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Why visit Damaraland?

Damaraland is best described as ruggedly beautiful.  It is a region of mountains, endless gravel plains and flash-flood rivers.  The views here are breath taking, both day and night.  By day take in the rather grand vistas and by night gaze up at the beauty of the countless stars.  Star attractions here are the ancient Bushman art and also the wildlife, with desert-adapted elephant, many antelope species and the endangered black rhino.
Reasons to visit Damaraland include:

  • The most famous San painting is the White Lady of Brandberg.  The figure is about 40cm high and forms part of a larger painting.
  • Twyfelfontein is home to a superb collection of rock art paintings, hardly surprising that this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Popular for photographs  are the Spitzkoppe , also known as the Matterhorn of Namibia with some unusual rock formations.  There are some good walks around the conservancy and more San rock paintings to admire. 
  • The Organ Pipes are a unique collection of 4m high dolomites that stretch for approximately 100 metres in length – they really do look like organ pipes.
  • Close to the Organ Pipes is Burnt Mountain, when seen in early morning or evening light, the rock glows a deep orange, and looks as though it is on fire.
  • This is the area known for desert-adapted elephant and black rhino that roam the region, a good opportunity to try your hand at tracking, with the help of a guide.
  • Wildlife here is surprisingly good.  Whilst it looks inhospitable to us, the area supports a thriving population of giraffe, oryx, springbok, lion, and zebra.
  • The protected Petrified Forest is an area of open land, possibly once a river bed,  where 50 odd individual tree trunks can be seen, some half buried.  They are estimated to be 260 million years old and have been ‘turned to stone’ over a long period of time by a process known as silicification. 

When to visit Damaraland

Like much of Namibia, Damaraland can be visited all year round, but bear in mind that temperatures are high in the summer months.

How to do it

If you are on a self-drive holiday then Damaraland is easy, the roads are straight and of good quality, it's also possible to visit the area on a fly-in holiday as there are local airstrips. Damaraland makes a stunning contrast to the coastal and dune areas of Namibia.

Accommodation in Damaraland

There are plenty of accommodation options in this region. Choose an intimate lodge such as Grootberg, with its magnificent views or you could try Etendeka Camp in the foothills of the Grootberg massif.

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Flight time:

Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.

Language: Namibia’s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.

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Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.

Health:

Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.  

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