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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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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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