Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland Camp & the Torra Conservancy: Revolutionary Ecotourism Model

Cultures & Communities

Kate Collins


“Wilderness Safaris changed my life. They trained me up from grassroots level. It is a success story in our Conservancy” – Lena Florry, Wilderness Safaris Area Manager, Torra Conservancy


Set in the Huab River Valley you’ll find one of our favourite wilderness areas in Namibia. This is the setting for Damaraland Camp, a luxury tented camp, offering endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys and soaring peaks. But there’s more to this camp than beautiful scenery and wildlife. It’s a living success story.


The story of the Torra Conservancy began in 1996 with a partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the Damaraland community. This joint venture and ecotourism model was the first of its kind in Namibia and soon proved to be a resounding success.



The story begins…


Prior to 1995, the area around Damaraland was in decline: wildlife such as elephants and other larger mammals were perceived as a threat and the potential for tourism in the area was not something that had been considered. There was no formal conservation protection and wildlife numbers were quickly dwindling. To add to this, unemployment was close to 100%.


This all changed in 1996 with the successful partnership and creation of a viable ecotourism model. The story is beautifully told in our short video clip below.



The results?


  • Around 350 000 hectares of land is under protection of the Torra Conservancy
  • Wildlife is thriving – even large species like elephant, black rhino and lion – and “problem animals” are now seen as a resource that can bring money into the community via ecotourism.
  • In addition to formal contractual payments to the conservancy, employment has introduced a local economic driver.

Let’s plan your next journey


When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.