As Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley, tracking desert-adapted elephant & rhino rate highly on most of their guests wish list. In addition to this very worthwhile pursuit, the camp has proved to be a model of how community-based tourism can flourish. Over the years they have integrated the local community to care for the environment and wildlife on a sustainable basis.
Many visitors comment on the bubbly atmosphere that the friendly and happy staff create who constantly go out of their way to make your stay memorable and enjoyable. In return Damaraland Camp have swept the board with an impressive collection of honours, including a WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award.
The camp offers sensational views over the surrounding plains, valleys and of the Brandberg Mountain. Subsequently a 4x4 vehicle is required to reach Damaraland Camp. Drivers of 2x4 vehicles must wait at the Fonteine Post pick-up point at 2pm or 5pm, to be taken to the camp. Any other arrival time must be pre-arranged.
Many residents of Damaraland are of mixed heritage, including Herero and the displaced Riemvasmakers of South Africa. The Damara name is derived from the Nama word 'Dama', meaning 'who walked here'. This is because the Damara were known to the Nama people, by the footprints they left around water holes.
The restaurant and bar, complete with fireplace can be found in the main tent/thatched area. Braai type evening meals are served in an open area, close to the camp, lit by a large number of small lanterns. The swimming pool is conveniently sited next to the bar, and the campfire and outdoor 'boma' sites, are ideal spots to exchange safari and travel stories with other guests.
There are 10 raised, adobe-styled, thatched units. They have all been recently re-furbished and each tent has an en-suite shower, toilet and a fan. Mosquito repellent is provided. There is a walk-in dressing area, and a large deck with great views of the immediate environment.
Activities include guided nature drives and walks and mountain biking, revolving around morning and afternoon scenic tours into the Haub river system. The drives to search for desert-adapted elephant are a great favourite and gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok, and occasionally lion, cheetah and black rhino can be spotted.
Interesting flora such as euphorbias and shepherd's trees, can be pointed out on the way. Trips to some of Africa's best known rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings, can be organized from Damaraland Camp.
Sundowner drives to a scenic look out point, are also popular.
Guided nature drives: Traditional morning and afternoon drives exploring the Haub River system in search for desert-adapted elephant are a great favourite. Occasionally lion, cheetah, elephants and black rhino can be spotted as well as a few species of antelope.
Walks: There are a number of interesting trails to follow with oryx, kudu, springbok and black rhino resident. Look out for the many species of Euphorbia on the way round, all species exude milky latex which can be an irritant especially in the eyes.
Mountain biking: Whiz round the plains, valleys and mountains on a bike, stopping along the way to enjoy the beautiful scenery, flora and fauna.
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.
Named after the abundant Mopane Trees found in the area, Damara Mopane Lodge is part of a well established lodge group, known for quality lodges at reasonable prices
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.
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.
Damaraland Camp was our BEST stay in Namibia. The service, staff and food was exceptional. We would go back in a heart beat.
Another WOW. Excellent accommodation/guiding/staff/views/food. Loved the river valley with the desert elephants. Scenery amazing.
Perfect place - they did extract miles for the customers(e.g. dinner at the boma, breakfast for sunrise on the top of a hill). This place gets an extra star
beautiful place, very friendly team but a very, very bad road! i like but if you ask me if i will back...i don't know. But the lodge and the team are 200%! Great lodge, thanks.
Pleased we stayed here, as it was a stunning property wi excellent service. However we felt it was very expensive, even taking into account that it was fully inclusive. When we travel again we would not stay here over Grootberg
Beautiful setting, interesting activities, very friendly and cheerful staff. Good to see the effort put into the local community, wildlife and environment. Memorable birthday, which even included a little cake and the staff singing to me in their language!
We would recommend this lodge to everyone ! We had a wonderfull stay at Damaraland. The people where so kind and helpfull. They did everything, even more than they could, to please us and give us the best Christmas we ever had. Realy kind people, and the songs they sung for us where amazing.
The turning for Damaraland Camp is on the C39. From Windhoek take the C39 from Outjo, go through Khorixas and the turning is about 100km further on your left. From the C34 coast road, join the C39 south of Torra Bay and head inland about 110km, (about 18km after the C43 turning), the turning is on your right.Download Map
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