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.
Twyfelfontein has hundreds of engravings (mostly depicting animals) and is perfect for a few hour’s 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
In 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.
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.
Map of Damaraland
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Places near Damaraland
- Kaokoland 233 kilometers away
- Erongo Mountains 236 kilometers away
- Etosha National Park 241 kilometers away
- Swakopmund and Pelican Point 295 kilometers away
- The Skeleton Coast 314 kilometers away
- Waterberg Plateau 321 kilometers away
- Walvis Bay 324 kilometers away
- Northern Namibia 367 kilometers away
- The Central Highlands 380 kilometers away
- Windhoek 409 kilometers away
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.