Namibia: Rugged Damaraland

Damaraland, Namibia

In north-central Namibia, Damaraland is nothing short of magnificent with its red hills of broken rock and silky gold tussock studded with mounds of a spiky, silvery green plant. The backdrop is the translucent purple of a mountain range. Namibia has the sort of African landscape of which travellers dream.

In the village stalls sell dollies dressed in traditional costume to tourists but you can still see scenes of genuine village life. So what are the highlights of Damaraland in Namibia?

Damaraland, Namibia

The Petrified Forest

In the Petrified Forest the scattered remains of an ancient woodland can be seen, with big stone logs and crystallised water. The star of the show is the unique plant Welwitschia Mirabilis – a “living fossil”. Growing small and low to the ground this desert dweller looks blasted but survives on the moisture derived from the nighttime fogs of the Namib desert, which it absorbs through the leaves. Incredibly they can live for 2,000 years.

Damaraland, Namibia

Twylfelfontein

At Twylfelfontein the rock art engravings in sandstone include a map showing the waterholes of the area, human footprints and graceful paintings of dancing people. There is a series of animals with corresponding footprints used to teach identification and tracking skills to children.

Damaraland, Namibia

A dancing Kudu sends its legs flying all akimbo. There are thousands of paintings here, created by the Bushmen (San), a stone-age people. And not forgetting the famous ‘wave’ rock.

Damaraland, Namibia

The Brandberg

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