Probably one of Namibia's less populated and developed areas, this starkly beautiful area is known for the picturesque Epupa Falls and the fascinating Himba semi-nomadic tribe. The lodges are fairly few and far between, generally very luxurious and well worth the effort of getting there.
The Kunene Region (also known as Kaokoland) incorporates Damaraland and is one of the Namibia's 14 regions. Mountainous, inaccessible in parts and extremely arid, it's an area of remote beauty and unexpected rewards.The largest local town is Opuwo.
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Damara Mopane Lodge is an ideal base for exploring the unique gems of dramatic Damaraland – from prehistoric Twyfelfontein's rock engravings and towering sandstone formations, to desert-adapted elephants and the petrified forest. Each quaint chalet features its own little garden complete with flowers, herbs and vegetables that are used to prepare fresh, tasty meals at the restaurant. The charming setting and friendly staff really make a difference to the lodge.
Owned and largely managed by the local community, Damaraland Camp is a model of a successful community partnership. Eco-friendly, yet luxurious, this intimate safari camp offers first-hand encounters with some of the most highly-adapted local wildlife, particularly desert elephants and black rhinos – in starkly beautiful surroundings.
Aptly named, Desert Rhino Camp has the largest number of free-ranging black rhino in Africa. Set in the sprawling, rocky Palmwag Concession, Desert Rhino Camp enjoys spectacular scenery and a surprising abundance of desert-adapted wildlife.
Although not in a game-rich area per se, Doro Nawas Camp is an excellent base from which to explore the dramatic and stark Damaraland landscape. Arid and inhospitable, it's home to a surprisingly diverse range of desert-adapted wildlife, including desert-elephant, gemsbok, springbok, bat-eared fox – and even the odd black rhino and cheetah.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp sits in scenic, wide valley where two tributaries of the Hoanib River meet. It straddles two wilderness areas: the private Palmwag Concession and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of Namibia’s most remote areas. Dramatic scenery, sightings of remarkable desert-adapted wildlife and huge seal colonies are just some of its attractions.
Set in the starkly beautiful Hartmann Valley in the remote north-western corner of Namibia, Serra Cafema Camp is luxurious, intimate and peaceful. It offers guests authentic interaction with the fascinating Himba – one of the world's few remaining semi-nomadic peoples.