a serious punch πŸ€› It makes for humorous game viewing seeing siblings tumbling about. 😼Photo: @fnventer
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #bigcats #bigfive #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Nothing beats a scrumptious and satisfying meal. This young male lion was really enjoying his wildebeest kill! A well-earned feast. 🍽🦁 Photo: @markusoblaender . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcat #wildcats #big5 #hungry #namibia #namibiatourism #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Nothing beats a scrumptious and satisfying meal. This young male lion was really enjoying his wildebeest kill! A well-earned feast. 🍽🦁
Photo: @markusoblaender
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcat #wildcats #big5 #hungry #namibia #namibiatourism #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Stick with mom and you will find out how to survive. Eating, moving and learning skills are essential to life in the wild. Become her shadow. πŸ˜πŸ’• Photo: @jeremyconte . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #elephantportrait #canon #moodynature #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Stick with mom and you will find out how to survive. Eating, moving and learning skills are essential to life in the wild. Become her shadow. πŸ˜πŸ’•
Photo: @jeremyconte
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #elephantportrait #canon #moodynature #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • The cheetah is the heart and soul of our work with @ccfcheetah. There are less than 10,000 individuals alive today. We have collectively undertaken a huge task to rehabilitate and reintegrate orphaned cheetah back into the wild. When they are grown and able to hunt on their own, half our work is done. But then we also have to hope that they will adapt to their new environment where there are many unfamiliar predators. 😿🌿 Photo: @mishawilcockson . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #endangered #bigcats #ccf #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "The cheetah is the heart and soul of our work with @ccfcheetah. There are less than 10,000 individuals alive today. We have collectively undertaken a huge task to rehabilitate and reintegrate orphaned cheetah back into the wild. When they are grown and able to hunt on their own, half our work is done. But then we also have to hope that they will adapt to their new environment where there are many unfamiliar predators. 😿🌿
Photo: @mishawilcockson
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #cheetah #endangered #bigcats #ccf #namibia #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Sometimes we are so focused on the big things in life, that we completely miss the small things - which are just as special. See the crocodile in the foreground? The photographer only saw him in the image much later. What a surprise. 🐊🐘 Photo: @sonlombard . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #crocodile #sunset #waterhole #surprise #dailypic #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #natureshots

    erindinamibia: "Sometimes we are so focused on the big things in life, that we completely miss the small things - which are just as special. See the crocodile in the foreground? The photographer only saw him in the image much later. What a surprise. 🐊🐘
Photo: @sonlombard .
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #crocodile #sunset #waterhole #surprise #dailypic #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #natureshots"
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  • Practising my roar mom. How does it sound? To us, it’s the sweetest attempt ever, but to the sibling on the right, it’s not that impressive. 🀣😝 Photo: @naudewashere . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #big5 #playful #roar #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Practising my roar mom. How does it sound? To us, it’s the sweetest attempt ever, but to the sibling on the right, it’s not that impressive. 🀣😝
Photo: @naudewashere
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #lioncubs #big5 #playful #roar #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • As the sun climbs over the horizon, it beckons the wild dogs to get moving. It is at sunrise when the dogs perform their greeting ritual, exciting each other for the hunt to come. They make chattering sounds and eerie calls that can be heard for miles. This marks the start of their hunt, but during the hunt itself, they are silent. πŸ”‡πŸΆ Photo: @fnventer . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #wilddog #africanwilddog #sunrise #call #howl #hunt #eerie #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "As the sun climbs over the horizon, it beckons the wild dogs to get moving. It is at sunrise when the dogs perform their greeting ritual, exciting each other for the hunt to come. They make chattering sounds and eerie calls that can be heard for miles. This marks the start of their hunt, but during the hunt itself, they are silent. πŸ”‡πŸΆ
Photo: @fnventer
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #wilddog #africanwilddog #sunrise #call #howl #hunt #eerie #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • The daytime and wildlife might be awe-inspiring, but the nighttime and the milky way is breathtaking. Come spend an evening beneath the stars with us. βœ¨πŸŒŒπŸŒ πŸŒ‘ Photo: @thomas.bartelds . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #nightsky #stars #galaxies #universe #milkyway #romantic #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "The daytime and wildlife might be awe-inspiring, but the nighttime and the milky way is breathtaking. Come spend an evening beneath the stars with us. βœ¨πŸŒŒπŸŒ πŸŒ‘
Photo: @thomas.bartelds
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #nightsky #stars #galaxies #universe #milkyway #romantic #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • One of our cheetahs, Obi-Wan, seen taking a snooze on a termite mound on a morning drive. 😴 Photo by @erinoutdoors.

    erindinamibia: "One of our cheetahs, Obi-Wan, seen taking a snooze on a termite mound on a morning drive. 😴 Photo by @erinoutdoors."
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  • The black-backed jackal is similar to the fox with its slender body, long legs, and large ears. It is a monogamous and territorial animal, usually defending its territory in pairs by scent marking and aggressively chasing off intruders. It is a vocal species with a high-pitched whining howl that can be heard over a considerable distance. 🐢 Photo: @naudewashere . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #jackal #nature #mammals #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts

    erindinamibia: "The black-backed jackal is similar to the fox with its slender body, long legs, and large ears. It is a monogamous and territorial animal, usually defending its territory in pairs by scent marking and aggressively chasing off intruders. It is a vocal species with a high-pitched whining howl that can be heard over a considerable distance. 🐢
Photo: @naudewashere .
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #jackal #nature #mammals #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts"
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  • When your feathers blend in so perfectly with the grass that it’s only your long neck that gives you away. It is easy to miss an ostrich from the road, but once you’ve scoped them out, they will scope you right back. The ostrich has the largest eye of any land animal, and only blinks once per minute. πŸ‘πŸŒΎ Photo:@fueradel_aula . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #ostrich #neckfordays #nature #birds #birdsofinstagram #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts

    erindinamibia: "When your feathers blend in so perfectly with the grass that it’s only your long neck that gives you away. It is easy to miss an ostrich from the road, but once you’ve scoped them out, they will scope you right back. The ostrich has the largest eye of any land animal, and only blinks once per minute. πŸ‘πŸŒΎ Photo:@fueradel_aula
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #ostrich #neckfordays #nature #birds #birdsofinstagram #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments #wildfacts"
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  • Families who cuddle together, stay together. Even in the animal kingdom, animals show immense affection towards each other. They also like to socialize and be close to one another. Sticking together is not only essential for survival, but also for healthy dynamics in the group πŸ€— πŸ“·Photo: @miss_anastasia_u . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #giraffe #family #nature #giraffes #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Families who cuddle together, stay together. Even in the animal kingdom, animals show immense affection towards each other. They also like to socialize and be close to one another. Sticking together is not only essential for survival, but also for healthy dynamics in the group πŸ€—
πŸ“·Photo: @miss_anastasia_u
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #giraffe #family #nature #giraffes #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Keeping it cool. Hippos have the right idea! πŸ’§Photo from last week by @erinoutdoors

    erindinamibia: "Keeping it cool. Hippos have the right idea! πŸ’§Photo from last week by @erinoutdoors"
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  • It is not unusual for elephants to cool off from the midday heat with a swish of dust. Namibia is known for its warm climate and vast open plains. At Erindi, nature is left to run its course, and this is precisely what @mishawilcockson from @earth captured while staying with us. 🐘 πŸ“·Photo: @mishawilcockson . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #big5 #nature #dustbath #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "It is not unusual for elephants to cool off from the midday heat with a swish of dust. Namibia is known for its warm climate and vast open plains. At Erindi, nature is left to run its course, and this is precisely what @mishawilcockson from @earth captured while staying with us. 🐘
πŸ“·Photo: @mishawilcockson
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #elephant #big5 #nature #dustbath #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • There is something special about seeing lion cubs in the wild. Their innocence and playfulness is something you can only observe with a huge smile on your face. Photo by @colbybrownphotography

    erindinamibia: "There is something special about seeing lion cubs in the wild. Their innocence and playfulness is something you can only observe with a huge smile on your face. Photo by @colbybrownphotography"
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  • All ears! πŸ‘€ Kudu photographed by @erinoutdoors on the reserve this week.

    erindinamibia: "All ears! πŸ‘€ Kudu photographed by @erinoutdoors on the reserve this week."
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  • Bandit is one of the many male Lions that we have in Erindi. As a private game reserve, we can often get pretty close to these incredible animals, allowing for some amazing photo opportunities! Photo by @colbybrownphotography

    erindinamibia: "Bandit is one of the many male Lions that we have in Erindi. As a private game reserve, we can often get pretty close to these incredible animals, allowing for some amazing photo opportunities!

Photo by @colbybrownphotography"
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  • Keep your chin up and let the light in. Our San families live in the reserve and their children particularly enjoy climbing trees and looking for animal tracks. The San take a holistic approach towards nature and wildlife; something we can all learn from them. 🌿🐾 Photo: @mijlof . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #sanpeople #san #family #tribe #holistic #nature #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Keep your chin up and let the light in. Our San families live in the reserve and their children particularly enjoy climbing trees and looking for animal tracks. The San take a holistic approach towards nature and wildlife; something we can all learn from them. 🌿🐾
Photo: @mijlof
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #sanpeople #san #family #tribe #holistic #nature #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • A surprising sighting. This brown hyena hung around longer than usual. Seeing them is usually rare. They are the most interesting predators in the hierarchy. Conservationists believe that the hyena is at the top of the pecking order, above wild dogs. πŸ†πŸ™Œ Photo: @naudewashere . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #brownhyena #hyena #elusive #rare #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "A surprising sighting. This brown hyena hung around longer than usual. Seeing them is usually rare. They are the most interesting predators in the hierarchy. Conservationists believe that the hyena is at the top of the pecking order, above wild dogs. πŸ†πŸ™Œ
Photo: @naudewashere
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #brownhyena #hyena #elusive #rare #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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  • Charge headlong because success is imminent. A sudden burst of energy is all it takes. Lions can charge within a distance of 22m, and this great effort is only rewarded when the target is brought down. πŸ™€ Photo: @francoisdplessis . . . #regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcats #wildcats #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments

    erindinamibia: "Charge headlong because success is imminent. A sudden burst of energy is all it takes. Lions can charge within a distance of 22m, and this great effort is only rewarded when the target is brought down. πŸ™€
Photo: @francoisdplessis
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#regram #erindi #erindinamibia #lion #bigcats #wildcats #predator #gamedrive #conservation #animalkingdom #africa #photography #travel #safari #wildlife #animals #wilderness #picoftheday #explore #travelgram #wildlifephotography #protectwildlife #safarimoments"
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