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Palmwag Rhino Camp: Namib Desert, Namibia

Dec 2, 2004
Outside Magazine
Palmwag Rhino Camp

Luxe Safari: A typical set up at Palmwag Rhino Camp    Photo: courtesy, Palmwag Rhino Camp/Dana Allen

Adventuring begins as soon as your bush plane touches down on Palmwag's dusty airstrip in the Namib Desert—a parched moonscape that, with less than two inches of rainfall a year, makes the Sonoran Desert look like Tuscany. The irony: This arid landscape teems with giraffes, zebras, desert elephants, and rhinos. Spend the day with wildlife spotters tracking the endangered black rhino on foot, then wind down back at camp with a wild-game supper and regional African wines.
Room & Board: Opened in 2003 by Johannesburg-based Wilderness Safaris, in partnership with the nonprofit Save the Rhino Trust, the Hemingwayesque Palmwag Rhino Camp—with eight roomy walled tents outfitted with wooden beds and hot showers—is an unexpected oasis of comfort in the middle of the 2,500-square-mile desert. In the lantern-lit dining tent, 14 guests refuel on tasty oddities like grilled springbok and fried ostrich.
Out the Back Door: Sip a sundowner before you slip into the warm Agab Springs near the camp, occasionally the haunt of a pride of desert lions.
Details: $300–$387 per person per night, including meals, wine, and wildlife-watching excursions; 508-653-4600,

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