Desert Rhino Camp lies amongst rolling, rocky hills with scattered euphorbia, ancient welwitschia plants,
scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees of the 450 000-hectare Palmwag Concession.
This region is marked for its tranquil, minimalist beauty, surprising wealth of arid-adapted wildlife and the largest free roaming black rhino population in Africa.
Desert Rhino Camp functions as a collaborative effort between Wilderness Safaris and the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) - 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 black rhino population has doubled since the formation of the SRT.
The tented dining and lounge area of Desert Rhino Camp is also raised on a wooden deck in a single tent which is open plan and has partially open sides offering panoramic views. To one side there are couches and to the other a large, simple dining table.
Set in a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, accommodation at Desert Rhino Camp is in the form
of 8 Meru-style canvas tents that sleep up to 16 guests. Raised from the ground on a wooden deck,
each tent features an en-suite bathroom with a hand basin, flush toilet and shower.
Beds are made up with crisp, white linen and have two dark wood bedside tables with wicker reading lamps.
An extension of the deck functions as a front veranda where guests can relax in director`s
chairs to take in the magnificent vistas of the surrounding desert and Etendeka Mountains.
Extra duvets are available for the sometimes frosty nights.
Accommodation is provided in 8 tents comprising of:
- 6 x twin tents
- 2 x double tents
- En-suite bathrooms with classic bucket shower.
- Mini Meru tents
- 12v power
- Comfortably appointed tents
Electricity is 12v power with facility to charge video batteries. Heated water for showers
is available on demand.
As a result of a severe water shortage in the area no laundry service available at this camp.
Lights are powered by solar panels
Desert Rhino Camp Activities:
- Rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle
- Night drives
- Full day outings with picnic lunch
- Nature walks with a guide (for safety reasons, children under the age of 12 years will not be allowed on walks and children between 12 and 16 years will only be allowed on walks at the discretion of the guide). The guide is not armed as we do not place guests in any dangerous or compromising positions on walks and we have a zero disturbance policy where we will not go closer to rhino for a better photograph etc - the rhino are not to be disturbed at all by guests on the walks.
Palmwag Concession's freshwater springs also support healthy populations of desert-adapted elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyaena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present.
Desert Rhino Camp Map:
Palmwag Lodge is an ideal stop-over en route to the Skeleton Coast, Kaokoveld, Etosha National Park and the remote Epupa Falls.
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