Damaraland’s innate rugged beauty and the chance of tracking its desert-adapted elephant and rhino offer a mesmerising combination.
We’ll lay our cards on the table straight away – Damaraland is perhaps our favourite area of Namibia. Its innate beauty is intensified by the solitude and the sense of freedom it inspires.
Damaraland offers great photographic opportunities with its imposing granite domes, dramatic flat-topped mountains and vast panoramas. Through this rugged mountain wilderness cuts a series of dry riverbeds of the Huab, Ugab and Uniab rivers. Here the underground water and occasional springs offer an oasis of trees and vegetation. This sustains the wildlife in such seemingly inhospitable terrain.
Damaraland’s two main claims on your time are its imposing geology in the southern part and its unique desert-adapted elephant. Their bulk being dwarfed only by the vast towering mountains above them!
Generally we recommend a night or two in southern Damaraland. Stay close to the fascinating rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a prehistoric art gallery of sorts. A visit to the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes are equally absorbing.
Next you may like to enjoy a couple of nights in one of the private concessions in the mountainous north. Here the focus is on enjoying the stark mountain scenery and going in search of its rare, desert-adapted wildlife. Other arid-loving species such as gemsbok, jackal, springbok and, occasionally, western black rhino may also be seen. Each lodge has different activities so chat to your Cedarberg consultant about your preferences.
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