In a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, Desert Rhino Camp lies in the enormous Palmwag Concession, where trackers patrol and protect one of the largest free-ranging populations of Critically Endangered desert-adapted black rhino in Africa. Rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle with these dedicated men is a unique and exclusive wilderness experience; other activities include exploring the area on full-day outings, nature drives and walks.
The camp has eight comfortable Meru-style tents and a main area that overlooks a sweeping plain dotted with Namibia’s national plant, the welwitschia. The campfire encourages inspired storytelling under Namibia’s star-studded skies.
Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with the local community and Save the Rhino Trust. Thus, in addition to guests gaining amazing insight into the ecology and conservation of this area, a portion of their revenue goes to the Trust and its conservation operations.
This camp is powered by a hybrid system, combining a diesel-powered generator that charges a bank of batteries, which in turn supplies part of the camp with electricity through an inverter. Thanks to this, the generator only needs to operate for eight hours a day. In addition, each guest tent has its own small solar panel and inverter as well as a solar-powered geyser to provide hot water.
Every effort to conserve water has been made by using water-efficient devices in the camp for both guests and staff. Energy-efficient lights and appliances are used so as to reduce our power expenditure. In order to reduce our use of bottled water, reverse osmosis filtration is done on site to provide guests with high-quality drinking water. Desert Rhino Camp is managed and monitored against very strict in-house environmental standards, so only approved eco-friendly detergents and chemicals are used.
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