Namibia: In Search of the Desert Rhino
Learn Firsthand About Rhino Conservation in One of Africa's Largest Expanses of Pure Wilderness
A symbol of the fragility of our natural world, the rhinoceros is simultaneously a beacon of hope amid the growing threats to Africa's endangered wildlife. Among the various species and subspecies of rhinos in the world, the desert-adapted black rhino is one of the most rare and intriguing. Surviving in one of the harshest environments on Earth, the Namib Desert, it thrives here in its severe habitat. Despite its isolation, threats to the desert rhino persist throughout its range, and World Wildlife Fund is taking crucial measures to protect it. Throughout this rhino-focused adventure, learn from scientific experts while actively tracking rhinos by vehicle and on foot throughout Namibia, from the deserts of Damaraland and Palmwag to the savannas of Etosha and Ongava.
- Join WWF researchers in search of one of the world's rarest and most endangered animals – the desert-adapted black rhinoceros
- Explore the varied landscapes of Namibia, from the stark Namib desert to the savannas, woodlands and vast salt pan of Etosha National Park, teeming with wildlife
- Learn about the quest for rhino conservation and witness how new technologies are helping rangers research and monitor rhinos to prevent poaching
What Makes This Specialized Safari So Exceptional?
No one else offers this one-of-a-kind safari focused on the rare desert rhinoceros, with exclusive opportunities to track them in the company of local researchers and WWF experts. Namibia's dramatic desert landscapes and uniquely adapted wildlife make it an especially intriguing safari location, and this trip, custom-designed in tandem with WWF, offers insight into rhino conservation you won't gain anywhere else. Take a look at what sets this exclusive safari apart:
- Exclusive Encounters with Rhinoceros Experts
Guests will enjoy personalized meetings and discussions with rhinoceros researchers from World Wildlife Fund, local community leaders involved with rhino and wildlife conservation, and personnel from Save the Rhino Trust. These are unprecedented opportunities arranged specifically for this trip and are not included on any standard Namibia safari.
- Maximum Group Size Just 12 Travelers
An authentic encounter with Africa's wildlife is hard to achieve outside of a small group. While Namibia's tarmac road system encourages a more 'bus-like' safari approach, we limit our groups to just 12 guests in smaller vehicles, ensuring a limited impact as well access to remote areas and private reserves that mini buses can't get to...giving you the most intimate safari experience possible!
- Private Reserves Offer Seclusion & Special Activities
Private reserves, such as the Palmwag and Ongava concessions we visit, are essential to an optimal Namibia safari. From the Ongava Reserve adjacent to Etosha National Park we are able to explore in solitude and view an abundance of wildlife without the presence of other visitors (who are traveling on paved and gravel roads inside the park). When we do visit the national park, we are able to quickly enter prime wildlife-viewing areas and return to our private reserve for a much quieter and more remote experience. We also enjoy exclusive activities not permitted in the national parks, such as bush walks and night drives in search of nocturnal animals.
- Exclusive Opportunities to Track Rhinos on Foot
Guided bush walks, during which we will view wildlife and track the desert rhino on foot, are available from Desert Rhino Camp, and, if conditions allow, on the private Ongava Game Reserve. You’ll get a far more intimate perspective on the landscape and its wild inhabitants that safari-goers confined to vehicles miss.
- Chartered Flights
We opt for light aircraft transfers to maximize your time on safari with wildlife, rather than negotiating rough and dusty roads between destinations. Furthermore, from the air, you'll gain a whole different scenic perspective on Namibia’s dramatic landscapes.
- Remote Accommodations in Harmony with the Landscape
The isolated luxury camps we use on this safari are truly exceptional. Each is seamlessly integrated into the natural environment in a way that allows you to be fully absorbed into the stunning and diverse landscapes of our destinations. Each tent or chalet also has a private veranda, to maximize personal wildlife viewing opportunities.
- Travel with One of Namibia's Most Outstanding Safari Guides
We are exceptionally proud to provide the personalized service of one of Namibia’s top naturalist guides, Franco Morao, for this special safari. We employ only the most highly trained and experienced Safari Expedition Leaders to accompany our small groups, and Franco has few peers in his native Namibia. He has worked at camps and lodges throughout the country and holds a Level 3 national guiding certificate, the highest achievement possible in Namibia. In addition, like all our Expedition Leaders, Franco has received additional resources and training provided by WWF’s leading scientists.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Namibia Safari
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset – Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund – the world's leading environmental conservation organization – has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!