Landscape Escape to Damaraland Namibia


Damaraland demands a certain level of respect. Beautiful, but arid and unforgiving, attractions near this area have names like Burnt Mountain, the Petrified Forest, the Skeleton Coast – all aptly named and an indication of the drama found here.

 

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Desert adapted elephants have special behavioral characteristics, large annual and seasonal ranges and a social structure and daily activities to cope with the environment. If you’re lucky, you could even find the elusive and magnificent desert adapted rhino and desert lions can also be found in the area. 

But it is the contrast to the rest of Namibia that makes this landscape so magical; a real treat for the avid photographer, the wildlife lover and the traveller in search of some peace and quiet.

Perhaps the best description of Damaraland can be quoted from Dominique le Roux on TravelNewsNamibia.com:  

“It was the nakedness, really, that surprised me: the sheer, decadent, unrestrained sensuousness. Why had nobody told me how beautiful this land was? Or had I really been so deaf to their description? The beauty lay all around us; the black rock basalts of 132 million years ago, the tantalising active sand dunes, the knowledge of petrified dunes beneath them, the thought of 55 million years of drought ... Other places are good for soul-searching, but Damaraland is a place for soul-finding”

 

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The view from Grootberg Lodge

 

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The drive to the Himba village


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An aerial view of Damaraland on a flying safari


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Giraffes pause for a photo opp in the afternoon sun


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Springbok scattered across the rugged terrain


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The majestic kudu

 

What to do in & around Damaraland

Take in the breathtaking views and endless landscapes (download our photography travel guide and look at our Capture Namibia blog series for tips on getting the best of Namibia)

Catch a glimpse of desert adapted elephant

Go tracking desert adapted rhino with Save the Rhino Trust

Visit Twyfelfontein, home to the world’s largest concentration of rock art

Climb the highest point in Namibia at 2,573 meters, The Brandberg (burnt mountain) also famous for The White Lady rock painting

Stop over at the artist’s town of Omaruru

Go in search of the Himba for an enlightening cultural experience    

 

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Ask your lodge about excursions to find the desert-adapted Elephants that roam Damaraland


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Tracking the desert-adapted rhino is an unforgettable experience

 

Where to stay

Thankfully for visitors, there are many great desert accommodation options, which means you don't have to rough it in Damaraland in the slightest:  

Grootberg Lodge

Damaraland Camp (recently voted one of the best ecolodges by National Geographic)

Doro Nawas Camp

Desert Rhino Camp

Huab Lodge

Mowani Mountain Camp

Etendeka Mountain Camp

Palmwag lodge

Khorixas Rest Camp

Damara Mopane Lodge    

 

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Imagine floating around in this pool, Grootberg Lodge 

 

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Breakfast doesn't get better than this, Damaraland Camp

 

 

ATTA President in Damaraland

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