Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region that offers an adventurous challenge. Here there are prehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges. Towards the west, the geography changes dramatically with endless sandy wastes that are incredibly able to sustain small, but wide-ranging, populations of desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, giraffe, ostrich and springbok. These animals have adapted their lifestyles to survive the harshness of the sun-blistered, almost waterless desert spaces. Elephant move through euphorbia bush country, and can travel up to 70km in a day in search of food and water and unusually, do not typically destroy trees in their quest for food. Desert-adapted black rhino with calves in tow are typical across the Damaraland ‘melkbos’ terrain. Damaraland also supports Gemsbok, kudu, Hartman’s mountain zebra, lion, cheetah, and spotted and brown hyaena. Birding is also excellent with over 240 species recorded.