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The Damara People

an overview of Namibia's population

About 100 000 Damara people live in Namibia, they share a common language with the Nama but have no kinship. The Damara have mystified anthropologists as they are a group of Bantu origin who speak a Khoisan dialect. Due to their resemblance to some bantu groups of West Africa it is speculated that the Damara were the first people to migrate to Namibia from the north.

There is evidence that the Damara have kept small herds of stock for centuries, they also grow tobacco and pumpkins, and in more recent time they have begun cultivating vegetables and corn.

Prior to 1870 the Damara occupied most of central Namibia, but large numbers were displaced or killed when the Nama and Herero began to occupy this area in search of better grazing. When the first Europeans visited Namibia the Damara were a group of semi-nomadic gardeners, pastoralists and hunter-gatherers. They also had skills in mining and metal work. However in 1960 the South African government settled the Damara in Damaraland, an area of poor soil and irregular rain fall. Due to this many Damara now work in the urban areas and only about one quarter of their numbers still occupy Damaraland.

The people and population of Namibia

  • Damara: Homestead
  • Damara: Man
  • Damara: Woman
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Etendeka Mountain Camp

This remote lodge is a truly unique destination. Stunning scenery, award winning conservation and highly personal service are just some of the reasons that just about everyone who knows Namibia rates this as one of it's finest destinations

Grootberg Lodge

An extremely popular and well managed lodge which is owned by the local community, Grootberg has stunning views and interesting activities including Rhino tracking & Himba village visits

Hobatere Lodge

On the far western edge of the park, just outside the Galton Gate, this is an excellent location to explore Etosha, Damaraland and the remote Kaokoland area

Huab Lodge

A small private lodge, with attentive management. Activities centre on the Huab river which attracts game and a wonderful variety of birdlife. This is the perfect destination to relax for a few days and enjoy the tranquility of the bush.

Oase Garni Guest House

In the village of Kamanjab lies this guest house, many guests stay here in order to visit the nearby Himba village

Oppi Koppi Restcamp

Just outside the town of Kamanjab lies this small restcamp

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

A non-profit organisation aimed at conserving Namibia's cheetah population. The lodge offers superb photographic opportunities at scheduled cheetah feedings, and also offers guided game drives to view wild cheetah.

Palmwag Lodge

This lodge is such an institution that Palmwag, which is no more than the lodge and a petrol station, is marked on every Namibian map. An excellent location to explore the remote conservancies of north western Namibia - and perhaps encounter some of the rare rhino or desert adapted elephant which the area is famous for

Palmwag Desert Rhino Camp

A mobile camp, specialising in finding desert rhino. Offers a luxurious and exclusive experience.

Rustig Toko Lodge

On a large farm, offering visits to the nomadic Himba people.

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