Damaraland Camp

Reviews of Damaraland Camp

Excellent(94%) From 49 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 49 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.
Ms A - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

I received an extremely warm welcome from Maggie and PG. And spent two wonderful days with guide Johann.

Johann thoughtfully planned out the activities over the two days, adapting the itinerary to suit our interests. On both mornings we had superb sightings of the desert-adapted elephants, and also spent the perfect amount of time enjoying the scenery and learning about the fauna and flora of the area.

On the second night we were treated to dinner at the boma; a magical setting.

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Mr R & Mrs M & Mr A & Ms P - West Sussex
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

The accomodation and service here were excellent and the camp is clearly extremely well managed.

They could be a little clearer on what various activities cost, (it could be that I missed some pertinent information). We were made very welcome and was probably the best location of the holiday.

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Mr & Mrs B - Twickenham
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

This was the highlight of the holiday for us. We loved the relaxed informality, the friendliness of the staff, and above all the peace and beauty of the location. We were there for three nights - the first two were quiet, and the place was full for the third night. Every day was great.

The elephant tracking was very exciting, especially as the elephants were hard to find! The boma 'surprise' outdoor dining was a great way to meet the other guests, and we liked the family table where everyone dined together and shared the day's stories. The staff were great, especially Maggie and PG, and our guide Albert was exceptional - patient, knowledgeable, and just right for this idyllic spot.

Our only comment is that the guided walks on offer were too short and easy (although the climb to watch the sun rise was a never-to-be-forgotten highlight). This place has a fantastic potential for longer and more interesting walking trails.

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Mr and Mrs I - New Zealand
Arrived on: 12-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

We were very happy with the Camp. The staff particularly were wonderful and the food excellent. We did have to drive a long way very uncomfortably (not because of the driver, Albert) but because of the recent flooding.

As you probably know we all got sick there and were unwell for a few days. We suspect the water was compromised but we were well taken care of by the company. My one comment would have been that if we had had our lunch with us, we could have gone on and seen the cave drawings and made a day of it rather than having to drive over the terrible road again & again!!

We saw a herd of 25 elephants and were able to sit and watch them for over two hours which was one of our African highlights

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Expert Africa comments

These guests told us that they really enjoyed their stay at Damaraland Camp despite the few issues caused by a particularly bad storm. The unusually strong storm brought hail and 240mm of rain in 2 hours causing severe flooding, damage to the camp, the camp’s airstrip to close and damage to the water pipes. After the fact, Wilderness Safaris realised that the storm damage compromised their water system, causing illness, and made immediate changes to rectify the situation. These guests praised the way the camp rallied together to fix the damage and to care for their guests – complete with arranging for a doctor’s visit on their return to Windhoek just to ensure they were given a fine bill of health. Wilderness Safaris have noted the guests suggestions about packed lunches on the excursions and are considering implementing that into what they offer.

Mr & Mrs H - London
Arrived on: 14-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

Amazing location and views, very friendly staff and guides, food was also very good. Highly recommended.

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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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