Damaraland is one of the best luxury camps in Namibia and is situated on the north bank of the dry valley of the Huab River, arguably Namibia’s most pristine wilderness area.
With sensational views of desert plains, ancient valleys and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountain, it is only 90 kilometres inland from Torra Bay on the Skeleton Coast. The river – which flows only once or twice a year – seldom manages to break through the dunes to reach the ocean. Due to its innovative eco-friendly construction, which merges modern technology with ancient techniques, the camp won the 2005 Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award.
Activities focus on exploring the Huab Valley on guided drives and walks. As rainfall dictates the seasonal movement of wildlife along the river, there are no year-round concentrations of game, but desert elephant are commonly sighted on morning and afternoon drives, as well as gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok, and occasionally lion, cheetah and black rhino. You can also visit the famous rock art site at Twyfelfontein, and Skeleton Coast Park, and see interesting flora such as euphorbias and shepherd's trees. However for many one of the highlights is the opportunity to talk to local people.
This flying safari encompasses the finest attributes of Namibia: the dramatic dunes of Sossusvlei, the fascinating rockscape of Damaraland with its diverse compliment of desert adapted wildlife, and the enormous hidden Hartmann Valley in the far north. Experience beauty and solitude at every turn.
- When to go: Jan to Dec
- Duration inc. flights: 9 days
- Price inc. flights: From £5,795 pp
- Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea