The next three camps we visited were in the Damaraland where we saw our first Desert adapted elephants. The landscapes and terrain varied a lot, sometimes very rocky with Welwitschia and Euphorbia plants dotted about, to beautiful dry riverbeds with old deep rooted trees, and golden desert savanna grasses thanks to some recent rains.
We visited the 6000 year old petroglyphs at Twyfelfontein, depicting the wildlife of the entire region, both inland and the coast a few hundred kilometres away. Rhinos (with long horns) giraffe, elephant, lion and leopard as well as seals and flamingos from the coast were engraved on the rock faces.
The highlight of Damaraland was tracking black rhino’s no easy feat as there are only a few remaining in the wild. Nine and a half hour drives were rewarded with being able to get close on the ground with these prehistoric animals. Their guardians, the dedicated members of Save the Rhino Trust Namibia and our Desert Rhino Camp guide, Bons, never gave up!