From R 4810 per person sharing
- Single supplements and child discounts may apply
- Price varies with seasonality and room options
- Indicative price is for low season
- Wilderness Safaris
Perched amongst the rolling, rocky hills of the Palmwag Concession, raised Meru-style canvas tents face out onto the sweeping valley, dotted with euphorbia and ancient Welwitschia plants, and across to the surrounding Etendeka mountains. Desert Rhino Camp is a community-supportive, collaborative venture between Wilderness Safaris and the Save the Rhino Trust in a region remarkable for its tranquil, minimalist beauty and a surprising wealth of arid-adapted wildlife.
WHAT MAKES DESERT RHINO CAMP SPECIAL?
Specialising in tracking the desert-adapted black rhino, Desert Rhino Camp offers a rare insight into rhino conservation on thrilling game drives. Accommodating only 16 guests, the remoteness of this exclusive, eco-friendly camp is perfectly balanced by its character-filled atmosphere, unmatched hospitality, and exceptional rangers, trackers and guides.
The Palmwag Concession extends for about 5 000km² between Etosha National Park and the Skeleton Coast in northern Damaraland, a semi-desert area that is home to a surprisingly high variety and density of wildlife. The Reserve’s freshwater springs support the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa, as well as healthy populations of desert-adapted elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu, and predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyena. Birdlife is prolific and diverse, with most of Namibia's endemics present. Specialities include the Benguela long-billed lark, Ludwig’s bustard, African hawk-eagle and tractrac chat.
Raised on wooden decks, each of the 8 spacious Meru-style canvas tents offers privacy, comfort and unrestricted views, and features an authentic en-suite bucket-shower. A private front veranda is the perfect spot from which to contemplate the valley and mountain landscape that stretches as far as the eye can see. The elevated tented main area is partially open-sided to afford full advantage of the panoramic views.
A breakfast buffet is served in the open plan dining area before the morning’s activities, often followed by a delicious midday picnic lunch out in the wild. Afternoon tea and homemade bakes await you on your return. You may wish to cool off in the plunge pool or relax in the lounge area before enjoying an exquisite dinner, served either around the large dining table or around the fire pit in front of the lapa. All drinks are included, except for imported and premium wines and spirits.
Your safari experience begins as you enter the gate and begin to take in your unique surroundings and the ubiquitous wildlife along the road to the camp.
Activities focus on rhino tracking, led by highly trained, knowledgeable and informative guides. Daily game drives in open, shaded Land Rovers offer varied wildlife sightings as trackers go out in search of endangered black rhino, which are then tracked on foot, with the employment of strict protective measures for both rhino and guests.
Excellent photographic opportunities abound.
Bird watchers are likely to be treated to a good number of endemic species.
The camp is unfenced and not suitable for children under 12 years, while only those 16 years and older may track rhino on foot, due to the risk factor.