The essence of the experience
Explore the rugged desert plains of Damaraland and experience the hypnotic appeal of the vast open landscape. Desert Rhino Camp is set on over 4 500 hectares of rolling sand and rocky outcrops on the Palmwag Concession. The area is known for its desert adapted wildlife and vegetation, which can be found among the boulder-strewn valleys, volcanic rock shards and vast, arid plains. Experienced guides lead the tour, sharing a wealth of knowledge about the area, its ancient geological past and the distinctive plant life and specially adapted wildlife that inhabit it. The tour begins in the early morning with a drive in a specialised 4×4 safari vehicle behind Save the Rhino trackers, who monitor daily rhino sightings. This enables them to track and keep record of the rare rhino over immense expanses of land. Once a sighting takes place, you will disembark and set out in search of the animals on foot. This is wholly dependent on the position and whereabouts of the rhino at the time. The beauty of the landscape as experienced on foot is keenly different to the experience on board the safari vehicle. Exploring on foot is a far more intimate experience that encourages you to engage all your sense, including touch, feel and scent. As you slowly walk along paths worn by the hooves of untamed wildlife over the year, you will be humbled and left in awe of the natural setting and simple rhythm of life. The native Himba people still roam this untouched landscape, their ancient culture, dress and way of life largely untouched by modern times. Discover the finer details, smaller flora and unassuming wildlife that may often be overlooked, such as colourful varieties of beetles and lizards that live among the shards of volcanis rock. The stark environment showcases a harsh and surreal kind of beauty with its clear and vivid light illuminating the jagged lines of the landscape and the distinct trails of its four-legged residents.