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.
Wendy from Melbourne
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Damaraland Camp

This camp was the disappointment of the trip.

Because we did not fit into the guide's routine, we felt that we missed out. Firstly, we missed out on the breakfast 'out', because we did not want to go in search of desert adapted elephants, which we had seen lots of at Desert Rhino. We weren't given the option of the breakfast even though it would have fitted in with the walks we did on our own in the morning.

Secondly, we told the guide when we met him that we were interested in going to the petroglyphs. We were essentially told it was too far and depended on others wanting to do it as well. We agreed to withdraw our wish. We later found out that other guests had indeed gone for the day. Very disappointing.

Thirdly, the guide had arranged for us to go on an evening drive on our second day, but it became apparent when we waiting for him, that he was preparing to go on a walk. When approached, he did change his plans and we did go on the drive, but neither of us was all that happy.

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Ms D from Ireland
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very enjoyable stay at Damaraland Camp

On arrival, I was greeted by a lovely welcoming team determined and genuine to make your stay enjoyable. The atmosphere around the camp is very good. The guide (Elias) was professional and with very pleasant manners. Even though my stay was short, I felt we did a lot with a desert breakfast, great sightings of the desert adapted elephants, a full day drive with a visit to Twyfelfontein, and a Boma dinner in a gorgeous setting to round up the day. On my last morning, I walked the Sheppard's trail. Some of the roads are bumpy, but the surrounding landscape is truly beautiful!

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Samantha from London
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful Damaraland

We loved Damaraland - beautiful landscapes and also got the chance to do some walking which was very welcome after a lot of sitting in vans. Rooms were lovely, though I'd ask to be away form the communal areas next time as noise of clearing up and then early morning setting up did carry.

Great activities including drives to look for desert adapted elephants, and really fantastic staff. Some confusion about whether you could drive to it yourself - if you have a 4x4 then do as we wasted a lot of time hanging around as the message didn't get through about our arrival time.

We loved the outdoors evening meals at the boma, and learning click language. Highly recommend staying.

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Mrs & Mr R from Australia
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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What an absolute treasure - Damaraland Camp

We really really loved our stay here and with hindsight, would have had an extra night here. On the extra day we could have taken a couple of unguided walks (this is not possible at many places) and sat either on our verandah or in the common area and just soaked up the views.

Were lucky enough to have had arrived on one of the days when they have a special bush dinner in a Boma. This enclosure was set up like fairyland. We also had a bush breakfast which was at a lookout point.

We also enjoyed the shared dining experience on our other night here.

On our first drive we tracked the elephants along the river for a whole morning watching them grazing, and then after our graze on morning tea, we saw the two little ones sleeping while mum kept guard. Mum also had a dirt bath or was she trying to put up a dirt screen? Next morning when we left the camp we saw 'our group of elephants' again.

Our second drive was to a local kindergarten which was both inspiring (the government providing a kindergarten/childcare in such a remote location) and somewhat heartbreaking as some little ones seemed very eager for our attention. After that we visited a nearby village which was supported by the camp. Unlike some of our experiences in other countries, this visit was an enlightening insight into the lives of some of the people that still live on the land in this conservancy.

It is great when the guide, as our guide did here, talks to you only when they have stopped the vehicle.

And that's not all! The staff here were especially warm happy and friendly and we were treated to a couple of joyous singing performances.

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Mr G from Alstonville
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great desert camp

Remote desert camp among the hills. Very helpful and friendly staff. Can do a few short walks here. Visit to a local village and a separate kindergarten were illuminating. Rough, rocky road in if you drive yourself, so best to leave vehicle at the main road and be ferried in. A great experience overall.

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Mr M from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 1-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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DCamp great despite torrential rain

Our first real Namibian wildlife experience. Camp and accommodation was great.

Staff were delightful and food was good. Despite getting one years rain in one afternoon and the camp flooding we had a great time.

Saw the ellies before the skies opened.

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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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