Unsurprisingly, the sole focus of the camp is on the rhinos that roam the area. Desert Rhino is base camp for the Save the Rhino Trust, an NGO that has been has been instrumental in the preservation of these rare, desert-adapted black rhino.
Having barely survived the slaughter of ’80s and ’90s throughout other parts of Africa, the Trust’s efforts has helped to double black rhino population. A stay here will enable you to shadow experienced rhino trackers, whether on foot or in the vehicle, and learn about the largest free-roaming population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa.
The Camp 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 8 Meru-style raised canvas tents with an en-suite bathroom (shower) 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 and socialise.
The terrain is rocky but often covered with fine golden grasses and interspersed with large Euphorbia damarana bushes, which are endemic to the area. Dry river-courses like the Uniab River cut through the landscape and occasionally fill with water. But it is the Etendeka Mountains dominate the scenery around the camp – impressive flat-topped outcrops coloured ochre-brown, shimmering in the evening light.
Desert Rhino Information
- Location & Getting There
Desert Rhino Camp is located at Palmwag Concession. It is 3 hours by air from Windhoek Airport.
Desert Rhino Camp comprises of eight raised Meru-style canvas tents with front verandas and elevated with partially open sides that allows guests to absorb and appreciate the spectacular views of the Etendeka mountains.
-Pool: 1 swimming pool
Guests can rhino track on foot and by vehicle or go for game drives. Guests can also take part in guided nature walks and full day outings with picnic lunch. Bird enthusiasts can also go birding and enjoy the wonders of nature in the Palmwag Concession.
Highchairs and cots and baby sitting services are available.