Desert Rhino Camp, Damaraland, Namibia

Desert Rhino Camp is a Classic Camp

4Cs Projects at Desert Rhino Camp

Desert Rhino Camp works in partnership with the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), as well as local communities and the Palmwag Conservancy in developing responsible ecotourism and thereby supporting wildlife conservation in the area.


The Save the Rhino Trust (SRT)

In the Palmwag Concession, Wilderness Safaris works closely with the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), a highly respected NGO almost single-handedly responsible for the preservation of desert-adapted black rhino in the area. The SRT focuses on the protection, monitoring and understanding of the local black rhino population and is funded by both donations and partnerships. Thanks to its work, population numbers have quintupled over the past 30 years. The challenge that the SRT faces now is increased poaching in the subregion.

Community Partnership

In what is known as a public-private-community partnership, Wilderness Safaris has partnered with the three communities that administer the Palmwag Concession where a percentage of turnover of Desert Rhino Camp as well as a minimum annual fee is paid to the conservancies. The conservancies involved, known as the Big Three, are Torra, Anabeb and Sesfontein.

Eco-friendly Practices

Desert Rhino Camp is set in a fragile ecosystem, and therefore has been built with the aim of minimal impact on the environment. Solar-heated water is used for the showers and we make use of innovative eco-friendly systems to break down waste water.

Pack for a Purpose

Wilderness Safaris has partnered with Pack for a Purpose, a non-profit organisation that provides travellers with up-to-date information about required supplies for community-based projects. Guests that would like to bring along a contribution can view the needs list for Desert Rhino’s community projects on the Pack for a Purpose website.

Latest News From Desert Rhino Camp

  • Desert Rhino Camp - September 2016
    Sep 7, 2016

    Two lionesses of the Agab Pride were immobilised by Dr Phillip Stander of the Desert Lion Conservation Project, to remove their old collars and to fit new ones. All the guests were there…

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  • Desert Rhino Camp - August 2016
    Aug 18, 2016

    An unusual and breathtaking sighting for guides and guests this month was of two leopard cubs spotted at First Spring, very close to Desert Rhino Camp. They were incredibly relaxed and approached the vehicles to within a few metres…

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  • Desert Rhino Camp - July 2016
    Jul 15, 2016

    Desert Rhino guides were delighted to see Floppy Ear and her elephant family moving back into the area close to camp …

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“ Desert Rhino is truly a magical place! I have nothing but great things to say about the place and the staff there. ”
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Reviewed by: MrsSimbaonsafari, 09 April 2016