Contrary to many other parts of Namibia, Damaraland has no fences. The wildlife is truly untamed and the locals live here in harmony with nature and everything that inhabits it. The desert elephants and black rhinos have well adapted to this harsh climate and are the giants that roam these lands next to the usual variety of mammals like springbok, oryx, giraffe and zebra.
The desert elephants have adapted so well to the conditions of this extreme desert land, that they have longer legs and leaner bodies. With those they can actually stand on their back legs and reach the top of the trees for fresh leaves and branches. Another smart adaptation is their ability to dig holes in the dry rivers until they reach the underground water.
From Mowani it is possible to join an early morning expedition in search for the rare desert elephants and black rhino. When the air is still cool and the sun slowly starts to bathe the rocks in all forms of yellow, you enjoy a nice warm pot of coffee before you head out on a 4×4 game drive vehicle.
With Mowani being situated directly between the Ugab and Huab rivers, there is a very good chance that you will spot the desert elephants. The black rhinos are a bit more difficult to spot as they are very shy by nature. Even if you don’t spot the rhino, the drive alone, enjoying the splendour of nature and exquisite landscape are breathtaking.