Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland


A must for wildlife lovers, Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with Save The Rhino Trust and offers the best rhino tracking in Namibia.

Desert Rhino Camp lies amongst the rolling, rocky hills of the 450,000 hectare Palmwag Concession. This region offers spectacular landscapes and the largest free-roaming black rhino population in Africa. Aside from black rhino, Palmwag’s freshwater springs also support healthy populations of desert adapted elephant, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside of Etosha National Park with over 100 lions, cheetah, leopard and brown and spotted hyena. Birdlife is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia’s endemic species present.

Set in a wide valley, accommodation at Desert Rhino Camp consists of eight raised Meru-style canvas tents with front verandas to take in the sweeping views in front of the dramatic Etendeka Mountains. The comfortable tented dining and lounge area is also elevated with partially open sides offering those panoramic views while a swimming pool provides a welcome respite during the midday sun. Evening meals are often taken around the fire pit under starry skies. Each tent has tea and coffee making facilities and a pedestal fan. During winter hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided.

Guests meet at a pick up point and enjoy a nature drive through the Palmwag Concession to reach the camp (approximately 2.5 hours). Activities at the camp include rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle.


  • Dining Room
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
  • Computer station in the main area with complimentary internet access
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Included Activities

Rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle

Leaving early in the morning, your guide will follow the Save the Rhino research team as they pick up the trail of wild rhino. Depending on their location in this vast concession you may be driving for a number of hours through stunning wilderness. Upon locating the Rhino, at your guide’s discretion you may be able to approach them on foot.

Game Drives

Game drives showcase the magnitude of the landscape and offer the best possibilities of seeing desert-adapted wildlife including rhino, elephant, giraffe, antelope, zebra and maybe even the area’s predators.

Guided nature walks

Learn more about the smaller flora and fauna that live in this incredibly harsh environment. Adaptation to the desert environment is the miracle of all that survives here.

Full day outings with picnic lunch

Travel amongst rolling, rocky hills with scattered euphorbia, ancient welwitschia plants, scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees through the 450,000-hectare Palmwag Concession and search out the fascinating desert-adapted wildlife of the region.


Birding enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the diverse avifauna found in the Palmwag Concession. Key species to look out for include Rüppell’s korhaan, Benguela long-billed lark and possibly Herero chat with some focused searching. Verreauxs’ eagle is often sighted around rocky hillsides.

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