Desert Rhino Camp

Reviews of Desert Rhino Camp

Excellent(96%) From 40 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 40 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.
Miss S & Mr W - Cumbria
Arrived on: 29-Apr-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Desert Rhino

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

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Mr P & Mrs A - new year in Namibia and Botswana
Arrived on: 10-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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!

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Mr A & Ms M - Sante Fe, USA
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr G & Mrs F - North Vancouver
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr & Mrs M - Hereford
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Ms E - Sweden
Arrived on: 23-May-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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!

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Mr & Mrs B from London
Arrived on: 14-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Mr W & Mrs R - Shropshire
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp

This was a high point. We've been to Damaraland before (16 years ago) and it was just as we remembered it. Stunning landscape, wonderful animals and lovely people.

The staff at the camp were delightful, most helpful and efficient. The whole camp had a jolly, local air about it. Nothing too fancy or contrived.

Ali, our guide, was a delight. Very knowledgeable and utterly charming, without ever being too pushy or bossy. The other guides whom we met seemed just as friendly and informative, as were the trackers.

The only minor disappointment was the fact that, when we went before, we were able to do much more tracking on foot. We had been given to understand that this was still possible but in fact it isn't. You approach the rhino in the vehicle and only the last two or three hundred yards are on foot. This may be to reduce the impact on the rhinos, in which case fair enough, but perhaps it should have been made more clear to us so that we were prepared for it. Or was it just because we were with Mike Hearn last time that we had special treatment ?

But over all a wonderful experience.

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The Leemings - Kent
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Local lions add to the experience

Overall a very impressive camp. We were lucky enough to have a direct flight in from Damaraland which gave us plenty of time to settle in before the evening drive & take in the warnings about the lions spotted in the camp the previous day! On the evening drive we found said lions which provided an interesting talking point during our sundowner.

It is a remarkable area, very different from Damaraland but equally fascinating. In addition to seeing 2 black rhino, albeit from a very safe distance, we were fortunate enough through some very good guiding to see 2 cheetah sunning themselves.

the camp was comfortable, very well run, with good food & delightful staff.

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Mr J C - London
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tracking and finding a rhino was a highlight

My stay at Desert Rhino Camp was one of the highlights of my trip. The experience of tracking and finding a rhino was wonderful, and certainly got my adrenalin going.

The room and the food were also very good, and I particularly enjoyed socialising with the assistant manager, Agnes, the guide, Raymond, and the trackers over dinner.

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