Desert-dwelling Black Rhino
With less than 5 000 animals remaining in the wild across Africa, and with an explosion in rhino poaching over the last few years, the time to see the desert-adapted black rhino, Diceros bicornis, on safari and contribute to the conservation of the species is now. The place is undoubtedly Namibia.
More about this species
Across east and southern Africa, black rhino are more often found in thickets and woodland than in the desert. But the desert-adapted subspecies is different. Its stronghold is the rocky deserts of the Kaokoveld in north-west Namibia. Here the largest free-roaming population in Africa ekes out an existence in the most inhospitable terrain, far from human interference. Its survival has been enabled by the goodwill and ownership of the rural people here who are one of the best examples of ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’ on the continent.
Where to see them
The Palmwag Concession in remote north-west Namibia is the core of the range of the desert-adapted subspecies of black rhino. Here we operate Desert Rhino Camp in partnership with seminal conservation organisation Save the Rhino Trust, our joint efforts – and with our guests’ participation – helping monitor and conserve this vital population of a struggling species.