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Desert Rhino Camp sits in the 1,700 square mile private Palmwag Reserve, which is fed by a number of freshwater springs that lure game, predators and birds in huge numbers.
The camp consists of eight Meru-style tents which are all raised off the ground on wooden platforms, each with a private deck at the front. Inside the tents are simple in design but cosy and elegant. A leather armchair is the perfect spot to curl up in the warm and enjoy the night sky views through the tent window, alternatively the plush beds with their colourful cushions also have views out across the plains.
Meals at camp can be enjoyed in the main area, where an open sided lounge and dining area offer great views and a homely atmosphere. When weather permits dinners can also be eaten outside, under the starry skies or around the campfire. For lazy afternoons the communal pool is the ideal spot to sit and soak up some sun or catch up on some sleep.
While a lovely camp certainly helps, the main draw here is always going to be the wildlife, and in particular the Palmwag Concession's population of critically endangered desert-adapted black rhino, which is one of the biggest free-ranging populations in Africa. The camp is run in conjunction with the Save the Rhino Foundation and supports the crucial work done by local patrollers and trackers to protect these magnificent beasties. This partnership also means that guests can get involved in the action by heading out with local trackers to gain an exclusive insight into the region's ecology, wildlife and the work they do to protect the local rhino population. The usual and more generic game drives and guided walks are of course also on offer.
Thanks to a concerted conservation programme the numbers of the endangered black rhino are slowly increasing in Palmwag, making this a great place to spot them.
Isabel, Original Traveller