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Rebuild of Namibia’s Desert Rhino Camp

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Ben Nelson
6 Feb
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Desert Rhino Camp, located in Namibia's expansive Palmwag Concession in Damaraland, is set to temporarily close, from 7 December 2023 until July 2024, for a comprehensive rebuild.

The aim of the new Desert Rhino Camp is to elevate guests' in-camp safari experience while celebrating its conservation success story and the continuous protection of one of the world's last free-roaming populations of critically endangered black rhino.

Established in 2003, Desert Rhino Camp, owned by Wilderness Safaris, serves as a base for one of Save the Rhino Trust's tracking teams. Save the Rhino Trust oversees all ranger activities, ensuring the collection, processing, and secure handling of all data. In addition to contributing to the world's largest and longest-running black rhino database, this partnership has enabled Save the Rhino Trust to expand its range by 20 percent.

Rooms at Desert Rhino Camp pre-refurb

Every guest visiting Desert Rhino Camp makes a significant contribution to the protection of this imperiled species. As part of the lease agreement, the company provides financial remuneration and employment opportunities to the conservancies, uplifting local communities. Approximately 11 percent of the total revenue from Desert Rhino Camp is shared among the conservancies, Save the Rhino Trust, and rhino fundraising support. This contribution surpasses the total sustainable profit generated by the camp over the past five years.

"Everything we do at Desert Rhino Camp revolves around our pioneering partnership with Save the Rhino Trust Namibia and community conservancies. Our conservation purpose is 100 percent why we're here. And why we invite guests to witness, learn, and participate in our efforts to defend the desert-adapted black rhino" Alex Henderson, Wilderness Safaris

The colors and textures of natural stone found on-site have inspired the new camp's design, reinforcing its connection to the area. The tent interiors, although modern, draw noticeable inspiration from the explorer genre, incorporating details of timber and leather. Large stretch-fabric roof structures with deep overhangs and silhouettes provide shade and protection without compromising the expansive views of the horizon.

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