Damaraland is the area of wild desert mountains between the desolate plains of the Skeleton Coast and the plateaux of central Namibia. Its incredibly sparse population is made up mainly of the Damara people, after whom it was named, and this expanse of wilderness is one of Africa’s outposts of truly ‘wild’ life.
Visitors can sometimes see zebra, giraffe, elephant and even black rhino wandering outside protected areas. Damaraland is also home to Namibia’s highest peak and the fine, prehistoric rock paintings and engravings of Twyfelfontein.
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Best for: Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Wildlife
Damaraland Camp is located in possibly the most pristine wilderness area in Namibia, the Huab River Valley. Boasting panoramic vistas of stark plains, ancient valleys and the soaring inselberg of the Brandberg Mountains.
Best for: Wildlife, Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism
Doro Nawas elegantly combines the comfort of its sixteen stone and thatch rooms with unspoilt panoramic views over small canyons, savannah and dry riverbeds. A perfect place to explore the wild and desolate Damaraland area with your guide.
Etendeka Mountain Camp
Best for: Adventure, Couples, Eco/ethical tourism, Wildlife
A wonderfully simple little camp, Etendeka's ten tented rooms nestle in the foothills of the Grootberg Massif, in northern Damaraland. The scenery around camp is incredible; towering mountains and deep valleys just waiting to be explored with your guide.
Etendeka Walking Trails
Etendeka Conservancy, Damaraland, Namibia
Set in the foothills of the Grootberg Massif is the Etendeka Walking Trails. Guests can experience a completely authentic trek through one of Namibia's most untouched landscapes to enjoy the scenery and wildlife that this area has to offer.
Mowani Mountain Camp
Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia
Best for: Adventure, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism, Off the beaten track
Surrounded by breathtaking views, accommodation at Mowani Mountain Camp is in fifteen luxury rooms and suites. It is the perfect place from which to explore the southern Damaraland and visit the geological and archaeological highlights of Twyfelfontein.