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Palmwag Lodge

Accommodation in Damaraland - Namibia

Palmwag Lodge is a paradise located on the Uniab River in north-western Namibia, Damaraland just a few kilometers north of the junction of the C4 and /C39 roads. Nestled in a spectacular landscape with waving palms whispering in the wind, Palmwag Lodge is one of Namibia's oldest and most popular tourist destinations.

In the concession area around Palmwag Lodge there are large populations of Hartman's Mountain Zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present. This concession supports a healthy population of desert adapted black rhino and elephants, under the management of the Save the Rhino Trust.

Wine and dine in the licensed restaurant and order dinner from the 'a la carte' menu. Relax at the swimming pool under shady palm trees and unwind with refreshments at the cozy pool-bar and lapa.

Accommodation is in either Double Rooms or Safari Tents:
  • Rooms: Twin beds with mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom with shower, wicker chair seating area.
  • Safari Tents: Twin or double beds with fitted mosquito nets, en-suite bathroom with shower, bedside tables/lamps, luggage rack, cupboard, private veranda with director style chairs and table.

Take the initiative to explore the carefully laid out walking trails and enjoy nature at its best. Their guided game drives and day trips offer you the unique opportunity to discover and observe the diverse species of Namibia's free-roaming game.

A half or full-day's rhino tracking excursion can be organized at Palmwag Lodge. You will be accompanied by a qualified guide stationed at the lodge and an experienced and knowledgeable tracker courtesy of the Rhino Rangers / Save The Rhino Trust. This is a joint venture with the Torra, Anabeb and Sesfontein Conservancies. Part of the income generated from rhino tracking is paid to the communities from these 3 conservancies.

Participants must wear proper hiking shoes/boots. Neutral coloured clothing (not white, yellow or red) helps you blend into the environment, offering a decent opportunity to approach rhino closer (quietly) on foot without disturbing them. Rhinos have a keen sense of smell so do not spray perfume or deodorant on your body before your excursion. Take a hat and sunscreen for your own protection from the sun and bring your camera's and bino's to enjoy your time during and after your rhino adventure.

The Damaraland Wildlife Excursions depart after breakfast. Enjoy this tour in open 4x4 game-viewing vehicle, that takes you right into the lodge's concession area. Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route and look forward to a late afternoon sundowner on return.

3-5 hour guided walks can be taken into the concession area, with the lodges very own, well-trained, experienced guides.

If you are really interested in the rhino population of this area, there is the superb Palmwag Rhino Camp, which is a mobile camp allowing you to experience the Palmwag rhinos in their natural desert environment.

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Damaraland Wildlife Excursion
Leave Palmwag early after breakfast. Enjoy a tour in open 4 x 4 game-viewing vehicles into the concession area of the lodge. Spectacular close-up viewing of Namibia's only free-ranging game e.g. zebra, kudu, oryx, springbok, ostrich, jackal, brown and spotted hyena, and with a bit of luck the endangered black rhino and desert elephant. All in the most spectacular landscape far off the normal tourist tracks and routes. Wash off the heat of the day in one of the many natural pools in the area. Picnic lunch en-route. Return to the lodge late afternoon for a unique sundowner. This excursion takes around 8 hour.
Rhino Tracking
Rhino tracking excursions are lead by a qualified guide from the lodge and a tracker from the Rhino Rangers/Save the Rhino Trust (SRT). Remember that rhino are notoriously hard to find and sightings can be difficult and are not guaranteed. So for these reasons if time and budget permits, it might be worth considering the full-day package. Once close enough to a rhino you can disembark from your vehicle and walk to a safe distance with your guide/ranger. In between rhino sightings there is always the stunningly beautiful arid landscape and other desert-adapted wildlife and vegetation to enjoy. No children under the age of 12 years permitted. A minimum of 2 passengers and a maximum of 8 per vehicle.
  • Half-day excursion: Depart after an early breakfast at around 06h30. Start tracking in the Torra Conservancy approximately 30min later. Spend the entire morning searching for rhino. The half-day tour includes the full assistance of a tracker and guide, vehicle and water.
  • Full-day tracking: Drive away from the lodge at 06h30 after an early breakfast. You will be in the Palmwag Concession by 07h00 leaving a full morning to search for rhino. Lunch is at approximately 13h00. Start heading back at around 14h00, enjoying further desert-adapted flora and fauna sightings along the way. Scheduled arrival time is 17h00. The full-day tour includes the services of a tracker and guide, transport in a custom-built safari vehicle, a light lunch, soft drinks and water.
Guided Walks
Enjoy the beauty of the concession area and a true wild life experience in the vicinity of the lodge while on a guided walk( 3 -5 hours ) with our well trained and experienced guides of the lodge .
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Directions to the lodge

Palmwag Lodge is just a few kilometers north of the junction of the C43 and the C39. Heading north, it is on the left, immediately after the veterinary fence, and its concession stretches off to the west, as far as the Skeleton Coast

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