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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 rare and endangered wildlife such as the desert elephant.

Other species such as black rhino, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, springbok have also come to terms with this unforgiving environment, and even lion and cheetah have adapted to some degree and are occasionally seen in the area

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.

A visit to this area of Namibia will undoubtedly evoke feelings of privilege, peace and humility, in the face of such a timeless, ancient land.  

Our elephant trails trip allows you to see the desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland, as well other African elephant habitats in Botswana.

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Key info

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

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Namibia Self-drive Safari

Take this classic self-drive around Namibia's ‘northern circuit’, and enjoy fantastic wildlife-viewing and photographic opportunities. Spend a couple of days at a cheetah and leopard conservation project, before continuing to the renowned Etosha National Park and the stunning desert landscapes of the Damaraland.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,975 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Classic Africa Explorer

This 37-day comprehensive itinerary, which visits no less than seven countries, delivers the ultimate African safari experience and a wealth of contrasts. Travel to some of Africa’s best National Parks and stay in a range of classic lodges, hotels and tented camps on this wildlife trip of a lifetime.

  • When to go: Apr-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 37 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £16,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Distinctive Namibia

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-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Faces of Namibia

Experience all the key areas of this superb country: the soaring dunes of Sossusvlei, the dramatic deserts of Damaraland, and the prolific wildlife of Etosha. Staying largely in private reserves, activities include rhino tracking, boat trips and walking - the complete Namibia adventure!

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,975 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Land of Contrasts Self-drive

This is Namibia at its very best: a wilderness destination of outstanding beauty at every turn, taking you north to the salt pans of Etosha National Park, the remote Kunene and its desert elephant, before heading down the Skeleton Coast to the awesome Namib Desert. Choose between self drive or guided.

  • When to go: Apr-Jan
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,745 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Namibia’s Desert & Coast

This guided small group trip explores the wilderness environments of the arid Namib Desert and the scenically dramatic Skeleton Coast. These remarkable landscapes and the highly-adapted wildlife that inhabits these desolate areas distinguish Namibia from any of its neighbours in Southern Africa.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,895 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

On the Trail of Elephants

This 18-day group tour focuses on the elephant hotspots of Namibia and Botswana, followed by a night at the world-famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Explore a variety of landscapes from desert to coast and grassland to wetland, to marvel at southern Africa's beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

  • When to go: Mar-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,545 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Wings over Namibia

This suggested itinerary provides a complete experience of the north and south, enjoying superb wildlife viewing and exceptional photographic opportunities. Staying in some of Namibia’s finest lodges with outstanding hospitality, and flying between camps, this trip is simply the ultimate safari.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Damaraland Camp

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. Activities focus on exploring the surrounding valley on guided drives and walks, when desert elephant are commonly sighted.

Desert Rhino Camp

Operated in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust, this camp is set in the Palmwag Concession amongst rolling hills with scattered euphorbia and ancient welwitschia plants. It has eight large Meru-style en suite tents, and the dining area offers uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains.

Doro Nawas Camp

This delightful camp, located within Doro Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland, lies close to Twyfelfontein, where ancient San bushmen rock art engravings are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Accommodation consists of 16 rooms with a mix of stone and canvas walls, shaded by a thatch roof.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Located in one of Namibia’s special wilderness areas, this lodge offers accommodation in a dramatic setting of granite boulders and breathtaking views of the surrounding Erongo Mountains. Ten luxury tented chalets are built on stilts amongst the rocks, ensuring peace, privacy and exclusivity.

Khowarib Lodge

Nestling on the banks of the Hoanib River, in the magnificent Khowarib Gorge, this lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the remote northwest of the country. It has 14 luxury tents, built on stilts, each with a private shaded verandah. There are also eight camp pitches for self-drive visitors.

Palmwag Lodge

Palmwag Lodge is located under whispering palm trees on the Uniab River in northwest Damaraland in its own private concession area. The lodge has accommodation for 30 guests in thatched bungalows and en suite tents, and offers good hiking trails and daily vehicle safaris to see local wildlife.