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Desert Rhino Camp

Palmwag Concession


From US$360

Lodge Description

Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with the local community and Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), so, in addition to guests gaining amazing insight into the ecology and conservation of this area, a portion of their revenue goes to the Trust and its conservation operations.

In a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, Desert Rhino Camp lies in the midst of the enormous Palmwag Concession, where trackers patrol and protect one of the largest free-ranging populations of the Endangered desert-adapted rhino in Africa. Rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle with these dedicated men is an original and exclusive wilderness experience; others include exploring the area on full day outings, nature drives and walks.

Aside from the desert-adapted black rhino to be found in the area, Palmwag Concession's freshwater springs also support healthy populations of desert-adapted elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and possibly even predators. Birdlife is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present.

• Day and night nature drives in 5 x 10-seater closed Land Cruises. For reasons of comfort and space, we generally do not allocate more than six or seven guests per vehicle if the numbers are made up of different booking parties at a Classic category of camp.
• During winter months hot water bottles (on early morning game drives only), blankets and lined ponchos are provided.
• Private Activities on offer (subject to vehicle availability which needs to be booked and paid for) may be requested in advance - excludes rhino tracking with “Save The Rhino Trust”.
• Birding.
• Guided nature walks and scorpion walks (weather permitting and subject to the availability of a qualified walking guide).
• Guided rhino tracking by vehicle and on foot (Due to “Save The Rhino Trust” regulations, once rhino tracking on foot commences, it will be on a shared basis in a group. A private basis is not possible regardless of whether a private vehicle and guide is booked as this only guarantees a private game drive. While there are no minimum or maximum guest numbers, please note that there is only one approach on foot permitted per rhino tracking activity. While the activity begins in the morning, the duration is solely dependent on rhino behaviour at the time, as well as the distances covered by the rhino and the tracking thereof so there is a possibility that it may continue into the afternoon).
• Full day outings with picnic lunch.
• Sundowner drives and hiking trails.
• Bush dinners.
• Stargazing with a laser pointer (weather permitting and according to the lunar phases (not offered around full moon).
• Back of house tours and discussions by camp staff on the different cultures of Namibia, the community, the black rhino and “Save The Rhino Trust”.
• Wilderness Safaris and Olympus Photo Hub experience.

The main area of the camp overlooks a sweeping plain dotted with Namibia’s national plant, the welwitschia. The campfire inspires storytelling under Namibia’s star-studded skies.

Number of Tents
This camp can accommodate 16 guests in total


Wilderness Safaris

Lodge Details

Property Type

Semi-Permanent Tented Camp






Max. clients in vehicle


Private Airstrip



Activities Included

Game Drives, Walking Safaris

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