Damaraland

Damaraland: Why go

So-called because the Damara people live in this area, Damaraland is a starkly beautiful area south of Kaokoland, with the Huab River valley at its heart. Characterised by arid plains from which granite koppies magically rise, and the soaring Brandenburg Mountain in the distance, the scenery is unspoilt and dramatic; the vistas seemingly endless.

Twyfelfontein is Damaraland's best-known area, renowned for its rock art and excellent hiking. A visit to The White Lady bushman painting is a must, but you’ll have to partially climb Namibia’s highest mountain, the Brandenburg, to see it. Other regional highlights include the Petrified Forest, The Vingerklip (finger rock) which rises 35m high, and Spitzkoppe, a place of mystery to the ancient San people.

Game-wise Damaraland is home to the mighty desert elephant as well as black rhino, ostrich and springbok. Desert elephants have longer legs than their cousins, often covering 200km in a day in search of water, and this massive animal stark against the barren landscape is an awesome sight.

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