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Damara Mopane Lodge

Damara Mopane Lodge

Damara Mopane Lodge is east of the town Khorixas, close to the main tarred C39 road. Situated in Damaraland, it is constructed in the shade of mopane trees in the style of traditional wattle and daub. The main building and chalets look like an African village and are connected by a labyrinth of paths that makes for easy access to and from the main building. Walls are decorated with artistic copies of the rock engravings found at Twyfelfontein.

The Damaraland topography is characterized by African savanna, with shrubs and acacias, sandy dry riverbeds, massive granite mountain tops, and table mountains. Namibia‘s original inhabitants carved animals and mysterious symbols into the reddish-brown sandstone at Twyfelfontein, now a World Heritage site; whereas the Vingerklip rock stack of solidified sediments, the Organ Pipes of basalt, and the tree trunks of stone are all nature‘s works of art. Springbok and oryx antelope graze in the savanna, while the famous Damara desert elephants move through the dry riverbeds in search of water.

The swimming pool at the lodge is situated alongside large, ancient mopane trees and is an ideal spot to refresh after a day's dusty excursion. A viewing deck about 300 meters up the hill from the camp provides excellent views, overlooking the camp and plains beyond. It is a perfect venue for photographing magnificent sunsets and admiring the wonderful Namibian scenery.

Dinner at the lodge consists of a hot starter, and diners are able to choose a personal platter for a light, but tasty meal. A selection of meats and vegetables are available, and many of the fresh ingredients will be taken from the gardens around the chalets.

The lodge is a perfect place from which to set out to visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (130 kilometers), the Petrified Forest (55 kilometers), and the Vingerklip rock formation (50 kilometers).

Twyfelfontein was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 2007, mainly because it is home to one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. It was proclaimed a National Monument in 1952, and as many as 40,000 people a year now visit the site, making it one of the more popular tourist destinations in Namibia.

The trees of the Petrified Forest are said to have been uprooted some 200 million years ago, swept along by rivers in flood, covered by sediments, and then subsequently uncovered by erosion after undergoing fossilization.

Vingerklip (Finger Rock) is a 35-meter high pillar of sedimentary rock and is one of the most impressive rock formations in Namibia. It stands proudly above a valley, known as the Ugab terraces.

The western regions of Damaraland are home to famous desert-adapted elephants. These beautiful animals move mainly around dry riverbeds, surviving on the foliage of trees and shrubs provided by rivers and seasonal rains.

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