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. You will find that being here evokes feelings of privilege, peace and humility, in the face of such a timeless, ancient land.
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
There is a special wilderness area in Namibia, surrounded by the Erongo Mountains, where the desert, mountain, and bushveld ecosystems combine.
Palmwag Lodge is located under whispering palm trees on the Uniab River in northwest Damaraland in its own private concession area.
This luxury camp, lauded as one of the best in the country, stands on the north bank of the dry valley of the Huab River, which is arguably Namibia’s most pristine wilderness area.
Desert Rhino Camp
Desert Rhino Camp is set in a wide valley amongst rolling, rocky hills with scattered euphorbia, ancient welwitschia plants, scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees.