Reviews of Rhino Safari Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
5 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Rhino Safari Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Disappointing Camp but great birding"
In general the accommodation and food were ok, however, some basics such as shower gel and fresh juices were not available and we felt that this may have been because we were the only guests in camp.
In our opinion rustic should not necessarily mean run-down and a bit ramshackle. We experienced boat engine breakdown and a safari vehicle with serious suspension problem that led to most uncomfortable game drives (this was rectified but should not have occurred in the first place).
The most alarming item was the total lack of radios with communication being by mobile phones that were dependent upon the, not always available, signal. This was something of a worry when on game drives but more so when on the 1.1/2 hour boat transfer across Lake Kariba for our onward air transfer. We suggest that this is a serious safety issue.
It should be noted that, due to the low water levels of Lake Kariba, the buffalo herds, together with many other varieties of animals have not been present for several years and that Rhino have all but disappeared from Matusadona.
We feel that, despite the excellent guiding of Steve and the friendly nature of camp manager Levi, the place we experienced was lacking the hands on "hosting and gracious hospitality" of owner Jenny who appears to spend very little time at the camp." See all these reviews: 11n in Zimbabwe
"A Great Safari Camp"
We saw Elephant, Impala, Hippos & Crocs but the rest of the wildlife is quite scarce and very hard to see." See all these reviews: 12n in Zimbabwe
"Basic but charming."
Food was simple but tasty and the rooms where simple but comfortable. Highlight was the water safaris; lake Kariba is beautiful and seeing Lions from the water will be a memory that will stay a long time. Another highlight was watching Hippos grazing below our cabin.
This is a fantastic place to spend 2 or 3 nights." See all these reviews: 11n in Zimbabwe
"Rhino Safari Camp review"
Beautiful location on the edge of the lake with game highlights being cheetah, lion and elephant and water birds" See all these reviews: 11n in Zimbabwe
"Tracking the black rhino on foot"
Despite this I only rate the activity part as good instead of excellent for 2 reasons:
- The main one is that the variety of game viewing is limited. Especially the 'large herds of buffalos grazing on the shores of the lake and supporting a large lion population', which are described in all Matusadona brochures, are a thing of the past and they disappeared several years ago, when the level of the lake increased. We did in fact not see a single buffalo or lion. It would be more honest not to advertise this anymore.
- The second (minor) issue we had is that Rhino camp had to share its boat / vehicle resources with a nearby tented camp, which resulted on day 2 in the morning in the unavailability of the jeep our guide had planned to use for a driving safari. The driving safari was replaced at the last minute by “let’s walk around the camp and see what we found”, which was pretty disappointing." See all these reviews: 6n in Zimbabwe
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