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Palmwag Lodge

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

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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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  • Yes everything went incredibly smoothly , excellent guide and set up u have . I might need a new pair of calves though !!! Thanks for sorting ALL the changes out. Regards Charlie

    Missingcharles b reviewing 6 Day Toubkal Circuit on 03 May 2023

  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

  • Dear Lisa
    Well, we are back and still buzzing. We have had a marvellous time. The weather helped. We left Manchester in the snow and arrived in Marrakesh at 30 degrees. We were well looked after in the Riad. I'm glad we booked a meal for the first evening - ate it on the roof terrace. We can recommend that. It was delicious. We ate at the Foundouk, as per your recommendation and on the following night we ate at Le Jardin - got lost on the way to it!. We can really recommend Le Jardin.
    The following day we went to Majorelle gardens. Fortunately we had looked it up before we travelled because you have to book in advance online only from Jan 2023. We found our own way to the Medera Ben Yousef and Latifa took us to Bahia Palace - both were stunning.
    The following morning our lovely taxi driver Mohammond collected us to go to the EcoLodge. Yet another Mohammond made us very welcome. Again we ate well! You were right, the pool was freezing, but I can't sit next to water and not get in. Once you're in you forget how cold it is! I wasn't the only person to try the pool.
    Rashid, our guide for our walk collected us. He was brilliant. It was hard work, but worth it. I was determined I would make it. Kevin is fitter than me! The Berber family were lovely. We stopped when we were nearly there to see how rag rugs were made. When we got back Rashid and Mohammond confessed that Mohammond had said to Rashid that he should get us to a road if we got too tired and they would send a taxi (or a mule!) to collect us - or me, but Rashid was sure that I'd be OK. He was right. I think they wondered about these 2 70+ year olds. We can't praise Rashid enough. He had walked over from Imlil in the morning and was going to walk back after he left us.
    Thank you so much for putting our holiday together. We never thought it would be 3 years before we went. We are so glad we persevered. We did wonder what we had let ourselves in for as 2 oldies!
    Fiona and Kevin

    MissingFiona B reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 21 April 2023

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