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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.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Explore Damaraland

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

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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 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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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

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

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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Illona put together a really good itinerary less than 6 weeks before departure. She was very efficient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Illona has arranged African trips for us before and she was as committed and helpful as ever.


Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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