The Desert Rhino Camp is situated amidst the ragged natural splendour of the 2500 square kilometres large private game reserve Palmwag. Palmwag is part of the Damaraland in north-western Namibia, halfway between the Etosha National Park and the Skeleton Coast.
The Desert Rhino Camp stands out among the safari lodges. Hardly any other place on earth features such an elegant and private ambience while focusing on an intense nature experience and superb wildlife observation.
Principally a desert
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reserve, Palmwag nevertheless sports countless fresh water springs which attract large numbers of wildlife. Among other species, black rhinos and elephants have adapted perfectly to the harsh desert environment. Mountain zebras, giraffes, elands, springboks and kudus are also frequently encountered.
Figuratively speaking, the table has been most generously set. The number of predators to inhabit the region is the largest outside the Etosha National Park.
The birdlife is equally prolific. Most of Namibia’s endemic species can be spotted at the Palmwag Reserve. Keep you eyes peeled and binoculars at the ready.
The Desert Rhino Camp nestles at the heart of this vibrantly alive reserve. The maximum number of guests is intentionally kept low. Seven tents designed in the typical East Africa style accommodate no more than 14 guests at a time.
The camp is environment friendly. The power for the lights is generated by solar panels. The uniquely romantic tent dining room features an unsurpassed view of the desert landscape and the mountain range in the far distance.
Welwitschias, an age-old plant that has adapted magnificently to the dry desert climate, pepper the camp and the surrounding plains.
Incidentally, the Palmwag Rhino Camp is not a purely commercial lodge. It is a joint venture of Wilderness Safaris and the Save the Rhino Trust.
The trust is committed to stabilising the rhinoceros population in the region and has been actively engaged in this task for more than twenty years. In great parts, it is thanks to the trust’s persistent efforts that the endangered black rhinos survived the nation-wide hunts.
Throughout the years, the black rhino population recovered significantly. The region nowadays proudly houses the world’s largest rhino population outside a wildlife reserve.
The trust’s employees, whose tasks included protecting the rhinos from poachers, now enjoy a slight shift of focus and are at the camp guest’s services as experienced rangers and trackers.
A certain percentage of the revenue made at the Rhino Camp is invested into the trust’s work. It is a shining example of how ecologically friendly and sustainable tourism can be – an approach INTOSOL strongly supports.
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