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Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp

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Palmwag Concession - South Namibia
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#3 of 15 Speciality lodging in Damaraland
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Desert Rhino Camp 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. 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 and plunge pool offers uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains, while extraordinary welwitschia plants dot the plain in front of camp. Activities include rhino tracking on foot and by vehicle with Save the Rhino Trust trackers (an NGO responsible for the conservation of the black rhino in the area), full-day outings with a picnic lunch, birding and nature drives. Other species seen in the area include Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe and lion. Desert Rhino Camp is run in conjunction with Save the Rhino Trust so in addition to gaining amazing insight into the ecology and conservation of this area, a portion of guest revenure goes to the Trust and its conservation operations.
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Steve D wrote a review Dec 2019
Brighton, United Kingdom707 contributions504 helpful votes
Certainly our most emotional stay. Both of us in tears as we left. It was such a privilege to be able to go out and track the rhino - we loved the trackers. Our guide Johannes was great.The welcome was wonderful, the hospitality was warm and constant. The new manager Selma is just terrific. I imagine that when the place is refurbished it will be even more special. Rhino Camp conjures up images of lots of Rhinos there are only 16 in a huge area so be prepared for disappointment . We were lucky with sightings and close encounters on both days. Our trip was organised by African Travel Resource who i strongly recommend. All of our internal flights were organised and/or provided by Wilderness Safaris who own Rhino Camp and several others. Its hard to say which was our favourite lodge but Rhino . The singing is special. I wont spoil the surprise by reviewing the special dinnerCamp is definitely in our top 2.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp
Responded 12 Dec 2019
Dear Steve, Thank you for the marvelous review, we will be sure to share your high praises with the wonderful Selma and the entire Rhino Camp family. The Rhino Camp Chior is one of the best we have and is highly praised far and wide, we are glad to see you enjoyed it too. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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EMIELANDMARLEEN wrote a review Nov 2019
De Haan, Belgium155 contributions96 helpful votes
Stayed only 1 night during our 5 weeks trip. Arrived by car, and you leave your car at a parking spot, where your guide picks you up. Drive to the lodge takes more than 2 hours and is quite bumpy, but offer you a great view of the landscape. Warm welcome at the lodge. Main area looks a bit basic and old. Tents are spacious and offer all the comfort you need, but also look a bit old. Dinner was great, sitting outside around fireplace. Good food, breakfast was basic. Nice sining during dinner. Our guide Bops made the best out of our short stay, and we saw a rhino, but not many other animals. You can not force wildlife to appear when you are passing. Amazing scenery, great variety , as in all Damaraland. Others guest received champagne the night they left, not us. It was nice stay, great staff, super guide, but camp n needs some update.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp
Responded 04 Dec 2019
Dear EMIELANDMARLEEN, Thank you for the great review of your short stay with us. We are glad to see that you were still able to see the wonderful rhinos in the area with the help of the Save the Rhino Trust and hope you enjoyed the rest of your journey around Namibia. Thank you again Wilderness Safaris
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Caff_H wrote a review Oct 2019
England, United Kingdom130 contributions75 helpful votes
We visited Desert Rhino Lodge as part of our honeymoon trip flying in with Wilderness Air. Welcomed at the airstrip by Moses, who was a fabulous guide with a great sense of humour (and gave us a fantastic afternoon drive complete with desert elephants, hyena and sundowner). The game ranger vehicle was always equipped with blankets and cushions for warmth and comfort. This part of Damaraland is rocky desert - beautiful and incredibly dry and we learned about the wildlife and how they survive in these conditions, as well as the flora and geology of the area. The focus here is rhino conservation but we saw other wildlife as well despite the drought conditions. There are a number of information boards in the lounge area providing an outline of the great work that the Save the Rhino Trust undertakes here. We were also welcomed at the main lodge by Jacques, Nicola and Gertrudia. All the lodge staff were lovely and very attentive - in fact, a very friendly team who made every minute of our time spent here very special. On our last night, we found our cabin decorated with candles, potjies filled with dried apricots, cashews and biltong, a farewell card and a chilled bottle of champagne which was such a lovely thoughtful touch. There was a very relaxed ambience, whilst maintaining a thoroughly professional approach. We particularly enjoyed having the meal menus presented in both English and the local Damaraland language which folks will generally recognise as one of the clicking languages spoken in this part of south-west Africa. Our room was a tented cabin which was clean and very comfortable with a lovely welcoming card. The cabin also had Peaceful Sleep mozzie spray, Doom and an air horn in case of an unexpected emergency. We enjoyed a fantastatic evening having dinner in a boma beautifully decorated with chairs round the fire and entertained by the staff singing some lovely harmonies and dancing. The food was delicious - a great achievement given such a remote location - and an excellent wine selection. We spent a day following the trackers (again, a very friendly bunch of guys) to see rhino both by vehicle and foot stopping off for a bush picnic lunch in a canyon, surrounded by stunning scenery. This was a long 12 hour day on some very bumpy tracks so remember your sports bras, girls!! Turn-down in the evening also included hot water bottles and an extra warm blanket on one night that was cold, so it was so cosy to get into a warm bed. The night sky here is wonderful - although we had a full moon so star gazing was limited to the brightest ones... but we still saw a shooting star! On the day we left to get our next aircraft flight, the staff assembled next to the vehicle to sing farewell - again, a very touching gesture. My lasting memory will be of a wonderful team and community with outstanding hospitality supporting a great cause - thank you for making this such a special time for us and keep the good work up for rhino conservation. Our warmest wishes Cath & Steven PS - Let's see what happens next in the RWC!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp
Responded 17 Oct 2019
Dear Caff_H, Thank you for your amazing review, we are overjoyed to see how much you enjoyed your journey with us and delighted all the great staff were able to make it a memorable stay. We hope you will come back and visit us all again soon. Desert Regards Wilderness Safaris
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lilacrose wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom78 contributions149 helpful votes
Such stunning surroundings, very comfortable accommodation and staff were a delight, fun and warm. Their singing was very very special. Food was amazing, brilliant guides. Rhino were the icing on the cake!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp
Responded 11 Oct 2019
Dear lilacrose, Thank you for the wonderful review, we are glad to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us as well as your time spent with all our great staff. Desert regards Wilderness Safaris
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TravelingJo2014 wrote a review Sep 2019
El Cerrito, California224 contributions45 helpful votes
Namibia's deserts are beautiful and incredibly dry so learning about wildlife and how they survive in these conditions isn't always easy. But Wilderness has created a great venue to do this. While seeing wildlife can be tricky, we were fortunate to see lots of it during our stay. This camp is built around rhino conversation but we saw lion, hyenas, jackels, zebra, elephants and a couple of rhinos during our visit. Our guide Moses was excellent and the staff were lovely and attentive. The tent cabins are well appointed but we learned that an updating is planned. Our only suggested improvement would be some reinforcements for the window coverings as the harsh afternoon winds were tough on them.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp
Responded 25 Sep 2019
Dear TravelingJo2014, Thank you for the wonderful review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your journey with us and glad that you were so lucky to see so many wonderful animal sightings. We will be sure to share your kind words with Moses and all the great staff in camp. We will make sure the operations team is aware of the window coverings and see how we can improve on this when we do renovate the camp. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.