Damaraland is one of the most scenically dramatic and beautiful regions in Namibia, where prehistoric watercourses cut through open plains and grasslands and massive granite koppies dominate the landscape. Located south of Kaokoland and north of the main road from Windhoek to Swakopmund, the area is renowned for its fascinating geological features and ancient San rock paintings. Nowhere in Namibia are you more aware of its ancient roots, than in Damaraland.
Twyfelfontein (Fountain of Doubt) offers fantastically preserved rock paintings and engravings, dating back thousands of years. South of Twyfelfontein is the desolate volcanic landscape of Burnt Mountain, and closeby you find the perpendicular basalt rock formations known as the Organ Pipes. The Brandberg and Spitzkoppe are two favourite places for climbers in Namibia, and both mountains contain a high density of San (Bushman) art, none more famous than the “White Lady” in the Brandburg Nature Reserve.
Dinosaur footprints preserved in sandstone near Khorixas and the Petrified Forest, with its 250-million year old fossilised trees and ancient Welwitschia plants bear witness to the timelessness of this country.
The deserts of Damaraland meet the Atlantic Ocean at the much-photographed Skeleton Coast. Game species to be found here include the Namib desert elephant, black rhino, ostrich and springbok.
Damaraland accommodation ranges from well-appointed camping sites to luxury tented camps and lodges. Whichever you choose, the vast open spaces, huge skies and blankets of stars are an awe-inspiring experience for all who visit Damaraland.
photo copyright: Paul Hansen