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Reviewed 20 November 2017

Namibia is a starkly beautiful country, and this is especially true in Damaraland, where you will find the magical Desert Rhino Camp. It is not easy to get to - 5 hour drive from Swakamond to the gates, and then a 2 hour jeep ride to the camp, but it is well worth it. I have rarely met such a passionate, caring, and enthusiastic staff, from the guides to the cooks to the housekeeping staff. We tracked black rhinos, and found desert-adapted elephants, giraffes, and jackals. We learned how the Save the Rhino Foundation, Wilderness Safaris, and the Minnesota Zoo have teamed up to save the wild black rhino. We only stayed 2 nights, but I will remember the trip for a lifetime. Make sure not to miss the nighttime "scorpion hunt" - it is a special event, a gift of happiness from the staff.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Thank you DrTrescot for your amazing review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your short stay with us and glad to see it is not only happy memories you were able to take home but a new appreciation of all the efforts that are put in to keeping this magnificent animal off the endangered species list.

Thank you again
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

We stayed here for two nights as part of a two week trip to Namibia and it was a highlight! The staff were absolutely incredible, with such wonderful fun and energy - from our welcome to the amazing dinners, you were made to feel a real part of the camp 'family'. The food was exceptional - huge thanks to the chefs! The rhino tracking was brilliant - we were lucky enough to see five rhinos on our excursion which was an amazing experience. My husband and I were on our honeymoon and the team also arranged for a bottle of champagne as a surprise which was a really special touch - thank you again for everything!

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2017

Dear Fg304,

We are delighted to have been able to spend this special time with you and glad that we could help make your honeymoon such a memorable one. We hope that you and your husband will visit us again soon as you really did become part of the family.

Your friends
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

As you gradually fall in love with Namibia and its people, a visit to Wilderness safaris' DRC gives that process quite a boost. There's the thrill of being on foot close to the unpredictable black rhino; there are game drives where you discover that every tree, rock and hole in the ground has a story to tell; there are the beautiful and welcoming team who look after you wonderfully well and sing to you at supper and as you leave; and there are the comfortable rooms and ample facilities in a remote part of the world. We loved the informality and the friendliness of everyone and will always remember the passion shown for their pristine part of the world by William and the lovely Esther.

Room Tip: The tented lodgings are excellent and as far as I know, all roughly the same
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your wonderful review, we are thrilled to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us, we will be sure to pass on your beautiful words to all the great staff in camp.

Kind regards
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

We sadly spent only two nights here and could have spent a lifetime. This was the most wonderful place to stay from the warm welcome on arrival to the parting good wishes. The staff could not have been more polite and helpful. The extremely professional introduction from Esther and the knowledgeable guide, Johannes, were just part of a great team that made this a perfect place to stay. The rooms were full of character and charm and were spotlessly clean. The eco and cultural philosophy supported by local people along with the passion for the wildlife including the Rhino added immensely to this experience. The setting for this camp is remote and unimaginable and of all the landscapes in Namibia those in this area are the ones we would never have wanted to miss.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Dear Teaclipper,

Thank you for wonderful review, Esther and Johannes will be thrilled for your high praises. The community partnership is at the heart of our camp; In what is known as a public-private-community partnership, Wilderness Safaris has partnered with the three communities that administer the Palmwag Concession where a percentage of turnover of Desert Rhino Camp as well as a minimum annual fee is paid to the conservancies. The conservancies involved, known as the Big Three, are Torra, Anabeb and Sesfontein. Thank you for being a part of this with us.

Kind regards
Wilderness Safaris

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

So the title of this review is a nod to the chef at the camp, Willie, who was there when we visited. A nicer man and competent chef you couldn't find. He, Winnie, Lovisa, Simon, Bons, Liberty, Nicole, Adam, Liliana and Esther along with the trackers, of course, were the best. I can't even think of a place where I could name more than one staff member. I was only at DRC for 36 hours and remember most of them. That says something.

This place is so easy to review I can't believe it.

It's a win on every count. The place, the people, the food, the experience. It's all 6 stars out of 5. Not many places I've visited hit it out of the park on every metric but this one does.

Located out in the middle of the Palmwag concession this operation has exclusive access to the desert rhino area. I had ZERO idea what to expect on the game drive here. My whole trip was arranged by handing a pot full of money to a travel agent I'd never met and hoping for the best.

So what did we do? We went out a half hour behind some dedicated rhino trackers whose job was to locate a rhino for us to have an encounter with. On the way out we saw one and took some photos. I thought that was it. Nope, nope, nope. About an hour later, after meeting with the trackers, we park the car and start walking. Walking towards a tree where a rhino is sleeping. The guides have set up so that we're downwind. But rhinos have good hearing so when we get halfway there (maybe 200m) he sees us. I figure he's gonna run. Nope. He tucks behind a tree. So we go forward and forward and forward. He steps out from behind the tree and now he's maybe 100m from us.

That's when it really sinks in that you're not in a car. He snorts and half-charges. Then gets a bit closer. He repeats this a couple more times as well all duck down and stay quiet ---- rhinos can't see well but they have a great sense of smell.

Anyways - enough of that - your experience will undoubtedly be different. All the rhinos have their own personalities so your experience will depend on which one you encounter. The point being that this was an AMAZING feeling. Being that close to such an incredible animal when not surrounded by the protective blanket of steel that a car provides was exhilarating in a way that a Six Flags roller coaster ride doesn't touch.

Don't take my word for it - just go. Go, go, go. You will 100% guaranteed have a great time.

Oh ok... there is ONE bad thing. The road. It's absolutely horrible. The drive is on large, irregular rocks the whole time (5-7 hours) and it is body shaking. If you have back or mobility problems this might not be for you.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Dear MarkfromtheIsland,

We are glad to see your faith in your travel agent paid off and you thoroughly enjoyed all the time you spent with us in and around camp. Yes the roads can be a little jiggling but we are sure you would agree was all worth it. We will be sure to pass on your kind regards to He, Winnie, Lovisa, Simon, Bons, Liberty, Nicole, Adam, Liliana and Esther and the entire Rhino camp family.

Thank you
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