Fodor's Expert Review Desert Rhino Camp

Damaraland, Kunene, Namibia

If it's rhinos you're after, especially the rare black rhino, then this very remote tented camp in the heart of the private 1-million-acre Palmwag Reserve is a must. Because there are freshwater springs everywhere, you'll see not only the desert-adapted black rhino, but plenty of other game, too, including desert elephants, giraffes, zebras, kudu, and possibly lions, leopards, and cheetahs. The camp collaborates with the Save the Rhino Trust, and one of the highlights of your stay will be tracking the rare black rhino in an open safari vehicle, with the very short final approach done on foot. It's an honor to encounter one of the continent's largest free-ranging populations of these critically endangered animals. Though the landscape is very barren and stark, you'll likely feel very close to the desert in your spacious A-frame canvas and wooden tent with front porch and en-suite bathroom. During a two-night stay, you will be treated to an unforgettable dinner experience by the exceptionally warm-hearted staff. 


  • amazing educational experience on black rhinos and their ecology
  • a plunge pool to cool off in the main lodge on hot days
  • evening meals taken together by the fire pit allow guests to mingle


  • some visitors could find this experience overly rustic and remote
  • the roads are very bumpy, especially after a few hours
  • the drive to camp from the parking takes 2.5 hours, as self-drives to the camp are not permitted, but allows for game viewing


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Phones: 27-21-257–5000-in South Africa


8 tents
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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