Damaraland Camp

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Dramatic desert landscapes at Damaraland Camp

Come and see the dramatic desert landscapes at Damaraland Camp with Voyage2Africa and experience a fascinating community-driven eco camp and access to unique desert adapted rhinos and elephants. This beautiful campsite is perfectly situated with great access to the famous Twyfelfontein, one of the largest concentrations of rock paintings in Africa, and Namibia’s first World Heritage Site in 2007.

Daramaland Camp is about wide open spaces, lots of sky and desert, millions of stars and plenty of sun. It is found in the heart of Damaraland Region, where ancient history and rock art permeate your holiday. If you love wildlife and rocky open spaces, then you will love Damaraland. Find this unique region close to Etosha National Park and the spectacular Skeleton Coast. Experience flat-topped mountain plateaus and winding river courses, acacia forests and rolling savannah.

Find Damaraland Camp in the Torra Conservancy – an encouraging partnership with the community who helped incorporate ancient ways of building to create a modern eco-friendly luxury camp in the desert. It’s surrounded by vast drylands and primeval valleys, the Brandberg mountains in the distance. Sit around a communal fire in the evenings and share stories of wildlife sightings. The lovely airy thatched living area includes a lounge, a bar, fireplace and swimming pool. 

Guests stay in 10 thatched units (including a family unit) looking out from a hilltop across the huge Namib desert all spaced out in their private spots of luxury. Efficient and welcoming game guides take guests out on evening drives to look for elephants down in the river bed. Explore rocky trails from this remote luxurious camp with clear mountain vistas. 

Some guests arrive by private charter to an airstrip 30 minutes from the camp. When they arrive at the camp, the entire staff gathers and sings a surprise acapella ‘welcome to Damaraland’ in a way that highlights their culture, complete with dancing. Highlights of this Namibia holiday include a black rhino safari with the conservation rangers plus a safari to see large herds of desert-adapted elephants. Along the way, look out for zebras, giraffes, oryx, springbok and numerous birds. 

Eco-sensitive tent like accommodations are spacious, comfortable and very private. The large porches open up to a stunning view of desert with layers of mountains beyond. Simply breath-taking. Meals are delicious with both meat and vegetarian options, and even more tea time snacks daily. There is no better place from which to explore beautiful Damaraland. Highly recommend for anyone happy to disconnect from complex ‘busyness’ and reconnect with relaxation and simple elegant exploration of phenomenal nature.

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Damaraland Camp takes remote to a new level. Surrounded by dramatic scenery radiating out to all points of the compass, sit on the deck and contemplate the enormity of the surroundings and man’s insignificance in it. Find it in Damaraland, south of Etosha and east of the Skeleton Coast in the Torra Conservancy run by the community.  

It’s an eco-camp too so the green conscience fits in well with the conservation of both fauna and flora and solar energy drives the power there. What’s more, sustainable tourism ethics mean that the camp employs staff from the indigenous communities nearby. Guests know that their thrilling and soul-fulfilling visit is directly benefitting the community. The food is superb with a couple of delicious choices at every meal while wines from South Africa complete the meal. 

Guests love the sundowner drives – maybe see elephant, springbok, giraffe, ostrich, and a multitude of birds. One of the most exhilarating outings it the guided rhino tracking in the mornings – start on foot or in the vehicle and follow the Save The Rhino Trust pro guides, monitoring and tracking one of their desert-adapted black rhino. Travel far in this wild open terrain, game viewing along the way. Other animals in the region include desert-adapted gemsbok, kudu, springbok, Hartman’s mountain zebras, and southern giraffes plus the elephant herds. Maybe a lion, cheetah, or elusive brown hyena will appear. 

Damaraland Camp is sheltered in the Huab River Valley, a mixture of bare grasslands, primeval valleys and incredible mauve mountains in the distance. Go and explore the rock art at Twyfelfontein to gain more knowledge about the ancient heritage of Namibia. The camp is situated in the Torra Conservancy which is a community project and is committed to all of the species’ conservation and the benefits of land use management for all. 

Privileged guests stay in 10 delightful traditional hut type of accommodation on a hill overlooking the jaw-dropping beauty of the desert plains below. Each suite is carefully created on a wooden deck and linked with gravel pathways, and boasts fans, tea and coffee, showers, delightful natural décor and reminders of the culture and history of this region. 

Meet fellow travellers around the swimming pool, on the deck, in the bar, around the boma fire at night and just star gazing for hours from a comfy seat in the camp surrounds. Children are welcome to come and enjoy the family suite and the game drives into nature. 

Damaraland Camp is unique partnership between Wilderness and the Torra Community which is the acting landlord. The Torra Conservancy is 352 000 ha of wilderness and the ecotourism proceeds go to the people. Enjoy game drives with passionate and knowledgeable guides. Visit the villages and learn more about the Nama-Damara, Herero, and Owambo people, and the displaced Riemvasmaakers of South Africa. 

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Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Game Drives
  • Night Drives
  • Walks (Guided)

Included

  • Luxury Accommodation
  • All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch or High Tea and Dinner
  • All facilities

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Library
  • Pool
  • En-Suite showers
  • Fan
  • Internet Access 
  • Laundry Service 
  • Lounge Area
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Veranda

Highlights

  • An amazing and unique original community ecotourism initiative that is reaping rewards for wildlife and people
  • Go rhino tracking with pro rhino conservationists to find out more about these superb desert-adapted animals and the elephant and giraffe too
  • Meet fascinating tribes who have lived here for centuries in tune with the earth and who are partners in the business of Damaraland Camp and work in the tourism industry 
  • Take a trip back in history when you spend a day at Twyfelfontein to view astounding San rock art dating back 6 000 years.


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