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Damaraland

Barren, beautiful and sun drenched landscapes dotted with life

Northern Damaraland is an almost waterless, desert space. You would think that nothing could live in this lunar landscape. But life is a persistent thing, and as the climate has changed over the millennia, the animals have adapted to their hostile environment. Against all odds, elephant, black rhino, giraffe, springbok and ostrich somehow manage to survive.

Life is a little easier in Damaraland’s cooler regions of hilly savannah. An occasional hiking trail crosses the landscape and on foot you stand a solid chance of seeing hyena, eland, giraffe, klipspringer and springbok. 33 different species of raptor sweep languid figure-eights in the skies overhead.
 
You won’t be the first person to walk this way, though other people are few and far between. The rocky outcrop at Twytelfontein has thousands of prehistoric Bushman engravings, and the pointed inselberg at Spitzkoppe is a sacred space for the San people. Your local guide — often drawn from the San community — will initiate you in their age-old traditions.
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Accommodation:
Mowani Mountain Camp

The seeming inaccessibility of this part of Damaraland has made Mowani Mountain Camp a sanctuary, just as nature intended. The asperous landscape is a magnificent backdrop to the camp’s thatched cottages, and the desert-adapted wildlife remains undisturbed as its environmental footprint is so light.

Accommodation:
Huab Under Canvas

Walking through the rugged landscapes of Damaraland, at Huab Under Canvas, you’ll track rhino, accompanied only by your expert guide. At this rustic, but comfortable tented camp, everything is exclusive and uniquely adapted to you – from your stay to your activities to where you choose to dine.

Accommodation:
Doro Nawas

The attraction of Namibia’s wildernesses is the quiet and comfort of solitude. Doro Nawas Lodge balances this with an elegantly and thoughtfully designed property where you can relax in complete comfort and enjoy the unspoilt panoramic views of the rust-hued desert.

Accommodation:
Desert Rhino Camp

The Desert Rhino Camp has been built in Namibia’s Damaraland in partnership with the Save the Rhino Trust. You can therefore stay in luxurious surroundings, tracking rhino by day and knowing that you’re actively contributing to the protection of this stoic species.

Accommodation:
Sorris Sorris

Namibia’s Sorris Sorris concession overlooks the Ugab River and the Brandberg Massif. It gives its name to Sorris Sorris Lodge, which blends a Scandinavia-influenced minimalism with luxurious comforts, spread beneath a dramatic red granite backdrop.