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Reviewed 10 November 2017

The Rhino River Camp has excellent tents and friendly staff. The food (mostly Italian) was very good. Wildlife viewing was more difficult than in Mara due to more trees and thick shrubs, but there were great opportunities to see rhinos in the special sanctuary (we saw 28 rhinos in just two days). We also managed to see lions, a leopard, zebra, loads of giraffes, buffalo, elephants, and more. We had no big complaints, although some aspects of the camp management might be improved. We had a vehicle breakdown in the field one day and the management of the situation could have been handled better. Vehicles were not cleaned well. One of the evenings we were not provided with sundowner drinks as per benefits expected, and there was a mix-up of the departure time of our flight. Our guide was very good, but not as experienced or capable as some of the others we had while in Kenya. Overall, a great experience and fun, but more for some improvements.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Raintree_Thailand
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

At about 10.30 I landed at Meru airstrip on Friday 23 September 2017 and was met by a very impressive Masai gentleman in full regalia. His name was Daniel, spoke perfect English and we set off towards The Rhino River Camp.
About one o’clock we reached the camp having incorporated a game drive during which we saw a Secretary bird sitting on her nest atop a small tree. I was met by Maurizio, the camp manager. The camp setting was totally different to the surroundings, being located just above a small river surrounded by lush vegetation. The communal areas looked down past the swimming pool to a pond beyond a small dam. The resident crocodile, Georgina, passed many happy hours sunning herself on the dam! My room was huge with a bathroom, dressing room and veranda.
It soon transpired I was the only client in the camp, and it stayed that way throughout my three day sojourn. Great for me, but not camp profits I would think!
Daniel took me for another drive in the afternoon, and again we saw many different animals. The next morning a packed breakfast was taken with us and we found a suitably open area and set up our table. It was lovely to be able to get out of the vehicle and stretch the legs, not to mention look out for the smaller animals, lizards, hyrax, etc. Daniel was a very knowledgeable guide and good company as well.
Maurizio was a charming Italian and (very!) keen ornithologist. It was also nearly beyond his comprehension that I did not want to eat pasta at every meal! Luckily, being the only client, I was able to more or less select the menu myself, which was then cooked and presented by a very competent and pleasant young lady, Jackline. Meal times were accompanied by about a dozen bush babies, which were tame and not at all backward in coming forward to be fed at the table!
The last day soon came round, of course, and Daniel took me off heading for the airstrip, but we allowed plenty of time. Just as well, as very close to the strip he spied a leopard in a tree. He knew that this was one of my great desires. To be honest I would never have noticed it myself, it was only his hawk eyes that sighted the leopard. How he manages to drive as well as spot distant animals is beyond me! Probably better not to ask!
All in all a very pleasant camp and Meru proved to have a rich in diversity of game.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Thank tonyandsue5
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

What an amazing experience at The Rhino River Camp in Meru National Park.

The camp is beautiful, relaxing, and right on the edge of the rhino sanctuary. The staff are extremely attentive but not overbearing and made us feel very welcome. They honestly couldn't do enough for us.
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The food was wonderful and plentiful and there was a lovely open sitting area where you can relax and enjoy the presence of the local bush babies, who tended to pay a visit most evenings :). Our laundry was done daily and the tent tidied throughout the day whenever we were away from our lodgings.

The manager Maurizio was a great host and had lots of amazing stories to keep us entertained. We were luckily enough to have our very own guide for the game drives, Daniel, who was an absolute star. He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and had an amazing talent to spot the animals. He also made sure we saw and learnt about the lesser known animals, and was extremely patient whenever we just wanted to sit and take in the magnificent scenes around us. We also felt extremely safe in his company and could not have asked for a better guide for this experience of a lifetime.

We couldn't recommend his place highly enough. Amazing.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Daniel T
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

What we got at Rhino River Camp proved we had not done our homework - we went to Meru National Park and we spend the night in a JUNGLE.

As we arrive at 2pm and the temperature is 33.3C our charming hostess Barbara greets us warmly but without lengthy info so we can go and take much desired shower.
Then we are ready for lunch. It is Italian cuisine though not with overwhelming selection of food but with excellent coffee of course.
We go for an afternoon game drive accompanied by a young man dressed in Maasai robes (have a look at the pictures).
We watch a group of about 40 buffalo, many rhino with small and bigger calves.
We return at 6:50pm, have dinner we are not impressed with and watch a bush baby being fed bananas. That impressed us all right as the bush baby gave a spectacle of agility and speed running up and down the walls, lamps etc just to show what a cute animal it is.
Then we walk to our tent at the edge of the river and have a Tusker. It is incredible: the sound of the river, frogs, cicadas and the fireflies everywhere.
Our tent No 4 is big 6x8metres with a huge bed, a desk, and a bidet in the bathroom.
We sit and have our beer and inhale the smell, the sounds.
We set the alarm for 6:45am and it is 18C in the morning.
At 7:30 we have breakfast, the service is quick and efficient.
The view from the dining area down to the swimming pool situated deep down is impressive.
Barbara comes to inquire about the night.
We confess that we had not done our homework; we thought we were going to Meru National Park and landed in a vibrating high volume jungle and we could not sleep at all. We laugh together and Barbara says sorry, she could've given us a different tent. But we laugh it off. It is a unique experience to spend a sleepless night on a safari not because of roaring lions...

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Ala Z
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

Rhino River Camp is undoubtedly stunning, located on a riverside in the forest bordering the Rhino Sanctuary in Meru National Park. It boasts a swimming pool, outdoor dining area, and comfy lounge, all surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.

The safari drives were wonderful; our guide Peterson was knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely talented at spotting animals we were only able to see by staring through our binoculars. While we saw four of the big five, Peterson also took care to point out some of the less famous treasures of the Meru including smaller lesser known animals and the tracks of various mammals and snakes. We also enjoyed being able to replace one of our game drives with a walk around the local area.

The food was delicious, with a distinctive Italian flair, although beyond catering for dietary requirements no choices were given. We stayed in the Karen Blixen Suite (Number 1), a spacious tent with two sleeping areas, two bathrooms, and an outdoor seating area. It felt very private and cosy.

Our only qualm was the sometimes intrusive presence of Maurizio, the Italian manager and owner, which meant that the other staff were not really given a chance to shine. He gave us a lovely welcome to the camp and made great efforts to engage us in conversation throughout the visit, but his interactions with the staff on occasion left us feeling slightly uncomfortable.

Overall it was a lovely stay and the safari was the experience of a lifetime.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Alex R
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