Damaraland Camp, Northern Namibia Tented Camp
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 elephant and black rhino - in starkly beautiful surrounds.
* Damaraland Camp Highlights
- ∞A community-owned luxury desert lodge, largely run by cheerful, hospitable locals
- ∞Excellent star-gazing with zero light pollution in one of Namibia’s best safari camps
- ∞Torra Conservancy has healthy populations of the rare desert elephant
- ∞Small, intimate camp with only 10 units
- ∞Although no big herds, there are numerous species of desert-adapted game
- ∞Good chance to see desert elephant, black rhino, gemsbok, springbok, brown and spotted hyena
- ∞Explore the seasonal Huab River nearby with its own micro-ecosystem
- ∞Over 240 species of birds recorded here
More about this accommodation
Damaraland Camp is situated on the north face of the Huab River Valley in central Damaraland, within the 352,200-hectare (870,274-acre) Torra Conservancy.
Small, Luxury Desert Camp
Damaraland Camp is an eco-friendly, luxurious and intimate desert camp. There are only 10 elevated, thatched units which can accommodate 20 guests and two children plus guide/pilot/tour leaders sharing, subject to concession numbers. Seven units have twin beds, two units have king-size beds and one unit is ideal for families with two en-suite bedrooms. The units are mosquito proof with meshed windows and doors and provide wonderful views of the distant mountains from the privacy of your shaded veranda. Each unit has a ceiling fan and extra blankets and hot water bottles are provided in the chilly winter months.
Well-equipped Main Camp
There’s a large open-plan living area complete with dining area and bar with a pool alongside. An open fireplace makes for sociable evenings beneath the starry skies. Besides a small curio stall, there’s a well-equipped library and a traditional boma. Heaters and blankets are provided to keep you warm on wintry nights.
The Torra Conservancy is said to be one of the driest, most desolate regions in all of Africa. Within this arid area, every living creature has to survive by adapting and using the scarce water resources in the most efficient, economical way possible.
While you obviously won’t find vast herds of wildlife in this stark landscape, there are nonetheless a surprising number and diversity of wildlife, specially adapted to these harsh conditions: rare desert elephants, a few black rhino, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, springbok,Hartmann's mountain zebra, southern giraffe, lion, cheetah and both spotted and brown hyena, with over 240 species of bird.
A fascinating aspect of this area is that there are no fences – and local herdsmen with their livestock live side by side with the wildlife.
- Day and night game drives, including sundowner drives in open safari vehicles that provide you with an outside seat
- Guided nature and scorpion walks (seasonal and subject to availability of qualified walking guide)
- Incredible star-gazing with a laser pointer
- Private activities by request if available (may involve an extra cost)
- Full-day excursions with picnic lunch to search for elusive desert rhino (no guarantee)
- Cultural visits to communities on local farms
- Back-of-house tours and camp chats about desert-adapted elephants, the Torra conservancy, ecological and environmental info on Damaraland and adjacent areas
As part of Wilderness Safaris, Damaraland is very involved in conservation. They’ve formed a successful partnership with the local Torra community to proclaim the conservancy and, once again, wildlife is flourishing and poaching has dramatically reduced. Combining ancient techniques and modern technology, the camp has been ecologically built using sustainable, biodegradable materials and green systems have been implemented wherever possible. There are many community development projects on the go where you can contribute funding, time or supplies if you’d like to.
By road: Guests may self-drive in 4WD vehicles directly to the camp or to nearby Fonteine Pos in 2WD vehicles. No self-drives permitted within the conservancy. It’s a 4½-hour drive from Windhoek via Solitaire.
By air: Charter flights available to local Damaraland Airstrip, followed by a 25-minute road transfer to camp, depending on stops for wildlife, scenery and photos along the way.
Our Take on Damaraland Camp
Not surprisingly, Damaraland Camp consistently gets rave reviews for its friendly, welcoming staff, excellent food and the most incredible views. The calibre of staff is superb and they really will go out of their way to make sure you have the most incredible desert safari experience.
Images © Dana Allen & Olwen Evans, courtesy Wilderness Safaris
- ∞Luxury accommodation and all meals
- ∞All local drinks
- ∞Twice daily scheduled camp activities
- ∞Park fees
- xPremium imported brands and champagne
- xCurio purchases
- xItems of a personal nature
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