Reviews of Desert Rhino Camp
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Absolutely wonderful with amazing staff.
We loved our stay at Desert Rhino. The staff was extremely attentive and addressed our dietary needs without having to be told in advance.
We were greeted upon arrival and departure with beautiful singing. At Desert Rhino, we learned first hand about the "clicks" spoken in the local languages. We especially liked the communal style dining where we got to meet other guests and which also included our guide and one of the managers. A special treat was the "bush" dinner. We also enjoyed the early morning rhino tracking.
One minor downside is the location which is 1-1/2 hours from where we had to leave our car.
A very special place!
We stayed here on a previous visit to Namibia two years earlier and revisited because it was the highlight of our previous tour of Namibia - so we had high expectations and we were not disappointed as it is as excellent as ever.
You have to leave your vehicle at a supervised shaded parking place at the entry point to the concession area about 30 miles from the camp and get picked up by one of the camp's 4x4s. The driver radios the camp when we are approaching and we were welcomed by the staff singing us a welcome song and offering us wet towels and refreshing drinks as we climbed out of the vehicle - that kind of sums up the exceptionally friendly and welcoming atmosphere at this camp. Nowhere else do you get a welcome like that!
The wooden framed safari tent was larger and better appointed than most (twin washbasins made of polished copper!) and food was always excellent - one night we had a bush supper illuminated with lanterns which is an experience to remember. The main reason for visiting is of course to track rhinos (the last part on foot) and we succeeded in tracking no less than five of the monstrous animals during our visit. The camp helps to subsidise the programme to protect and study the desert rhino.
The whole area has some of the most spectacular desert scenery in a country that is not short of spectacular scenery and we saw many other species which seem to do surprisingly well in the semi-desert conditions, especially giraffe (there are clumps of trees in water courses), elephant, many, many oryx, kudu, springbok, hyenas, etc., etc. Our guide (Jeff) and the various trackers were all experts on the wildlife, very capable and helpful.
A verdict of excellent is almost an understatement!
The best part of our trip
Desert Rhino Camp was by far the best part of our entire trip! There is absolutely nothing we could fault - from the welcoming of all the staff, led by the wonderful Elfreda, Simon, with particularly wonderful service from Elerie and other staff, to all the wonderful dinners, particularly the private "honeymoon" table that was set up for the two of us by the swimming pool.
All the singing, the dancing in the evenings, and the private and really moving farewell from staff, were something that we will not forget. We were made to feel so "at home", welcomed, felt like we were amongst old friends! We also met two great new friends, with whom we did all the activities, and that also made our time even better - not to mention the excellent service and sense of humour from our guide, Erwin.
When we were leaving we had absolutely nothing negative to feedback to Eflreda, and said afterwards that it will be very hard for any other place to be better.
Desert Rhino Camp review
We enjoyed the entire experience at Desert Rhino Camp. The staff were friendly, the tents comfortable and the views fascinating.
The rhino treking was amazing, the trackers and our guide did a fantastic job and ensured that our experience was the best it could be. Our sightings included numerous Rhino, lion, hyena and elephants along with more general game found in an area that on first sight looked as though nothing would live there. The hot buffet lunch was good in the park. The lodge staff were really helpful and friendly offering excellent service.
Just to highlight how excellent the service was, on the full day game drive our video camera fell from the vehicle approximately a 2 hour drive from the camp. One of the trackers and our guide went back out into the park and somehow managed to locate it for which we were extremely grateful. Especially after the footage we had taken during the day of the rhinos.
We travelled to / from camp by small plane which allowed us to see the landscape from the air and offered a different perspective from the views we had seen from the ground.
Desert Rhino Camp review
A perfect small,camp with wonderful staff who couldn't so enough for you.
The guiding was excellent and the day tracking Rhino was fantastic with the trackers doing a wonderful job. We saw several rhino, and managed to get relatively close to an adult and young calf.. The scenery in this area is extraordinary so red and rocky. We saw elephant, mountain zebra and hyena among others.
The evening bush dinner and the farewell singing from all the camp staff really enhanced the stay.
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.