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.
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 verandah 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.
The tented restaurant 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. Evening meals
are taken around the fire pit, in front of the lapa, where guests
can relax and socialize.
Activities at Desert Rhino Camp obviously include rhino tracking on
foot or by vehicle. Other 4x4 outings are geared at exploring this
vast, miraculous ecosystem with some of the most knowledgeable
guides in Namibia.
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.
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