Any property comprising such a large number of chalets must offer service of an impeccable standard – and this is the case with Damara Mopane. By using the vegetables and herbs grown on site, the property demonstrates both a commitment to local conservation and a connection with the land. Many of the staff come from the local area – you will find that guides are happy to explore with you!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Damara Mopane Lodge is a supersize accommodation choice, opened in 2010 in the Khorixas area of north-central Namibia. Situated on the C39, this stunning lodge is inspired by the architectural and cultural designs of the local Damara people.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Entering Damara Mopane feels like taking a trip into a traditional African kingdom! Guests make their way through intertwined pathways, which lead out from the grand central garden space and gorgeous swimming pool to the surrounding chalets. The swimming pool is situated at the very centre of the garden and property, with relaxing deck chairs around it. Within the main building, there is a comfortable lounge area, a welcoming bar, and a large dining area where you can eat under a canopy and feel the evening breeze, enjoying vegetables grown in the property’s gardens. At the end of the day, guests are welcome to stroll up to the viewing platform on a nearby hill. From here, with a drink in hand, you can sit and watch the sun go down with stunning views of the Damara Mopane and the beautiful woodland. This is the best way to see out any day, as you unwind with newfound friends, sip your drink, and talk about life, love and the special day you have just had out in the Namibian wild!
All the chalets at the property are located along its labyrinth of pathways – walking through sunflowers towards your accommodation is like something from a dream! Although all chalets are connected via the pathways, nevertheless you have a reasonable level of seclusion and intimacy within each unit. There is a private terrace with a canopy to keep you shaded as you sit and relax with a book. Alternatively, you can gaze out at your own private vegetable and herb garden! Inside the chalets, there is a comfortable bedroom featuring twin beds and décor that nods to the local earthy tones, as well as a good-sized en-suite bathroom. While the accommodation is modestly proportioned and not particularly extravagant, it does offer comfort and a space in which to relax and enjoy the spectacular surroundings of Damaraland!
If you are keen to check out some of the incredible sites on offer in this region, Damara Mopane Lodge is the perfect location from which to launch your exploration! Twyfelfontein is not too far away and the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a jaw-dropping sight, with geological marvels at every turn and some historic rock engravings to take you back in time. Vingerklip rock pillar is also a short journey away – this mysterious rock monument stands proudly protruding from the landscape and has become one of the most famous tourist attractions in Namibia! Also close by is the magical Petrified Forest, which is estimated to be about 260 million years old and is home to scattered petrified tree trunks, some half buried in sandstone. You can hire a guide to take you into the special area, to gaze in wonder at this mythical national monument!