Desert Rhino Camp lies in a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, in the midst of north-west Namibia’s enormous Palmwag Concession. The Palmwag’s 550 000 hectares offer an otherworldly basalt landscape created by eruptions roughly 125 million years ago, when Africa and South America were still joined as the landmass Gondwana.
The camp has eight comfortable Meru-style tents and a main area that overlooks a sweeping plain dotted with Namibia’s national plant, the welwitschia. Earthy colours predominate, with hints of red – a warm, welcoming space, airy and open to the ancient desert.
Cherish the chance to track one of Africa’s largest free-ranging populations of Critically Endangered desert-adapted black rhino. On foot or by vehicle, led by seasoned Save the Rhino Trust monitors, follow these majestic creatures across the rocky plains, finding other wildlife along the way. On game drives look for desert-adapted lions; elephants; zebras; spotted hyaenas; giraffes; and antelopes such as oryx and springbok. Key species for birding enthusiasts include Ruppell’s korhaan; Benguela long-billed lark; Herero chat; Verreaux’s eagle. Join a guided nature walk and better understand how life survives in this arid land. Welcome the night, sitting around the campfire sharing stories; marvel at the magic of the impossibly starry sky.
From R9,400 per person
Located on a private concession with easy access to the Namib Nauklift National Park
Luxurious private villa accommodation
A variety of activities including hot air balloon safari