Lodges in Damaraland - Namibia
Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley, in one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Namibia. Reputed to be one of the country's best camps, it is also owned, and now largely run by the local community. Their visitors often return, commenting on just how positive and cheerful the atmosphere there is. The camp offers sensational views over the surrounding plains, valleys and of the Brandberg Mountain.
A 4x4 vehicle is required to reach Damaraland Camp. Drivers of 2x4 vehicles must wait at the Fonteine Post pick-up point at 2pm or 5pm, to be taken to the camp. Any other arrival time must be pre-arranged.
Many residents of Damaraland are of mixed heritage, including Herero and the displaced Riemvasmakers of South Africa. The Damara name is derived from the Nama word 'Dama', meaning 'who walked here'. This is because the Damara were known to the Nama people, by the footprints they left around water holes.
Damaraland Camp attempts to integrate the community, environment and wildlife on a sustainable basis. It has swept the board with an impressive collection of honours, including the 2005 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award.
The restaurant and bar, complete with fireplace can be found in the main tent/thatched area. Braai type evening meals are served in an open area, close to the camp, lit by a large number of small lanterns. The swimming pool is conveniently sited next to the bar, and the campfire and outdoor 'boma' sites, are ideal spots to exchange safari and travel stories with other guests.
There are 10 raised, adobe-styled, thatched units. They have all been recently re-furbished and each tent has an en-suite shower, toilet and a fan. Mosquito repellent is provided. There is a walk-in dressing area, and a large deck with great views of the immediate environment.
Activities include guided nature drives and walks and mountain biking, revolving around morning and afternoon scenic tours into the Haub river system. The drives to search for desert-adapted elephant are a great favourite and gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok, and occasionally lion, cheetah and black rhino can be spotted.
Interesting flora such as euphorbias and shepherd's trees, can be pointed out on the way. Trips to some of Africa's best known rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings, can be organized from Damaraland Camp.
Sundowner drives to a scenic look out point, are also popular.
- Guided nature drives
- Traditional morning and afternoon drives exploring the Haub River system in search for desert-adapted elephant are a great favourite. Occasionally lion, cheetah, elephants and black rhino can be spotted as well as a few species of antelope.
- There are a number of interesting trails to follow with oryx, kudu, springbok and black rhino resident. Look out for the many species of Euphorbia on the way round, all species exude milky latex which can be an irritant especially in the eyes.
- Mountain biking
- Whiz round the plains, valleys and mountains on a bike, stopping along the way to enjoy the beautiful scenery, flora and fauna.
The turning for Damaraland Camp is on the C39. From Windhoek take the C39 from Outjo, go through Khorixas and the turning is about 100km further on your left. From the C34 coast road, join the C39 south of Torra Bay and head inland about 110km, (about 18km after the C43 turning), the turning is on your right.
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