Definite tourist highlight on a Namibian itinerary

Damaraland occupies an area between the Skeleton Coast in the west and Etosha National Park in the East. Likely one of the most fascinating attractions in the area, the Petrified forest near the town of Khorixas offers visitors a chance to get close to large tree trunks that have ‘turned to stone over time’. This area boasts several other unique highlights that can’t be missed and is perfectly located to act as a stopover.

Highlights in the region include: tracking wild rhino; hiking up the Brandberg Mountain to view the famous “White Lady” Bushman painting; visiting the rocky outcrop of Twyfelfontein with its plethora of Bushman engravings; early morning and sunset game drives; and expeditions to view the geological wonders of Spitzkoppe and Vingerklip. The petrified forest is a weird and wonderful site to see while those intent on relaxing can easily do so at any of the luxury lodges in the area that are home to soothing spas.

The desert-adapted wildlife found in Damaraland is perfectly at home in this exceptionally dry environment where little or no permanent water sources are found. Animals like the black rhino, lion and desert-adapted elephant roam vast distances in search of food and water sources. Accommodation in the area ranges from basic campsites to exclusive luxury lodges where a variety of activities are offered to guests.


  • Part of Namibia that is definitely worth spending a good couple of days exploring
  • Rhino and Elephant tracking available from some of the lodges in the area
  • Unique desert-adapted species are a big drawcard to this area
  • Ancient San rock paintings and rock engravings are plentiful throughout the area
  • Brandberg, Spitzkoppe and Vingerklip are all interesting geological sites
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