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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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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • 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

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