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Desert Rhino Camp
Desert Rhino Camp
Desert Rhino Camp
Desert Rhino Camp
Desert Rhino Camp
Desert Rhino Camp

Reviews of Desert Rhino Camp

Wildlife sightings and reviews

116 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Desert Rhino Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

Wildlife sightings by our travellers
Starting in May-2018, 32 of our travellers have recorded their wildlife sightings at Desert Rhino Camp.
Lion

29% success

Leopard

11% success

Cheetah

11% success

Black Rhino

100% success

Giraffe

100% success

Oryx

89% success

Zebra

54% success

Elephant

53% success

Spotted Hyena

50% success

Brown Hyena

27% success

Meerkat

22% success

Wildebeest

12% success

Showing 111-116 of 116
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Arrival date
Mr B
Suffolk

"Memorable"

3 nights Arrived 28 Sep 2007
"An exciting stay with rhino encounters on successive days and two excellent guided walks tailored to our needs.

Although generaly well organised the second rhino trekking experience proved somewhat unnerving when some members of the group felt that the guide did not have complete command of the situation (as far as this is possible) and some people lost confidence in him which detracted from the experience. There was arguably insufficient info given beforehand as to what people could expect so that one of the group complained at the amount of walking required and could not return to the vehicle by foot.

The whole group then had to wait in the open for a considerable period for the vehicles to come to us and again there was a general feeling that the situation was not under control with the guide eventually having to climb a hill to try and spot the vehicles and make contact with them. This is more about the perception of others rather than our own but it did make for a less than comfortable atmosphere at times because of the way the situation was seen to be (mis)handled.

In the camp itself the tents were attractively presented and equipped but were a little worse for wear in places and the 'housekeeping' was inconsistent with hot and cold water flasks not always topped up and eg hot water bottles provided on a warmer night and not when they were really needed when it was so cold people could hardly sleep! This was general concensus not just our opinion as was the fact that laundry wasn't returned until worryingly late in the day and that during 'siesta' time in the middle of the day no member of staff could be raised to request a shower, drinking water or water flasks despite the indication there was always someone around if needed.

2 out of three dinners were very good , the picnic lunches were excellent and breakfast was enjoyable though cooked orders were sometimes very late or forgotten altogether.

Our individual needs were catered for in terms of activities when we asked to do (longer) guided walks in place of the scheduled sundowner drives and these were very rewarding and informative. We realise lodges prefer to stick to certain regimes for all sorts of legitimate reasons but it IS worth asking for something which might suit you better. We would have been very frustrated physically if we had been confined to camp, in vehicles or on short nature walks for the 3 nights we were there.

Overall a very memorable and worthwhile experience but strange that in such an isolated place guests should be made to feel slightly 'neglected'." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Mrs B
Bridgewater

"Get close to the rhino"

2 nights Arrived 28 Sep 2007
"Palmwag Rhino Camp is in a great spot, far from anywhere, and allows visitors to really get close to nature. We heard that a lion pride had made a kill right outside the camp a few weeks before we arrived - visitors had ringside seats! The camp is very comfortable - it does get very cold at night they provide plenty of bedding and even hot water bottles.

The guides are excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly - happy to answer any questions. They were keen to emphasise that a rhino sighting isn't guaranteed but with trackers going out every day to find rhinos, in reality chances are pretty good.

We drove to about 1km from where a mother and baby were sleeping and then got out to walk to within 80m of them. Unfortunately they got wind of us within a few minutes and trotted away [after a split second where we wondered if they would charge].

We would recommend staying here for two full days [three nights] so that you can go out two days' running - this will improve your chances of seeing the rhino quite close and for longer periods of time.

The camp is doing great things to save the black rhino and protect them, it's worth visiting this camp if only to support their work and spread the word of what they're doing. At Etosha you'll see [white probably] rhino just as close [if not closer] but these ones were truly wild." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Rooms:
Good
Activities:
Good
Mr & Mrs D
London

"Palmwag Rhino Camp"

2 nights Arrived 28 Sep 2007
"We enjoyed the rhino tracking but were surprised to be in a group of 2 vehicles and 12 people.

Enjoyed the company of other guests at the camp - 2 parties were also with Expert Africa!

We did find Chris, the camp manager knowledgeable and a big personality but also over-bearing and too dominant." See all these reviews: 7n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Mrs A
St Paul

"Well worth the bumpy ride to get there!"

2 nights Arrived 21 Sep 2007
"A true wilderness experience!" See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Good
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Devon Pollard
UK

"Ambition achieved - rhinos spotted!"

2 nights Arrived 22 Aug 2007
"Although we were anticipating two tents, on arrival we were informed a camp bed had been put into one tent, allowing us to stay together as a family.

The tents were well furnished and the static beds comfortable - a hot water bottle in the evening was welcome. The bucket shower was a new experience and, when required, hot water was provided. In the absence of running water, a flask each of cold and 'hot' water was placed at the sink. The hot water wasn't always.

Camp staff and guides were very attentive and we were particularly impressed by the waiting staff (female), who remembered from day to day what drinks we preferred! Our guide, Harry, was knowledgeable about the wildlife and plant life we encountered. We were delighted to observe a female rhino and her calf from a distance, having tracked a short distance on foot. One of our highlights and all credit to the trackers!

The dining tent was nicely set out in the evening and a single dining table ensured we mixed with other guests. The meals were good, although there was no choice young people.

We were able to take part in game drives in the morning and afternoon/early evening at which we saw a good selection of the wildlife and amazing scenery." See all these reviews: 10n in Namibia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Good
Ms J
Arizona

"The vastness of the location is fabulous!"

2 nights Arrived 2 Aug 2007
"I would go to this camp again to experience the vastness of the area. Also to appreciate the incredible ability of species to survive in such an arid, inhospitable environment. Our guide was the best!

As for the black rhino... for understandable safety issues one can only catch a distant view. Since we were on foot on what seemed the surface of the moon I was happy not to get closer to this unpredictable animal.

More worthwhile was seeing the Desert Elephant, giraffe and many other animals who somehow survive there. For this camp you have to enjoy riding for bumpy hours in the vehicles!

Again this camp espouses to provide education to the area villagers and contribute financially to the Himba community. There was little evidence that this happens in actuality beyond the brochure.

They don't do washing here...but you can do your own - it dries is less than an hour!" See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia; 6n in Botswana
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
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