Namibia is a land of great contrasts and Damaraland demonstrates this with stark plains, petrified forests and ancient valleys leading to rocky outcrops and the soaring peaks of the Brandberg Massive Mountains.
Mists roll in from the Skeleton Coast some 56 miles (90km) to the west, and drift along the river valley to provide sustenance to a variety of life that depend on this daily moisture.
The Huab River only flows once or twice during the short rainy season and seldom breaks through the dunes to reach the ocean.
The natural law concerning food and water supply dictates the movement and cycles of life in this arid area.
As such there is no guarantee of seeing any of the animals that inhabit Damaraland and whatever you may see is to be a treasured moment.
The rare and endangered desert elephant have adapted like all the other animals here to exist on limited fodder and scant water.
These rare pachyderms roam around the more vegetated areas by dry riverbeds and stand on their back feet and stretch their trunks skywards trying to reach the very last leaf on each tree.
Desert-adapted black rhino range in and out of communal farming areas across a large area and are one of the few populations to survive on land that has no formal conservation status.
Classified as critically endangered by the IUCN, the black rhinos of north-west Namibia have more than doubled in number since 1985.
May to December are the best months to visit this region.
Summer: November to April are hot with an average mid-summer daytime temperature around 95°F (35°C) especially in the river valleys.
Winter: The cooler months of May to September are pleasant with an average temperature during the day of 79°F (26°C). Nights can be very cold averaging 43°F (6°C) with a frost not uncommon in June, July and August.
Rainy Season: The variable annual rainfall is between 1.18inches (30mm) and 4 inches (100mm) per year starting in January and reaching a peak in March. Rain usually comes as heavy late-afternoon thunderstorms.