Damara Mopane Lodge is known for making every guest feel very welcome. The lodge is surrounded by beautiful gardens and makes for an excellent base for exploring many of the main tourist attractions in Damaraland, in particular the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, the Petrified Forest and Vingerklip.
Mopane Lodge is situated east of the town of Khorixas and is an ideal stopover between Namibia's premier coastal town of Swakopmund, Etosha or the remote Kaokoland area.
The main building and chalets of the lodge have been designed similar to that of an African village under the shade of mopane trees. Damara Mopane Lodge has several unique features one of which are the creative scarecrows that inhabit the vegetable plots that surround the bungalows.
The reception, restaurant and chalets are all connected by a 'labyrinth of paths', enabling guests to follow the shortest route from the main facilities to and from their accommodation without getting lost. For dinner, a selection of meats and vegetables are available and many of the fresh ingredients will be taken from the gardens around the chalets.
The swimming pool is situated alongside large, ancient mopane trees, an ideal setting to chill and relax after a dusty day's drive or excursion. There is a viewing deck is only 300m away from the camp, situated half way up a hill. It overlooks the camp and plains beyond and is a perfect venue for photographing magnificent, colourful sunsets and to admire the wonderful Namibian starry night skies.
Accommodation is in 60 double chalets. Air-conditioning and mosquito nets are standard as is a personal veranda. Each plot has its own vegetable and herb garden enclosed by a low wall. Lettuce, radishes, melons, pumpkins and tomatoes are grown alongside the more traditional African staple food such as maize and mahangu, adding to the illusion of spending the night in an African village.
There are marked hiking trails in the vicinity of the lodge; guests can explore the surrounding hills on foot and on their own initiative.
A highlight at the end of the day is to ascend the hill to a viewing platform for a sweeping vista of the mopane woodland illuminated by the setting sun.
Guests can visit the following attractions on their own:
Twyfelfontein: Proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 2007, Twyfelfontein contains around 2,000 rock engravings and one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. It was proclaimed a National Monument in 1952 and as many as 40,000 people a year now visit the site, making it one of the more popular tourist destinations in Namibia.
Petrified Forest: The trees of the Petrified Forest were uprooted some 200 million years ago and were swept along by rivers in flood, covered by sediments and then subsequently uncovered by erosion.
Vingerklip: Vingerklip (Finger Rock) is a 35m high pillar of sedimentary rock and is one of the most impressive rock formations in Namibia. It stands proudly above a valley, known as the Ugab terraces.
Desert-adapted elephants: The western regions of Damaraland are home to the famous desert-adapted elephants. These beautiful animals move mainly around dry riverbeds, surviving and living on the foliage of trees and shrubs provided by rivers and seasonal rains.
This small lodge is located between Outjo and Khorixas - it was one of the first guest farms opened in Namibia.
Situated in the tiny town of Uis, this lodge acts as a gateway to the Brandberg Mountain and other parts of the Erongo Region. The owner, Basil, is a bastion of the local community and a font of knowledge on the area.
We are absolutely convinced that this is where Nelly the Elephant decided to live, after deciding to run away from the circus! A bit run down - but in an excellent location.
Small private lodge consisting of thatched domed bungalows scattered amongst large granite boulders. It is well situated near Twyfelfontein and several other major Damaraland attractions.
This camp was started by Wilderness Safaris and is now managed by the local community. Expect luxury, desert elephants and rhino.
A good quality lodge located close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Excursions to the engravings and in search of desert adapted elephant are available.
Situated in the town of Khorixas, this lodge may not have the most scenic setting but offers reasonable accommodation at good prices.
A fairly basic establishment just outside the town of Khorixas.
Private campsites in a beautiful setting.
One of the most luxurious lodges in the area - accommodation is in luxury tents or more 'solid' suites.
This is Africa, infused with unmistakeable Namibian flair, visible all around you in the staff’s gleaming smiles and the tastefully curated suites
Nestled in rolling boulders of a granite outcrop, Twyfelfontein Adventure Camp is conveniently situated a ten minutes drive from Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, within walking distance.
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is much more than just accommodation; it is a destination in itself.
Close to the Vingerklip rock formation and offering exciting views of the Ugab Plains.
The Vingerklip is a 35m high finger like rock structure - this popular and well equipped lodge has two swimming pools and apart from being close to Vingerklip is in close proximity to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest and other wonders of Damaraland.
These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
A very beautiful lodge, very well organized, very good dinner and breakfast, room spacious and very clean.
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