Damaraland Holidays

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
  • 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.

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Damaraland Accommmodation

Damaraland Camp

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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.

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Desert Rhino Camp

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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.

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Doro Nawas Camp

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

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Etendeka Mountain Camp

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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.

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Khowarib Lodge

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Khowarib Lodge comprises 14 luxury canvas chalets on stilts in an ideal location to explore North West Namibia.

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Palmwag Lodge

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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,

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Sorris Sorris Lodge

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

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Ugab Terrace Lodge

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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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