Desert Rhino Camp Palmwag
AccommodationDesert Rhino Camp offers eight slightly raised, Meru-style rooms, each with en-suite facilities and veranda. The camp was created in collaboration with the ‘Save the Rhino Trust', an organisation dedicated saving black rhino. These wonderful creatures have been widely protected from the poaching that took place throughout the 80s and 90s, and the rhino population living here now is the largest in Africa outside a national park!
The camp is relatively simple, but the main building is very comfortable; the open-plan architecture houses a lounge and dining area, with a fire pit to the front.
LocationThe camp is situated in Damaraland (Palmwag Concession) in the northwest of Namibia amidst a stony, minimalistic, hilly landscape. Access is either by air or visitors can leave their own vehicle at Palmwag Lodge and use the shuttle service for the 1-hour journey to camp.
WildlifeBlack rhino are of course the main attraction. A stable population of about 30 animals roams the surrounding area. Most of the local ‘Save the Rhino Trust' employees are guides/trackers for the Desert Rhino Camp. Freshwater springs in the area attract a good number of desert elephant, zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok, kudu, lion, cheetah and hyena. It's not unusual for guests to hear the roaring of lion roaming in the vicinity.
ActivitiesThe camp offers full-day excursions with a picnic lunch, and day & night drives. In constant contact with the camp, the ‘Save the Rhino' trackers guide guests close to the rhino - then it's out of the vehicle and into single-file as you approach stealthily to within photo distance.
Good to knowYour visit here supports the work of the trust and helps with the protection of rhino. Unfortunately there are only a few places left on earth where the critically endangered black rhino can be encountered up-close. This is one of them.