Images of Damaraland – desert wilderness and place of the ancients


While much of Namibia is steeped in colonial history, this desert wasteland region was home to a thriving hunter-gatherer population many many moons ago.  The natural wonders of the Brandberg, Spitzkoppe and Twyfelfontein were probably their playground.

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Vingerklip (Finger Rock)

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This gorgeous resident of Damara Mopane Lodge posed like a celebrity.

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Baby tiptols waiting to be fed.

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Sunset over Khorixas.

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Twyfelfontein (above), meaning ‘doubtful fountain’ is home to rock engravings and bushman paintings and the Organ Pipes (below), a fascinating geological formation located nearby.

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The  Petrified Forest –  enormous fossilized tree trunks in an old river channel near Khorixas.

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Welwitschia-mirabilis.

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Donkey carts – a typical sight in Damaraland.

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So are humble dwellings in this desolate, desert wasteland.

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Namibian Rock Agama

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Warning to watch out for desert elephants in Damaraland.  We saw none 😦

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The long and bumpy road through Damaraland.

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The Spitzkoppe (below)

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4 thoughts on “Images of Damaraland – desert wilderness and place of the ancients

  1. Wow, what amazing photos! Firstly, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to farm the land those houses are on. Makes me reconsider all the moaning I do about the constant rain here.
    Secondly, I want one of those elephant road signs to sneakily set up on a road here in Cornwall!
    🙂

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    • Thanks Janie! I have to say we asked each other several times how people (and animals) manage to survive in such a wasteland. The only farming I saw was cattle and goats and even then they were eating scrub rather than green fields. I was blown away by how resourceful Namibians are in such harsh conditions. There were also warthog warning signs but I missed out on getting a photo. I’ll DHL you one of each next time I go. I’m trying to imagine the reaction of one strategically placed on those narrow country roads, particularly those leading from the local pub! 🙂

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