Aba-Huab River Valley
From boulder-strewn floodplains, canyons and dry riverbeds to curious rock formations surrounded by sand dunes, Namibia’s geological formations are amongst the oldest in the world. The Doro Nawas Camp rests on a sparse, rocky kopje overlooking the arid but breathtaking Aba-Huab River Valley. When the summer rains fall aplenty, the valley is transformed into a carpet of golden grass and beautiful desert flowers.
Sixteen elegant rooms look out over the Etendeka Mountains to the north and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein (famous for its San rock engravings) to the south. Built in a natural earthy fashion of local stone, canvas walls, thatched roofs and wood and glass doors, each en-suite unit has an outdoor shower and a private veranda for stargazing. The main areas include indoor and outdoor rooftop dining areas, a pool area and bar.
Birding is excellent at Doro Nawas Camp. Raptors include the Secretarybird, Black-Chested Snake-Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture and Pale Chanting Goshawk. The endemic Benguela Long-billed Lark is common on the rocky slopes here – its plaintive whistling call an evocative sound. While this sparse and scrubby landscape cannot support vast herds of wildlife, your guide will surprise you with the varied assortment of desert-adapted species around the camp on game drives and guided walks. The desert-adapted elephant and the rare rhino are a real highlight.
A cultural side trip might take you to the Damara Living Museum for a peek into the fascinating traditional culture of the Damara people. Not to be missed is a trip to the fascinating Twyfelfontein San art engravings, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site which has on display the largest collection of petroglyphs (prehistoric rock art) in Africa.
For further illustration of Namibia’s distinct geology, make a day trip to the Petrified Forest, a collection of 280 million-year-old fossilised tree trunks. Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes, a mass of perpendicular dolerite pillars, are also vast, ancient and humbling sights to behold.
Doro Nawas Information
- Location: Aba-Huab River Valley, within the Doro Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland, 6 hours drive from Windhoek Airport.
- Accommodation: 16 Units with 12 twin bedded units, 3 double bedded units and 1 family unit.
- Activities: Extensive game drives, exploratory hikes, trip to the Twyfelfontein San art engravings, optional visits to the Petrified Forest, Burnt Mountain and Organ Pipes.
- Facilities: Pool, bar, local curio area
- Weather: All year round destination, although the best time to visit is from May to September as the temperature is tolerably cool, especially at night. The optimum game viewing times are between June and November. November to April, the rainy season, is when the migratory birds flock into the park after the summer rains.
- Children: Welcome, although there are no specific childcare facilities. Mealtimes can be adjusted to suit and babysitting can be arranged. Also one family unit that sleeps four.