Damaraland

Damaraland is a vast expanse of wilderness, dotted with free-roaming wildlife and sparse settlements. Renowned for its desert-dwelling lions, rhinos and elephants this rugged landscape is said to be the largest “unofficial wildlife area in Africa.
It transitions from the dunes of the Skeleton Coast to montane desert, interspersed with high plateaus, deep ravines and seasonal rivers. Rich in archaeological landmarks and places of historical interest, Damaraland also attracts adventurers who hike and climb the countless unexplored mountains and valleys. The area has a large variety of accommodation available, ranging from the most basic campsites to luxurious 5-star lodges.
Accommodation

Palmwag Lodge – Gondwana Collection Namibia

Between Kaokoland and the Skeleton Coast, where the flat-topped Etendeka mountains and the carpet of rich red rock greet the tributaries of the Uniab River, lies Palmwag Lodge and Camp. Amid swaying makalani palms and robust mopane trees nourished by underground water, the lodge overlooks the sweeping northern Damaraland landscape peppered with green euphorbias.

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Accommodation

Palmwag Campsite – Gondwana Collection Namibia

Ideal for nature-lovers, this peaceful campsite comprises thirteen spacious sites, each with its own power-point, light, wash basin and fireplace. Being in touch with nature, while having all the luxuries of civilization at your fingertips remains one of the finest experiences on the planet.

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Plan Your Trip

As remote as Damaraland is, for those that make the effort to visit this surreal landscape, every effort is worthwhile. Due to its vastness and lack of services, self-drive visitors need to be self-sufficient. Likewise, do not expect to see it all, rather focus on areas of key interest. If you’re staying at a lodge, most of these logistics are taken care of.  Wildlife attractions include desert-adapted lions, elephants and rhinos and you will also find birds found in few other places. Brandberg is the country’s highest mountain and the region is rich in rock art, while the huge fossilised trees of the Petrified Forest offer a glimpse of the palaeontological past. Numerous spas offer an oasis of relief from the dry heat.