Desert Rhino Camp

Reviews of Desert Rhino Camp

Excellent(95%) From 43 travellers
Excellent
35
Good
7
Average
0
Poor
1
Terrible
0
Below are independent comments from 43 of our travellers who have visited Desert Rhino Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr D & Ms S - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Very remote but worth the long drive

We loved Desert Rhino camp for its remoteness. We had an unforgettable stay. It is a long drive to the camp but you learn so much about the desert animals and vegetation from fantastic guides. Our guide Bons was a delight to be with over the 2 days. So knowledgable and such fun. We successfully tracked 2 rhinos on foot which was thrilling. The trackers from Save the Rhino were v efficient and lovely people. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with them.

It is worth noting that the pick up point for Desert Rhino camp is not at the Palmwag Lodge entrance, but another 3 Kms further along the road. It has it's own sign. The lodge is very comfortable but very open to the elements so v cold at night. Hot water bottles and rugs were very welcome!

The food was v good and they were excellent in providing alternatives for my son who has food allergies.

Read more about the whole safari
Mr & Mrs B from Bath
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Desert Rhino Camp review

We added Desert Rhino Camp to our itinerary at short notice but the camp was very accommodating and welcoming. Our prime reason for coming here was to track black rhino on foot. it is a great experience, exciting and exhilarating but can also be hard work. We traversed a big distance and across a very rocky area which was not a problem for us but would be if you were less fit or able. For us it was worth the effort and we got to within 75m of a rhino and saw 3 others at a greater distance.

The camp is not a premier camp so it is more basic than say Little Kulala or Serra Cafema but is perfectly adequate. Ditto the food and service - wholesome but not haut cuisine.

It is always pot luck in terms of the guide you are allocated. Unfortunately our guide had only a basic grasp of English and was new to the camp. he managed to get lost and had no conversation or rapport with guests - not of the standard you would expect of Wilderness Safari camps.

Read more about the whole safari
Mr & Mrs H - Cardiff
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Desert Rhino Camp review

Another great camp in a brilliant location with spectacular landscapes. Very comfortable - loved the hot water bottles for cold early mornings and evenings out driving as well as for bed warmers.

The rhino tracking was amazing - the briefing before we went was iinstructive and the work being done with the RCT is impressive. We also really enjoyed seeing both desert lions and elephants.

Food was excellent and our evening at the camp fire in the desert was a highlight.

Read more about the whole safari
Miss S & Mr W - Cumbria
Arrived on: 29-Apr-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Desert Rhino

A superb experience in every respect. Very comfortable, good food, well organised with very attentive and caring staff.

Read more about the whole safari
Mr P & Mrs A - new year in Namibia and Botswana
Arrived on: 10-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Undoubtedly the high spot of our trip

For anyone wanting to see wild Africa this is probably an almost unique location. You leave your vehicle (even a 4x4) at the main road (where it is guarded) and are ferried over sometimes very rough tracks in one of the Camp's open Land Rovers (probably about 15 kilometres from the "outside world) through truly stunning semi-desert scenery with herds of wild animals frequently to be seen.

This is a large concession area set aside by government approval to protect the indigenous black rhino population and the many other animals and birds in the area. It has always been a bit of untouched wild Africa and is being maintained as such. The Save the Rhino Trust shares some of the income from visitors and is actively monitoring and studying the rhino population and they arrange for visitors to get to creep up on some rhinos on foot and to witness how they record the condition of individual animals.

The staff were absolutely delightful - they welcome you when you arrive with a small group of them singing a welcoming song as part of the ritual of offering cold drinks and cold towels. Apart from this they proved extremely professional and capable. The accommodation is again in large canvas sided rigid framed "tents" albeit with ensuite bathrooms (solar heated water) even including twin basins and tasteful décor - as good as any 5 star hotel yet in the middle of a wilderness.

The camp is obviously environmentally conscious and run everything in such a way that water use is optimised and even firewood is imported from areas with sufficient wood. The hospitality was unmatched (which in a country like Namibia is saying something, as catering standards there are generally high) and the food was excellent.

However the most memorable aspect of our stay was the "activities" touring the surrounding concession area covering quite large distances with an absolutely excellent guide, Ali, who apart from being extremely knowledgeable about the wild life, plants, geology (you name it!) was an ace at driving a 4x4 through difficult terrain. We saw a wealth of wild life (in addition to the rhinos of course) in some of the most beautiful scenery we have had the pleasure to view.

If there was a grade above "excellent" then Desert Rhino Camp might deserve that!

Read more about the whole safari
Mr A & Ms M - Sante Fe, USA
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Desert Rhino Camp review

We very much enjoyed our stay there. Great staff, good food and interesting other guests.

However, the rhino tracking has its limitations. There aren't many rhinos there so it may take a very long time to find one, The group the day before took 12 hours. We were lucky and the trackers found two less than two hours. It's an interesting experience getting out of the vehicle and following the trackers to get a good view but since you are not allowed with 100-150 meters, you will only see them at some distance. Nevertheless, the country is beautiful and we came across both desert elephants and a lion.

Also it's a very long safari vehicle drive from where you leave your car at the gate to the facility.

Read more about the whole safari
Mr G & Mrs F - North Vancouver
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Desert Rhino Camp review

Although it's in a remote location, we loved this camp and staying there was one of the highlights of our visit to Namibia. The location, staff and activities were excellent.

The camp staff were welcoming and really made us feel at home. Our guide, Johann, gave us an appreciation of the landscape and wildlife and is obviously knowledgeable and passionate about both. The rhino trackers were amazing! We have no idea how they were able to find the elusive desert rhino in such rugged territory.

Read more about the whole safari
Mr & Mrs M - Hereford
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Desert Rhino Camp review

Excellent camp with wonderful staff.

We found a Rhino quite quickly and thoroughly enjoyed watching it from the dried river bank. This left the rest of the full day a little anti-climatic. Two nights were enough here we thought although we were looked after royally.

Read more about the whole safari
Ms E - Sweden
Arrived on: 23-May-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Desert Rhino Camp review

Perhaps the best camp of all of them. The staff was fantastic - very friendly and interacting with the guests. Again there was just me and two other guests and we were all very well taken care of. It felt as if we were all one big family.

Tracking rhinos was of course a highlight. Spent twenty minutes with "Don't worry" at a distance of 50 meters!

Read more about the whole safari
Mr & Mrs B from London
Arrived on: 14-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

A wonderful experience at a wonderful camp

This was a real highlight of our trip.

This is a wonderful camp, of the highest standard in all respects. Our guides, Ali and Johann, and our Save the Rhino trackers, Martin and Denzyl, were caring, professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, the lodge staff were all friendly and could not have been more helpful.

Tracking black rhino on foot on 2 separate occasions was amazing, a never to be forgotten experience.

Read more about the whole safari