Damaraland demands a certain level of respect. Beautiful, but arid and unforgiving, attractions near this area have names like Burnt Mountain, the Petrified Forest, the Skeleton Coast – all aptly named and an indication of the drama found here.
|Occupying a huge, harsh stretch of landscape to the northwest of the country, even the people and wildlife have adapted accordingly.
Desert adapted elephants have special behavioral characteristics, large annual and seasonal ranges and a social structure and daily activities to cope with the environment. If you’re lucky, you could even find the elusive and magnificent desert adapted rhino and desert lions can also be found in the area.
But it is the contrast to the rest of Namibia that makes this landscape so magical; a real treat for the avid photographer, the wildlife lover and the traveller in search of some peace and quiet.
Perhaps the best description of Damaraland can be quoted from Dominique le Roux on TravelNewsNamibia.com:
The view from Grootberg Lodge
The drive to the Himba village
An aerial view of Damaraland on a flying safari
Giraffes pause for a photo opp in the afternoon sun
Springbok scattered across the rugged terrain
The majestic kudu
Catch a glimpse of desert adapted elephant
Visit Twyfelfontein, home to the world’s largest concentration of rock art
Climb the highest point in Namibia at 2,573 meters, The Brandberg (burnt mountain) also famous for The White Lady rock painting
Stop over at the artist’s town of Omaruru
Go in search of the Himba for an enlightening cultural experience
Ask your lodge about excursions to find the desert-adapted Elephants that roam Damaraland
Tracking the desert-adapted rhino is an unforgettable experience
Thankfully for visitors, there are many great desert accommodation options, which means you don't have to rough it in Damaraland in the slightest:
Imagine floating around in this pool, Grootberg Lodge
Breakfast doesn't get better than this, Damaraland Camp
ATTA President in Damaraland
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