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Damaraland Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Fantastic cultural activities and ethical tourism
- Mountain landscapes
- locally run

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Overview

Damaraland camp is a high quality lodge situated in the Torra conservancy, in the damaraland area in the western region of Namibia. A slick operation owned and largely run by the local community, this is a great base from which to explore the conservancy.

Guest areas at camp include a large thatched living area with comfy sofas, fireplace and bar as well as a modest swimming pool. An open camp fire and outdoor boma are great places to enjoy the scenery on pleasant evenings.

This arid scrub land supports relatively small numbers of wildlife, however this does not mean the area cannot offer a quality safari experience. A wide variety of animals can be spotted on game drives here including desert adapted elephant, ostrich, zebra, springbok and more recently, lions.

The natural rainfall cycle dictates the movement of wildlife along the river and hence varied game drives are led twice daily. Guided walking safaris take you along the river banks where you can learn about the local flora and fauna and the geological past of the area. Rock art is unique to the area and can be seen in a variety of locations.Guests can also visit local communities and farms to learn more about the daily lives of those who live there.

Accommodation is split into ten thatched, elevated suites situated on either side of the main building. Made from natural materials and colours these tented rooms blend into the hillside and all feature wooden verandahs with views across the striking landscape. All the suites are ensuite with running water and hot showers and a family suite is also available.

The minimum age for children visiting camp is twelve years, although this is lowered to six years if a private vehicle is booked. Younger children can only be accommodated if the whole camp is booked which could be an option for large groups of families. There are no specific programmes for children but the staff will do their best to tailor visits to the family and there is plenty to do. The family unit would ideally suit a family of four.

One of the first lodges in the area to be built and to make strong partnerships with local communities, Damaraland camp is a great example of a lodge having a positive impact on the local surroundings. The local staff bring bags of charm and knowledge to camp and we would tend to recommend this as one of our favourites in the area.

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Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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