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Head out on a Damaraland safari and discover the solitary desert elephant

Namibia has always been a country of great contrasts, and the territory of Damaraland is no exception. Brooding in the background are the arid Brandberg Mountains, which rise like nature’s skyscrapers from the parched valley floor of the Namibian desert.

On your Damaraland safari you will experience natural history with a distinctly surreal edge. On these stark plains you’ll find ancient valleys and petrified forests, some of which are a staggering 200 million years old. Your guide will take you on a 4X4 safari to the ravines and caves of the Brandberg Mountains. Upon arrival, get out on foot to explore bushman rock art, dating back at least two thousand years.

Though primarily famed for its terrain, if you’re hoping to see wildlife there is little that can be considered more unique than a desert elephant. Yet, Damaraland is home to the endangered desert elephant, which has adapted to live in this harsh region. This majestic mammal roams mostly in the dry riverbeds on the hunt for water, but can sometimes be spotted standing on hind legs to reach the last remaining leaf on a tree.

Your expert guides will also take you to look for the very rare desert-adapted black rhino that also lives here. And for those with the stamina, your skilled rangers will even take you for a trek on foot through this inhospitable but intriguing terrain.

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