Reviews of Desert Rhino Camp
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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.
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).
Negative: It is 1.5 to 2 hrs away from the parking to the place. A bit far for us! We stayed 3 nights but it seems 2 nights are enough.
Positive: Very caring, considerate and nice staff. Guides are all very knowledgeable, caring and experienced. Thanks our guide, Johann very much and all staff. They tried their best to make us feel easy and have a nice holiday even the location is remote and inconvenience.
Great game drive.
Our second camp and another three-night stay. Staff again welcoming and friendly. Tents very comfortable and clean. Focus very much on the tracking of black rhino and we are lucky to see them each time we go out with the trackers. On the second morning we were SO lucky to be the only guests going out and had unforgettable experiences getting close to a mum and teenager then an old boy napping under a tree. Millionaire moments. Can be difficult terrain but it is hugely varied, often dramatic, across the reserve. Zone four, for instance has lots of green in the dry river beds. Bush lunches with the trackers were good. However, the evening meals for vegetarians were poor. The bush dinner defied any description and was probably the worst food we have ever had in Africa.Read more about the whole safari
Absolutely wonderful with amazing staff.
We loved our stay at Desert Rhino. The staff was extremely attentive and addressed our dietary needs without having to be told in advance.
We were greeted upon arrival and departure with beautiful singing. At Desert Rhino, we learned first hand about the "clicks" spoken in the local languages. We especially liked the communal style dining where we got to meet other guests and which also included our guide and one of the managers. A special treat was the "bush" dinner. We also enjoyed the early morning rhino tracking.
One minor downside is the location which is 1-1/2 hours from where we had to leave our car.
A very special place!
We stayed here on a previous visit to Namibia two years earlier and revisited because it was the highlight of our previous tour of Namibia - so we had high expectations and we were not disappointed as it is as excellent as ever.
You have to leave your vehicle at a supervised shaded parking place at the entry point to the concession area about 30 miles from the camp and get picked up by one of the camp's 4x4s. The driver radios the camp when we are approaching and we were welcomed by the staff singing us a welcome song and offering us wet towels and refreshing drinks as we climbed out of the vehicle - that kind of sums up the exceptionally friendly and welcoming atmosphere at this camp. Nowhere else do you get a welcome like that!
The wooden framed safari tent was larger and better appointed than most (twin washbasins made of polished copper!) and food was always excellent - one night we had a bush supper illuminated with lanterns which is an experience to remember. The main reason for visiting is of course to track rhinos (the last part on foot) and we succeeded in tracking no less than five of the monstrous animals during our visit. The camp helps to subsidise the programme to protect and study the desert rhino.
The whole area has some of the most spectacular desert scenery in a country that is not short of spectacular scenery and we saw many other species which seem to do surprisingly well in the semi-desert conditions, especially giraffe (there are clumps of trees in water courses), elephant, many, many oryx, kudu, springbok, hyenas, etc., etc. Our guide (Jeff) and the various trackers were all experts on the wildlife, very capable and helpful.
A verdict of excellent is almost an understatement!