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A free-roaming black rhino in the Kunene region of Namibia ©Will Burrard-Lucas


The Kunene region is the only desert area in Africa that supports the full complement of mega-herbivores and large carnivores such as the desert-adapted African elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard and brown hyena. It is also home to healthy populations of giraffe, mountain zebra, springbok, gemsbok and kudu. However, the area is perhaps most famed for supporting the largest free-roaming (i.e. not within a national park) population of black rhinoceros in the world.

   In the Palmwag Concession, it is possible to join scouts from Save the Rhino Trust to track black rhinos on foot. Having an intimate on-foot encounter with these notoriously grumpy herbivores is both exhilarating and humbling.