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Town Small Palmwag

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Located in Namibia :: Kaokoland  :: Palmwag Area
Category: Places :: Town Small


THE PALMWAG CONSERVANCY COVERS an area of 400 000 hectares. Wildlife includes Hartman’s Mountain Zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with lion, cheetah and leopard; as well as brown and spotted hyena. Birdlife is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia’s endemic species present. There is also a healthy population of desert-adapted rhino (managed by the Save the Rhino Trust) and elephant.

Damaraland sand frogs (Tomopterna damarensis) inhabit the Uniab Riverbed near Palmwag. They have reddish-brown
upperparts with dark patches, and white undersides. They have stout bodies and rounded snouts and their calls are a
series of high-pitched tut-tut notes, repeated at around seven per second. These frogs are only found in Namibia and
Southern Angola.

Traveller Description

Palmwag is one of Kaokoland’s major attractions. Accommodation options vary from lodging and camping to staying at tented camps. Visitors can enjoy guided walks and game drives to observe the diverse range of free-roaming game. You can enjoy lion, elephant or rhino tracking with a qualified and experienced guide. Always wear proper hiking boots and neutral coloured clothing (not white, yellow or red) when you go for a guided walk. These animals have a keen sense of smell so do not spray perfume or deodorant on your body before your excursion.

Address :  Kaokoland, Namibia
Cellphone Reception :  Intermittent Main Cellular Network :  MTC

Destination Information
Petrol Diesel Lodging Camping Airstrip Towing Service
Towing Service Telephone :  +264(0)81 129 7490 (Polka Tow-In Okahandja)
Petrol Type :  LRP/ULP


Travelling Information
Closest Main Route :  C43

Accommodation options vary from lodging and camping to staying at tented camps.

If you are particularly interested in the rhino or elephant populations of this area, you can experience these desert dwelling animals in their natural environment at the Desert Rhino Camp.

There is no police or hospital.

Palmwag is a good place to refuel as supplies can be very unreliable further north.
Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia.
Cash, Debit and Credit cards are legal payment instruments, but many fuel stations choose NOT to accept Debit and/or Credit cards. But generally credit cards are accepted at garages in bigger and touristy towns. Take extra cash with still in case!

No tow-in in the area but Polka 24hr services this area they are based in Okahandja: Try: +264(0)81 129 7490. Alternative tow-in numbers to try: +264(0)62 500 132 / +264(0)62 504 250.

There is a Veterinary control gate where they check if you have meat.

 Travel Tip!

Due to the vet fence at Palmwag you can take raw meat or animal products like unpasteurised milk into Palmwag when you come from the south. However, coming from Palmwag you are not allowed to take it back south or northeast to Kamanjab.

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