Damaraland offers a dramatic landscape for the adventurous traveller. Its vast terrain radically changes from open plains and desert land to mountains and forests. Just inland from the haunting Skeleton Coast, this is easily the most scenic part of Namibia and is an African Safari must! The region opens travellers to a world of wildlife in the desert, such as the rare desert elephants, black rhinos and ostriches. The Skeleton Coast, eerily lined with debris of shipwrecks from the past, was named after the shipwrecked vessels and their sailors whose voyage ended here abruptly. Vast desert landscapes meet untamed coastlines. The Skeleton Coast National Park is home to an array of animal life, highly adapted to its harsh environment’s conditions. Hardened flora and fauna come to life where any trickle of freshwater leaks into the thirsty desert, with almost 250 bird species and large antelope; kudu, springbok and gemsbok, within the park. The park is also home to the desert elephant and an amazing display of almost 100 000 Cape fur seals, who have made the West Coast Recreational area their home. We will help you choose one of the Skeleton Coast’s exclusive luxury lodges to provide you with well-deserved comforts after a day of exploration through desert, desolated coastlines and woodlands.
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In the rainy season (November to April) the dry Etosha pan floods and this can be a great time of year to visit for birding enthusiasts, however be aware of higher risk of Malaria. The dryer months of May to October are considered the best for game viewing in Namibia, especially at Etosha, as the animals congregate at the waterholes, however temperatures can get very cold at night in June and July (September and October can be very hot).
Visit the ancient petrified forest, where trees of the forest were uprooted by a flood of water, and left covered in sediments. These trees were uncovered as a result of erosion and appear to be in a stone or petrified form. The area is also home to the richest collection of rock art in the world with over 5000 carvings and paintings created between 6000 and 10 000 years ago – with unique depictions of giraffes, lions, flamingos and even seals. And at Spitzkoppe you can admire this striking inselberg, one of Namibia’s iconic landmarks, or for the more adventurous this is also a popular climbing destination for mountain climbers and mountaineers. For birding enthusiasts look out for the Monteiro’s Hornbill, Carp’s Black Tit, Ruppels Korhaan and Ludwig’s Bustard to look out for. Finish off by pampering yourself in a luxury spa after an exciting day exploring the desert.
Combine your safari in Damaraland & the Skeleton Coast with Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park or the Fish River Canyon for an unforgettable African Safari in Namibia. We recommending flying into an airstrip closest to your accommodation rather than choosing self-drive as roads are poorly maintained. Windhoek offers good regional flight connections and from there your doors are open to the rest of Africa, with direct flights to and from Cape Town, Johannesburg or other major African hubs.