Desert Rhino Camp

Reviews of Desert Rhino Camp

Excellent(96%) From 85 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 85 of our travellers who have visited Desert Rhino Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Drs F & S - Oregon
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great experience

Only wish perhaps that we had flown in and rearranged our driving arrangements

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Ms M. from Ottawa
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

It is very cold temperature during our stay and there was no area where you could warm up. The staff did their best to make us comfortable and provided with hot water bottles and blankets but with partial success.

The staff was absolutely wonderful. They were funny and caring. They sure know how to sing and dance!

The landscape is like nothing we saw before, looks more like the moon. We felt so far away from everything.

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Dr and Dr A - Cleveland, UK
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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An amazing experience

From the minute we arrived to a sung welcome by the staff to the minute we left (to another song) this was a wonderful 3-night stay. The tents here are 'classic' safari, with all the comforts you need and well separated it's a bit of a walk from 1 or 7 back t the lounge area. Dining is at a 'family' table in the large lounge area and there is a welcoming boma in front in the evenings. Food was excellent throughout.

The main draw here is the rhino tracking activity - we went out on two drives, following the trackers and found rhino on both occasions (amazingly 4 on the first day, being able to approach reasonably close on foot). The second day gave a more fleeting view of a single rhino, but the experience of joining the trackers in an extended pursuit was itself fascinating. Of course we saw many other animals (including desert-adapted elephants and mating lions!) during the drives, as well as the stunning scenery reminiscent of Utah/Arizona. Our guide Bons was one of the best I've encountered.

A couple of points worth noting - for a couple of days that we were there it was very cold on the drives, partly due to the wind, so layers of clothing are needed. Also, the day on the van can be long - we were out from 7 until 3 - and bumpy. But worth every minute of it!

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Mrs J. from Somerset
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Rhino

This is a lovely quite simple but very friendly camp. The little lodges are all private and nicely decorated in traditional safari style, good food , especially at the bush supper/BBQ. We enjoyed the communal meals.
Rhino trekking is the thing here, we may have had a good day but it was a doddle! Rhinos only 1 hours drive plus a 5 minute walk. Everyone has to walk in single file and behave, which nearly everyone managed. The work this camp and the associated trust are doing really deserves support.
Apart from the rhinos , we saw desert adapted elephants, giraffe, oryx, springbok, black backed jackets, amongst others.
The really special thing about this camp is the staff, they either love working there or are all talented actors. Singing was constant and seemed genuine! Just really lovely people.

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Mrs H. from Leyburn
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

Loved everybody who worked there, the Food and Beverage Manger, the girls who looked after us, and especially Liberty our guide, a lovely lad of 27 who really knew his stuff.

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Mrs & Mr P - Essex
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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My favourite Namibia scenery

On our rhino tracking outing, we were lucky to find the most docile of the local rhino population and were therefore able to spend quite some time walking very close to him and watching him browse.
Our visit was much enhanced by our exceptional guide, Bons, who made us feel that we were friends rather than customers and was a great fount of information.
Future visitors will have the benefit of a new airstrip which has just been built very near to the camp - we were on the last flight out of the old one.
One of the prettiest 'boma' dinner settings we have ever had.

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Jules and Geoff from New Zealand
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

Given the location , the difficulties of the terrain and the objective of the camp this was a great experience. I have a few provisos though.

We had booked 2 nights only there. It is a long journey to get there by car so i would highly recommend flying in. For us, we drove in and then found out that the allocated concession in which we were tracking rhinos the following day was the furthest from the lodge and would mean a lot of driving again. This meant we had 3 huge days driving or driving /tracking and, for us, this kind of took the edge of the whole excitement.

The other point (that we didn't realise before booking) was that we would only be tracking one rhino per day and once/if that rhino had been found then we would not specifically track any others. I would have liked to have known this prior to booking.

The facilities (for where they are) and the dedication of the staff are exceptional. If we visited again, we would fly in and spend probably 3 or 4 nights minimum to allow some down time to enjoy the camp more.

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Mr & Mrs S - Worcester Park
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

A great place to stay for Rhinos and we had a brilliant guide in Bons

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Mr and Mrs P. from Australia
Arrived on: 11-May-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Great experience with rhino trackers

Incredible to see how hard the trackers work to monitor the rare desert rhinos. (There is other game to see as well) Very friendly staff, excellent guide, great meals.

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Ms M. from Canmore
Arrived on: 15-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

This was the best accommodation and ambience of our trip. The dinner under the stars after the 'scorpion hunt' was fabulous. Esther and her staff were superb. They even remembered and used our names. Lots of singing and dancing by the staff.

11 hours in the jeep searching for the elusive rhino (we saw a mother and her baby) was about 4 hours too long. The roads are extremely rough. Anyone with back problems should not attempt this.

Many people fly into this this. It is a long drive to get to the parking lot and then it is another 2 hours by lodge jeep to the lodge.

Our guide, Liberty, was a lot of fun.

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