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.
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.
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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.
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.
Set in the starkly beautiful Doro Nawas Conservancy, from this property expect stunning views, sightings of desert-adapted elephant and magnificent star gazing.
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.
Khowarib Lodge comprises 14 luxury canvas chalets on stilts in an ideal location to explore North West Namibia.
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,
Pared back luxury lodge set in the stunning rocky desert landscape.
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.
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