Quiver Tree, Namibia

Damaraland

Situated near the rugged Skeleton Coast, Damaraland is scenically magnificent with vast desert landscapes, granite kopjes, deep gorges and open plains.

Colourful rock formations brighten this desolate landscape, contrasting wonderfully with deep-blue Namibian skies.

Sandy tracks, Damaraland, Namibia
Damaraland, Namibia
Desert adapted elephant, Damaraland, Namibia
Damaraland, Namibia
Twyfelfontein Rock Art, Damaraland, Namibia
Twyfelfontein Rock Art, Damaraland, Namibia

A little more about Damaraland

The region is famed for the ancient petroglyphs of Twyfelfontein, created by the predecessors of the Namibian Bushmen, as well as the nearby petrified forests.

Desert-adapted elephants roam Damaraland, surviving in the harshest conditions, whilst populations of wild black rhinos can be found in the Palmwag Reserve and the environs of the remote Ugab River valley.

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Damaraland, Namibia

Explore Damaraland

Explore the boulder-strewn landscape of Damaraland on foot, horseback or by mountain bike.

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San Rock Art, Twyfelfontein, Namibia

Rock Art

Visit Twyfelfontein, the site of numerous ancient rock engravings. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein is decorated with countless petroglyphs, dating back thousands of years.

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Desert adapted elephant, Damaraland, Namibia

Desert Elephants

Track the herds of desert-adapted elephants that inhabit Damaraland. Often travelling vast distances in search of water, they survive against the odds in this arid region.

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Rhinos in long grass, Palmwag Reserve, Namibia

Desert Rhinos

Track one of the last surviving populations of desert-adapted black rhinos. These endangered animals are found within the protected Palmwag Reserve.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Etendeka Mountain Camp £££££

  • Namibia
  • Wilderness

Etendeka Mountain Camp is a permanent camp, situated in the foothills of the Grootberg, below the north-western escarpment of Namibia. This region is home to black rhino, desert elephant as well as Hartmann’s mountain zebra, oryx, giraffe and several bird species endemic to Namibia. Accommodation is in 10 walk-in shaded tents with twin beds, en-suite facilities which consist of a bucket shower, flush w.c. and wash basin with hot and cold running water. Each tent has its own veranda. There is a large open-sided dining tent with a bar. Activities include nature walks and scenic drives.

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Huab Under Canvas £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

This semi-mobile camp is set up in the remote Huab Conservancy in northern Damaraland. Found on the banks of the Huab River, its green canvas tents sit amongst the shade of mopane thickets. The area is remarkable for its population of desert-adapted black rhinos, which survive in spite of the harsh conditions.

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Camp Kipwe £££££

  • Namibia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Camp Kipwe lies in the heart of Damaraland, ideally located a short drive from the local attractions in the area. The camp is nestled amongst an outcrop of giant granite boulders, a stone’s throw away from the dry Aba Huab riverbed where desert-adapted elephants often traverse.

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Mowani Mountain Camp £££££

  • Namibia
  • Wilderness

Mowani Mountain Camp commands superb views over the ancient and rugged landscape of the Aba-Huab valley. The camp has been carefully designed to create the impression of an African village and the lodge itself is considered to be one of the finest in the Damaraland region of Namibia, which offers astounding desert scenery, fascinating geological formations and archaeological sites and an incomparable variety of desert flora and fauna.

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Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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