The Damaraland and Kaokoland/Kaokoveldt region are one of the most beautiful regions in all of Namibia. Your camp can be erected in the breathtakingly stunning Huab area which is renowned for desert lion, giraffe and black rhino. Rugged mountains, granitic outcrops, desert, deep gorges, petrified forests and thorny scrub characterise this seemingly barren terrain.
It is home to the most extraordinary plants such as the Welwitschia mirabilis. This is a fascinating desert dwelling plant which can live up to 2000 years old. It comes into flower with the first rains and then becomes dormant in the dry season. Namibia’s highest mountain the Brandberg shapes this region, a granitic intrusion which burns coppery during the sunset.
The main attraction of this location is the ability to track black rhino on foot with dedicated rhino trackers. Save the Rhino Trust have done much work here to reintroduce and protect this wild population of black rhino that roam free outside of private reserves and National Parks.
A mobile camp can also be set up in the Namib Desert just for you on an exclusive basis. This is the worlds’ largest desert with some of the highest sand dunes in the world and is certainly one of the most dramatic in the whole world. Here your camp is be erected in a private concession. One can go out by vehicle to see desert adapted species, including oryx and springbok antelope. There is horse riding here, too.
Explore this region on foot or by e-bike as well. Marvel at all the smaller, desert adapted vertebrates and invertebrates. There is also hot air ballooning over the highest sand dunes which is simply breath taking and mesmerising as all the dunes change hue at sunrise.
The northern Namib is home a long-studied population of desert dwelling lion. With a donation towards the Desert Lion Fund we might be able to arrange for you to spend some time with the world authority on the desert lion Dr Flip Stander.
In Damaraland/Kaokoveldt you stay in private mobile Meru tents set up along the banks of a river on mobile platforms. The camp has a low environmental impact and is 100% powered by solar-powered electricity. The decks are a wonderful place to watch the river from the day bed. The communal areas are spacious and comfortable and there is a lounge, dining area and a campfire circle where you can sit in the evenings sharing stories.
The tents have all the necessities including cupboards, solar power and an en suite open-air bathroom with flush toilet and bucket showers with hot water.
Yes, Namibia can provide fantastic experiences for families, but if you want time alone there are also nanny services in many camps. However, road journeys through Namibia can be long and arduous, so we would recommend private charter flying for families.
The best time to visit the Namib Desert and Damaraland is from March/April through to November.
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