The Damara People
an overview of Namibia's population
About 100 000 Damara people live in Namibia, they share a common language with the Nama but have no kinship. The Damara have mystified anthropologists as they are a group of Bantu origin who speak a Khoisan dialect. Due to their resemblance to some bantu groups of West Africa it is speculated that the Damara were the first people to migrate to Namibia from the north.
There is evidence that the Damara have kept small herds of stock for centuries, they also grow tobacco and pumpkins, and in more recent time they have begun cultivating vegetables and corn.
Prior to 1870 the Damara occupied most of central Namibia, but large numbers were displaced or killed when the Nama and Herero began to occupy this area in search of better grazing. When the first Europeans visited Namibia the Damara were a group of semi-nomadic gardeners, pastoralists and hunter-gatherers. They also had skills in mining and metal work. However in 1960 the South African government settled the Damara in Damaraland, an area of poor soil and irregular rain fall. Due to this many Damara now work in the urban areas and only about one quarter of their numbers still occupy Damaraland.
This remote lodge is an absolute must. Nearly everyone who knows Namibia rates this as one of it's finest destinations
On a farm near the town of Kamanjab. This lodge is best known for visits to a local Himba community
A lodge owned by the local community, Grootberg has stunning views and interesting activities
A small private lodge, with attentive management. Activities centre on the Huab river which attract a variety of game including the elusive desert adapted elephant
In the village of Kamanjab lies this guest house, many guests stay here in order to visit the nearby Himba village
Just outside the town of Kamanjab lies this small restcamp
This lodge is such an institution that Palmwag, which is no more than the lodge and a petrol station is marked on every Namibian map.
A mobile camp, specialising in finding desert rhino. Offers a luxurious and exclusive experience.
On a large farm, offering visits to the nomadic Himba people.