Damaraland Camp

Reviews of Damaraland Camp

Excellent(94%) From 44 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 44 of our travellers who have visited Damaraland Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs G from Guildford
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

Really enjoyed this camp, Situation and staff were excellent.

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Ms H & Mrs J from London
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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D.Camp in Damaraland

Arrived by car from Swakopmund at 5pm. Lovely first evening meal in the Boma under the stars - staff singing was very harmonious.
A wonderful day spent black rhino tracking, even though it was very hot and quite exhausting.

Went birding and looking for the desert elephants the next morning. Just us with guide - a brilliant.morning and then a delicious lunch before leaving.

Spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. No mosquitos. Relaxed friendly atmosphere.

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Mr C & family - Lancashire
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

The best camp/lodge in our 2 weeks as voted by our family of 4! The staff seemed very happy and engaged - more so than anywhere we visited. The two guides who collected us and returned us to our car were friendly, informative and took time to talk to us at length, and the female camp leader who greeted us was very helpful.

Communal meal outside with several nationalities all mingling together added to the enjoyment, as did the fun singing and dancing, and the star-gazing lesson! Food was well-cooked and tasty - but obviously not geared up to offer the range you would find in a lodge.

Very nice roomy luxury tents with desk, reading lights, bath robes etc. Bathroom to the side - curtained-off rather than door.

Very relaxed feel to the camp, with cushioned seats looking out from the communal area to distant mountains - n.b. Don't look for a traditional farmhouse when looking for the meeting point - more a series of animal enclosures and small huts - we nearly missed it in the dusk!
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Be prepared that you may find your car has been washed during your stay by the local farmer who guards it - so a tip might be in order!

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Mr I & Mrs A - France
Arrived on: 23-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

First impressions of the camp were very positive. The main area of the camp is stunningly designed with a beautiful dining area and pool. Cakes and tea provided at 3.00pm were much appreciated. The staff were very helpful and informative.

The rooms were beautiful but the bathroom was impractical for cold weather and the water was cold both days because there was a fault with the solar shower and it was freezing cold.

Once again there was a hard sell for the activities. The late afternoon walk was enjoyable and our guide very knowledgeable but not overly passionate about his job. We booked on the elephant tracking for the next morning which was again very expensive and were told by the staff there was only a 1% chance of seeing anything. We didn't know whether to cancel the trip or not but as there was nothing else to do we went ahead.

There was 2 people from Wilderness Safaris on the trip with us and they seemed to think we weren't leaving until 6.00am which seemed late to us as we were told 5.30am the night before. The guide didn't say anything to encourage us to leave earlier. Some locals told the guide that elephants had been spotted near the village the night before and we managed to spot the elephants off in the distance with binoculars.

We drove through some spectacular scenery, and did see some other game but nothing we hadn't already seen much closer ourselves. The guide was not informative and really didn't tell us much about anything. We were given a quick cup of coffee and a inedible biscuit before being rushed back to the camp because the Wilderness Safaris staff had to catch a plane at midday. We felt that we had left late and then rushed back to accommodate the Wilderness Safaris Staff. It was all very disorganised and unprofessional.

That evening the guide proceeded to tell us numerous times that he would not see us the next day, obviously wanting a tip. It was very embarrassing and annoying. He then said we were late leaving, once again hinting this was our fault, and that's why we didn't see the elephants. I also felt other staff were hovering about waiting for tips and felt very uncomfortable about it. We stayed at far less expensive places with far better guides who asked for nothing.

There was a lack of leadership at the camp and although everybody was very nice and friendly it was not the quality I would expect at the top end of the market. After all I had read about the camp it was very disappointing.

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Mr D & Mrs J and Mr P & Mrs J - Essex
Arrived on: 20-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert adapted elephants at Damaraland

When we arrived at the parking area for Damaraland camp, we discovered that our 4WD vehicle was capable to make the off road journey to the camp, which was a bonus for us.

The location of the camp is in spectacular scenery, and the rooms are modern and comfortable, but the lighting was somewhat inadequate. We reserved a full day for our guide Raymond to take us to Twylfontein and also to find the desert adapted elephants.

Our close viewing of a family of elephants whilst they were in transit owed a lot to Raymond's expertise. The staff at the camp gave us a warm welcome, but the level of engagement and commitment were not at the level expected by us, and that was a disappointment.

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Mr & Mrs B - Dorset
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Our first safari trip

We felt we need not to have been collected from the road, our car, a Nissan Xtrail, athough not a 4x4 did have sufficient ground clearence to drive to the camp.

We had good welcome on our arrival but the immediate pressure to go on the dessert elephant drive at what we felt was a very steep price, set us off on the wrong foot. The rest of our stay was fine but not outstanding . The Desert elephant drive was brilliant and we spent some time watching a family group which we did thoroughly enjoy but we felt at 1100$ each it was grossly over priced compared with the other trips, equally good, that we took in Namibia.

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Mr and Mrs L - London
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

The camp and staff were good. We stayed 3 nights ,which you have to do to see the desert adapted black rhinos. This was a terrific trip,you should perhaps promote it more.

Raymond our guide set out with us about 5.30am on a very cold morning, for about an hour and a halfs drive to the higher slopes of Damaraland. The scenery was different from the camp site, nobody else around, Raymond said he had not been there for weeks and he found us the rhinos 5 altogether, one mother and calf .

We got really close to them on foot a magic moment! We also saw alarge group of elephants and to my husbands delight hundreds of Welwitcha planst in flower!

The elephant tracking from the camp was also very good The evening meal at the boma was good as well

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Mr G & Mrs R - York
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

We were unlucky that it was very cold on the first night and just about impossible to get warm in bed. Otherwise this camp was not as good as the other two. There was not so much hands on by the managment.

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Mr & Mrs R - Chertsey
Arrived on: 22-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A great lodge in a stunning situation

Having been here twice before in 200 and 2002, I had fogotten just how awe-inspiring the scenery in Damaraland is. Since then the camp has been re-built to good effect. We are not the greatest fans of Wilderness's lodge management, having had poor experiences, but no complaints here. Everything was good, especially the food.

Everest was great as a guide and took us to a remote area for desert rhino, the Springbok river. A fantastic, if unsuccessful trip, it did throw up some problems. Only a single spare tyre was taken on the landrover. It was needed very soon and clearly had not been checked; it was very soft. Our 2nd puncture rendered us immobile and Everest had to climb the nearest mountain to get a phone signal to enable him to summon help. This came, complete with 3 spare wheels (!), 2 hours later. Had 2 properly checked spares been taken in the first place, the 2 hours saved could well have resulted in our 1st desert rhino sighting. Fantastic desert elephant, though and a bonus cheetah.

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Mrs. I and Family - Keston
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

Wonderful, amazing location. Lovely staff who were very welcoming and infomative.

Excellent game drive trekking desert adapted elephant with very informative guide. A wonderful morning - found the elephants - a very enjoyable experience. The guide was very pleasant and informative.

Meal times were amazing with singing waiters and 2 giggly waitresses telling us the menus in their click language - such fun. A highlight of the stay.

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