Damaraland Camp

Reviews of Damaraland Camp

Excellent(95%) From 111 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 111 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.
FunOnly from Calgary
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great facility in rugged terrain

Our stay at Damaraland Camp was at the end of three busy weeks of Safari and sightseeing so we were a bit jaded and fatigued. We would have rated it excellent if we had started our trip there.

The property has well laid out chalets and very comfortable common areas. It was the only camp that offered WiFi in each individual chalet, but strangely it was not available at the main lodge! However given a choice it is better to have it in the chalets only if we had to choose!

Damaraland Camp had the strongest association with the local community and culture of all the camps in Namibia or Botswana. The traditional BBQ in the wooden stockade and the mountain top breakfast was special. We also loved that the staff sang in the local language and announced the dinner menu in both English and the "click" language.

Our Guide, Limbo, took us to see the desert adapted animals, including Elephant, Giraffe, Oryx and Springbok. The highlight was being able to track and view a Black Rhino at close range, an unexpected bonus!

The scenery here is true Desert and in a lot of ways is similar to the American southwest of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico but with terrible unimproved roads. The main difference is culture of the people and the presence of wildlife. Expect to spend two to three times as long if driving between destinations.

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Mr L from Leicestershire
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Wonderfull

Only regret was that we couldn`t stay longer.

Luckily we were there for the night of the Boamer, a great experience with everyone sitting round one table, more`s the pity more places don`t have one big table for all the guests.

Staff absolutely great.

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Mr & Mrs S from Harrow
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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V good guides and camp but wildlife v sparse

Good rhino sightings of rhino and elephants but wildlife and birdlife v sparse.

Good guide with good knowledge. Food OK but not great.

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Dr & Mrs N from USA
Arrived on: 14-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful csmp

Beautifully appointed camp. Enjoyed bush blast - One Boma meal was enough - we got two!

The search for desert rhino went on way too long - we were all exhausted by the day but Richards kept going then got us back late after a harrowing ride back to camp

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Mr & Mrs S from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great camp but poor food

Everything about this camp was excellent except for the food which was poor, except for breakfast.

It is set in a beautiful location and the accommodation is very good with a feel of Africa about it. Very good game drive when we saw a large group of elephants which we were able to photograph against a backdrop of beautiful mountains.

Staff very friendly and helpful and noted we had a slow puncture just as we were about to depart and without asking repaired the puncture for us without charge - and washed our car!

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Mr & Mrs R from UK
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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We felt part of a family

We stayed here for two nights and both nights were very different. We opted to be collected from the meeting point as they had said the drive from there was a bit more difficult. As we had come from Sesriem and had encountered some bad roads we thought this would be easier, which it was. We were welcomed to the camp by Gwen and her team who serenaded us and gave us a welcome drink before showing us around. You truly felt like part of the family at this camp, with all the people working there being locals.

We were shown to our tented cabin (Number 1), which was the furthest from the main building up the hill. This camp has a lovely feel to it and you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, well you are! The cabin was very spacious with a super king bed facing out towards the hill. The bathroom is very spacious with his and hers sinks and a large shower area. There is also an outside balcony. There is a turn down service and they put the mosquito nets down and close the window flaps. The pool at the main building is unheated but wasn’t too cold and there are plenty of loungers and towels for you to sit and relax or get a drink from the bar.

The first night we stayed there were a variety of nationalities staying and we all sat on a long table. It was very sociable. The second night there was us and a group of Spanish tourists so we had a seperate table as most of them didn't seem to speak english and Gwen thought that would be better for us, they were very thoughtful like that. The food was very good on both nights, with the second being a bbq along a short path away from the main building. Wine was also served with the meal and for pre dinner drinks, which was unexpected. We also had lunch on our second day which again was very tasty and well cooked, although we were given massive portions.

Elias was allocated as our guide and he was very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. We did the morning game drive and as all the other people were checking out that day, this was a private drive. We tracked some desert adapted elephants who were from the north and a bit grumpy, they even tried to charge us! Also saw various other animals including desert adapted mountain zebras. There is a lovely surprise to this game drive, which I will not tell you about so you get the surprise too! We also did a guided walk with Elias to the top of the hill beyond the camp. You get some great views up there and it wasn’t too difficult to do.

Overall this camp was definitely the most friendliest and Gwen and the staff do a great job. If I went back to Namibia this camp would definitely be on my list.

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Mr M & Mrs R from London
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Excellent, community-run camp.

This was the best of the three camps we stayed at. The staff were very warm, friendly and helpful. It appeared to be managed by Wilderness Safaris but run by the local community. On our first morning my wife and I were driven a short distance into the hills for breakfast where we were amazed to find that a table with a white tablecloth and chairs with white covers and decorated with coloured shawls had been set out for breakfast for us and our guide. A member of staff and a waiter and a chef, with a barbecue for a hot breakfast, were waiting for just the two of us. We felt really pampered.

There was a single large dining table for all the guests where we exchanged experiences. On the second night dinner was served near a boma in a large kraal or stockade made of stakes with romantic lighting. We ate at a large table and had buffet service. It was a most enjoyable experience. A manager was always present at dinner.

We had a knowledgeable local guide who took us on a walk on the first afternoon and then for a long drive the following morning. We saw a pair of ostritches looking after about 20 babies, oryx and a herd of desert elephants.

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Mr & Mrs E from Herts
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

Of all the camps this was probably the most ordinary.

The highlight as far as food was concerned was breakfast on the hill top to see the sunrise - that was really good and took a lot of effort on behalf of the camp staff.

Again the guide was good.

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Mr D. from Chelmsford
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp review

Very good

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Mr & Mrs Braddock from UK
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Damaraland camp

I admit to being somewhat concerned at the instructions provided for directions to this camp. A 13km drive after turning off the road and on tracks that were described as requiring a 4X4. Now, we had indeed hired a 4X4 and although special care was needed in some places provided care was taken, the drive wasn't bad. But intrigue mounted as the road wound itself deeper and higher into the mountains eventually leading into the camp!

Fabulous reception with an open aspect that at night was transformed into a magical setting with burning fire with oh so comfortable sofas around to relax on, the fire taking away the chill of a desert night. Food was served at a large communal table affording the demand that all guests sit together giving the ability to exchange stories!!! Meals were "announced" with a degree of flourish describing our forthcoming culinary delights with pride and announcing the accompanying wine with heart felt pride!

Barriers broken down between guests as they sit together over a meal conversation flowed easily helped by the attentive staff until it was time to retire. Now, I must say that the lighting to our individual chalet was somewhat limited, however, that suited me as I could then step out only a few yards away from our chalet and set up my camera to photograph inky black skies of Namibia studded with oh so many twinkling stars!!!!

Such an awe inspiring Milky Way arching majestically over the camp!!!!

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