Desert Rhino Camp

Explore the Palmwag Concession, home to the largest free-ranging population of black rhino left in Africa.

Desert Rhino Camp nestles amongst rocky, rugged hills in the enormous Palmwag Concession, which harbours the largest free-ranging population of black rhino left in Africa. Stark and mostly silent, this is a harsh environment that supports a surprising amount of life, if you know where to look. Toxic euphorbia bushes dot the landscape, palatable only to a select few animals, whilst ancient welwitschia plants have learnt to survive with almost zero rainfall, drawing necessary moisture from both groundwater and fog.

Accommodation at Desert Rhino Camp is in 8 raised Meru-style tented suites, with furnished verandas facing the dramatic Etendeka Mountains. All feature comfortable beds, screened “windows” for fresh air, as well as large, private bathrooms with walk-in showers and twin hand basins.

The Lodge

At the central main lodge is an open-sided dining room and lounge area, elevated and shaded under canvas. There is also a small plunge pool, ideal for hot afternoons and a fire pit, which is a perfect setting for stargazing after dinner. Adventurous rhino tracking activities depart from here, either on foot or by vehicle. You can also go on guided walks in search of smaller creatures such as bat-eared foxes and suricates, and meet the researchers and rangers who have dedicated their lives to keeping the desert rhino safe.

  • A collaborative effort between tour operator Wilderness Safaris and the Save the Rhino Trust
  • An incredible camp nestled in a stark, rocky landscape
  • Where the last free-ranging black rhinos in Africa roam
  • Discover a surprising diversity of life in a seemingly inhospitable environment
  • Track rhino and other unusual desert-adapted animals on foot and by vehicle
  • Desert rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle
  • Guided nature walks
  • Bush dining
  • Stargazing
  • Interactions with the Save The Rhino Trust trackers and team

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Desert Rhino Camp can be reached by scheduled light aircraft flight from Windhoek, Swakopmund or selected other airstrips in Namibia.

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