Desert Rhino Camp
Desert Rhino Camp lies in the midst of the enormous Palmwag Reserve, which covers about 5,000km² of wilderness between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast in Northwest Namibia. Here trackers patrol and protect one of the largest free-ranging populations of the Endangered desert-adapted rhino in Africa.
Desert Rhino Camp has been running for over twenty years and is managed by a reliable and experienced team jointly put together by Namibia’s Save the Rhino Trust and Wilderness Safaris. Guests get a unique insight into the ecology and conservation efforts in this breathtaking corner of Namibia, with profits contributing directly to the Rhino Trust and the long-term sustainability of this vulnerable habitat and its wildlife.
This comfortable camp features eight traditional Meru-style tents fitted with dark-wood furniture and featuring crisp white linen. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with classic bucket shower (which can be filled with hot water whenever necessary). The tented dining room offers sweeping views of the desert and mountains, dotted with Namibia’s national plant, the welwitschia, and out front there’s a campfire where stories are told under Namibia’s star-studded skies. Please note Desert Rhino Camp doesn’t allow children under 12 years.
As the name suggests, Desert Rhino Camp is one of the best places to see endangered desert-adapted black rhino in the wild, and tracking these magnificent animals is a highlight of any stay. Accompanied by experienced guides, tracking is done in 4×4 vehicles and once rhino have been spotted, approaching at a safe distance on foot.
Aside from rhino tracking, day and night game drives and guided bush walks are great ways to explore the reserve. Home to a number of freshwater springs which draws animals from afar, the reserve supports a wide variety of wildlife, including elephant, giraffe and the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra. In fact the predator population is the largest outside the Etosha National Park with more than 100 lions, cheetahs, leopards, and brown and spotted hyenas.
As well as exciting animal encounters, guests praise the warm spirit of this camp and the spectacular rugged scenery.