Desert Rhino Camp

Reviews of Desert Rhino Camp

Excellent(97%) From 105 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 105 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.
Mr & Mrs B from Witney
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great stay at Desert Rhino Camp

Really nice to be in a remote location. Be prepared for an African massage, but it's well worth it. We did expect to be doing more tracking on foot, as we did on a previous visit some years ago, but I guess the abilities of other clients in camp sometimes determine the agenda.

Bons was an excellent guide and gave us a great time. His never ending enthusiasm and passion was so good to see. We were reasonably sure that during our stay we would see rhino, but seeing them on every drive was incredible. We were hopeful that we might see elephants, and although we thought it extremely unlikely, also hoped that we might see lions. We had extremely good sightings of them all, and in such an amazing environment.

Bons made our stay very memorable and enjoyable. He was always keen to get out before daybreak and last to get back in camp. It was great to be able to maximise the time game viewing. It's well worth the effort to get up in time to see the sunrise. And for us, being able to spend time watching the elephants and not rush back to camp or some shade for lunch made it even more special. Our shade from the vehicle was plenty…we can eat any time, but we can’t watch desert elephants any time!

The camp was nicely laid out with very comfortable Meru-style tents proving that rustic can feel luxurious. All the staff were very attentive and friendly, and Selma was always so happy and full of beans.

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Mr V from Birmingham
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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My thoughts on this Safari experience

This camp was the highlight of my holiday. Expert guiding in a desert environment which was stunning. This though is not an experience for those who are on a first time safari and want to see lots of animals. Although I was incredibly lucky in my experiences—see below, there are few animals given the desert, and they are hard to locate.
I had the great fortune to see desert adapted lion on two separate consecutive drives—different animals as well. Again another drive produced five black rhino, including the opportunity to approach them on foot. Desert elephant were also seen and included a close encounter at a water hole.
The camp and the team which run it deserve praise; particularly as it is in the middle of nowhere. It is also the case that guests may experience some cultural aspects of the local people.

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Mr & Mrs R from UK
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

Our guide Bons was superb. Very nice helpful staff. Management was superb. Nice touches like hot water bottles when the temperature dropped.

Trying really hard.

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Mr & Mrs T from Sawbo
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great Rhino tracking camp

What an experience - a luxury tent set in a lunar landscape.

Our guide Moses was excellent and, together with a great team of trackers, we were lucky enough to get close, on foot, to a black Rhino (we made sure that we were even closer to our Safari Truck!).

Great game drives, great staff and food and we ended up with a camp fire meal out in the bush.

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Mr & Mrs S from Harrow
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Good rhino and elephant sightings but little

Good rhino sightings and desert-adapted elephants but little else. Birdlife non-existent.

Eventually saw hyena den after pushing repeatedly to go having been told about it by camp manager. Guide v resistant to requests and needed clothes that didn’t show his large belly and private parts when he bent over. Lots of hard driving to get anywhere.

Camp v good and food OK but not startlingly good.

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Dr and Mrs A from Surrey
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

This was one of the highlights of our trip. The camp is fantastic. Not the high levels of luxury that we had elsewhere but that is not a criticism. In that setting what was provided was incredible . The rooms were really lovely. We had a fabulous guide who judged us perfectly - we had impromptu drinks at sunset in the middle of nowhere to watch the sunset and a walk to the BBQ learning all the time about the local wildlife etc. We saw rhinos and mountain lions ( the lions were the first seen in five months )

It felt really good to be part of the conservation project and not just tourists. ( although that is of course what we were!!)

The service was great .

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Mr D. from Southampton
Arrived on: 30-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

Fantastic accommodation and very attentive staff.

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Mr B. from KILFENORA
Arrived on: 16-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The experience of a life time.

Remote, and a long way from anywhere, this camp blew us away. We had a tyre blow out en route to the pick up point which delayed our arrival by a couple of hours. We were hot, stressed, and hungry and we called the camp and they could not have been nicer. They sent our guide, Ben, to meet us at Palmwag Lodge whilst our new tyre was being fitted. Ben came with refreshments and food for us, and reassuringly got us on our way promptly. It was our first introduction to Desert Rhino Camp, and it set the tone for the remainder of our stay.

Ben was a superb ambassador for Desert Rhino Camp. Passionate, enthusiastic and great company, he organised our safari each morning accompanying the trekkers from Save the Rhino Trust. He made our holiday for us, chatting about life in Namibia, local culture and sharing his hopes and dreams. But it wouldnt be fair to just single Ben out. Gertruda, Carl and Thyssiana were wonderful hosts, fun, obliging, engaging, and so hospitable. We danced at camp, learned the click language and were spoilt by the wonderful food and service from the moment we arrived at camp.

This camp was unlike any other. Its location is remote which we loved. Its difficult to get to, and it doesn't offer much in the way of facilities. But it was informal, and with tons of personality. It was exactly what we wanted and more. Yes, you wont find all of the Big Five here. It offers so much more. We witnessed Jasson, and the team from Save the Rhino at work, under harsh, remote and challenging conditions.

Wildlife is difficult to spot in this vast wilderness, and safari drives are long and sometimes uncomfortable. But it made spotting the wildlife in their natural habitats, so much more rewarding. This was an authentic experience, both humbling and a privilege to be allowed participate in. We'd return here in a heart beat, and we would recommend this camp to anyone who cares more about the environment, and people over the 5 star anonymity or formality of other camps. Truly the experience of a life time for us.

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Mrs A & Mr M from London
Arrived on: 11-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Absolutely wonderful!

This was one of the best locations of the holiday. Our welcome was outstanding, not just the first time we arrived but every time we came back to camp.

The kitchen and room staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The service was first class from everyone and we especially loved the scorpion dinner which was such a surprise! We enjoyed the fact that all the guests ate together. Again I must thank the kitchen staff for proactively helping with my food intolerances.

Learning about the black rhino was immensely interesting and we were fortunate to find rhino on both days, although the second day it wasn't until 14.30 after 8 hours of tracking. All credit must go to Lloyd, our guide, and to the three Save the Rhino trackers who gave us a day to remember.

We saw large parts of some of the more remote parts of the Concession and some wonderful landscapes. And even after being out for almost 11 hours, Lloyd then took us on a sundowner drive where we saw spotted hyena cubs up close as we enjoyed a glass of white wine.

An outstanding three nights.

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Mr C & Mrs J from Berks
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Desert Rhino Camp review

this is just a wonderful camp and becoming our spiritual home! we just love it and always get a wonderful welcome.

The staff team are just great. the guide we had first class. The location is stunning. The staff have the balance just right making you feel good for being there helping both the conservancy and Save the Rhino.

Long may it continue in its current form

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