Desert Rhino Camp

Kunene, Namibia

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Desert Rhino Camp

Desert Rhino Camp offers an original and exclusive wilderness experience and the possibility of seeing some of the largest free-ranging population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa. The Camp functions as a collaborative effort with the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) - an NGO that has been has been instrumental in the preservation of these rare, black rhino.



We Love
  • Desert Rhino Camp functions as a collaborative effort with the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT). 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.
  • This is the best Camp for Rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for rhino tracking is 16 years and for walking activities is 13 years.
  • The Camp has 220v power for lighting in the tents. Solar panels outside each guest tent supply hot water.

The Review

Desert Rhino Camp lies amongst rolling, rocky hills with scattered euphorbia, ancient welwitschia plants, scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees of the Palmwag 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.

Your Stay
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 veranda 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.

The tented dining and lounge area 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 socialise.

A major drawcard to the region is the largest free-roaming population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa, as well as a healthy number of desert-adapted elephants. Palmwag Concession's freshwater springs also support healthy populations of 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. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present.

Activities include rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle with Save the Rhino Trust trackers (an NGO responsible for the conservation of the black rhino in the area), full-day outings with a picnic lunch, birding and nature drives.

Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust so in addition to gaining amazing insight into the ecology and conservation of this area, a portion of guest revenue goes to the Trust and its conservation operations.

Getting There

Desert Rhino Camp is located within the private Palmwag Concession in northern Damaraland in North West Namibia. It can be reached by air from Windhoek in 1 hr 40 mins or from Swakopmund in 1 hr and Damaraland in 20 mins. The Desert Rhino Camp airstrip is at an altitude: 3000 feet and is

1,000m long with compacted calcrete. The airstrip is located approximately 45 minutes from camp. The GPS co-ordinates: S19 58 33; E013 50 04

Desert Rhino Camp Kunene, Namibia