Award-winning Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, offering sensational views across rugged desert plains, ancient valleys and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountains.
Damaraland Camp is the result of an award-winning partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the local Torra Conservancy, the first of its kind in Namibia. Opened in 1996 and run entirely by native Namibians, it has gained a reputation for its levels of service, knowledge of the land and for the care it takes to introduce guests to a wildlife experience that includes tracking the area’s elusive but rewarding desert elephant.
10 large adobe-style thatched units (including a family unit) are raised off the ground, each with a walk-in dressing area and a large deck on which to sit and contemplate the magnificent vistas. The bathroom consists of a basin and shower. With the temperature regulated by both the thatch roof and a built-in fan (and space to sit, relax and enjoy the view in the privacy of one’s own company) the tents are a welcome refuge from the midday sun. The spacious public living area comprises a dining area and swimming pool. An open camp fire and outdoor boma are enjoyed during calm evenings and stargazing is superb, thanks to the crystal-clear night skies.
Activities at Damaraland Camp revolve around exploring the Huab River system, featuring guided nature drives and walks. Morning and afternoon drives in search of desert-adapted elephant are a great favourite, and whilst this is not primarily a big game destination, gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok, lion, cheetah and black rhino can also sometimes be spotted. 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.
The close link with the community allows for excellent cultural experiences, where guests can learn about the unique heritage of the local peoples, which include Nama-Damara, Herero, Owambo, and the displaced Riemvasmaakers of South Africa. This activity allows you to respectfully engage with these communities and it also includes a visit to the local Bergsig School.
A visit to Damaraland Camp is all about peace and isolation under huge blue skies, beside the auburn basalt peaks of the Etendeka Mountains.