Desert Rhino Camp offers an original and exclusive wilderness experience and the possibility of seeing some of the largest free-ranging population of desert-Lüderitz adapted black rhino in Africa. A tented dining and living area and plunge pool offers uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains, while extraordinary welwitschia plants dot the plain in front of camp.
The 450 000-hectare (1 111 935-acre) 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, springbok and kudu, as well as lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyaena. Birdlife is equally varied including endemics like Bokmakierie and Rüppell’s Korhaan. Palmwag holds the core of the rarely seen desert-adapted lion population of north-west Namibia.
The camp, set in a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, has eight large Meru-style tents with en-suite bathrooms.
The Kunene Region, formerly known as the Kaokoveld, is situated in north-west Namibia. It is one of the harshest environments on the planet, with endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys, rugged peaks and desolate coastline. The ephemeral rivers that bisect it form linear oases as they meander their way west towards the sea. The vegetation that fringes their courses provides sustenance to a diverse array of superbly adapted desert wildlife like black rhino, elephant, springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. The most reliable source of water here is the fog created when the icy Atlantic waters meet the warm air of the coast.
Activities include rhino tracking on foot and 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. Other species seen in the area include Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe and lion.