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.

UNLEASH IT: WITH AN EXCLUSIVE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE AND A POSSIBILITY OF SEEING A 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.

Wildlife
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.

Experience
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

Desert Rhino Camp

Rating                         Classic Camp
Type                           Safari Lodge
No of rooms                  8
Max Occupants             16 plus leader/guide
Special Interests           Wildlife, Nature, Birding
Location                      Palmwag Concession


Standard Tents
There are eight standard tents which are made up of six twin bedded tents and two double bedded tents. There is one twin guide/pilot room which smaller than a standard tent.

Leader/ Guide Tent
There is one twin-bed guides tent (interior not furnished in same standard as guest tent)

Tent details
The comfortably appointed Meru tents in the Desert Rhino Camp are on low elevated wooden decking. Each tent have en-suite bathroom with shower. Soaps, shampoos, body lotion, torch and insect repellents are supplied. Safe in each tent.

Camp Description
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”. There is a pool in main area.

Electricity & Water
Electricity with 220v power is supplied 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.


Activities

Game drives via 4 x 8-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum seven guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with reference books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent.

Rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle (Due to “Save The Rhino Trust” regulations, rhino tracking on foot will be on a shared basis in a group)

Walks with a guide (for safety reasons, children under the age of 13 years will not be allowed on walks and children between 13 and 16 years are allowed on walks only 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.

Other activities include full day outings with picnic lunch, sundowner drives & hiking trails, back of house tours and bush dinners and camp chats on star watching, the different cultures of Namibia, the community, the black rhino & the “Save The Rhino Trust”.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0530h. Full breakfast and depart on morning rhino tracking activity. Picnic lunch is offered in the bush before returning to the camp for afternoon siesta. Afternoon tea with snacks and depart for sundowner drive. Three-course dinner is served. Stargazing

Seasons
    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for rhino tracking is 16 years and the minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.

Other Policies
    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

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:           2:00 PM
    Check out:      12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:     1 night

 

Palmwag Concession

The 450,000-hectare Palmwag Concession is made up of rolling, rocky hills, flat-topped mountains with scattered euphorbia, and stark plains with ancient welwitschia plants, scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees. The conservancy supports the largest free-roaming population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa as well as a healthy number of desert-adapted elephant. Thanks to the freshwater springs in the area there is a surprising amount of life here: Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, spring¬bok and kudu, as well as lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyaena.

Birdlife
Birding enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the diverse avifauna found in the Palmwag Concession. Raptors include Greater Kestrel, Lanner Falcon and Booted Eagles, spotted in the sky or perching on a lonely shepherd's tree. Out on drives, it is possible to see Namaqua Sandgrouse, Burchell's Courser, the colourful Bokmakierie, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Monteiro's Hornbill and White-backed Mousebird. Other regular endemics include Rüppell's Korhaan, Benguela Long-billed Lark and possibly Herero Chat with some focused searching. Verreauxs' Eagle is often sighted around rocky hillsides.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

The summer months between November and April bring rain and turn the country green, occasionally bringing floods to the desert. But December can be rewarding for game viewing in Etosha and bird watching in Caprivi Strip (Zambezi Region) though danger from Malaria persists. The region is best avoided in the peak wet months of January and February.

The winter months between May to October are the best for seeing the dramatic sand dunes at Sossusvlei and game viewing - especially in Etosha National Park. The skies are clear, the risk of malaria is at its lowest, and animals are increasingly concentrated around water the waterholes as the dry season wears on. The months of June and July can have freezing night time temperatures while September and October can be extremely hot.

Visa
All visitors require a passport for entry into Namibia, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the county, and have sufficient pages for entry and exit stamps. All visitors must also have a valid return ticket. You require a passport valid for the next 6 months with two completed visa application forms, two passport photographs and a copy of airline tickets/itinerary.

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.


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