Desert Rhino Camp

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.

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.

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.

Location

How to get to Desert Rhino Camp

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

Activities at Desert Rhino Camp

  • 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 Highlights

  • 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

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Below are some of our preferred tented camps and lodges in Namibia. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

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Ongava Lodge

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Little Ongava

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Little Kulala

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Kulala Desert Lodge

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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

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Damaraland Camp

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Namibia Overview

Why should I travel to Namibia?
This land of deserts has some of the most photogenic landscapes in all of Africa. Although Namibia is not as famous for wildlife as some other southern African countries, it has many unique, desert-adapted and fascinating species that are well worth looking for. The country also has some fine wilderness lodges providing comfortable accommodation and excellent service in some of Namibia’s most remote areas.

When is the best time to go to Namibia?
The best time to visit Namibia is during the dry season (May-Oct). Etosha is Namibia’s premier wildlife park. In the desert areas you will not see large numbers of animals, but there are rare and interesting species to be found.

What is the culture like in Namibia?
Namibia has a number of different tribal groups with their own distinct cultures including the Herero, Baster, Himba and Bushmen peoples.

What is the climate in Namibia?
The cold Benguela current keeps the coast cool and rain-less. Rain falls inland during the summer (Oct-Apr) in thunderstorms. Summer days are hot and the nights cool, whilst winters are sunny and cold.

What can I combine Namibia with?
A big game wildlife safari in South Africa, Botswana or Zimbabwe complements a trip to Namibia. Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe is another destination you could look at.

How to get to Namibia?
The main gateway to Namibia is through Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek. Flights to Windhoek depart daily from Johannesburg, the city where most visitors begin their Namibia itineraries.

US – Flying to Namibia from the United States requires at least one stop over. The easiest way is via Frankfurt, Germany or Doha, Qatar. Both Lufthansa and Qatar Airways fly directly into Windhoek.

UK/Europe – Again, the most direct access is via Frankfurt, Germany or Doha with Qatar Airways. Alternatively, South African Airways and British Airways fly to South Africa’s capital Johannesburg. From there you can fly to Windhoek with South African Airways.

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