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This vast desert landscape is known as one of the most beautiful regions in Namibia. Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful, Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape featuring open plains, ancient valleys and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are the sacred Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the otherworldly Petrified Forest. Visitors can take in the dramatic vistas, catch a glimpse of the rare desert-adapted elephant, and enjoy spectacular stargazing in crystal-clear night skies from one of the many safari camps dotting Damaraland. Other popular activities include: guided drives, nature walks and visiting the local communities. Don’t miss the opportunity to view Damaraland's world-famous ancient rock art.

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  • You can find Twyfelfontein in Damaraland.

  • Twyfelfontein is Namibia's first World Heritage site.

  • Largest in Africa.

  • Brandberg is located in Damaraland. 

  • Brandberg is the highest mountain in Namibia.

  • Twyfelfontein is home to 2,000-plus rock engravings estimated to be 6,000 years old.

  • Desert adapted Elephants roam this area. You can only find these Elephants in two countries. 

  • Two craters are located in Damaraland. The Doros and Messum craters. 


  • Go on a guided hike of the Brandberg.

  • Guided game drives available at lodges.

  • Track the desert Elephants and Rhinos.

  • Visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.

  • Make a stop at the Damara Living Museum.

  • Sleep under the stars at Door Nawas.

  • Visit the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain.

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There are plenty of luxury and standard lodges to choose from in this desolated area. All of these lodges offer nature drives to witness the magnificent Desert Adapted Elephants. Self-drives with an experienced guide in the dry riverbeds are also possible, but a great knowledge of off-road driving is necessary.

See below for accommodation in and around Etosha National Park

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