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Damaraland in 3D

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Damaraland is the main settlement area of the Damara tribe. It is a hilly desert landscape in the regions of Erongo and Kunene. In Namibia, they represent about 8% of the population. There are no clear geographical boundaries for the Damaraland. Most of the time the damaras share the land with the Herero and Himba.


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Damaraland von oben

The typical landform are vast hilly rocky deserts and dry river valleys.

Damaraland Panorama
Damaraland Landschaft
Damaraland Flussbett
Damaraland Buschland

Damara-Haus

 

The Brandberg

The Brandberg is a mountain massif in the south of the Damaralandes and is with 2573 meters the highest mountain of Namibia. Characteristic, the black rock layer which is annularly surrounds the massif. The Brandberg has been inhabited since the Stone Age. In the valleys you can still find numerous murals with animal motifs that were still designed from a fertile period.

Brandberg von Oben

At Brandberg you can find a lot of gems and rock crystals. These just lie around in the landscape. Some treasure hunters ventured out in remote areas with a simple car. If it comes to a car breakdown in the desert, then you are lost.

Autowrack am Brandberg
Brandberg

 

The Great Wall of Namibia

In the vicinity of the Brandberg, a kilometer-long dead-straight rock formation emerges that looks like an ancient wall from bygone times. The "wall" is about 50 kilometers long and consists of massive stone blocks.

Die große Mauer von Namibia
Die große Mauer von Namibia

On the satellite image you can clearly see the "wall" that runs next to the drawn line.

 

In a Damara village

The Damaras are among the oldest ethnic groups of southern Africa, which maintain their own language and culture. In a "Living Museum" you can get to know them. Historically, the Damara were never a dominant ethnic group, but always subject to the other peoples of this area. Nonetheless, the damaras were highly valued for mastering the art of iron and copper smelting and forging - skills that were very important in spear and arrow making.

Damaras

Damaras beim tanzen
Damara Dorf

 

Organ Pipes Valley

The unique rock formation is made from volcanic clockspring that originated 120 million years ago. Here, liquid lava flowed into shale at that time and was exposed through erosion over time.

Organ Pipes Valley

Organ Pipes Valley Felsen
Organ Pipes Valley Felswand

 

Burnt Mountain

The burnt mountain is a black mountain which dominates its red-brown surroundings by 200 meters. The Burnt Mountain is one of the national monuments of Naibia.

Burnt Mountain

 

The fossilized forest

In a valley west of Khorixas, fossilized tree trunks millions of years old have been found. The stones are quite light and have a clear wood structure. Why it came to a petrifaction, as usually to a charring, is still scientifically controversial.

versteinerte Wald
versteinerte Baum

 

Giraffes

In Damaraland especially many giraffes are to be found. These shy animals have it easy to get over every fence.

Giraffen in Damaraland

 

Vingerklip mountain

One of the scenic attractions in Damaraland is the Vingerklip mountain, which rises 35 meters from the mountain. Surrounded is the Vingerklip of a table mountain.

Fingerklippe in Damaraland

At the foot of the Vingerklip mountain you have a generous view of the landscape.

Fingerklippe Panorama
Fingerklippe Tafelgebierge

 

Himba

The people of the Himba are among the last peoples of Africa who still live in a traditional way. Their settlement area is the north-west of Namibia. A special tradition of the Himbas is that the women dye their skin with red ocher and wear unique hairstyles and jewelry.

Himba

 

Herero

The Herero people live scattered in the northern half of Namibia. Their tradition includes the long colorful dresses of women and the Herero hat, which is to remember bull horns.

Herero

 

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