Holidays to Damaraland

Discover rare Bushman art, desert elephant and prehistoric water courses in incredible Damaraland. One of Namibia's most scenic areas, look out upon distant mountain ranges, wide open plains and huge granite formations in this diverse and contrasting landscape, home to giraffe, ostrich, unique desert elephant and springbok. One of Damaraland's more famous inhabitants, however, is the rare and critically endangered black rhino. Under fire from poachers, who seek their horns, the chance to track these creatures in the wild is a once in a lifetime experience and not to be missed.

Desert elephant sighting on safari holidays to Damaraland, from Damaraland Camp Landsacpe of Damaraland by Wilderness Safaris Giraffe by Caroline Culbert

Damaraland Highlights

  • Climb the Brandberg, Namibia's highest mountain
  • Track rare black rhino
  • Fascinating Bushman art at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
  • Desert-adapted elephant
  • The ancient trees of the Petrified Forest
  • See the prehistoric Welwitschia Mirabilis plants some of which are believed to be over 1,500 years old.
  • See Fingerklip and Spitzkoppe (Africa's Matterhorn)

Geographically the region is a goldmine of discovery: explore the vast Haub River system with guided nature drives and walks and, if you're up to it, climb the mighty Brandberg, Namibia's highest peak. The mountain is known locally as the fire mountain - thanks to the effect of the sunset on its western side - and is home to thousands of Bushman art, the most famous of which being the white lady. To see more of this cultural artwork step back in time with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein. The site has more than 2,500 engravings and various paintings made by Bushmen thousands of years ago, a real treat for the budding archaeologist.

Another highlight of holidays to Damaraland are the trees of the Petrified Forest, which were uprooted some 200 million years ago, swept along by rivers in flood, covered by sediments and then subsequently uncovered by erosion.

Selected Damaraland Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Damaraland

All Namibia Itineraries
Himba Women - Photo by Dana Allen for Wilderness Safaris

Wonders of Namibia and Botswana

Days
15
Cost Per Person
From $9,790 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Botswana
Namibia
Locations
Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Etosha & Surrounds, Damaraland, Sossusvlei & the Namib Desert, Maun

Damaraland Accommmodation

All Namibia accommodations
  • Damaraland Camp
    Lounge area

    Look out upon the lofty peaks of the Brandberg Mountains and endless desert plains from Damaraland Camp. Accommodation is raised off the desert floor on wooden decking while the min area offers a swimming pool in which to cool off.

  • Desert Rhino Camp
    Tent interior

    Found in the heart of Damaraland in the stunning private Palmwag Concession, Desert Rhino Camp is a tented accommodation, surrounded by rocky hills and providing the perfect base from which to enjoy rhino tracking.

  • Doro Nawas Camp
    Tent bedroom and verandah

    Set in the starkly beautiful Doro Nawas Conservancy, from this property expect stunning views, sightings of desert-adapted elephant and magnificent star gazing.

  • Epako Safari Lodge
    Epako  - deluxe twin

    Located within a 11,000ha private reserve in a beautiful mountainous region on the outskirts of Damaraland, Epako Safari Lodge offers a lovely midway stop between Windhoek, Swakopmund and the Etosha National Park.

  • Etendeka Mountain Camp
    Aerial of camp

    Set on the lower slopes of the Grootberg massif, this back to nature camp offers magnificent scenery to explore and a warm, comfortable base from which to do so.

  • Palmwag Lodge
    Palmwag Lodge restaurant deck

    With 5,000 square km of wilderness of the Palmwag Concession, Palmwag Lodge is a real oasis, set near a palm-shaded spring on the Uniab River, Damaraland,

  • Sorris Sorris Lodge

    Pared back luxury lodge set in the stunning rocky desert landscape.

  • Ugab Terrace Lodge
    Ugab - corridor

    Ugab Terrace Lodge is a wonderfully remote lodge, set in truly unique and stunning scenery. The swimming pool is a real highlight as it is built directly into the natural stone around the property. Simply decorated rooms with African flavours have magnificent views across the Damaraland scenery.

  • Brandberg White Lady Lodge
    Brandberg chalet

    Located by the ephemeral Ugab River, in the shadow of Brandberg Mountain, Damaraland, the Brandberg White Lady Lodge offers a range of accommodation in the striking Namibian landscape.

  • Camp Kipwe
    Exterior and view

    Surrounded by large granite boulders, with stunning desert views, Camp Kipwe is a small property that blends with the landscape and offers a range of exciting activities.

  • Grootberg Lodge
    View of lodge from across the gorge

    Spread along the rim of the Etendeka Plateau are the chalets of Grootberg Lodge. With panoramic vistas over the stunning Klip River Valley, Grootberg Lodge provides an ideal midway stopover for travellers making the journey between Etosha and Swakopumund.

  • Mowani Mountain Camp
    Suite

    Track desert elephant and a range of other species, stay in comfortable rooms and suites built around the surrounding granite boulders, visit ancient Bushman art and take-in magnificent vistas.

  • Vingerklip Lodge
    View of lodge from below

    Within a 7000 acre farm reserve is the delightful Vingerklip Lodge, perched high in one of the many impressive valleys in the striking Damaraland lanscape.

  • Erindi Old Trader's Lodge
    Einindi_Old_Traders_Lodge_Family_Suite

    A great base from which to explore the vast Damaraland wilderness of Erindi Private Game Reserve, Old Trader's Lodge offers luxury accommodation in a beautiful setting.

  • Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
    Twyfelfontein Country Lodge -  double room

    Nestled in the sandstone surroundings of the Huab Valley, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is well placed to delve into the history and wildlife of the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, Damaraland.