Damaraland

Damaraland

Stretching northwards from Swakopmund, and to the east of the Skeleton Coast, Damaraland is a rugged semi-desert landscape, famed for its incredible geological rock formations, ancient bushman rock engravings, and unique desert-adapted wildlife. Characterful camps, good-value lodges, and remote and luxurious safari properties provide a good mix of accommodation choices.

Although not a prime ‘big game’ destination, the purple-brown mountains of northern Damaraland are home to the only population of desert-adapted elephant in the world, and the rare black rhino. Uninhibited by National Park regulations, day and night time game drives are possible, as are walking safaris, rhino tracking excursions, hot air balloon rides, quad biking and horse-back riding. To the North East, desert gives way to lush vegetation around Etendeka and Palmwag, where herds of zebra, kudu and steenbok are to be seen, with occasional glimpses of giraffe, lion and leopard also possible.

Damaraland’s southern reaches are more accessible, and therefore busier, but certainly not to be missed. Sculpted from the erosion of ancient lava flows, breath taking rock formations have evolved over time. The world heritage site at Twyfelfontein boasts impressive boulders inscribed with Africa’s greatest concentrations of rock paintings and engravings. Further south, the Brandberg Mountain is Namibia’s highest peak, and a natural rock art gallery, home to the renowned ‘White Lady’, an intriguing painting estimated to be 2,000 years old. There’s a petrified forest to explore, along with the formidable peaks of the Spitzkoppe, and the ‘Organ Pipes’ of Burnt Mountain, a series of striking volcanic rock columns which appear to shimmer in the early morning or evening light.

Damaraland’s singular and curious landscape will delight travellers with its unique wildlife and good variety of activities set in a magical, semi-desert environment.


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Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Condensed 7-day self drive adventure focusing on Northern Namibia (Etosha NP, Damaraland, & Central Highlands) with superb wildlife viewing and good value, characterful accommodation.

Tailor-made Classic 8 days

Adults from $1,553 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,051 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,238 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,051 per person economy class from London

12 Day Highlights of Namibia with a private driver-guide. Features, Sossusvlei, Twyfelfontein, Swakopmund, Etosha NP, Onguma and Okonjima private reserves.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $6,549 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,051 per person economy class from London

A circular, self-drive roof-top camping adventure of Namibia enjoying the Sossusvlei dunes, searching for desert adapted elephant and spectacular big game in the Etosha National Park.

Tailor-made Adventure 10 - 14 days

Adults from $2,080 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,183 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,386 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,183 per person economy class from London

Small group mobile camping safari for families including safari in Etosha National Park & the incredible Sossusvlei Dunes.

Small Group Adventure 12 days

Families from $2,000 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,117 per person economy class from London

Classic Namibia self-drive trip featuring the highlights of Namibia including Sossusvlei Dunes, Damaraland and Etosha National Park

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Adults from $2,461 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,051 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,298 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,051 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Doro Nawas

Damaraland

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Spectacular setting with amazing views
- Easy access to rock art at Twyfelfontein
- A chance to see desert-adapted elephant
- Game drives and cultural interaction

Desert Camp

Damaraland

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Breathtaking desert location
- Close to Sossusvlei entrance
- Communal bomas and Braai facilities
- Taleni Africa Portfolio

Camp Kipwe

Damaraland

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

-Elusive desert elephants
-Impressive boulder strewn landscape
-Locally run

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Black Rhino and Desert Elephant tracking
- 100% run by the local community
- Fantastic cultural programme
- Stunning Views

Palmwag Lodge

Damaraland

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning isolated setting
- Day and night safaris
- Rhino tracking
- Rare desert-adapted wildlife

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Secluded desert location, great views
- Characterful, comfy & friendly lodge
- Informative Sossusvlei dune visits
- Swimming pool

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Rare desert adapted elephants
- Innovative architecture
- Local rock art

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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