Wilderness Safaris Damaraland Lodge
Surrounded by a dreamlike landscape of stark plains, ancient valleys and a stunning ochre-purple mountain backdrop, Damaraland Camp is an award-winning Eco lodge that offers a most unique and authentic holiday experience.
On the north bank of the Huab River Valley, this joint community venture that is largely run by locals from four different tribes, shares its pristine surroundings with amazing desert-adapted wildlife including elephants and black rhinos. The beautiful and spacious adobe-style accommodation is perched upon a raised wooden platform, offering fantastic views of this wild terrain. You can take game drives to explore the area, a guided nature walk, track desert elephants, or cool off in the lovely pool. Open campfires can be enjoyed on calm evenings, with fabulous stargazing in the crystal-clear night skies. An eco-friendly holiday that merges modern comforts with ancient traditions, this is a fascinating and genuinely Namibian experience.
Facilities & Activities
Damaraland Camp certainly gives you the authentic Namibian experience but despite the desolate surroundings, there are plenty of luxurious touches to make your stay here as comfortable as possible. First-class service and the positive and cheerful atmosphere of the Camp enhances your experience and makes this place very special, thanks to the fantastic staff (who aren’t just employees but part-owners) who clearly take a lot of pride and delight in their camp.
The spacious thatched living area is a great spot to relax and read a book and admire the surreal views towards the Brandberg Mountains from one of the large, deep sofas, or you can unwind on a shaded sunlounger by the oval-shaped swimming pool with a refreshing drink from the bar. On beautiful evenings the campfire and outdoor ‘boma’ sites are the perfect place to wind down after a day’s excursions, and get to know your fellow guests or indulge in some stargazing.
Activities at the Camp revolve around exploring the Huab River system; tracking elephants on foot with the friendly and local rangers, or taking a nature drive or walk. Large game is not concentrated year-round here, with the natural cycle of rainfall dictating the seasonal movement of wildlife along the Huab River, but there are desert-adapted elephant and other wildlife to be seen. You may spot black rhinos, oryx, springbok, kudu, giraffes, or there are over 240 species of birds for you to see. If you’re interested in learning about the local communities, you can visit the Bergsig School and find out more about local heritage, or discover the area’s interesting flora including shepherd’s trees that can be viewed on the way to some of Africa’s best known rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings.
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There is a large dining area complete with a fireplace in the main thatched area where you will be served delicious meals. You can take a pre-dinner drink around the open campfire whilst chatting to fellow guests or simply admire the beautiful starlit night sky. On warm evenings dinner is served by the light of lanterns, in the outdoor ‘boma’, complete with warm blankets if the weather is cold; the campfire and al fresco dinner is a very memorable experience and should not be missed
There are 10 beautiful raised thatched units made out of wood, adobe and canvas. Light, spacious and beautifully decorated with muted cream tones, each has its own en-suite facilities, a walk-in dressing area, double or twin beds, built-in fan, coffee stations and a private deck with outstanding views across the valley. One chalet is located further from the others, so has more privacy, whilst another has two bedrooms.
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Children aged 12 and over are welcome at Damaraland Camp, and would enjoy the wildlife and activities on offer. There are no childcare facilities but one of the thatched units has 2 bedrooms, so would be suitable for a family.
The Damaraland lodge is in an award-winning partnership with the Torra conservancy, with the cooperation helping the Torra community farmers to thrive. it shows the tangible benefits that come with the unity of ecotourism and local communities. Not only is the Torra conservancy the landlord of the Damaraland lodge but is also an equity partner meaning the local community will directly benefit from your visit. In addition to this the majority of the staff at the lodge are from the community, creating a mutually beneficial arrangement in which the Torra people gain employment while guests can enjoy there knowledge and passion for the local area.
Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley, in the Torra Conservancy; perhaps one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Namibia.
You can fly from the UK via Johannesburg to Windhoek International Airport. Damaraland Camp is about a one hour and 40 minute flight from Windhoek and the Damaraland Air Strip is located just 15 minutes from the camp. Driving is also a possibility, with a journey time of approximately 6-7 hours from Swakopmund.