Palmwag Lodge takes its name from the undulating sway of the rustling palms that surround this desert oasis. Located on the dry banks of the Uniab River which winds through Damaraland in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia, Palmwag Lodge is one of Namibia’s oldest and most popular tourist destinations. Adaptation to the arid environment is the miracle of all that exists within this enormous, wild expanse – from comical meerkats to desert-adapted black rhino to elephant
Palmwag Lodge is nestled amongst the tall, swaying palms of a desert oasis on the banks of the dry Uniab River in Damaraland in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia. Palmwag Lodge is one of Namibia’s oldest and most popular tourist destinations, recognized internationally for its spectacular scenery, the host of incredible desert-adapted wildlife in close proximity, and the exciting possibility of encountering the endangered black rhino.
Accommodation at Palmwag Lodge consists of tasteful thatched bungalows (2 bed & 4 bed) and luxury canvas tents (2 bed & one double-bed honeymoon suite), all with en-suite facilities and furnished with insect repellant. Intrepid explorers can take advantage of the 9 camp sites located nearby.
Palmwag Lodge boasts an ‘a la carte’, licensed restaurant under thatch as well as a quaint bar and lapa at the swimming pool.
Activites at Palmwag Lodge revolve around daily game drives in open 4x4s into the vast 450,000 hectare Palmwag Concession and its surprising array of arid-adapted wildlife. A trip to the nearby Ovahimba village is an option where guests can experience first hand the daily life of these desert nomads – who still live by their ancient cultural traditions and rituals. A series of guided nature walks for the intrepid is also on offer.
Large populations of Hartman’s Mountain Zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu exist within the Palmwag Concession. A healthy population of elephants and desert adapted black rhino, under the management of the Save the Rhino Trust (SRT), move freely around the concession. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena.
Bird life is prolific and diverse around Palmwag Lodge, with most of Namibia’s endemics present.
Palmwag Lodge is an ideal stop-over en route to the Skeleton Coast, Kaokoveld, Etosha National Park and the remote Epupa Falls.