Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region, incredibly able to sustain small, but wide-ranging populations of desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, giraffe, ostrich and springbok. These animals have adapted their lifestyles to survive the harshness. The name Damaraland is derived from the fact that the Damara people live in this area (they were relocated here as a result of the Odendaal Plan in the 1960’s). The name Damaraland is still commonly used in tourism circles, although the entire region has now been renamed; the southern section now lies in the Erongo region while the north forms part of the Kunene region. Highlights of the area include:
•The Brandberg – Namibia’s highest mountain and home to the famous ‘White Lady’ Bushman Painting.
•Twyfelfontein – a wonderful rocky outcrop with thousands of Bushman engravings.
•Spitzkoppe – a typical pointed inselberg, and a place of great mystery to the ancient San people
•The Petrified Forest – which is millions of years old.
•The Vingerklip (finger rock) – a towering finger of limestone that rises 35m above its base.