The „Damaraland“ is part of the Kunene Region in the north-west of Namibia and is located between the Brandberg and the little village of Sesfontein. The Damaraland is characterised by its rocky and rugged landscapes of rough, fascinating beauty. The breath-taking mountainous region of Damaraland is home to an assortment of desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, rhino, zebra and lion, which eke out an existence in this near-barren landscape.
A not-to-be-missed attraction is the picturesque Brandberg, Namibia’s highest mountain, which is home to thousands of ancient rock paintings – most notably the White Lady. The rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein feature exceptional Bushmen engravings, which are considered to be some of the best-preserved etchings on the continent. Visit the Petrified Forest, which dates back millions of years and offers a haunting landscape of gigantic fossilised trees.
Highlights in the region include: tracking wild rhino; hiking up the Brandberg Mountain to view the famous “White Lady” Bushman painting; visiting the rocky outcrop of Twyfelfontein with its plethora of Bushman engravings; early morning and sunset game drives; and expeditions to view the geological wonders of Spitzkoppe and Vingerklip. The petrified forest is a weird and wonderful site to see while those intent on relaxing can easily do so at any of the luxury lodges in the area that are home to soothing spas.
Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when guests first arrive. It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. The setting is one of intimacy and space. An inviting lounge area, where birds fly in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks, a refreshing swimming pool nestled in the rocks and a scattering of bungalows complete this eco-friendly camp. Read More
As if an African kingdom of old, Damara Mopane Lodge is constructed in a semi-circle of interlinking pathways leading to a lavish swimming pool at its centre. Innovatively designed, each chalet has its own small garden planted with vegetables. Bright yellow sunflowers peep out between verdant spinach, beetroot and zany scarecrows, creating an enchanting lodge setting. The labyrinth of walkways leads to a large and cheerful central area. A wash of fresh green brightens the interior as does the heart-shaped mopane leaves stencilled throughout the lodge. Situated near Khorixas en route to the famed Twyfelfontein engravings, Damara Mopane Lodge incorporates the spirit of Damaraland and the Damara people, extending its hand to locals and visitors alike in a ‘Hello neighbour’ greeting, linking cultures and nationalities. Read More
Doro Nawas – ‘the place where rhinos used to live’ in the Damara language – appears as a fortress on a rocky citadel, its main area, surrounded by 16 wood, canvas, and thatch suites, including a family unit. The camp blends with the surrounding ochres and rusts, open to the desert but with plenty of nooks for shade; an inviting pool area offers further cool respite. Each guest room comprises a bedroom, bathroom, outdoor shower, and veranda for star gazing or sleeping under the stars. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas and a small curio shop. Read More
Set among a cluster of enormous granite boulders, and possessing the most extraordinary of views, Mowani Mountain Camp is located in southern Damaraland, near Twyfelfontain, between the Huab and Ugab rivers. Read More