Huab River Valley
In a country where hauntingly beautiful landscapes are almost the norm, it’s no mean feat when the vistas from Damaraland Camp have been lauded as the best in the country. Each location of the ten generously sized accommodation has been decidedly picked for spectacular views of the surrounding desert plains, ancient valleys and soaring peaks of the Brandberg Mountains.
Situated a short distance inland from the stark Skeleton Coast and just north of the true Namib Desert, Damaraland Camp in the Torra Conservancy exists within one of the driest, most desolate regions in all of Africa. In this arid environment flora and fauna adapt and revolve their lives around harnessing the near non-existent water in the most economical way possible.
Adding to the feather in Damaraland’s cap is also the Tomorrow Conservation Award it has received at the 2005 WTTC Tourism Awards, recognized as a winner for the eco-friendly construction that has melded new technology with ancient methodology in an inventive manner. In the same notion of sustainability, the camp is owned and largely run by the local community who have infused their affable optimism and cheeriness into what you will experience at Damaraland Camp.
The spacious, thatched living area features a restaurant and bar, complete with fireplace. The swimming pool is conveniently sited next to the bar. Evening meals are often prepared over an open fire and to be consumed al fresco underneath the dusky sunset hues, accompanied by an assortment of small lanterns. An open campfire and outdoor ‘boma’ can be enjoyed during calm evenings, with superb stargazing in the crystal-clear night skies.
Spend time here getting to know your kindly hosts – a mixed heritage of the local peoples, which include Nama-Damara, Herero, Owambo, and the displaced Riemvasmakers of South Africa. Activities also revolve around exploring the Haub River system which only flows once or twice during the short rainy season. As such, large game is not concentrated year-round here, and dawn and dusk drives in search for desert-adapted elephant are a great favourite activity. Gemsbok, greater kudu, springbok, and occasionally lion, cheetah, elephants and black rhino can be spotted. Euphorbias and shepherd’s trees can be viewed on the way to some of Africa’s best known rock engravings, including the famous Twyfelfontein etchings.
Damaraland Camp Information
- Location & Getting There
Damaraland Camp is located at Torra Conservancy. It is 1 hour 40 minutes by air from Windhoek Airport followed by a 25 minutes drive by road.
Damaraland Camp comprises of 10 spacious en-suite (shower only) thatched units, each raised on individual wooden decking which extends out to form a large viewing deck with magnificent vistas. Naturally cooled by the breeze, the units also have a built-in fan. 1 family unit and 9 standard units, 7 of which are twin bedded.
-Pool: 1 Swimming pool
-Dining: 1 restaurant, 1 bar
Guests can embark on nature drives or cultural activities, guided nature walks and rock art excursions.
Children are welcomed but no specific facilities are available.