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Desert Rhino Experience

Kunene Region • Namibia

Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust and offers an original and exclusive wilderness experience and the possibility of seeing some of the largest free-ranging population of desert adapted black rhino in Africa.

You can join the dedicated game wardens to track and observe the desert adapted black rhino on foot -a thrilling exercise in itself- and take part in the vital process of research and protection. In addition to gaining amazing insight into the ecology and conservation of this area, a portion of guest revenue goes to the Trust and its conservation operations.

  • Desert Adapted Rhino ©Martin Benadie
  • SRT Ranger ©Martin Benadie

 


Save The Rhino Trust

Desert-adapted Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis bicornis) were poached to near extinction in the last century, with only a few hundred remaining. Since its formation in 1982, Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) has been instrumental in addressing the decline of desert-adapted Black Rhino in the Kunene Region, and currently operates under an exclusive mandate granted by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) to monitor and research the black rhino population in the Kunene Region. Today, thanks to the efforts of conservationists like those at SRT, the species has grown in numbers considerably. Populations are still incredibly fragile however, and positive growth can only be assured while the current vigilant monitoring and anti-poaching effort is maintained.

In addition to the monitoring and anti-poaching activities, SRT also strives to serve as a leader in conservation efforts in the Kunene, in order to ensure conservation of important habitats for Black Rhino and other wildlife species, responsible tourism development, and a sustainable future for local communities.

  • Desrt Rhino Camp Tent ©Mike Myers
  • DRC map ©Wilderness Safaris
  • Climbing Rock ©Dana Allen

Desert Rhino Camp

Desert Rhino Camp is situated in the 450000-hectare Palmwag Concession. This wild and rugged landscape is made up of rolling, rocky hills, flat-topped mountains with scattered euphorbia, and stark plains with ancient welwitschia plants, scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees. Thanks to the freshwater springs in the area there is a surprising amount of life here: Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok and kudu, as well as lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyaena. Birdlife is equally varied including endemics like Bokmakierie and Rüppell’s Korhaan.

The camp, set in a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, has eight large Meru-style tents with en-suite bathrooms. A tented dining and living area offers uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains, while extraordinary welwitschia plants dot the plain in front of camp.The emphasis is on solitude and privacy. Activities include rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle with Save the Rhino Trust trackers, full-day outings with a picnic lunch, birding and nature drives and guided walks.

  • Desert Rhino Camp ©Wilderness Safaris

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