Reviews of Desert Rhino Camp
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Desert Rhino Camp review
All you would expect of a Wilderness Safari Camp. Our tracking of rhino was successful, as it seems it usually is.
As I was on my own, its policy of all guests sitting down together for dinner was especially attractive. But had I been with my wife I'm sure we'd have counted that a plus. All-in-all excellent service.
Desert Rhino Camp review
Wonderfully happy camp.
We thought everything might be downhill after the Skeleton Coast but no, desert rhino camp ticked all the right boxes. The singing by the staff was a real joy and the rhino tracking was wonderful. Our guide Johann was excellent - knowledgeable and sensitive to our needs.
He quickly picked up that we were quite experienced safari travellers and didn't point out the obvious but enjoyed finding things that we wanted to see, particularly birds.
Amazing location, fantastic experience.
Wonderful experience staying at this camp, the landscapes on the Etendeka plateau are amazing, the guides are knowledgeable and accommodating and the service at the camp is excellent.
Finally, the trekkers found and got us as close as possible to the black rhino.
The most wonderful place to stay
Fabulous welcome at Desert Rhino Camp, singing, personalised notes on the bed, nothing was too much trouble - laundry, packed lunches, hot water bottles, information. Wonderful scenario, made very special by the staff there.
This was one of my favourite lodges.
Great fun rhino tracking!
We enjoyed rhino tracking with our guide and Save the Rhino Trust trackers. It's an amazing experience to see the rhino on foot, and from a relatively short distance (say 100-200m). The trackers made sure everyone have an opportunity to take good photos, and also positioned the group such that we had a nice angle.
Afterwards the trackers would tell us stories about the specific rhinos we saw, which we found very interesting. We would note that some rhinos have been de-horned already (part of the Namibian government's efforts to de-horn all the rhinos in the country for their safety).
Overall we found more wildlife here than in our other camp in Damaraland - elephants, girafffe, zebra, etc.
The camp was very well-run, and the staff was welcoming.
Desert Rhino Camp review
This is a very special place. We really liked the fact that the lodge had partnered so effectively with the Rhino Trust to use tourism to help support rhino conservation and research.
The staff was delightful. We were greeted with a song and there was more singing and dancing one night at dinner. It was also the site of the longest game drive - ever! So much enthusiasm and a small number of guests resulted in a delightful stay.
We were met at the drop-off point and driven the scenic route to the camp. Luxurious tents on stilts and the feeling that we really were in the desert.
Highlights included the singing staff (to greet us on arrival and to wave us off at the end); Kevin the jackal who was neither tame nor wild and wandered around as if he owned the place; the 2 hyenas who came almost too close for comfort after dark; foot trekking to view the desert rhinos was very "real" and we found on both days; the "Scorpion" dinner, under the stars, entertained by singing and dancing staff. This was the hottest time on our trip - it must be almost unbearable in the summer.
There is other game to spot, but not as abundant as later in the trip. This is for rhino afficianados. Probably the most friendly staff we came across - they describe themselves as "family" and all are dedicated to the work of the Save the Rhino Trust.
Well worth the effort
This was probably our favourite place on the whole trip and I'm so glad we went there. It's not easy (unless you fly in) to get to but definitely worth the effort. We loved the whole landscape of Damaraland. It takes your breath away at every turn. The scale is epic and everywhere you are reminded that nothing much has changed here for tens of millions of years.
I say it every time because it's true that the staff are the highlight of the trip. They are always so friendly, warm, welcoming and fun. Here in particular they make an effort to learn your name and use it. And this was the only place on this trip that had communal dining. I am extremely shy so it is something that initially I find difficult but I also have to say that those places where we've experienced it have very often been the most pleasant stays.
If we had one gripe - and again, it's only a small one - it's that the food could have been better. Some of it was just fine but some was not so good. It was a real shame because, as it's such a small team, you meet the food and beverage manager as well as the rest of the staff and she was a lovely person and you don't want this to be a personal criticism.
The management overall was excellent and you got the impression that although this is a very small team, a team it is, and everyone went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Such lovely people.
We would recommend this place to anyone and would go back here at the drop of a hat, if only it weren't so far away.
Desert Rhino Camp - the highlight of our stay
We went here to trek black Rhino, but this camp offers much more than just that. The camp is expertly managed by Elfrieda, this is reflected in every detail, from room service to restaurant and kitchen staff. Our guide Johann stood out as well, as did the guided tours.
We were surprised about the abundant wildlife with plenty desert adapted elephant, hundreds of mountain zebra galloping over rocky plains between Arizona-like table mountains, and all the antelopes, several hyenas and jackals, and roaring lions at night, making it an unexpected complete safari. It is so pitch black and clear at night that we could even distinguish 2 distant galaxies among the stars.
We stayed here three nights, and recommend this as a minimum as every walk and drive was different. A unique experience and one of the highlights of out stay.
Outstanding - highlight of the trip
From start to finish all the staff worked as a team to ensure that this was the most memorable of our stays in Namibia. They were full of fun and vitality. Great setting - "remote real Africa" - and not manicured in any way. Committed guide who enjoyed guiding as much as we enjoyed viewing a wide selection of game.
Really excited when Sheila spotted a leopard on our departure trip to Palmveg.