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Community Camp Ugab River Rhino Camp

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Located in Namibia :: Damaraland  :: Brandberg Area
Category: Camping :: Community Camp


This is a remote campsite with sites scenically spread out along the dry riverbed. It is advisable to be totally self sufficient and to be aware that elephant and lions move through the camp.
There is staff present maintaining the camp. The pit toilets offer toilet paper and the individual sites are swept and kept neat.

It's still free to camp there and donations for the rhino project are welcome. One can even buy Rhino merchandise at the tourist shop in the reception building.

Address :  D2303, Brandberg West Mine, Damaraland, Namibia
Website :  Click Here
Cellphone Reception :  Nothing

Time Information
Reception Opening and Closing Times :  24 Hours

Rates and Payment
Rates Quoted :  Per Person
Base Currency :  NAD
Updated for :  2023
Comments :  Camping is free, on first come first serve basis. Donations are welcome.
Payment Methods Accepted :  Cash

General Information
Tourist Organisation :  Save The Rhino Trust
Languages spoken :  English, Afrikaans
Pre-Booking :  Non-Essential

Camping Child Friendly Shop (Curio)
Day Visitors Allowed :  Yes
Frequented by Tour Groups :  No

Camping Facilities
Shaded Sites Hot and Cold Showers Long drop/Pit latrine NO water available! Water is not drinkable Accept large overland trucks
Number of Sites :    8

Game Viewing Bird Watching
Game to View :  Plains game.

Travelling Information
Closest Town :  Uis

Self Drive Access :  Yes
Vehicle Type :  4WD

You can get access to Divorce Pass from here when driving some distance through the Ugab riverbed (watch out for flash floods). Or you can drive back a bit in a southerly direction, then East to the Brandberg. Or by driving back a bit to Southern direction, then East will take you to the Brandberg Nature Reserve. West will take you to the Dorob National Park.

There is access in the northerly direction from this camp towards Desolation Valley; Doros Crater; Burnt Mountain; Organ Pipes.
DON'T TRUST THE MAP YOU GET AT THE RECEPTION! If that is your only means of orientation be sure to have a sat-phone and someone who acts as a recovery service. It is a nice drive however.

As camping is free, and its first come first serve basis, you cannot book, you need to just arrive. (Sep-2017).

There is no booking number, but the campsite is managed by the "Save The Rhino Trust". (

Road is a bit rough the last bit, there are sharp stones. (Aug-2017).

2WD with high clearance can also manage the route.

The track between 'Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp' and Twyfelfontein is very remote. It is not completely deserted, as tourers are using it everyday, so in the case of a breakdown help will come soon, but just make sure you have sufficient water. Do not go astray and explore side tracks. Use a good GPS with a track on it. (Nov-14).

The tracks to Damaraland Camp (Wilderness Safaris), is very remote! (Nov-14).

A traveller reported travelling from this camp to Twyfelfontein in 2014 and 2015. On both occasions there were very very few animals. This is a nice route, but this used to be a very rich area for game viewing. Now there is virtually nothing left due to 'economic benefits for the locals out of game'. There are conservancies involved in trying to stop this. (July 2015).

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“Hello, We were in Ugab Rhino camp in november 2021. The camp was no longer operational, inhabited by mineworkers, and a big mess. We were told that the camp was bougt by the mine and that we were welcome to camp in the ugab, which we did not. Perhaps this info is helpfull.” - Bart Spaltman, 2022/02/01

“You must be self sufficient. The camp was closed from March till December 2021. There is no water at all. So, bring own water for shower. Shop is closed. No fees, work on donation basis. This is a gem, still to be discovered. (January 2022)” - Kobus Botha, 2022/01/18

“Best visited in the winter, the camping spots do not have a lot of shade.” - David Smith, 2009/01/17

“Probably the prettiest campsite we’ve ever visited. You can stay under wood fenced tree’s, cosy and private. The showers are awesome, one is constructed above a giant flat stone and nicely fenced, overlooking the river bed. With streaming hot water. Sometimes a bit to hot. The canyon itself is worth a visit too, an oases in the desert, and there is plenty of game.” - Jan Amersfoort, 2008/09/01

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