Damaraland & the Northwest camps - Damaraland Camp
Damaraland Camp was a pioneering project to integrate local communities into conservation and tourism and it is hard to imagine a place where people need such an opportunity more. Scenic and breath-taking at every turn of the head, Damaraland’s dry river valleys, towering red rock mountains and desert landscape make for a tough backyard if ever there was one.
Dam Camp, as it is affectionately known, is owned and mainly run by the local community. Their heritage is as colourful as their disposition as they are derived from Herero, Owambo, a group of displaced people from South Africa – the Riemvasmakers, and the Nama-Damara. As hosts, they are the most fun, genial and entertaining people you are likely to meet.
The camp itself developed from a rather traditional safari-style camp into quite a crisp contemporary tented lodge. The location is notable for the fabulous views down the valley and of the towering inselbergs. One of the best things you can do here is take a glass of wine outside after dinner, turn off all the lights and just look at the stars. The tented rooms reflect the muted colours of the desert and each has a private verandah with a lovely view.
Aside from gazing open-mouthed at the night-sky, you can also enjoy walks, guided drives and mountain biking. The wildlife here is of the specialist kind and so you won’t see masses but what you do see will generally be uniquely adapted to this environment and fascinating . You will probably spot springbok, gemsbok, greater kudu and possibly lion, cheetah or if you are very luck, one of the desert-adapted elephant or rhino.
Another great highlight here is a visit to Twyfelfontein, a rock kopje that exhibits a vast and ancient collection of rock engravings...not to be missed.
Includes full board accommodation, scheduled activities, soft drinks, beer, house wines and local spirits, park fees where applicable. Does not include special activities, premium wines, champagne and spirits, gratuities, items of a personal nature.
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