Desert Rhino Camp Damaraland
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-hectare 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.
Desert Rhino Camp functions as a collaborative effort between Wilderness Safaris and the Save 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.
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 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 socialise.
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 hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present.
There are large populations of Hartman's mountain zebra, giraffe, Oryx, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park with over 100 lions, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present. This concession supports a healthy population of desert adapted black rhino and elephants.
Some of the camp activities on offer are rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle, night drives and full day outings (with a picnic lunch) on the concession.
Mini Meru tents
Comfortably appointed tents
Full day outings with picnic lunch
Optional visit to a Himba village
Below is only a suggestion as to what may happen in camp:
05h30 Wake up
06h30 Full breakfast
06h30 Depart on morning activity, either a walk or drive
16h00 Afternoon drive or walk or visit to a nearby village
19h00 Dinner - three course dinner is served
Electricity and water
12v power with facility to charge video batteries.
Bucket showers with heated water on demand.
Limited laundry facilities are provided at no extra cost.
Rates per night per person - FI: on request
Please note the following children and family unit policy:
Rates are subject to change without prior notice should tax be increased or Government levies introduced. Rates include Value Added Tax.
MINIMUM STAY AT DESERT RHINO CAMP IS 2 NIGHTS!
P.O. Box 3127 Windhoek, Namibia
Fax: +264 61 244558
1) you can e-mail us requesting information and/or rates
Reservations are only accepted in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Final availability confirmation: in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
See also: Terms & conditions, Payment options and Cancellation policy
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