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“excellent stay in Damaraland lodge” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Torra Conservancy, Namibia   |  
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“excellent stay in Damaraland lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Our stay in this camp has been fantastic. It is different from all the other places we have been in Namibia, some more luxurious but none friendly and making you feel the guest they expected to have like this one. What Maggie and her staff do for the guests is something different from what happens elsewhere. Dinner in the bomas, breakfast perfectly prepared on the top of a hill to let guests enjoy the sun rising in a wonderful contest, lunch is the middle of the savanah prepared, I would say, with a touch of love. No words to explain how you feel there.

Room Tip: I think all rooms are similar, with the same wonderful landscape and quiet.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stayed at Damaraland Camp recently on our family holidays. I must say that the place is amazing all around, highly recommended. The staff is very friendly and professional with great sense of humor. The camp is comfortable and clean, very modern but tasteful tents which give the guest a real feel for African beauty and hospitality. We did the morning game drive very early and were pleasantly surprised to be offered a fantastic experience of full breakfast in the nature – something we will remember for a while. Our only non-so positive experience was taking showers during very windy winter evenings. The design of their bathroom encourages draft, which is very useful in the hot summer months but dreadful in the cold winter evenings. Perhaps some winter adjustments of providing covering for the straw based walls would help.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

It's not over the top luxurious but it's clean and comfortable and the staff are amazing. Maggie clearly runs a very positive and happy camp and that is what makes Damaraland camp special. We were made to feel very welcome and everyone went out of their way to make the experience wonderful. The views are amazing and this is a place well worth visiting.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

I never write reviews but this camp is worth it!

My two girlfriend's and I stayed, along with our kids, at Damaraland Camp for 3 nights last week. We absilutely loved it! The tents are spacious and well-decorated with a lot if nice comforts. The view from the tent viewing deck is just astonishing in its desolation. We just could not get enough of the view.

The outdoor boma dinner and the morning mountain breasfast was a highlight of our stay. For me, the breakfast was just amazing in its abundancy of cold and hot food and its location on a mountain top. The view was stunning! We also really enjoyed the singing each evening at dinner and the menu transation done by the wait staff. It is really fun to hear the menu in the "click" Damara language. The food is also really delicious and plentiful.

We also loved our elephant tracking experience and saw a wonderful herd that we watched for about an hour. Our pictures are great and we learned a lot about the species and how they survive in the desert.

The only negative I have about the camp is that the water is solar heated. Even though I know it is great for the environment and I appreciate it, it was an inconvenience. After taking a few cold showers on cold days, I learned there was something really wrong with my solar tank and that the water would not heat up quickly because it was too cold outside. So I never had a hot shower and being that it is winter in Namibia, this was difficult. However, I must say that they staff was gracious and tried to fix it quickly which really counts for something. And they put hot water bottles in your bed during dinner which is nice. So test your water right away and let them know immediately if it is cold.

Maggie, the manager is a standout, who sings beautifully and has an amazing welcoming personality. You do not want to leave her!

As mentioned earlier, we went with 5 kids between us so I highly recommend it for couples or families.

Room Tip: Try to arrive to the camp before dark if you are driving. The roads for the last half hour are very...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Basalt, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

Our stay at the Damaraland Camp (April 2012) was definitely one of our top highlights of our 2 week trip. We drove in ourselves (4x4). The staff, all local, are incredible people, knowledgable, warm and friendly. Maggie and Erica make you feel like you have come home. The camp is wonderfully remote and the rooms are beautiful. Dinner was delicious and entertaining. Our guide Willem took us on a great game drive. It was one of our best days. He took great care of us and we found many animals as well as the Elephants We stayed 2 nights - wish we stayed 3! Wilderness Safaris really know how to run camps.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

We stayed at Damaraland Camp in March 2012. We drove in and must admit we struggled a bit, there were extensive road works in progress about 20km from the lodge. We left our car at the parking area and were collected by a lodge vehicle. We were thoroughly impressed by the lodge, it's luxurious yet totally unpretentious. The setting is incredible, amidst the mountains and with spectacular views from the main area and rooms. The rooms were equally impressive - canvas sides with a proper thatch roof. The largest bed I've seen in a long time fitted with mosquito nets. Bathroom equally nice, the best part is the private deck where you can relax with a drink and soak up the views.

Anthony took us on drives to see the desert elephants. Game is not abundant here but you do see plains game, elephants and black rhino if you drive a bit further. The landscape is rugged and desolate and therein lies its immense beauty. Enjoyed dinner in the outdoor boma, about 2 minutes from camp. A lovely meal prepared on open fires, under the stars! The staff are great, we can single out Martha and Elfrieda. Will definitely return next time we're in the area!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

My wife and I spent 3 days at Damaraland Camp, Namibia in February 2012. What a jewel! Facilities and food are first rate. The area is fascinating and guides superb. Wilderness Safaris Company, which co-owns the camp with the local community is an inspiration. They devote a significant portion of their budget to conservation, education and community service. The staff act as if they own the place--which they do. We heard many inspiring stories of how the Camp was instrumental in local people developing careers. The flight to the camp passes along the Skeleton Coast with views of shipwrecks, salt ponds and the desert. Most memorable experience was following a group of desert adapted elephants including 2 infants. Adults are very protective of the young. At one point one of the elephants decided we were following too closely, turned toward us and approached in attack mode (see picture). We moved away quickly.

Room Tip: All rooms are equivalent with great views of the area.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Torra Conservancy, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Otjozondjupa Region > Damaraland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Damaraland
Hotel Class:4 star — Wilderness Safaris Damaraland Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River valley in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia, offering endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and a stunning ochre-purple mountain backdrop. Ten large en-suite adobe-style thatched units are raised off the ground, each with a walk-in dressing area and a large deck on which to sit and contemplate the desert. The spacious living area comprises a dining area and swimming pool. New technology combined with ancient knowledge has produced an eco-friendly yet high performance design in this unique camp. An open campfire and outdoor ‘boma’ are enjoyed during the calm evenings and stargazing is superb, thanks to the crystal-clear night skies. Activities include nature drives and walks during which guests can see species such as desert-adapted elephant, gemsbok, kudu and springbok, and black rhino as well as rare succulent plants. Further afield, ancient rock art and the Petrified Forest are just some of the geological wonders in the area. Damaraland Camp is the result of an award-winning partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the Torra Conservancy ; visits to the local farmstead allow guests to see this relationship in action. ... more   less 
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Wilderness Safaris Damaraland Camp Namibia

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