Desert Rhino Camp

Reviews of Desert Rhino Camp

Excellent(97%) From 98 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 98 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 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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Peter from Stockton
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great rhino sighting

We initially booked Desert Rhino Camp in order to fill time between the other camps we wanted to visit, but it was one of the true highlights of our trip. The rhino viewing experience and learning about the work of Save the Rhino Trust Namibia made this visit very special. We were impressed with the work of the trust and how respectful the guest viewing of the animals is.

The landscape is beautiful, we saw many Welwitschia plants (Namibia's national plant), and we spent one evening viewing a family of spotted hyena. One morning we were able to view a rhino mother and her calf with the help of expert Save the Rhino Trust trackers. Afterwards we enjoyed lunch in the bush with a presentation by the trackers.

The camp is rustic, but still luxurious. Meru-style tents are roomy with ensuite toilet and shower. The lodge is open air with sweeping views and a fire pit. Food was delicious and tables were set beautifully for meals. Service was excellent. We had a very special experience one evening, but it's a surprise for when you visit.

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Mr and Mrs RB from Bristol
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Exceptional experience

This is a wonderful place - remote, with dramatic scenery, great staff and exciting rhino tracking. We spent an entire day tracking black rhino, finding 5, and coming back at 7pm to a lovely dinner in the bush. Our guide Johannes was very good.

My personal favourite place on our trip.

Be warned - it's very cold first thing in the morning and in the evening ( but hot in the day ! ).

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Mr S. from Northampton
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good rooms and service

enjoyed tracking on foot. good guides, food, rooms and service

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Mr & Mrs R from Hants
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Superb Dessert Rhino Camp

Dessert Rhino Camp was our favourite camp of our trip and perhaps the nicest camp we've ever stayed in.

The atmosphere was wonderful; the staff were the most friendly ever, our guide the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable, the location superb, the activities fun and exciting. Plus great food and great company. The style is simple but everything you need.

The bush dinner was enormous fun and very much appreciated by all the guests.

All this in an area which felt truly remote.

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Wendy from Melbourne
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Desert Rhino

A wonderful place. We loved it.

Had to use 'the african airconditioning' in the tent as it got very hot.

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D & K from Texas
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Rhino tracking was incredible

As the descriptions of the camp say, tracking rhinos is the focus of the activities at this camp. Rhino tracking was a major highlight of our trip.

The first day, we spent hours tracking a rhino before the guides showed us where to hide and the rhino walked right in front of us. We thought we'd used up our luck, but on the second day, the trackers found and tracked a group of 3 rhinos which we were able to walk up on and observe without them knowing we were there. Although we were very lucky, there's no guarantee of seeing a rhino on a given day, so we're glad we stayed 3 nights.

We also enjoyed this camp very much. It is and feels like a small and intimate camp. The staff were most welcoming as they greeted us with singing upon arrival and departure. We enjoyed sitting at a communal table and visiting with other guests during meals. Although some may not like it, we enjoyed staying someplace with no cell service or Internet.

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Mr & Mrs F from St Albans
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Our favourite camp

Wonderful welcome and departure with singing. The service was the friendliest and the best on our trip. The food was out of this world, including a barbeque. Wines of high quality. Amazing to get all this in such a remote location.

Finding black rhinos wasn't easy but it was a marvellous experience when we saw them. Walking up to the rhinos for a short distance made it even better.

Hot water: we found out that there was only enough hot water for one shower a day.

NB The instructions said that the transfer from our car to the camp would take 3-4 hours. This is wrong; it took an hour and a half, but it was still quite hard work. My recommendation would be to fly into this camp, even if the rest of the holiday is self-drive.

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