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Damaraland has a wild and rugged landscape and is one of Namibia’s least populated areas.

Southern Damaraland’s great attractions include the Gross Spitzkoppe and Brandberg Mountain, both home to a wealth of rock art and best seen at sunset.

Rock art

Twyfelfontein has hundreds of engravings (mostly depicting animals) and is perfect for a few hours' exploration. Driving to and from these you will often encounter donkey carts and tiny roadside stalls that sell gemstones and seed pod mobiles.

Wildlife of Damaraland

Black rhino seen from Desert Rhino CampIn Northern Damaraland there are thriving populations of wild game including gemsbok, kudu, springbok, Hartmann’s zebra, desert-adapted elephant and black rhino. Here, tracts of land have been designated ‘concession areas’. These areas are huge and villages are present but tourism is strictly limited. Operators work in conjunction with the local communities creating camps with local guides and where a proportion of all income goes straight to the community. They are excellent initiatives and give you the opportunity to explore the area with those who know it best.

As many of the camps in Damaraland are far from the roads and offer a number of activities we recommend you stay for at least three days. This will allow you to get the most out of the area and give you an excellent chance of finding the desert elephant.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Damaraland

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Damaraland, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Damaraland

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Damaraland, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Damaraland at its best.

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    Accommodation choices for Damaraland

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Damaraland. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.