Situated just north of the 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. This Camp has 10 adobe-styled, thatched units, built on raised platforms.
While large wildlife is not concentrated all year, around Damaraland Camp, 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.
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.
Damaraland Camp DAMARALAND, NAMIBIA
Stay Damaraland Camp is a Classic Safari Lodge with 10 adobe-styled, thatched units. There are nine standard tents which are made up of seven twin bedded tents and two double bedded tents. There is one family unit which sleeps four in two adjacent rooms connected by a walkway with a door. The bathroom is open plan with a toilet, double basin and a shower. Each unit is raised on individual wooden decking with a large viewing deck and have en-suite facilities.
The Camp The spacious, thatched living area at Damaraland Camp, features a restaurant and bar, complete with fireplace. Evening meals 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. There is a swimming pool and an open campfire or 'boma' that can be enjoyed during calm evenings, with superb stargazing in the crystal-clear night skies. Solar panels and generators supply all the power in this camp.
ChildCare Children of 8 years and above are welcome to stay at the Damaraland Camp and partake in activities with all other guests. Children below 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room. The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years. There is one family unit available which sleeps four in two adjacent rooms.
Safari Activities around the Damaraland Camp include a cultural visit to a local farm homestead, Bergsig school visit and Boma dinners are organised every second night under stars. Birding is also excellent in the area and common finds are White-tailed Shrike and Benguela Long-billed Lark. Also, take back of house tours on desert adapted elephants. Camp chats on the Torra conservancy, ecological & environmental info on Damaraland & adjacent areas.
Experience 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. Nature and culture walks can be arranged with expert guides. Also, birding is excellent in the area with White-tailed Shrike and Benguela Long-billed Lark common finds.
Location Damaraland Camp is located on the north face of the Huab River valley in Central Damaraland, within the Torra Wildlife Conservancy. Situated a short distance inland from the stark Skeleton Coast and just north of the true Namib Desert, Damaraland Camp in the Torra Conservancy exists within one of the driest, most desolate regions in all of Africa.
Getting There The best way to reach Damaraland Camp is via an International flight to Johannesburg and from there by 2-hour international flight Windhoek. Damaraland Camp can be reached by air from Windhoek in 1-hour 40-mins or from Swakopmun in 1-hour. The Damaraland Airstrip is located 25 mins from the camp.
When to go The winter months between May to October are the best for seeing the dramatic sand dunes at Sossusvlei and game viewing - especially in Etosha National Park. The skies are clear, the risk of malaria is at its lowest, and animals are increasingly concentrated around the waterholes. Summer months between November and April bring rain, when migratory birds flock into the Etosha park's many habitats followed by bird watching in December in Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region).