Damaraland is a large area that covers some of the most scenic parts of Namibia.
Damaraland is the old name given to the region south of Koakoland that extends inland for 200km from the Skeleton Coast and southwards for 600km. Covering such a vast area of land, the terrain changes from open plains of grassland, bushveld, large granite rock faces and deep gorges to endless desert sands and dunes. The name of the area originates from the Damara people who live here. Damaraland has in fact been renamed where the southern parts of the area fall under the Erongo region and the northern parts fall under the Kunene region – however, Damaraland is often used and refers to this specific stretch of land.
Some of the greater attractions and places to visit here include Namibia’s highest mountain – The Brandberg where the famous ‘White Lady’ bushman painting can be viewed. The Twyfelfontein rocky outcrop with many Bushman engravings is a magnificent place to visit as is The Petrified Forest that is millions of years old. In addition to these attractions, Spitzkoppe, one of Namibia's most recognisable landmark and a place of great mystery to the ancient San people and The Vingerklip, a towering finger made from limestone, rises 35m above its base, are both intriguing visits of the Damaraland region. The wildlife here too are a must-see – having adapted to the Namibian dry heat and a little water, the wildlife here have their own magnificence compared to neighbouring countries’ wildlife.
Accommodation in Damaraland offers a wide variety of places to stay including standard yet beautiful campsites, up-market guest lodges and self-catering units and budget-friendly guesthouses and self-catering accommodation. Bed and breakfasts too can be found, but are usually located closer to a town than in the unspoilt open land. Damaraland accommodation caters for all travellers and includes assistance in site-seeing and directions.