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Namibia Safaris Etosha National Park, Rhino Safari

Unlike many safari destinations, Namibia offers an untouched wilderness of geographical extremes. Situated in the south west of Africa. Namibia was made independent from South Africa in 1990. The country’s landscape is arid and extreme, encompassing the Kalahari and the Namib Desert as well as waterways and dense landscapes in the northeast, making this a truly magnificent destination.

Northwest Namibia is one of the best places to see the black rhino. Despite the fact that there is no conservation status for the black rhino of Namibia, they have survived in magnificently arid landscape, and following massive culls in the 1980’s a trust was formed to manage and protect these creatures as well as elephants and other local wildlife. The Save The Rhino trust has helped to double the population.

By basing yourself within a rhino tracking safari you can really make the most of your trip to the area. The Rhino patrol of Damaraland in the north west region donates part of their profits to the rhino fund so you can be sure that at least part of your money is going towards the conservation of these magnificent animals. You will divide your time between 4x4 vehicles and trekking on foot to really explore the area.

The Palmwag rhino camp offers luxury tent accommodation that can easily be relocated if the game moves. They contribute towards the fund and highlight conservation, and as well as rhino tracking they offer night drives and give you the chance to see zebra, lions, giraffe, leopard and elephant as well as prolific bird life.

Namibia's Etosha National Park

It would be a crime to do a Namibia safari without spending some time at Etosha National Park in north central Namibia. With over 22,000 square kilometres of game reserve this is a splendid place for game viewing. The cooler months from May to September are the best times for wildlife spotting, but beware, this is a popular area with tourists, and water holes can become crowded with tour vehicles. If you can see through the other tourists expect to see lions, elephants, cheetahs, giraffes and rhinos in abundance.

Etosha Park has three camps. On the east of Etoshi Park is Namutoni, based on a turn of the century German fort. Okaukuejo, south of the park is also the base for the Etoshi Ecological Institute, conducting game research. Halali, which is based in between the two is the newest and most popular and has its own restaurant and swimming pool. All three lodges have floodlit watering holes for night viewing and various forms of accommodation ranging from luxury flats to fort lodging and tents. Etoshi National Park has no manned safaris so get out there alone and explore, as long as this is done from the safety of your truck!