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-hectarePalmwag 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 theSave 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.
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.
Considering the proximity of the Concession to the Skeleton Coast Park and true Namib Desert, this area is home to a surprisingly high variety and density of wildlife. The 450 000 hectare area supports the largest free roaming population of black rhino in Africa as well as a healthy number of desert-adapted elephants. There are good populations of Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and ostrich. Predators like lion, cheetah, leopard, spotted and brown hyaena are seen on accasion. Bird life is diverse with several southern African endemic species present.
- Rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle
- Walks with a guide (for safety reasons, children under the age of 12 years will not be allowed on walks and children between 12 and 16 years will only be allowed on walks at the discretion of the guide). The guide is not armed and we do not place guests in any dangerous or compromising positions on walks. We also have a zero disturbance policy where we will not go closer to rhino for a better photograph etc – disturbance to the rhino’s are kept to an absolute minimum.
- Full day outings with picnic lunch.
- Sundowner drives & hiking trails.
- Bush dinners,
- Back of house tours
- Camp chats on star watching, the different cultures of Namibia, the community and the black rhino & the Save The Rhino Trust
Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
05h30 Wake Up
06h30 Full breakfast
07h00 Depart on morning rhino tracking activity
12h00 Picnic lunch in the bush
13h00 Return to camp for siesta
16h00 Tea with snacks is served
16h30 Sundowner drive
19h00 Dinner – three-course dinner is served
Electricity & Water
- 220v power for lighting in the tents and to charge video batteries, please bring spare battery and adapters.
- Solar panels outside each guest tent supply hot water.
Local drinks and house-wines are included but premium imports are not.
Daily service is included in the nightly tariff for guests on a Fully Inclusive basis; however laundry facilities are limited due to a water shortage in the area
Payment can be affected by: Cash, travellers’ cheques or Visa / MasterCard credit cards
- Windhoek 1 hour 40 minutes
- Damaraland Camp 20 minutes
- Desert Rhino Camp airstrip is located approximately 45 minutes from camp.
- Co-ordinates: S19 58 33; E013 50 04
- Altitude: 3000 feet
- 1000m long compacted calcrete.
- The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
- Guides - US$10.00 per person per day
- General Camp Staff - US$5.00 per person per day to be placed in the communal box in reception
- Specialist Guides (if applicable) - US$10.00 per person per day
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.
Number of tents:
8 tents comprising of:
- 6 x twin tents
- 2 x double tents
- 1 x twin guides tent ((interior not furnished in same standard as guest tent)
This camp can accommodate 16 guests.
- En-suite bathrooms with shower.
- Meru tents on low elevated wooden decking
- Comfortably appointed tents
- Safe in each tent
- Soaps, shampoos, body lotion, torch and insect repellents are supplied in each tent.
- Classic East African style dining room with uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains.
- This camp is run in conjunction with the “Save The Rhino Trust”
Location Seasons / Child Policy
Seasons / Child Policy
Desert Rhino Camp functions as a collaborative effort between Wilderness Safaris and theSave the Rhino Trust (SRT) - an NGO that has been has been instrumental in the preservation of these rare, desert adapted black rhino.
End to end personalised service & 24 hour emergency travel support