Reviews of Rhino Lodge
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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.
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.
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??
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.
Excellent location for access to Crater
Staff very helpful. Food simple but good.
Robert our driver from Arusha Airport to Onsea House and for the next two days, was an excellent safe driver and very well informed about and a good spotter of wild life. Very pleasant to be with.
Rhino Lodge review
Excellent - basic but clean and no pretensions. Good hearty food. Recommended.
Buffalo and waterbuck feed on the grass right outside the rooms!
Rhino Lodge review
This lodge was a contrast to the Tarangire lodge, being more basic, but we enjoyed it very much. It had a homely feel about it and the staff were very firendly and helpful. (and provided us with filled hot water bottles on our first night.) A bonus was a small private balcony. It was helpful to have prior warning from Ellie (Expert Africa) that it could be cold at night, so we went prepared and were not cold at all. Again, we liked being close to wildlife and it was exciting for us to have a buffalo outside our balcony one morning.
We liked the more inclusive nature of the lodge which enabled us to dine with our guide - the only one of our camps which allowed this. He said that this camp provided him with the best accommodation of all three camps we stayed in. We think this is important as he had full days driving and escorting us.
Nice Evenings at Rhino Lodge
Rhino Lodge does not have the same facilities as some of the more expensive venues, but what is provided is more than adequate and everything is spotlessly clean. Prospective guests should note that the lodge does not have views of the crater. This is not necessarily an issue, as both nights we arrived back after sunset and both mornings it was foggy (as most mornings are), so we wouldn't have seen anything anyway.
The most enjoyable aspect of the Lodge is the after-dinner drinks, when everyone gets together around the fireplace. We met lots of interesting people from Tanzania and around the world - much more interesting than the entertainment typically offered by some of the other places. I would be happy to recommend Rhino Lodge to anyone.