In the heart of Namibia’s Damaraland, Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp is the ideal eco-luxury escape


In the vast landscape of the Palmwag Concession in Namibia’s Damaraland, Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp is set to re-open in July with a stylish new look, having undergone an extensive rebuild.

The camp is a celebration of its inspiring conservation success story – the ongoing protection of one of the world’s last free-roaming critically endangered black rhino populations – and has been redesigned to remain sympathetic to the natural desert surroundings.

“Everything we do at Desert Rhino Camp revolves around our pioneering partnership with Save The Rhino Trust Namibia and the famed ‘Big 3’ community conservancies in the area,” explains Alex Henderson, Managing Director of Wilderness Namibia.

The country is home to the last free-roaming black rhinos and desert elephants, with miles and miles of untouched land in every direction.  As such, guests are invited to participate with efforts to help protect the desert-adapted black rhino.

“Now, 20 years on, we are excited to be rebuilding the camp, to offer a spectacular new design that will blend as seamlessly as possible into the magnificent desert environment, telling the unique story of the rhino, while in every way enhancing our guests’ comfort and experience,” Alex tells us.

The camp will remain a base for one of Save The Rhino Trust’s skilled tracking teams, with their operational costs covered by Wilderness.  This partnership has enabled the Trust to successfully increase its range by 20%, while consistently contributing to the largest, longest-running black rhino database in the world.

As part of the lease agreement, Wilderness provides financial remuneration and employment opportunities to the conservancies, positively uplifting the local communities.  Approximately 11% of the camp’s total revenue is shared between the conservancies, Save The Rhino Trust Namibia, and rhino fundraising support.  This contribution exceeds the total sustainable profit made by the camp in the last five years.

“Our main focus is on the black rhino.  It’s why we’re here – to defend, preserve, and expand this iconic Namibian wild area for the resilient desert-adapted wildlife that survive against the odds,” Alex reveals.  “This camp – where it started, what it stands for, and our pioneering conservation coalition with Save The Rhino Trust and the three conservancies, will continue to captivate and inspire all who are privileged to visit.”

The rugged desert scenery has inspired the colours and textures of the all-new décor, further strengthening the camp’s connection to this immense, arid area.  Large stretch-fabric roof structures provide shade without compromising the horizon-wide views, while tent interiors have been noticeably inspired by the explorer age, overlaid with a stylish and contemporary feel. When it re-opens, Wilderness Desert Rhino Camp will most assuredly be on The Luxury Channel’s must-visit list this year!

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