Rhino Lodge

Reviews of Rhino Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 17 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 17 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.
Mr & Mrs F - Neterlands
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Rhino Lodge Review

We were welcomed to Rhino Lodge by the resident Marabou Stork who looked like a grumpy old man. The room had a lovely wood burning stove to take the chill off at night - much appreciated. The food was also very good and an excellent location for visiting the crater. We did not make use of any of their activities.

Again, our marvellous guide Silvanus made the trip into the Ngorongoro Crater an unforgettable experience. The views from the rim were breathtaking. Silvanus seemed to have eyes like a hawk and without him we would not have noticed the Black Rhino for instance. We also saw numerous lions and hippos.


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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Rooms:
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Basic but good value and excellent position

We were told that it was basic and indeed it was. However, we found the staff helpful and efficient, the location was superb and overall we found it excellent value for money.

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A & K from London
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Simple but effective

This is a rustic / simple type of safari lodge but it has a number of great qualities about it:
1) Location - on top of the crater means you are in a greater location for an early morning start, we were one of the first cars into the crater and it made a massive difference
2) Setting - has beautiful grounds and the surrounding areas which meant you saw wildlife right outside your room. It is true you are not overlooking the crater but I did not think that this was a massive drawback
3) Personal touches - loved the wood fire stoves in the room, the very friendly staff and owners
4) Food - both breakfast and supper were very good with a range of food offered which set you up for the day ahead.

Overall this is not the most glamorous or fashionable place to stay, but for us that is not what we wanted on this trip. Instead you got the feeling that they cared very much about their guests, the surrounding area and not creating eyesores in this perfect landscape (which cant not be said for a number of the more fashionable / expensive options within the crater).

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Dr W - Pennsylvania
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Average
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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
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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
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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
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
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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:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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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:
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Location:
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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
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Location:
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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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