Damaraland Camp

Reviews of Damaraland Camp

Excellent(94%) From 50 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 50 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 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
Overall:
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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
Overall:
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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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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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