Desert Rhino Damaraland

Desert Rhino is set in a wide valley in the 450,000 hectare Palmwag Concession in the Kunene Region of north-west Namibia. The Concession’s freshwater springs support healthy populations of arid-adapted wildlife such as Hartmann’s mountain zebra, southern giraffe, gemsbok (oryx), springbok, kudu, comical meerkats and inquisitive ground squirrels can be seen. Herds of desert-adapted elephants and not far off, and the occasional cheetah or leopard can be spotted as well.

Accommodation is in the form of eight Meru-style raised canvas tents with an en suite bathroom and front veranda with director’s chairs perfectly positioned to take in the magnificent vistas. 

The open plan dining and lounge area is also raised on a wooden deck in a single tent with partially open sides offering panoramic views. Evening meals are taken around the fire pit, in front of the lapa, where guests can relax, socialise, and take in the Etendeka Mountains which dominate the scenery.

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Why we recommend Desert Rhino

“Desert Rhino is base camp for the Save the Rhino Trust, an NGO that has been has been instrumental in the preservation of the rare, desert-adapted black rhino. Unsurprisingly, rhino tracking is a strong focus and a stay here will enable you to shadow experienced rhino trackers while learning about the largest free-roaming population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa.”

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