Breathtaking scenery, balancing granite boulders, ancient Bushman rock art, desert-adapted elephants . . . At first glance you may think there’s not much here but look again, Damaraland has so much to offer.
We saw the best wildlife. We loved all of it but especially being surrounded by the desert elephants in Damaraland,
Namibia is as much, if not more, about the expansive landscapes and big skies as it is about wildlife. Damaraland is no exception - this is the natural world unplugged!
Damaraland lies inland about 60km from the Skeleton Coast. By day you search for the desert-adapted wildlife amongst the rocky outcrops and by night, the sky comes alive, it’s your own personal planetarium. With no light pollution for miles and miles, the night sky really does put on a spectacular show.
- Wildlife: Not to be outdone by the jaw-dropping scenery, Damaraland’s wildlife is quite spectacular. Whilst the landscape may look inhospitable to us the area supports a thriving population of oryx, giraffe, springbok lion and zebra. The area is also known for desert-adapted elephant and black rhino that roam the region.
- Rhino tracking: Desert Rhino Camp offers guided rhino tracking experiences in conjunction with the Save the Rhino team of trackers.
- The White Lady of Brandberg: This is the most famous San rock painting. The figure is about 40cm high and forms part of a larger painting.
- Twyfelfontein: Twyfelfontein is the famous home of a superb collection of rock art paintings. Hardly surprising this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The Petrified Forest: This area of open land, possibly once a riverbed, is where you’ll find 50 or so individual tree trunks, 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.
- Organ Pipes: This rock formation is made up of a unique collection of 4m high dolomites and stretches for about 100 metres. They really do look like organ pipes.
- Burnt Mountain: Not far from the Organ Pipes is Burnt Mountain. When seen in the early morning or evening light, the rock glows a deep orange and looks as though it is on fire.
- Photography: This area is perfect for landscape photographers, as the light changes throughout the day and so does the landscape.