Visit Damaraland, Namibia
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
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Damaraland
- Kaokoland 145 miles away
- Erongo Mountains 147 miles away
- Etosha National Park 150 miles away
- Swakopmund and Pelican Point 183 miles away
- The Skeleton Coast 195 miles away
- Waterberg Plateau 200 miles away
- Walvis Bay 202 miles away
- Northern Namibia 229 miles away
- The Central Highlands 236 miles away
- Windhoek 254 miles away
Photos of Damaraland
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.
Camp Kipwe is located in a superb position in Damaraland, making it a great base for exploring the southern region and all it has to offer whilst making the most of the panoramic views over the rocky kopjes, valleys and hills.
Set within a beautifully rugged landscape, Etendeka Mountain Camp is a simple ecolodge that offers an authentic safari experience. With exceptional guiding, a stay here allows you to immerse yourself in Namibia’s incredible wildlife and scenery.
Set in a wonderfully scenic location surrounded by grassy plains, red cliffs and towering mountains, Doro Nawas Camp offers a characterful base from which to explore the area’s wildlife and the nearby ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein.
Grootberg Lodge is the first conservancy-owned lodge in Namibia, empowering the local community and encouraging conservation over poaching. Set high on the hillside, it offers some of the finest views in the country and its rock and thatch chalets provide comfortable, rustic accommodation.
Damara Mopane Lodge is an ideal base for exploring Damaraland. There is a swimming pool where you can enjoy a sundowner drink and view a Namibian sunset.
Huab is somewhere to go for a few days and relax. The bungalows are very comfortable, the food is good and activities gentle and enjoyable. We recommend it for a stay of at least two nights.
Rhino Camp is comfortable and luxurious with high standards throughout. With only a handful of tents, guests are assured of personal attention and a really authentic safari atmosphere.
Although large the lodge is excellent value for money and a good base from which to explore southern Damaraland.
Damaraland Camp is a comfortable lodge in a remote and wild area. The surrounding scenery is stunning. Due to the community involvement the staff are particularly friendly and have a real passion for the area in which they have grown up.
Mowani Mountain Camp has been beautifully and thoughtfully constructed. It is very peaceful and relaxing and from pretty much everywhere in camp you get outstanding views.