Damaraland Camp

Reviews of Damaraland Camp

Excellent(94%) From 45 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 45 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.
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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Mrs & Mr C - Chelmsford
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

A well run camp, but not our cup of tea, with the basic (although new) rooms, very very hot, since facing the afternoon sun, and room 8, ours, was the hottest of all, being hemmed in by mountains and shale, so no air circulated.

Also did not like the communal table for all meals. However, the manager Paul, was the best manager we encountered, and ran a very tight ship.

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Mr. & Mrs. S from Southsea
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful location and staff

Our experience at Damaraland was just amazing. The views from the rooms and the general area are wonderful. The staff very friendly, helpful and happy. the activities well organised and guide excellent.

saw so many desert adapted elephants in the dried river bed and enjoyed the evening walk which offered spectacular views stretching for miles.

The evening meal spent out in the Boma, hidden from view of the camp was magical. Loved the staff sniging us into supper.

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The Red Bishops from Pevensey
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great location

This was unanimously our favourite place to stay, the staff were great fun and the location was beautiful. The refurbishments done in February were a pleasant surprise, the rooms were very plush.

Staying three nights meant we managed to see desert elephants on our first day and rhino on our second day (amongst many other animals and birds) without feeling rushed. Meals were great fun, especially the bbq, and star gazing and meteors were a nighttime highlight. We would happily have stayed far longer.

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Jacana family from Bristol
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Too short a stay

Sadly only one night at this camp owing to booking requirements. Drove up from coast at Cape Cross, stopping off at Twyfelfontein en route. Access to camp was much further eastward towards Bergsig from Twyfelfontein road junction than we had expected (about 30km). Sketch map could be improved and signs not very visible. Access road takes 30-40min to drive in 4WD. Lodge gloriously sited in valley looking south towards mountains.

Were looked after tremendously well. Supper was under the stars in the camp's hidden kraal on a night when shooting stars were expected and falling. Next morning went on trip to look for desert elephants: mission successful (viewed from 10-20m away) and plenty of other wildlife seen. Lodge arranged lunch for us before we moved on.

Felt very personal and friendly place to stay and would have liked to have been there longer to find out more about the local community (camp offers cultural trips to the nearby village). Some walking in area, but we didn't have time to follow trails.

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Crowned plovers from Suffolk
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

An excellent experience. We were fascinated about the history of the camp and by the two senior ladies in charge (Lena and Corry) with whom we had interesting conversations. Felt well informed by the time we left and very impressed by the Conservancy model they described to us.

Coincidentally our guide in the next camp (Boni) had for 9 years been chairman of the conservancy council for Torra conservancy and it was interesting hearing more from him about how it was negotiated within the community. I wish he would come over and work his magic on our Parish Council!

Everest the guide was not very communicative but brilliant at locating wildlife and has superb eyesight.

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The Harrier family from Switzerland
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

Warm welcome and enjoyed our stay very much. Excellent rooms and made to feel very welcome by staff who sang beautifully. Special evening meal in bush was a treat! Beware of horrendous roads at times.

Dune elephant safari was well coordinated and leisurely. Not many animals present in this area and glad we did not do full day safari, as distances and road conditions to try and find them are unwarranted.

Recommend reading about training and development of local staff from reading material in room.

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Sitatunga family from Sterling - Scotland
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

First find this tucked-away 'camp'. The Bradt guide was not helpful and after a long haul from Cape Cross we arrived quite late, having turned back to ask directions at a local village, because the turning was far from being 'just after' crossing the river - more like 7km to the north. They were getting worried by the time we arrived!

The community camp was not what I expected but the concept was explained. The welcome was warm and professional and the manager was knowledgeable. I was curious as to why so many non-African staff were employed, at all levels, but maybe the local pool of employable labour is too small - it is pretty isolated. The morning nature drive with a local guide, to see the desert elephants, was outstanding and a demonstration of off-road driving technique! The local area is very scenic and this is a great plus for a stay here.

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Mr U & Mr G Germany
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

Beautiful landscapes combined with sightings of oryx, ostriches, impala, desert elephant and mountain zebra. Black rhinos, however, come at an extra bonus, and while our guide went out of his way to find them - he sprinted up several hills to see if he could find them on the other side of the mountain range - the effort unfortunately remained fruitless. On this drive, we saw some fresh lion tracks, which certainly added to the excitement, but the lion did not show either! Game is quite skittish, not surprising considering hunting is taking place some time of the year. Some dinners are served BBQ style in an open area some 200 yards from camp, beautifully lit by a large number of small lanterns.

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Goshawks from Merseyside
Arrived on: 28-May-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

The wildlife tours were interesting but involved too much time driving (6-7 hours with little stops).

The team spirit of the staff was great and we enjoyed their singing and the special surprise dinner in the kraal in candle light.

Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable about the desert elephants and their locational habits.

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