Location of Camp: Damaraland – Torra Conservancy outside of Skeleton Coast National Park
Type of Safari Camp: Luxury Permanent Camp
Rating (1-5+): 5
Camp Accomodations: 10 adobe-styled, thatched units each raised on individual wooden decking and star viewing decks. Common area includes a restaurant and bar, complete with fireplace and a swimming pool.
Local Wildlife: Rare desert elephants and black rhino. Oryx, kudu, springbok, Hartman’s mountain zebra, southern giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, lion, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena.
When to Visit: March – November
Safari Activities at Camp: Exploring the Haub River system on game drives, guided walks and mountain bikes. Game drives in search for desert-adapted elephant are rhino are specialty.
Damaraland Camp is well know as on of Namibia’s best. with sensational views of the surrounding desert plains, ancient valleys and soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountains. The eco-friendly construction of the camp has merged new technology with ancient methodology in an incredibly inventive manner. Another unique feature of the camp is that it is partially owned and largely run by the local community – who have injected their own distinctive optimism and cheerful nature into the Damaraland Camp experience. This unusual flavor comes from the mixed heritage of the local peoples, which include Nama-Damara, Herero, Owambo, and the displaced Riemvasmakers of South Africa.
Accommodation at Damaraland Camp consists of 10 adobe-styled, thatched units each raised on individual wooden decking – part of which extends out to form a large viewing deck with magnificent vistas. Each tent has en-suite facilities (shower only), a walk-in dressing area and built-in fan. The spacious, thatched living area features a restaurant and bar, complete with fireplace. Evening meals at Damaraland Camp are often prepared over an open fire and served out in the open in an area near to the camp lit by an assortment of small lanterns. The swimming pool is conveniently sited next to the bar. An open campfire and outdoor ‘boma’ can be enjoyed during calm evenings, with superb stargazing in the crystal-clear night skies.
Activities at Damaraland Camp revolve around exploring the Haub River system, featuring guided nature drives, walks and mountain biking. Morning and afternoon drives in search for desert-adapted elephant are a great favorite. Gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok, and occasionally lion, cheetah, elephants and black rhino can be spotted. Interesting flora such as euphorbias and shepherd’s trees can be viewed on the way to some of Africa’s best known rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings.