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  • Mary, I have just returned from my trip to Namibia. I had a wonderful time. I thoroughly enjoyed the Diverse Namibia trip with Wilderness Safaris. The guide, Regan, did a fantastic job and I want to send the Wilderness management in Namibia an email to let them know how good a job he did. The hike was amazing. I had wanted to do an activity which I thought would be challenging but rewarding and it was exactly what I had hoped for (and more). I do not normally go camping and I am only really a “post-prandial” walker so I confess that I was anxious about it at the start and, for the first 24 hours, I did wonder why I had agreed to do it! However, as each day went past, the more I enjoyed it and the day when we climbed the Gorassis mountain will live long in the memory. It was an arduous climb and the descent was treacherous but we arrived at camp that evening to find the porter, chef, hot showers and a bed roll! The gin and tonic which I had was almost certainly the best I have ever had! In short, I would highly recommend the hike. It was one of the highlights of the trip.

    Charles travelled to Namibia, combining a small group safari with a private walking trail
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Damaraland

The Damaraland region is huge, stretching inland from the southern section of the Skeleton Coast National Park, from the Omaruru River in the south to the Hoanib River in the north. Although mostly accessible, Damaraland is rugged and wild, especially in the north and west.

The southern section includes Messum Crater (inland from Cape Cross), the small town of Uis and the Brandberg Massif with its renowned rock art. The Brandberg is the highest mountain in Namibia at 2573m, and offers adventurous walking and some excellent birding.

The central section is arguably the best known area where Twyfelfontein (home to the famous rock engravings), the Burnt Mountain, the Organ Pipes and the Petrified forest lie close to the town of Khorixas. To the west of Twyfelfontein, around the Ugab and Huab Rivers, the landscape is incredibly harsh, a truly remote and rocky wilderness. The Huab Valley in particular forms part of a community conservancy, where just a couple of exclusive camps operate. Rhino are gradually being re-introduced to this area, which is already known for its ‘desert’ elephant populations.

The northern section includes two huge community conservancies, separated by the main road running north from the village of Palmwag to the outpost town of Sesfontein. Bordering the Skeleton Coast National Park to the west and adjoining the spectacular Hoanib River to the north, the Palmwag Concession is a vast and rugged wilderness which has the largest populations of desert black rhino in Namibia, in addition to a variety of general game including elephant, lion, cheetah, mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and leopard. The concession is home to the Save the Rhino project, and there are very limited opportunities to track the desert rhino with the Save the Rhino scouts. To the east of the main road lie the Etendeka and Grootberg Mountains. This region is equally impressive with similar game species found, though the rhino and elephant populations are a little more sparse. A couple of good lodges offer exploration of the region by vehicle or on foot. The whole western and northern section of Damaraland is extremely remote wilderness country, with stunning rugged scenery which blends into the Kunene Province to the north known as Kaokoland.

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