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Desert Rhino Camp

Desert Rhino Camp is situated in the 1-million-acre private Palmwag Reserve in Damaraland in north-west Namibia, between Etosha and the Skeleton Coast. It is a joint venture between Wilderness Safaris and the “Save the Rhino Trust” – a non-profit conservation organization that has been working in this area for 20 years. The Trust has been singly responsible for helping to ensure that these rare, desert-adapted black rhino survived the slaughter that went on throughout other parts of Africa in the 80s and 90s. Today this population of black rhino is growing in numbers and the area boasts the largest concentration of rhino anywhere on the planet outside a national park. The camp accommodates 16 guests in 8 large East African-styled “Meru” tents each with an en-suite bathroom comprising hand basin, flush toilet and a classic bucket showers filled with hot water whenever needed. Lights are powered by solar panels and the tented dining room offers uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains. Welwitschia plants (ancient desert adapted plants) dot the plain in front of the camp. This desert reserve has a number of fresh water springs that support healthy populations of animals including desert-adapted black rhino and elephant as well as large populations of the rare Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside the Etosha National Park, and includes lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyaena. Birdlife is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia’s endemics present. Activities include rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle as well as day and night nature drives.

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