March 2014 – Wilderness Safaris is proud to announce that AFAR Media has honoured Desert Rhino Camp with a 2014 Experiential Travel Award for Best Walking Trip: Namibia.
Tracking rhino on foot with experienced Save the Rhino Trust guides; classic tented accommodation
The 2014 Experiential Travel Awards is a new annual list that celebrates hotels, destinations, and outfitters that truly exemplify the spirit of experiential travel. “At AFAR, our editors inspire and enable people to have deeper, richer, and more authentic travel experiences, and our premier Experiential Travel Awards, announced in our March/April issue, celebrate the best, as selected by readers and AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council”, said Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, EVP and Publisher AFAR Media.
Desert Rhino Camp, situated in the 450 000-hectare (1 million-acre) Palmwag Concession in Damaraland, offers one of the most original wildlife experiences today to view Africa’s largest free-roaming black rhino population on foot and to help contribute to its conservation. The camp functions as a collaborative effort between Wilderness Safaris and the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), a highly-respected NGO that is almost single-handedly responsible for the preservation of desert-adapted black rhino in the area.
“We are extremely proud of the team at Desert Rhino Camp for receiving this well-earned reward and for always going the extra mile to ensure our guests have a life-changing desert experience that contributes meaningfully to the ongoing preservation of Critically Endangered black rhino in the region”, said Chris Roche, Wilderness Safaris Chief Marketing Officer.
In addition to rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle with SRT trackers, other activities on offer include full-day outings with a picnic lunch, birding and nature drives exploring this vast, miraculous ecosystem with some of the most knowledgeable guides in Namibia. Palmwag Concession's freshwater springs also support healthy populations of desert-adapted elephant, Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyaena. Birdlife is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present.
The camp is also renowned for its warm local hospitality and classic accommodation, comprising eight Meru-style canvas tents raised off the ground on a wooden deck. The open-plan tented dining and lounge area also offers panoramic views of the surrounding desert and Etendeka Mountains.
Click here to read about Desert Rhino Camp’s 2014 Experiential Travel Award.