Damaraland Camp

Kunene, Namibia

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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

Damaraland Camp

Rating                        Classic Camp
Type                           Safari Lodge
No of rooms                10
Max Occupants            22 guests
Special Interests          Wildlife, Nature, Birding
Location                     Torra Conservancy


Standard Tents
There are nine standard tents which are made up of seven twin bedded tents and two double bedded tents.

Family Tents
There is one family unit which sleeps four in two adjacent rooms connected by a walkway with a door.

Unit details
Damaraland Camp has large 60 sq mtr units with thatch roof and canvas wraparound. The doors are tent flaps with zips. The bathroom walls are off white with a rugged finish resembling local village clay walls. The entire room and bathroom is mosquito proof. The rooms have two extra-length beds, closet, tea station, two ottomans and are valley-facing with wonderful views of the mountain from a private, shaded veranda. The bathroom is open plan with a toilet, double basin and a shower. Soaps, shampoos, body lotion, torch and insect repellents are supplied. Safe in each tent.

Camp Description
The large open main area has a dining room and bar.  A small curio shop stocks primarily clothes and a library provides guide books and books related to Namibia. There is a swimming pool and an open fireplace under the stars.

Electricity & Water
Solar panels and generators with battery backup generate all the power in this camp. Fans and lights in rooms are powered by 12v solar power. There are solar heated water showers. Video battery recharging facilities are available in each unit. Please bring spare batteries and also adapters for this purpose.


Activities

Game drives via 4 x 8-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum seven guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with reference books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars. Guided walking safaris and scorpion walk are organised with expert guides.

Private vehicles can be booked at an additional cost, subject to availability and a full day excursion including picnic lunch to look for rhino by vehicle (no guarantee); for guests staying 3 nights or more.

Back of house tours & camp chats on desert adapted elephants, the Torra conservancy, ecological & environmental info on Damaraland & adjacent areas.

Other activities include a cultural visit to a local farm homestead, Bergsig school visit and Boma dinners are organised every second night under stars.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0530h and 0600h. Full breakfast and depart on morning activity, either a walk or drive returning for lunch around mid-day. Rest and afternoon game drive or walk. Dinner.

Seasons
    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.

Other Policies
    Local drinks and house-wines are included if guests are booked on a fully inclusive but premium imports and bottled wine are not. Guests booked on a dinner, bed and breakfast pay for all drinks direct.
    Daily service is included in the nightly tariff for guests on a Fully Inclusive basis; however laundry facilities are limited due to a water shortage in the area.
    Payment can be affected by: Cash, travellers’ cheques or Visa / MasterCard

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:           2:00 PM
    Check out:      12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:     1 night

 

Torra Conservancy

The 352,200-hectare Torra Conservancy has a landscape characterised by hills interspersed with valleys and dry riverbeds. Early morning fog brings precious water to flora and fauna, which have adapted superbly to this harsh environment. Despite its aridity, the area supports a surprisingly high diversity of wildlife including a healthy number of desert-adapted elephant and good populations of giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, occasional cheetah and black rhino as well interesting flora like euphorbias, pachypodiums and shepherd's trees.

Birdlife
Birding is excellent with White-tailed Shrike and Benguela Long-billed Lark common finds. The conservancy is the result of a successful partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the local Torra community that has become an inspiration for communities and conservationists throughout Africa.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

The summer months between November and April bring rain and turn the country green, occasionally bringing floods to the desert. But December can be rewarding for game viewing in Etosha and bird watching in Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) though danger from Malaria persists. The region is best avoided in the peak wet months of January and February.

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 water the waterholes as the dry season wears on. The months of June and July can have freezing night time temperatures while September and October can be extremely hot.

Visa
All visitors require a passport for entry into Namibia, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the county, and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. All visitors must also have a valid return ticket. You require a passport valid for the next 6 months with two completed visa application forms, two passport photographs and a copy of airline tickets/itinerary.

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.


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