Reviews of Desert Rhino Camp
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The only downside of this camp was the bruised coccyx from the very bumpy transfers and game drive to see the rhino. Other than that, it was a fabulous experience with the most lovely staff, guides and good food in a stunningly beautiful location.
It was very special seeing a mum and baby rhino close up, although slightly scary!
Amazing staff that made us feel so welcome and spoiled at Desert Rhino Camp. Everyone went out of their way to treat us as family.
The location was starkly spectacular and there was lots of wildlife. The game drives were very bumpy and it sometimes took a long time to find the rhino or elephant but we were always rewarded. Food was excellent and we had a lovely BBQ on the last night hosted by the staff who sang and danced for us.
We really enjoyed our time here and would definitely recommend a few days stay.
Desert Rhino Camp review
One of the highlights of our trip. Our guide Erwin was marvellous- very knowledgable and friendly and accommodating.
The set up with tents and lodge were great and the service was outstanding. The scorpion hunt (aka bush dinner) a wonderful surprise.
So much activity which was great. Tracking rhino and elephants lots of fun. Incredible landscape and so worth the effort to get there.
Staff absolutely amazing!
Different and interesting
Different concept, shows another side of the Namibian landscape which is in total contradiction to the rest of Namibia.
Different concept of interaction between staff and guests with common dinners etc.
Great guides, very knowledgable.
Return to Desert Rhino Camp-amazing!
We visited Desert Rhino Camp in 2006 and returning to this camp was one of the main reasons for returning to Namibia. Once again we had the best 4 days of our trip here at the camp.
Our guide Herunga was excellent, the trackers, Jasson, Denson and Albertus were fantastic. All the staff were just delightful, joyous and such a pleasure to be with. They are all committed to saving the black rhino and their songs and dancing reflect the passion they have for their wildlife and their country.
We successfully tracked 6 black rhino including 'Speedy' who we first saw in 2006. He seldom visits the area and it was a very special moment to watch and track him.
Traditional safari Camp
Completely different environment. The landscape is fabulous, red rock and oasis. On our first evening we saw elephants, Giraffe, oryx.
You have to be patient at desert rhino. Our first day we saw one rhino for 10 minutes and we were in a bumpy truck for 9 hours, be prepared! The consolation was at the end of the day, cold G&T and beer in our room watching a beautiful sunset. Our second day was no shorter but much more productive we saw 5 rhino, elephants, giraffe. It was a wonderful day.
The downside is that all the time is in the truck so you are removed from the environment. However this is the happiest camp we have ever stayed in, there is lots and lots of singing. The staff cant do enough for you. The guiding is enthusiastic. Take your own charge adapter!
Once in a lifetime experience
Exemplary respect for the environment: guest facilities (water and electricity usage) and safari activities (concern for animals was prioritized).
Trackers from Save the Rhino Trust and guides from the camp were of the highest quality.
Our comfort in camp and on safari was top of mind.
Staff embodied the spirit of the mission of the camp rather than just doing things because they were told to.
Memorable stay at Desert Rhino Camp
A memorable visit, on arrival at the pickup point we saw eight giraffe by the roadside. The two hour drive to camp was also interesting with a variety of wildlife and interesting plants with stunning scenery.
On arrival we were welcomed with singing from all the staff and a welcome drink. We stayed 3 nights and went Rhino tracking on two mornings finding Rhino on both. It was well worth the early starts, one of which was in fog.
We were impressed with the care taken in minimising the impact on the Rhinos and it was a privilege to observe them in such stunning scenery. This is a lodge with a very special atmosphere and the staff here were exceptional, including the SRT trackers, making us feel very much at home.
A big thank you to Johannes, Elfreida and Ellery.
Desert Rhino Camp
The staff and guide were wonderful.
It was a long haul (130km roundtrip) to see black rhinos the first day, but still worth it.
The next day was shorter drive, but still saw rhinos.
Great safari at Desert Rhino Camp
This is a luxury safari camp in a remote, Monument Valley style semi-desert setting. The tone was set from the outset when the staff met us upon arrival to sing us a welcome and give us an arrival drink.
The main point is that it does what it says on the tin - you get to see desert rhinos! What an experience - 0500 wake up for 0530 breakfast and 0600 start. For us a 2 hour drive west to the fog belt through a remote, harsh, spectacular landscape to the sightings area. Then a search (no radio tracking here) and eventual 600m walk up to the first sighting - a fully horned mother and calf about 200m away in a natural amphitheatre setting. Later 2 sightings at much closer quarters of de-horned males. Fantastic! Then a 90 minute drive to a great picnic spot beneath a cliff in the shade. Finally another hour’s drive back to base.
- you don’t see nearly as much wildlife here as, for example, in Etosha or Okinjima but when you do the setting is much more amazing, e.g. a single large giraffe in a huge vegetation-less plain of brown boulders - what was it doing there?; and
- the 7+ hour safari was very bumpy, eventually very hot and exhausting for a 66 year old like me. Perhaps not a good choice for infirm or unfit pensioners. But what an experience.
The food was excellent, we loved the communal dining (outdoors on our first night) and drinks (excepting premium wines) were free and plentiful.
Great drive out and canyon picnic with Jeff, one of the friendly and informative guides.
Can only rate service as good because we got to the pick up point 1 minute before the deadline (didn’t realise only gravel roads for the last 125k!) to find the pick-up had left. It had to turn round to collect us, which delayed and rushed our arrival (as we wanted to go straight out on the 1630 afternoon game drive).