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.
Mr & Mrs S - Worcester Park
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 7 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

A fantastic place where we ended up extending our stay, could have stayed longer :-)

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Ms A - Cambridgeshire
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

The camp layout and design were fantastic, and the tents luxuriously appointed; the accommodation surpassed my highest expectations. Of all the places I stayed, this was my favourite in terms of accommodation. The tents are beautifully sited, secluded amongst the vegetation; from my private verandah I enjoyed uninterrupted views towards the mountains and I could not see another tent. A delightful pathway meandered around to the main tented buliding, which consisted of a large comfortable lounge and dining area, where refreshments were readily available throughout the day.

On arrival I had to almost immediately go out on an afternoon game drive, with another couple who had already been at the camp for a night. I was keen to go on the drive, so didn't mind heading straight out. But unfortunately I missed the usual "welcome" given by the camp manager, and failed to receive any further information other than the snippets I picked up from the guests and my guide along the way. The activities were quite different to what I expected (may be the activities would have been fully explained if I had had more time on arrival). The morning drive involves closely following the Trackers and the focus is soley on finding the rhino.

More often than not, I was told, they usually find the rhino early in the day, whilst they are still active. However, they take a packed lunch with, in case a rhino is not found, in which case you stay out until you do find a rhino (or have to give up)! If the rhino is found during the morning you will return to camp for lunch, and then the late afternoon will just be spent on a general game drive/ scenic sundowner drive. The Trackers now only track one rhino per day, and rarely track the rhinos during the afternoon, unless they have been unsuccessful in their search during the morning. So for example if they find the rhino at 8:30am, they then call it a day. You can continue on a "general game drive", and may of course be lucky enough to spot another rhino from the road, but you receive no further assistance from the trackers. However there are lots of other mammals and birds present on the concession, so it was great to be able to spend some time observing these as well. The mountain zebra were a particular highlight; I did not see them anywhere else in any great numbers. Another highlight was seeing a large herd of elephants with a young baby.

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Mr C & Mrs M - Cheshire
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Remote or what!

Another excellent camp.

We were there for as purpose and not disappointed.

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Mr and Mrs M from East Sussex
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fantastic atmosphere at Desert Rhino Camp

We loved Desert Rhino Camp.

Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. It has a great atmosphere and we enjoyed the communal dining with our guides and the camp managers. It has a very relaxed feel and the scenery is fantastic.

We enjoyed the rhino tracking immensely.

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The B family from Swindon
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

Great experience ... you need good walking shoes and brown/khaki clothing as they are very strict on their interaction with the rhinos.

Seeing black rhino in this environment was the highlight of the trip.

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Family Adventure to Skeleton Coast
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

Stunning location, some of the best food we have had in Africa (how they do it in the middle of nowhere goodness only knows) and 7 Rhinos, one leopard and a honey badger plus lots more.

3 days would be better as then you could cover the three areas they go out to in rotation.

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Ms G from Luxembourg
Arrived on: 14-May-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Unforgettable rhino tracking

Desert Rhino Camp was a fantastic place to visit - the rhino tracking sessions can take some time, but they're definitely worth the time and effort. We had an excellent guide - Ali - and the trackers were also great and very knowledgeable. We've enjoyed particularly the "no-impact" aspect of the sightings, watching the undisturbed animals unaware of any spectators was unforgettable.

In terms of hospitality, food, service, accommodation etc. the camp is top quality and we are still fondly remembering some of the dishes - thank you for the fish recipe!... The only strange thing in the camp was hot water bottles in the beds when the temperature was over 30 degrees ;- )

Moreover, the managers helped us a lot with our car booking that got a bit complicated - thank you again for your help. And special thanks to our guide who drove us extra 40 km to our next destination.

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Mr & Mrs W - London
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

This was our favourite camp of the whole trip.

It is in the most fabulous of locations with great open plains fringed with fabulous mountains - lots of game, birds and flora to explore and that's before you get to the Rhino tracking. Our guide Kopai made it a wonderful and memorable experience.

Great service on the Camp too with interesting suppers as its communal eating in hurricane lamp light.

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Mr and Mrs O - Somerset
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Rhino Tracking for the Faint Hearted

Another terrific Wilderness Safaris experience. We went specifically to see black rhino and saw them in spades - a male and female in our first track, a male, female and juvenile on our second and an 'extra' sighting of another male quite close to camp. The siting and landscape are breathtaking with huge mountains leaping straight up out of the veldt. In between there are startlingly green and lush river valleys still with water in September although the last rain was in May.

The camp organisation was not quite as slick here with some rather ordinary food. We had Room 1 which like all the others was refurbished in 2008. The bucket showers have gone, in theory, having been replaced by a solar heated water system. However, ours heater was sited out of the sight line of the main lodge meaning that it was in the shade of two trees. When the other rooms had piping hot water after a partly cloudy day ours was tepid at best and a second cloudy day meant that we had to ask for a bucket of hot water on our last morning. This needs fixing as a a matter of urgency.

Our guide Aloysius was outstanding and seemed the only member of staff to appreciate our hot water issue. A specialised camp that delivers exactly what it says on the tin.

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Mrs & Mr P - Essex
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

The refurbishment has been done very well, adding to the comfort while still retaining much of the old camp feel.

It was a great bonus to find that there is a new airstrip only 45 minutes from camp.

As a result of the relocation of some of the rhinos, it is necessary to travel a bit further afield to find rhinos at the moment. It is perhaps worth being aware that this may mean 12-13 hours out on a 4/4 over the very rocky desert tracks.

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