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Damaraland, Namibia

Desert-adapted elephant & rhino amidst mountainous desert of Damaraland


We’ll lay our cards on the table - Damaraland is perhaps our favourite area of Namibia. Its innate beauty is intensified by the solitude and the sense of freedom it engenders. Damaraland offers great photographic opportunities with its imposing granite domes, dramatic flat-topped mountains and vast panoramas. This rugged mountain wilderness lies west of Etosha and borders the Skeleton Coast to the north and Swakopmund to the south. Thus it is easy to visit between Etosha and Swakopmund. But please don’t rush through – Damaraland deserves at least two nights of your holiday, and perhaps more as it can be divided into two distinct areas.

The two main claims of Damaraland on your time are its imposing geology in the southern part of Damaraland and the unique wildlife of the north.

Generally we recommend a night or two in southern Damaraland close to the fascinating rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a prehistoric art gallery of sorts. We recommend Mowani Mountain Camp or Doro Nawas Camp. A visit to the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes are equally absorbing.

Next you can enjoy a couple of nights in one of the private Damaraland concessions in the mountainous north such as Damaraland Camp, Desert Rhino Camp or Huab Lodge on the edge of Darmaraland. Here you go in search of its rare, desert-adapted wildlife such as elephants, black rhino and other game that migrates across Damaraland according to the rains - herds of gemsbok, springbok, kudu, steenbok, mountain zebra and giraffe.

On the northern edges of Damaraland, bordering the Kaokoveld,  lie Kavita Lion Lodge, Palmwag Lodge and Toko Lodge. From here you can travel north to visit the Himba people.

See Kaokoland for more… 

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