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:
Like much of Namibia, Damaraland can be visited all year round, but bear in mind that temperatures are high in the summer months.
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.
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.
Huddled in the rocks in the Abu Huab valley is the hidden gem of Camp Kipwe. Quirky, natural touches add a perfect finish to this unique oasis in the desert.
A luxury, locally-run camp in the pristine Torra Conservancy, home to the rare dersrt-adapted elephant
Stay in this remote wilderness area and experience the adventure of tracking black rhino on foot.
A simple, down-to-earth small tented camp at the foot of the Grootberg Massif, surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Time: GMT +2 hours
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.
Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.
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.