Damaraland is the remote area of northwestern Namibia that adjoins the Skeleton Coast, whose naturally fluctuating supplies of food and water govern the cyclical movements of the rare and endangered species.

Desert elephant, black rhino, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, springbok and other species have come to terms with this unforgiving environment. Even lion and cheetah have adapted to some degree and are occasionally seen in the area, while few experiences can match watching a small herd of desert elephant in search of water.

Keen birders will not be disappointed, as there is a chance of seeing the endemic Monteiros’ hornbill, Ruppell’s parrot, white-tailed shrike, rockrunner and Herero chat, as well as the wide variety of raptors that make the area their home. The crystal-clear night skies make star gazing in Damaraland a fabulous experience, and the Brandberg Mountain provides a spectacular backdrop. You will find that being here evokes feelings of privilege, peace and humility, in the face of such a timeless, ancient land.

  • Ideal for viewing: black rhino, desert elephant, springbok, white-tailed shrike, augur buzzard
  • Where: Erongo Region, Namibia
  • View on Protected Planet Damaraland

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