Damaraland Camp: The Lowdown

 

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Damaraland Camp is set in the Huab River Valley in the Torra Conservancy- a pioneering project between the local community and the camp management to protect this glorious wilderness area.

What’s Damaraland Camp really like?

Staying at Damaraland Camp is an intimate experience, with just 10 adobe and thatch chalets, all raised up off the ground on decks to make the most of the view. Rooms mainly have twin beds, with two doubles, and a family unit, which has two separate rooms sharing the same deck. All have ensuite bathrooms with a loo and shower, and a small verandah to enjoy the views along the valley. From the rooms, gravel pathways lead to the main area of camp- here you’ll eat your meals if you’re not outside in the boma (dinners are rather splendidly introduced in both English and one of the local languages), gather around the campfire in the evening, and cool off in the small pool on hot afternoons.  It’s important to note here the experience is all about the wilderness and remoteness- there’s no wi-fi here, and meals are shared with your fellow guests. Worth a particular mention are your landlords, and hosts- the staff, who are largely from the local community and are full of fun.

What can I do at Damaraland Camp?

Our guests coming to Damaraland Camp usually stay in two different ways. Fly-in guests will usually stay on an all-inclusive basis, including two activities each day, whereas guests who arrive under their own steam stay on half board, and can choose to book on to activities provided by the lodge. These include nature drives in the surrounding area with the camp guides. The huge highlights are spotting desert adapted wildlife, in particular elephants, though we’d stress that Damaraland is essentially a desert area so wildlife volumes do not compare to those in Etosha and the elephants can often be far away- for most people the magnificent scenery is as enticing as the possibility of seeing animals. There are also guided nature walks, both challenging and a little gentler, and visits to the local community. Fly-in guests with a 3 night or longer stay may also go to see the rock art at Twyfelfontein (this is chargeable), though as this is a couple of hours drive away, most self-drive guests tend to visit this on the way in or out of Damaraland Camp.

Giving back at Damaraland Camp: Damaraland Camp was built in partnership with the Torra Community, the landlords of the conservancy. Income from the conservancy goes to benefit the community and to protect the wildlife of the area. Guests wishing to help support this can get involved with donations to the community via the Pack for a Purpose scheme.

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