Reviews of Damaraland Camp
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117 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Damaraland Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Great camp but poor food"
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!" See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
"We felt part of a family"
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." See all these reviews: 18n in Namibia; 5n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Excellent, community-run camp."
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." See all these reviews: 7n in Namibia
"Damaraland Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia
"Damaraland Camp review"
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!!!!" See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
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." See all these reviews: 26n in Namibia; 7n in Botswana
"Very enjoyable stay at Damaraland Camp"
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." See all these reviews: 18n in Namibia
"What an absolute treasure - Damaraland Camp "
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." See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia; 4n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia; 1n in South Africa
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