Damaraland Camp

Reviews of Damaraland Camp

Excellent(95%) From 95 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 95 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. from Cambridge
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

We very much enjoyed our stay at Damaraland. The staff were absolutely wonderful and felt like they were connected to the community. Our drives out to the riverbed included some excellent elephant sightings and the guide really knew how to approach them. We got extremely close to these amazing animals, in was that would not likely have happened without the guide. Additionally, we were treated to a traditional meal out in the moonlight one evening, and a breakfast with a spectacular view. Truly memorable.

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Ms L. from Heathfield
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The best place we stayed on our holiday

We would give Damaraland Camp the accolade of 'best camp we stayed in on our holiday'! Everything was so well done, from the welcome, to the activities and the food. The staff couldn't have done more to make our stay enjoyable.

There was a large party of 14 staying at the camp at the same time as us, leaving us as the only couple. This could have been awkward but the staff went out of their way to talk with us and make sure that we had all we needed. They even gave us a hut on the edge of the camp so that we would have a quiet stay.

Situated in the true wilderness of Damaraland, our pick up from the village (where we left our car over our stay) to the camp half an hour away was prompt and efficient. We were given a very warm welcome (singing and drinks!) and then the manager spent some time chatting to us.

Our hut was beautiful, with a smart bathroom and lovely view over the mountains. Little lanterns guided us on the path to the main area after dark. The food was great and we enjoyed the singing and dancing entertainment provided by the staff after dinner!

We had one whole day at the camp and discussed with our guide that we would like to see the desert elephants and also the etchings at Twyfelfontein. He suggested that we leave before dawn and have breakfast on the road, returning for a late lunch in the afternoon and we agreed. Shortly after leaving, he turned off the road and climbed a steep hill. To our amazement the staff had set up breakfast on the hill top- including a stove! We saw the sunrise as we ate our freshly prepared scrambled eggs. They do this regularly but it was lovely that they kept it as a surprise for their guests.
We did see the desert elephants up close, watching them for some time. On returning after a full day they served us a lovely lunch, as promised.

In the evening, again kept as a surprise although a regular event, dinner was served at a Boma which is hidden from sight from the camp. We were guided to it by candles along the path and it was a lovely evening.

What makes Damaraland Camp stand out is that the staff really work as a well-managed, happy team. They chat to their guests in a non-intrusive way and go that 'extra mile' to ensure they are well cared for. We were quite emotional when they all sang a farewell song to us as we left. We cannot recommend the place highly enough.

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Mr & Mrs T from Bucks
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful, special place with fabulous staff

We cannot praise this camp enough.

Boertie, our guide was fabulous. He spent hours tracking and circling around the desert adapted elephants and he never gave up. Eventually we found the whole group and spent a good time observing the family including baby Christmas. A special time.
Thank you so much Boertie...

Everything about this camp is fabulous - the welcome, the staff, their good humour and sense of fun, and their desire to make every stay an experience is evident from the moment one arrives. Food was super - breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a lovely evening at the boma eating outside under the stars.
Interesting walks in stunning scenery nearby. Even had an astronomy lesson!

We feel privileged to have been to this very special place. Heartily recommended.

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J & PJ from Reading
Arrived on: 21-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Friendly community at Damaraland Camp

The staff welcomed new visitors with singing, sang to us after the evening meal and sang farewell. They are very friendly and happy to talk. We did not go on the day-long activity to look for desert elephants that most people went on, but went on a walk with a guide and later visited the nearby village. Next day we gave a lift to a young woman from the village from Damaraland towards Etosha, where she worked.

We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere which encouraged guests and staff to talk to each other.

Our voucher stated that we were only entitled to Half Board which is what we expected. On our second day the administrator apologised and said that there had been a mix up, which he had sorted out, and that we were actually entitled to Full Board and free activities. We were happy to accept this. It possibly saved us £100 in lunch and two minor activities.

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Mr JM and family - Portugal
Arrived on: 7-May-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

Lovely camp with excellent accommodation and food.Great welcome by singing and dancing staff who seemed to be very happy welcoming all their guests.

Very interesting village visit meeting the head man who explained the history of the village as well as his own personal history which was quite amazing.

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N & R from Essex
Arrived on: 23-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Many Surprises

The surprise bush breakfast was fantastic and the toilet in the same location really made us giggle.
Lunch under the trees and the bush dinner were also lovely.
The guide we had was very disappointing and if anything he seemed angry the whole time. Again he failed to explain about all the small things and even when we asked he was not interested.

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Mrs B. from Lancs
Arrived on: 25-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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another ex stay and staff here are exceptional but I guess its the management that really makes the difference here.

Management were there all the time welcoming you back from drives and eating with you at meals. We particularly love the fact that everyone eats together at one table almost like a large family. The atmosphere was so friendly. Guides and drives were ex

Pool was excellent. Food was excellent. Wonderful from start to finish

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Mr. & Mrs. B - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 24-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Damaraland Camp.

A nice large room but it's layout is not altogether practical. I gather that management is aware of the shortcomings. The chief problem is that the bathroom door is a roll up affair made of canvas with miles of cord to raise or lower it, life is too short to struggle with it. But without a door anyone on the verandah looks straight at the W.C.! I though the food here was sometimes a bit variable. But being dependant on the skills available in the local community must make it very difficult. The staff are charming all smiles and songs but do their work efficiently. The afternoon activities are a bit restricted by the wind from the coast which blows up the Uniab valley causing a dust/sand storm every afternoon. This pretty much rules out the riverbed in the afternoon, we tried it and it was unpleasant. An enjoyable stay that could even been for three days.

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Mrs M. from Egham
Arrived on: 15-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A treat to stay here

The drive up to the camp is stunning and is the lodge.

Fantastic room and ensuite with views down towards the mountains and the staff who were very entertaining with their singing were friendly and the food was delicious. Nice pool as well.

We didn't do any activities as we were only here for one night.

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Mr & Mrs W. from Clitheroe
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Welcome, welcome to DMC

We missed the 14:00 pickup deadline, but this was no problem and we were quickly collected by our guide, Teek. As we cooled off with refreshing towels and drinks, the staff choir assembled to greet us with their welcome song performed in multi part harmony.

Dinner was a delight with the menu announced by Patricia and translated into the Damaraland tongue by Korbiana. After dinner the choir assembled once again to joyfully perform tracks from their CD. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays dinner is served in the Boma on the hill. This is an enchanting spot with a candle lit path from the lodge.

An exciting morning trip took us searching for the desert adapted elephants. Teek clearly loves these animals and spoke with passion about how they have adapted to their environment. The scenery is stunning and we enjoyed exploring the local geology.

Probably our favourite camp of the whole trip.

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