Ask any Namibian tour guide where his favourite place is and the answer will be Damaraland. Something to do with the wide open spaces, the isolation, and the tenuous balance of nature in a rugged and dramatic landscape; or it could be the Huab Lodge.
Luxury and simplicity combine at this small owner-managed lodge in a way that typifies the essence of hospitality and good living.
Slightly off the beaten track - even by Damaraland standards - the Huab Lodge has eight stone and thatch bungalows with tiled floors, bright fabrics and a private verandah with a view over the Huab River valley. The main lodge is an enormous open-sided thatch gazebo crammed with comfy chairs, a family dinner table, reference books and a cosy bar.
Eight stone and thatch bungalows; private patios; en suite bathrooms; hearty meals at the family table; swimming pool; thermal spring; wellness centre; reference library
Guided walks; game drives; self-guided hiking trails; bird watching; San rock art; community interaction; scenic tours; elephant tracking; stargazing
The lodge is in a private conservancy of 8,000 hectares and much of it has been restored to its former glory with the loving attention of Jan and Suzi van de Reep, who arrived in 1992 to a sorry state of degradation. Elephants now roam the Huab riverbed on ancient water routes and the area's native wild animals, plants and birds - over 200 species - have flourished.
Similar Properties in Damaraland
As unassuming as a Damara lean-to and as luxurious as a big-city hotel, Camp Kipwe is another iconic Namibian safari lodge from the ingenious creators of Onguma Tented Camp and Mowani Mountain Camp.
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Damaraland is a region of ancient oddities and Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is slap bang in the middle. Its cool interior, camouflage exterior and all-important swimming pool turn this humble lodge into a veritable oasis.
Doro Nawas, in the Abu-Huab River valley, is a classic safari camp with the benefit of modern architectural and design inspiration. Everything opens from floor to ceiling to include the spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains and the red sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein - famous for its San rock engravings.
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