Damaraland Camp

Kunene, Namibia

On Request

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Damaraland Camp

Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley, arguably the most pristine wilderness area in Namibia in the Torra Conservancy. It is lauded as one of the country's best camps, with sensational views of the surrounding desert plains, ancient valleys and soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountains.

UNLEASH IT: IN ONE OF THE BEST WILDERNESS AREAS IN NAMBIA, OFFERING VISTAS ACROSS STARK PLAINS.

 

We Love
  • The eco-friendly construction of Damaraland Camp has merged new technology with ancient methodology in an incredibly inventive manner.
  • A unique feature of this sustainable ecotourism venture is that it is owned and largely run by the local community.
  • Camp staff are sourced from the surrounding community; thus the very existence of the camp has been instrumental in alleviating poverty in the region.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
  • Please check Children’s Policy for age restrictions for each activity.
  • Solar panels and generators with battery backup generate all the power in this camp

The Review

Situated just north of the true Namib Desert, Damaraland Camp exists within one of the driest, most desolate regions in all of Africa. In this arid environment the ceaseless processes of life revolve around harnessing the near non-existent water in the most economical way possible. Desert adaptation is the miracle of the surprisingly rich diversity of fauna and flora surviving here.

Your Stay
Accommodation at Damaraland Camp consists of 10 adobe-styled, thatched units each raised on individual wooden decking - part of which extends out to form a large viewing deck with magnificent vistas. Recently refurbished, each tent has en-suite facilities (shower only), a walk-in dressing area and built-in fan. Mosquito repellent is also provided.

The spacious, thatched living area features a restaurant and bar, complete with fireplace. Evening meals at Damaraland Camp are often prepared over an open fire and served out in the open in an area near to the camp lit by an assortment of small lanterns. The swimming pool is conveniently sited next to the bar. An open campfire and outdoor 'boma' can be enjoyed during calm evenings, with superb stargazing in the crystal-clear night skies.

The Torra Community are shareholders in the camp, so they benefit directly from employment and have an equity stake in the venture.

Wildlife
While large wildlife is not concentrated year-round, species such as desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok and occasionally Hartmann’s mountain zebra, cheetah and black rhino can be seen. Excellent birdlife – Rüppell’s Korhaan and Benguela Long-billed Lark among other
endemics.

This is a wonderful area for enjoying the desert environment. There are no large concentrations of game as the desert cannot sustain the numbers. What makes this area fascinating is that this is the
Africa of old with no fences, and local herdsmen with their livestock live side by side with the wildlife.

Experience
Activities at Damaraland Camp revolve around exploring the Haub River system, featuring guided nature drives and walks. Morning and afternoon drives in search for desert-adapted elephant are a great favourite. Interesting flora such as euphorbias and shepherd's trees can be viewed on the way to some of Africa's best known rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings (subject to availability and at additional cost).

Getting There

Damaraland Camp is located on the north face of the Huab River valley in Central Damaraland, within the Torra Wildlife Conservancy. It can be reached by air from Windhoek in 1 hr 40 mins or from Swakopmun in 1 hr. The Damaraland Airstrip is located 25 mins from the camp. The Damaraland Airstrip is 1200m long and has a gravel surface. It suitable for a 7 seater 402 or King Airs. Coordinates: S 20.25.7, E 014.07.7

 
Damaraland Camp Kunene, Namibia