An camp that offers the extraordinary opportunity to track black rhino on foot
This is a fantastic venture between Wilderness Safaris and the Save the Rhino Trust
A one in a lifetime opportunity and not something to be missed on a trip to Namibia
There are 8 large Meru-style tents, each raised off the ground on a wooden deck with partially open sides to reveal the views. The decking extends to a veranda at the front, with directors chairs to relax on and take in the scenery. The tent interiors are spacious and classically designed, with large beds, luggage racks, a writing deck and tea and coffee station. The adjoining bathroom contains ‘his and hers’ basins, a shower and flush loo.
The tents and main areas are linked by sandy and rocky pathways on the ground. The main part of the camp laid out in a v-shape, with a lounge to one side and a dining room to the other. There’s also a small bar area. This whole area is completely open to provide views of the water hole in front of camp. This is floodlit at night so that guests can witness the wildlife coming to drink. Of course no safari camp would be complete without a seating area around a campfire, this is outside facing the water hole and is a great spot for drinks as the sun disappears behind the mountains before you. Just around the corner from here there is also a small plunge pool and some sunloungers – a welcome respite on hotter days.
Desert Rhino Camp is set in the 450,000 hectare Palmwag Concession in the heart of Damaraland. The camp lies amongst rolling hills, with beautiful views out towards the Etendeka Mountains. The landscape of the Palmwag Concession consists of rolling, rocky hills, flat-topped mountains with scattered euphorbia; stark plains with ancient welwitschia plants and flowing grasses in years of good rainfall; broad valleys centred around the Union River and isolated springs along river lines marked by clumps of vegetation.
Desert Rhino is a particularly specialised camp. It is a joint venture between Wilderness Safaris and the Save the Rhino Trust. The Save the Rhino Trust is an NGO that has made an incalcuble contribution to the preservation of the rare, desert adapted black rhino that you find in the area. Whilst there is other wildlife to search for on game drives, activities focus mainly on rhino tracking and it’s the opportunity to do this on foot in a manner that is rarely possible that is such a huge draw for guests.
The camp operates on a Fully Inclusive Board Basis - includes accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, all local drinks and laundry. Excluded from the rate are premium imported brands and champagne, gratuities, curio purchases and any items of a personal nature.
Desert Rhino Camp is not accessible on a self-drive basis. For any self-drive itinerary, vehicles would need to be parked at Twee Palms (signposted as 'Desert Rhino Camp Pick-Up Point'. A Desert Rhino Camp staff member would then meet guests there at 2.30pm in winter (1 April to 31 August) to 3.30pm in summer (1 September to 31 March). Guests would then be driven the 2.5hr drive through the Palmway Concession to Desert Rhino Camp.
Alternatively the camp can be reached by air. Guests would then be met at the airstrip and driven the 45 minute transfer to the camp.
Children over the age of 6 are welcome at Desert Rhino Camp. For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for. The minimum age for rhino tracking is 16 years. For any other walking activities it is 13 years. There are no babysitting/child minding facilities in camp and as such a parent or guardian would be required to stay behind with any children when the rest of the party takes part in Rhino tracking or walking activities. Any children under the age of 16 must share a tent with an adult.