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Palmwag Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Stunning isolated setting
- Day and night safaris
- Rhino tracking
- Rare desert-adapted wildlife

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Overview

Palmwag Lodge nestles on the banks of the Uniab River within the vast Palmwag conservancy of Northern Damaraland, northwest Namibia. Located between the Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park, this spectacular, remote landscape is home to high numbers of predators including lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah, as well as zebra, giraffe and oryx. The conservancy collaborates with the Save the Rhino Trust to provide habitat for the rare desert-adapted elephant and black rhino, and sightings of these are not uncommon.

The recently renovated lodge comprises a large, thatched open-plan central area. This ‘lapa’ houses a traditionally decorated restaurant with individual dining tables, plus a comfortable lounge and bar area. Two large verandas overlooking the Uniab River are perfect for birdwatching. Palmwag has two swimming pools, one shaded by palms, with loungers to relax on; the second with a livelier atmosphere and bar.

The lodge offers a variety of activities including daily morning and afternoon game drives, and guided walks. Unique Rhino Excursions, led by a Palmwag guide alongside a qualified Save the Rhino Trust tracker are a must for any visitor. Full day wildlife excursions and night time safaris can also be arranged with prior notice. Palmwag’s well marked hiking trails allow guests to explore the area independently on foot, and visits to local communities are encouraged.

The accommodation is varied, with a selection of spacious thatched bungalows and safari tents, offering a variety of single, double and twin bed options at different price levels. The bungalows are simply furnished and feature a private veranda and ensuite bathrooms with showers, toilets and sinks with hot and cold running water. The ensuite safari tents accommodate two people in twin or double beds. There is also a campsite located on site.

Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge, and there are two dedicated ensuite family bungalows accommodating four guests. Under-fives go free of charge, with reduced rates for six to nine year olds sharing with parents. Children may participate in activities, although there is a minimum age of 12 years for the rhino tracking excursion. Note that the camp is unfenced and it is not uncommon for wild animals, including elephants, to wander through. Parental supervision is therefore required at all times.

Palmwag Lodge is a relaxing oasis within the rugged wilderness of Damaraland. It offers a wonderful opportunity for travellers to enjoy unique desert-adapted wildlife in a geographically stunning landscape.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 507 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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