Desert Rhino Camp
Desert Rhino Camp lies amongst rolling, rocky hills with scattered euphorbia, ancient welwitschia plants, scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees of the 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. In this vast expanse, Desert Rhino Camp has 8 Meru-style canvas tents that sleep up to 16 guests.
In close proximity of the Desert Rhino Camp is Palmwag Concession's freshwater springs that support desert-adapted black rhino and elephants. These also support healthy populations of Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyaena. Bird life is also prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present.
Activities include rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle with Save the Rhino Trust trackers and full-day outings with a picnic lunch, birding and nature drives. Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust so in addition to gaining amazing insight into the ecology and conservation of this area, a portion of guest revenue goes to the Trust and its conservation operations.
Desert Rhino Camp DAMARALAND, NAMIBIA
Style Desert Rhino Camp is a Classic Safari Lodge with 8 luxurious tents with a capacity for 16 guests (plus leader/ guides). Raised from the ground on a wooden deck, each tent features en-suite bathrooms. Beds are made up with crisp, white linen complete with bedside tables with reading lamps. The front veranda has director's chairs to relax and take in the magnificent vistas of the surrounding desert and Etendeka Mountains.
The Camp The main are of the Desert Rhino Camp has tented dining and lounge area. This is also raised on a wooden deck in a single tent which is open plan and has partial open sides for panoramic views. To one side there are couches and to the other a large, simple dining table. Evening meals are taken around the fire pit, in front of the lapa, where guests can relax and socialise.
ChildCare Children of 8 years and above are welcome to stay at the Desert Rhino Camp and partake in activities with all other guests. Babysitting services can be arranged, if requested. The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years. For safety reasons, children between 13 and 16 years are allowed on walks only at the discretion of the guide.
Safari Daily routine at the Desert Rhino Camp include game drives via 4 x 8-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum seven guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with reference books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. According to “Save The Rhino Trust” regulations, rhino tracking on foot is on a shared basis in a group.
Experience The Desert Rhino Camp administration have a zero-disturbance policy, where disturbance to the rhinos is kept to an absolute minimum. During the Desert Rhino Tracking, the guide is not armed and hence Rhino tracking will be conducted from a safe distance. Other activities include full day outings with picnic lunch, sundowner drives & hiking trails, back of house tours and bush dinners and camp chats on star watching, and discussions on the local community, the black rhino & “Save The Rhino Trust”.
Location Desert Rhino Camp, Northwest Namibia is situated within the private Palmwag Concession, in northern Damaraland which covers about 5,000 sq km between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast.
Getting There The best way to reach Desert Rhino Camp is from Windhoek reached by international flight via Johannesburg. The Rhino Camp can be reached by air from Windhoek in 1-hour 40-minutes or from Swakopmund in one hour and Damaraland in 20 mins.
When to go The winter months between May to October are the best for seeing the dramatic sand dunes at Sossusvlei and game viewing - especially in Etosha National Park. The skies are clear, the risk of malaria is at its lowest, and animals are increasingly concentrated around the waterholes. Summer months between November and April bring rain, when migratory birds flock into the Etosha park's many habitats followed by bird watching in December in Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region).