Damaraland

Damaraland

Damaraland starts north of Swakopmund, running all the way to Etosha. It is a beautiful rough desert-like area with (red) rocks and mountains. There are various animals like gemsbok, ostriches and iguanas.

The name originates from the people that live here, the ‘Damara’. One of the main attractions of Damaraland are the Bushman Paintings (rock drawings) in Twyfelfontein. These drawings are listed on the UNESCO world heritage list. The drawings are cut in the rock, not painted on.

On arrival you can buy a ticket, and a guide will bring you to the rocks, where you can find various drawings, mostly of animals. Near Twyfelfontein (in Kunene) you find the Organ Pipes. In a small cleft are rocks that are eroded into a series of pillars. It is a small site, fun for a quick visit. Driving from Twyfelfontein towards the town of Khorixas, after about 50 minutes you will find the Petrified Forest. A guide will show you around a small site with (parts of) petrified trees. These trees are millions of years old. You can also spot the famous Welwitschia plants. Please follow the official signs ‘Petrified Forest’ to visit the Petrified Forest. There are several signs along the roadside that are not official.