Location of Camp: Palmwag Concession – private reserve
Type of Safari Camp: Permanent Luxury Tented Camp
Rating (1-5+): 4+
Camp Accomodations: 8 Meru-style canvas tents on raised wooden decks. Full ensuite bathrooms. Extension of the deck/verandah. Main tent features restaurant and lounge area with decks.
Local Wildlife: Rare desert adapted Black Rhino, desert elephant, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu, lion, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena.
When to Visit: March – November
Safari Activities at Camp: Desert Black Rhino tracking on foot and in open 4×4’s. Guided walks and game drives.
Desert Rhino Camp
Set in a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, guest accommodation is in one 8 large Meru-style raised off the ground on a wooden deck. Each tent features an en-suite bathroom with a hand basin, flush toilet and shower. An extension of the deck functions as a front verandah where guests can relax in director’s chairs to take in the magnificent vistas of the surrounding desert and Etendeka Mountains.
The tented restaurant and lounge area of Desert Rhino Camp is also raised on a wooden deck in a single tent which has partially open sides offering panoramic views. Evening meals are taken around the fire pit or in front of the lapa, where guests can relax and socialize.
Activities here include rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle. Other 4×4 outings take advantage of the Palmwag Concession’s freshwater springs, which 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.
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.