The rocky hills and gravel plains of Damaraland are home to more arid-adapted wildlife than we could ever have imagined.
We spent three nights at Desert Rhino Camp, which sits within the 450 000-hectare Palmwag Concession in northwest Namibia. In this desolate environment live animals that we are more used to seeing on the savannah, rather than the desert sands.
On safari we spotted southern giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and herds of Hartmann’s mountain zebra. We were at the camp to go rhino tracking on foot and came close to a black rhino mother and her calf in a grassy valley. We didn’t get as lucky with predators, seeing no signs of lions or hyenas, although we did catch sight of bat-eared foxes coming out of their den at dusk.
The most special sighting for us was a desert-adapted elephant walking slowly amongst the dry scrub. Desert elephants roam far and wide, often going days without drinking, and are known to dig holes, or gorras, in dry riverbeds to find water. Animals have adapted to desert survival in amazing ways and a surprise seemed to await us under each rock and around every corner.