Damaraland and the Skeleton Coast

Spectacular self drive destinations in Namibia

Damaraland and the Skeleton Coast boast several unique highlights that can't be missed. The Skeleton Coast lies in the West and Damaraland falls between it and the Etosha National Park in the East. The Skeleton Coast and Damaraland have some of the most fascinating geology in the world which tends to mean magnificent landscapes and fantastic sunsets.

The region is accessible by car but based on the recent experiences of our Rhino Africa team, we highly recommend flying into an airstrip close to your chosen accommodation. The roads are poorly maintained, rest stops are few and far between and vast travelling distances can often mean that guests waste valuable time travelling when they could be enjoying the lodges and the settling into their surroundings. Self-drives are not advisable for unexperienced African adventurers. Flights can easily be arranged from Windhoek or other popular destinations.

Forming the northern half of the great Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast earned its fearful name from wary seafarers who sailed the barren coastline on the spice route. And while you may indeed encounter skeletons of all descriptions: ships, elephants, whales and tiny lizards, this vast and uncharted territory is home to many fascinating creatures and plants. And even more fascinating landscapes and bizarre juxtapositions of sand and sea, and life and death.

In Damaraland, you can track members of the largest free-ranging rhino population in the world; hike up the Brandberg Mountain on a four-day round trip; go on early morning and sunset game drives; pamper yourself in a world-class spa or rough it on an off-road cycle tour. The petrified forest in Damaraland is weird and wonderful all at the same time and the area is also home to some of the oldest and richest collections of rock art in the world. The desert adapted wildlife found in Damaraland are perfectly at home in this exceptionally dry environment where little or no permanent water sources are found. Animals like the black rhino and the desert adapted elephant roam vast distances in search of food and sustenance.

Damaraland is also the scene of our very own Challange4aCause cycle, an annual event to raise funds to help protect the endangered black rhino, read all about Challange4aCause here.

Contact one of our consultants, who are experts on Namibia, for more information about this region and to book your own tailor-made yadventure.

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