Hiking Damaraland, Namibia

by Benjamin Kerns

Apr 23, 2018

Damaraland © Juergen Schonnop | Dreamstime.com

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Damaraland is situated between Namibia’s central plateau and the desert oasis known as the skeletal coast. It’s one of the most diverse regions of the country and its stunning beauty has made it a favorite among travelers for decades. The intense geological formations and unique topography make it suitable for hikers looking to explore one of the most delicate areas on Earth.

Damaraland is home to the largest ancient rock art collection in Southern Africa, the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Namibia. The region is also home to the country’s largest Petrified Forest where you’ll find dozens of fossilized tree trunks to explore, some upward of 200 million years old.

It’s here you’ll also find the Brandberg Mountains, Namibia’s highest mountain range at 2,573 meters, littered with pottery and stone tools, along with the famous “White Lady” painting hidden in protective shelter alongside the mountain. Some experts believe it to be 16,000 years old. You’ll also want to check out Burnt Mountain, a nearly eight-mile long volcanic ridge that seems to glow bright during sunrise and sunset.

While there are many ways to view the region, one of the most popular base camps is Damaraland Camp. The Torra Conservancy established D-Camp to promote community-based tourism and help spread awareness about the region while also providing a safe, sociable place for hikers and tourists to relax in between discovering the area. They gladly help you set up camp and guide you in the direction for all of the region’s best sites, from the numerous flattop mountains, dry riverbeds or where you can scope out the desert-adapted elephants and rhinos that live here.

Damaraland is a real treasure in southern Africa and a must-see for any traveler.

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