Rhino Lodge

Reviews of Rhino Lodge

Good(90%) From 14 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 14 of our travellers who have visited Rhino Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr W - Pennsylvania
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Recovery at Rhino Lodge

A basic lodge - nothing fancy - but most welcome and the people were friendly.

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Mrs H & Mr S - Monkswood
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Excellent
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Superb Safari in Crater from Rhino Lodge

We had a great journey to Rhino Lodge from Tarangire via Lake Manyara where we spent a few wonderful hours in this very different landscape full of lush vegetation, cliffs and water. We had a magical close encounter with a family of elephants. They came within touching distance and were completely at ease with our presence.

We arrived at Rhino Lodge on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater around 5 and we were greeted warmly by the Manageress.. Being so high up, the Lodge is often surrounded by cloud and mist and it was pretty chilly when we arrived. You certainly need to pile on the layers here and we were glad of our fleeces. We really loved Rhino Lodge. The room was very spacious with a private wooden verandah from which we could see elephants and water buck and lots of gorgeous birds. There was plenty of very hot water for the shower (despite the warning that we might have to wait for hot water) and the tiled bathroom was very clean. You could charge up batteries between 5 and 9pm in your room and there was electric light throughout the night. A log-burner took the chill off the room and hot water bottles gave us a good night's sleep.

Food at Rhino Lodge is served in a lovely big room with a fireplace and superb views. We ate with Zeph our driver who kept us entertained with his stories. Food was self-service with plenty of choice and good quality. You could help yourself to tea and coffee throughout the day which was great.

We had one day in the Crater and it was a marvellous experience. We left at 6am and had a very interesting drive down in thick mist and rain! Nothing prepares you for the majesty of the Ngorongoro Crater when the mist clears and the stunning vista opens in front of you. We did not see a huge amount of game as it was very cold and clearly the animals were sheltering but that did not detract from our enjoyment of just being in this special place. We were expecting loads of other vehicles but it was remarkably free from jeeps probably as we had gone so early.. It was certainly much busier when we left around 3pm and headed back to the Lodge for our second night.

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Ms S. from Bristol
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Rhino Lodge review

Friendly and helpful staff, food and bar area were good. Room fairly basic but comfortable and the log burner in the room was a nice touch. Loved the view from the room balcony where we saw elephants, buffalo and a maribou stork.

Convenient access to the crater.

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Ms J & Ms B from Canada
Arrived on: 12-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Rhino Lodge review

Nice feel to the place, like "old" Africa. Managers and staff friendly.

The rooms could have been kept a bit cleaner e.g. dirt under the beds, base of walls dirty. Toilet was loose.
Food got somewhat monotonous (basically the same each supper and packed lunches).

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Mr T & Ms M from Berkshire
Arrived on: 24-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
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Facilities:
Good
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Rhino Lodge review

Our stay at rhino lodge was a good one,the rooms are simple yet comfortable. The food and service were also very good.
All in all it was a good experience and very handy for getting to the crater floor nice and early.

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Ms J & Ms B from Canada
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
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Rhino Lodge review

The food was especially good. Comfortable cozy lounge area. Friendly helpful manager.
Really appreciated the wee wood stove in the room. Basic rooms but all one needs.

Enjoyed all the animals that visited on the gounds every evening.
Alex tried to be very helpful with the bird identifications.

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Mr and Mrs Y - Edinburgh
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
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Facilities:
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Rhino Lodge review

Rhino Lodge was a great place to stay.

All the staff were friendly and helpful, the food was good (although there wasn't much choice, but that didn't bother us). The rooms were clean and comfortable, and everything worked worked. The fact it is fairly small made it feel more homely.

If we go back to Ngorongoro Crater then we'd happily stay there again.

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Dr & Dr L from Cheshire
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average

No rhinos but De Fasso Water Buck

The lodge could do with a makeover. It has a new manager so if he raises the profits he may be able to improve the lodge.
Reception area poor, rooms OK but furniture could be better.

The time in the Ngorongoro Crater both days was excellent and most enjoyable.

The trip to Empakai Crater was very interesting for the countryside en rouite and the Masai villages. The crater itself and the soda lake in it were good to see. The walk down to the lake and back was through interesting woodland - but it was quite a hike back up in the heat of the day.

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Mr & Mrs B - Kent
Arrived on: 15-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
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Ngorongoro spectacular

Set back from the crater edge with no crater view , Rhino Lodge is a great budget option .

Although the Lodge was full , there was no noise and the buffet style dining and breakfast ran very smoothly. Although not in the same class as more upmarket lodges the rooms were clean and comfortable and 25mins from the descent road into the crater. The day trip to the crater was excellent and our guide Jackson made a great job of getting around and avoiding the crowds.

6 black rhino and plenty of lion ,hyena, eland were the highlights.

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Mr T & Ms W - USA
Arrived on: 7-Jan-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
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Facilities:
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Rhino Lodge

Rhino Lodge was comfortable, clean with hot showers with great surroundings. Food was warm, good and plentiful. Our first lunch there was one of the best meals we had during our entire trip, may have been we were starving or the effort the kitchen went to to provide us a late lunch due to our arrival time. Heavy storms on a metal roof can intensify a storms effect especially if you do not secure your back door. What a scare when the wind blew the door open and thoughts of what has entered the room??

Ngorongoro Crater

Wonderful bush flight from Ndutu to Lake Manyara airstrip including buzz of crater on arrival to Lake Manyara. Jackson our
guide was prompt, professional and a valuable resource for game and bird identification.

Our game drive in the crater was fantastic, had great viewing including (15) of the (22) or so Black Rhinos with sightings of (4) babies with their moms. Once again bringing the right optical equip has paid off, using our scope we were able to view many things that would be disappointing to others with binos only. Our guide Jackson got a kick out of sharing some of the viewing through our scope. Got to see an Egyptian Mongoose coming out of the crater, they are very small and all black.



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