Rhino Lodge

Reviews of Rhino Lodge

Excellent(90%) From 23 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 23 of our travellers who have visited Rhino Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Marilyn & Duane from CA
Arrived on: 1-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Interesting Place

Decent room, lodge and food. Nothing great, nothing bad. The weather was pretty chilly and foggy in the mornings, and chilly at night. The lodge had Waterbucks come right up to our room deck, fun, with a view into the forest. Based on weather there would have been no benefit to a pricier lodge overlooking the crater, nothing would have been seen.
It was nice having a fire in the wood stove each night, that helped.

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D & S from NZ
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Cosy lodge in the mist

Location:
On the Ngorongoro Crater rim without the expense of a "view" over the crater, which at this season is perpetually foggy. Waterbuck on the "lawn" beside our deck. A relaxed and rustic feel.

Lodge:
Cosy fires in the lounge/dining area, and in your room if desired. Our guide ate with us, which was good.

Wildlife:
Good access to Ngorongoro - first car down there I think. Some really interesting behavioural wildlife watching; a standoff/hunt between a large herd of buffalo with an attacked calf, 5 male lions and 12 hyenas.
Also did a half-day walk on crater rim; had intended a walk up Mt Makarot but grass too long for safety, and this season apparently habitually too foggy for views. Alternative well-organised for us by our guide Aminiel.

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Ms Donna H from USA
Arrived on: 9-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Average
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Food:
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Rhino Lodge review

After an initial concern on arrival, my experience there was totally positive. At reception, I was told they had overbooked, and the room reserved for me was only available for one night. I was not informed of this prior to arrival, although they told me my tour operator had been made aware of the situation in December.

I had the option of staying there one night, then moving to the manager’s room for the second night, or staying in the mgr’s room both nights. I viewed both. The room reserved was small and basic, with two single beds. After being escorted to the mgr’s room past the clothes lines, propane tank and staff lodging I was shown the mgr’s room. With a fireplace, livingroom area, couch, and a porch obviously I was very pleased to stay there the two nights!

The setting, dining area and food were all very nice. The staff was exceptional. I preferred the smaller, cozier atmosphere at Rhino to a larger, more commercial place with more amenities, and would highly recommend it, My room rating below is based on the room I would have stayed in.

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Expert Africa comments

Rhino Lodge had indeed informed our partners in Tanzania about the overbooking, but sadly this information had not been passed on to us. Had we been told, we would have discussed with the traveller if they were happy with the managers room or if they would like us to book an alternative. We aways take a very consultative approach with our travellers keeping them informed every step of the way. We have since discussed this issue with our partners in Tanzania and in future they will make sure to pass on any details that will impact on the stay of our travellers.

Lauren from California
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Great budget-friendly choice above the crater

The setting of the Rhino Lodge is idyllic, at elevation and surrounded by lush, green trees. The cool air was a nice change, and having to wear a jacket at night felt great after warm days and nights elsewhere.

The managers of the lodge are extremely welcoming and friendly. The rooms are spacious and clean, with brightly colored blankets and nice patios overlooking water buck and even marabou stork. The bathroom was extremely basic- nothing was wrong with it, but it could've used a bit of bleach, and the hot water came and went depending on how many other guests were using it. This wasn't a big deal, however, as we got 2 really good nights sleep here and loved the setting.

The food is what sets Rhino Lodge apart- it was buffet style, so there was always something for everyone, and it was really tasty. The picnic lunch that was packed for us was our favorite of the trip, and beat out picnics from other more "high end" accommodations.

I was sorry to leave here, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a stopover that is pleasant and as a bonus, budget-friendly.

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Ms M from Lethbridge
Arrived on: 3-Feb-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Enjoyed the resident wildlife

Even though the lodge is a little dated, we loved the atmosphere. A very friendly wecoming place to stay.

The resident animals made the visit interesting. We saw waterbuck and a Malibou stork on the grounds here. Our driver amost walked into an elephant after dark.

We enjoyed the hot showers after our day at Manyara. Laundry was included in the price of the lodge which we appreciated. Food was excellent.

We appreciated the cool evenings and knew we could have a fire, in the fireplace, in our room if needed.

We would have liked to stay here longer.

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Mrs C from Shaftesbury
Arrived on: 15-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
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Facilities:
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Rhino Lodge review

We used Rhino Lodge for an overnight stay, travelling from Kili airport on to a tented camp in the Southern Serengeti. We wanted to see the Ngorongoro Crater on route and this lodge looked really convenient - and it was.

An attractive single storey lodge with Simple comfortable rooms, with balconies and a wood burning stove. A very attractive large dining room with a large central fireplace with sofas has a really nice feel to it. Overall a very good stop over and means you can get into the crater nice and early.

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Mr & Mrs F from Neterlands
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Rhino Lodge Review

We were welcomed to Rhino Lodge by the resident Marabou Stork who looked like a grumpy old man. The room had a lovely wood burning stove to take the chill off at night - much appreciated. The food was also very good and an excellent location for visiting the crater. We did not make use of any of their activities.

Again, our marvellous guide Silvanus made the trip into the Ngorongoro Crater an unforgettable experience. The views from the rim were breathtaking. Silvanus seemed to have eyes like a hawk and without him we would not have noticed the Black Rhino for instance. We also saw numerous lions and hippos.


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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Basic but good value and excellent position

We were told that it was basic and indeed it was. However, we found the staff helpful and efficient, the location was superb and overall we found it excellent value for money.

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A & K from London
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Simple but effective

This is a rustic / simple type of safari lodge but it has a number of great qualities about it:
1) Location - on top of the crater means you are in a greater location for an early morning start, we were one of the first cars into the crater and it made a massive difference
2) Setting - has beautiful grounds and the surrounding areas which meant you saw wildlife right outside your room. It is true you are not overlooking the crater but I did not think that this was a massive drawback
3) Personal touches - loved the wood fire stoves in the room, the very friendly staff and owners
4) Food - both breakfast and supper were very good with a range of food offered which set you up for the day ahead.

Overall this is not the most glamorous or fashionable place to stay, but for us that is not what we wanted on this trip. Instead you got the feeling that they cared very much about their guests, the surrounding area and not creating eyesores in this perfect landscape (which cant not be said for a number of the more fashionable / expensive options within the crater).

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Dr W from Pennsylvania
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Recovery at Rhino Lodge

A basic lodge - nothing fancy - but most welcome and the people were friendly.

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