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  • Dear Mary, we wanted to write you a note to say a huge thank you for all of your help planning and organising our honeymoon. We had the most amazing time. It was absolutely perfect and everything we dreamed it would be and more. Each of the properties we visited were perfect and you had clearly listened to exactly what we wanted by keeping them all small and personal. The game viewing at Etosha was second to none and being able to self drive around the park gave it an exclusive feel and we had some experiences we will never forget. We didn’t think it was possible for a herd of 23 Elephants to creep up without us realising whilst we were busy watching a leopard at a waterhole without another person or car in sight! This email would not be complete without a mention about the wild camping. This for us was the best three days of the entire trip. Being out in such deserted wildnerness was an unbelievable experience and one which is very difficult to describe to people who have not seen it. Our guide, Eric, was first class and ensured our experience was as good as it was. Simply put, a trip to Namibia without visiting this region in this way would be incomplete. There is one last thing…. when can we go again?!

    David and Kirsten travelled around Namibia on honeymoon
A Huab Valley view, Damaraland, NamibiaBlack rhino, DamaralandDamaraland red mountains, NamibiaDamaraland sunset, NamibiaDamaraland view, NamibiaDesert elephants, Damaraland, NamibiaHartmanns zebra, Palmwag concession, DamaralandHelmeted guinea-fowl, Damaraland, NamibiaTwyfelfontein rock engravings, Damaraland, NamibiaWalking in Huab Valley, Damaraland, Namibia

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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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