Reviews of Rhino Safari Camp
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A Great Safari Camp
The Camp is in a great location, right on the edge of Lake Kariba, and we loved the accommodation. It is raised on high platforms & open sided. The staff and the food were very good and the guide, Stephen was excellent.
We saw Elephant, Impala, Hippos & Crocs but the rest of the wildlife is quite scarce and very hard to see.
Basic but charming.
Very different to our other camps, Rhino was all about the outdoors. Although the fabled owners where not there during our stay we where hosted admirably by Stephen and Levi.
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.
Rhino Safari Camp review
Well run camp with excellent guides, unfortunately no rhinos have been seen for weeks, if not months so the description of "It usually takes a substantial amount of time to track black rhino on foot..." is true, but somewhat under-stated now. I'd suggest that this is revised in the Expert Africa brochure. It may be time to re-name the camp so that there is no false expectation.
Beautiful location on the edge of the lake with game highlights being cheetah, lion and elephant and water birds
Tracking the black rhino on foot
Overall experience was great. The camp is comfortable and intimate and located in a fabulous spot. Sceneries are magnificent, with the dead trees emerging from the lake and we got the most beautiful sundown pictures of our whole trip. Getting waken up in the middle of the night by elephants splashing in the lake 10 meters from our hut is unforgettable. The guides are very knowledgeable and fun, entertaining guests around the fire camp with fantastic stories. Jenny and her people took very good care of us and the food was good and plentiful. The most wonderful experience was the tracking of the black rhino on foot. We found a mother and her calf after 2.5 hours of following their tracks and it gave a great sense of accomplishment! Overall we enjoyed the variety offered by the walking, boating and vehicle safari possibilities.
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.