Damaraland’s innate rugged beauty and the chance of tracking its desert-adapted elephant and rhino offer a mesmerising combination.
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<p>We’ll lay our cards on the table straight away. Damaraland is perhaps our favourite region 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. A series of dry riverbeds (Huab, Ugab and Uniab rivers) cuts through this rugged mountain wilderness. Here the underground water and occasional springs offer an oasis of trees and vegetation. And 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. The vast towering mountains are the only thing that dwarfs their bulk! 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. Equally absorbing are visits to the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes.
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. Perhaps you may also see other arid-loving species such as gemsbok, jackal, springbok and, occasionally, western black rhino. Each lodge has different activities, so chat to your Cedarberg consultant about your preferences.
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