10 Day Damaraland Experiencefrom
If you are a traveler who wants to know or interested in the cultures around Namibia this is the right trip to book. An experience travelling in the dry Damaraland ending up in Etosha national park.
You can choose between camping or lodging for this experience!
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCamping, Culture, Guided Tours, History
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Large Group
From the glorious rock formations of Spitzkoppe, Erongo and the Brandberg in the south to the equally glorious red-rock, wild-desert mountains around Palmwag in the north, Damaraland is one of Namibia’s most dramatic collections of landscapes. Hidden in the rocky clefts is Twyfelfontein, which along with the Brandberg contains some of Southern Africa’s finest prehistoric rock art and engravings, and there’s even a petrified forest nearby, as well as palm-fringed, oasislike valleys. Damaraland is also one of Southern Africa’s most underrated wildlife-watching areas. One of Namibia’s last ‘unofficial’ wildlife regions, it’s home to critically endangered black rhinos, desert-adapted lions and elephants, as well as the full range of Namibia specialties such as gemsbok, zebra, giraffe and spotted hyena.
- A vehicle according to the group size
- English speaking guide (Only on request for Italian, German and French guide)
- 9 Breakfast, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
- Camping Equipment
- Park Fees
- Activity to visit the himba villages
- All accommodations stated
- Extra services
- Game by drives in open vehicles in Etosha
- Plane tickets
- Sleeping bags
- water and other beverages
10 Day Damaraland Experience
Day 1 Windhoek
You will be collected by your guide from the airport to your accommodation in Windhoek, approximately 45 minutes from the airport
Accommodation: Windhoek Gardens Guesthouse
Day 2 Spitzkoppe
You will leave early morning after a small shopping for water supplies as you will be heading in a dry area where there are no big super markets.
As we enter Damaraland we will stop at germ stone market which is operated by the locals who are the damara speaking people. At this stop it will be our first encounter with the local tribe.
NB: if you want to take a photo please do ask permission first.
We will arrive at our camp or accommodation late afternoon.
Day 3 Spitzkoppe
This morning you will go with a local guide to see some bushmen paintings around the area, where your guide will explain all the meanings of the paintings.
Actually the Spitzkoppe consists of two separate mountains: The large Spitzkoppe, which is 1728 m high and the small Spitzkoppe, which has a height of 1584 metres. Further west we also find the so-called Pontok Mountains.
For hikers and mountaineers the Spitzkoppe is a paradise. Beginners can practice nicely here and for professionals the ascent of the peak is a real challenge as it is difficult. The first ascent of the challenging west side was in 1946 and up to today only 600 roped parties have succeeded to reach the peak. One reason for this is also that during the summer months it is not possible to climb the Spitzkoppe due to the unbearable heat.
We will head back to the camp and you will have some free time to yourself.
If you are interested in astronomy and night photography your guide will take you at some scenic spots .
Day 4 Brandberg
A short drive to the highest mountain the Brandberg, along the way we will stop in a small town called Uis, a town where there is a huge tin mine. We will arrive at the camp in the afternoon set up our tents or check in our accommodation. Later today we will go for a hike in the mountain to see the famous white lady painting.
The White Lady
It is the best known rock painting, the White Lady, was discovered in 1917 by Reinhard Maack, who was the first European to climb up to the Königstein. He was a German explorer and universal scientist, who was engaged in many different fields at that time
He interpreted the White Lady, a 45 cm high rock painting, as warrior. Years later, in 1955 the French priest Henri Breuil interpreted the painting as white lady after he had compared the figure with a Greek portrayal in Crete. Although scientists today are convinced that the painting depicts a warrior or shaman of the San, the name “White Lady” remained.
If you are lucky enough you might see the desert adapted elephants.
Day 5 Madisa
Our destination today is Madisa but before we arrive at the camp we will make a stop at Twyfelfontein
.UNESCO World Heritage Site and unique rock engravings
Twyfelfontein, which means as much as ”doubtful fountain” or ”Fountain of Doubt” is the name of a valley in the Damara highland about 70 km west of Khorixas. The valley was inhabited by the Damara, who call the valley Uri-Ais (jumping fountain) in their language.
In 1947 white farmers settled in the valley, but the fountain was unreliable and only had little water. The farms were abandoned by the white settlers due to the Odendaal plan in 1964, where the local population of Namibia was relocated in ”Homelands”.
Rock engravings at Twyfelfontein
Twyfelfontein is famous because of its many rock paintings and rock engravings (Petroglyphs) of the San (Bushmen) of which 2500 were counted. Specifications about the age of the engravings fluctuate and a period of 1000 – 10000 years is stated. Remarkable is that the engravings were made without the use of metal tools. It is presumed that quartz tools were used instead as many quartz chips were found there.
The motives of the rock engravings are on the one hand hunting scenes, in which the hunters are pictured with bow and arrow. On the other hand many animal engravings (antelopes, zebras, giraffes, lions, etc.) are depicted. Remarkable is also the engraving of a seal, as the ocean is about 100 km away.
The valley was declared a national monument in 1952 to stop the common stealing of rock engravings. The paintings/ engravings can only be visited with a local guide. UNESCO declared Twyfelfontein as World Heritage Site in 2007.
We head to madisa where your guide will prepare your dinner!.
Day 6 Opuwo
A long scenic drive as we head to kaokoland where you will find Himbas natural inhabit . The journey takes about 6 to 7 hours arriving in Opuwo late afternoon.
Today accommodation is located in a scenic place best for sunset.
Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge
Day 7 Opuwo
This morning we will drive about 45 minutes outside Opuwo to visit the local tribe called the Himbas for this activity you will go to the village with a local guide. He/She will show you how the himbas dress, what they eat, religion and spiritual belief. This is a great opportunity to meet and interact with the locals as we have already made arrangements with them to visit their village.
Accommodation: Opuwo Country Lodge
Day 8 Etosha National Park Okaukuejo Rest Camp
As we reach towards the end of this adventure our last stop will be Etosha national park.
The rest camp was formerly a military outpost founded in 1901 and the tower was added in 1963. Located in the south of Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo is only 17 km from Anderson Gate. Okaukuejo offers a wide range of accommodation as well as all the necessities such as a petrol station and a shop. The restaurant and bar offer refreshments and delicious meals, while the swimming pool offers relief on hot days. The waterhole is a hub of animal activity starting in the early hours of the morning. Especially during winter diversity of game congregate in close proximity to the camp to quench their thirst.
After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside Lion and Elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major draw card of Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Namibia.
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp
Day 9: Etosha National Park Okaukuejo Rest Camp
We leave camp early morning so you can have the opportunity to spot cats such as lions, leopards and cheetahs since they usually hunt at night and early morning excluding cheetahs.
During the course of the game drive we will visit Etosha pan.
The Etosha Pan is a vast, bare and open expanse of shimmering green and white that covers around 4,800km², almost a quarter of the beautiful Etosha National Park. At 130 kms long and up to 50kms wide in places. It is comfortably the largest salt pan in Africa and it is the park’s most distinctive and dramatic feature, visible even from space. The pan was originally a lake but over time the earth’s climate forced the rivers that once fed the lake to change course and flow into the Atlantic Ocean. If one were to try find where the lake once lay today, only the dry baked alkaline clay marks would give you a clue.
Accommodation: Oaukuejo Rest Camp
Day 10 Windhoek
A 5 hour drive back to Windhoek. end of services.
- We have different price charges of our safaris,
- Per person; We charge per individual ,for the guide/driver, vehicle, accommodation, fuel, park fees and camping equipment.
- Per Group; We charge per group starting from 2 people our maximum group is 30 people. The more you are in the group the lesser you will pay. Charges includes; guide/driver, vehicle, accommodation, fuel, park fees and camping equipment.
- Self driving; Price will include vehicle hire per day only. For other services will add to the price. (Any damages to the vehicle will be payed by customer)
- All our prices do not include flight tickets, transfer from airport, drinks and beverages.
- Safari price are subjected to change.
- Most payments can be done via, internet banking, credit cards and cash. We do accept foreign currency such as usd, rands, euros and pounds.
- You have to pay full amount of the safari before departure.
- You can book via Trip advisor, bokun, safari bookings, Facebook page, email and via our WhatsApp chat.
- Trips are longer than 6 days must be pre-booked 3 weeks in advance.
- In countries besides Namibia we have partners who can conduct our trips if not visiting Namibia.
- Most areas where you will visit, you don’t have to worry about any diseases.
- Places such as Victoria falls, northen part of Namibia and Okavango delta you should take precautions measures.
- Tap is safe in most places where you will go, but we advise buying bottle water
- As a safety measure always put your valuable things in a safe place.
- Do not ask strangers to assist you at banks and ATMs.
- Most roads are tarred roads with a speed limit of 100 km per hour and in gravel roads 60 to 80 km.
- Driving in the gravels always be cautions when overtaking other vehicles as there is dust and stones.
- Do not overtake on bends and blind spots.
- In most places you will travel , it will be easy to travel since majority of the roads have signs.