Unique desert wildlife
The Kunene region, formerly known as the Kaokoveld, is situated in north-west Namibia and has one of the harshest environments on the planet, with vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys, rugged peaks and desolate coastline. The vegetation that fringes the river courses provides sustenance to a diverse array of superbly adapted desert wildlife like black rhino, elephant, springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and Hartmanns’ mountain zebra. The most reliable source of water here is the fog created when the icy Atlantic waters meet the warm air of the coast.
Damaraland Camp is situated in the Torra Conservancy, one of Namibia’s best areas for scenery, offering views over the plains with a stunning ochre-purple mountain backdrop. Ten large en-suite, adobe-style thatched units are raised off the ground, each with a walk-in dressing area and a large deck on which to sit and contemplate the desert. The spacious living area comprises a dining area, and swimming pool. New technology combined with ancient knowledge has produced an ecofriendly yet high-performance design in this unique camp. An open campfire and outdoor ‘boma’ are enjoyed during calm evenings and stargazing is superb, thanks to the crystal-clear night skies.
Activities include nature drives and walks during which guests can see species such as desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, kudu and springbok, and black rhino as well as rare succulent plants. Damaraland Camp is the result of an award-winning partnership between Wilderness and the Torra Conservancy.
Why we like it
- Desert elephant
- Rugged rock formations
- San rock art
- Community camp