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“Not really camping” 3 of 5 stars
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Rhino Tourist Camp
Ololaimutia Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00200, Kenya   |  
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
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“Not really camping”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

When I booked a tented safari in the Maasi Mara with a safari broker out of Nairobi, I expected the same type of tented camp we experienced in the Serengeti or Ngorongoro crater; a tent with attached bucket shower tent and portable potty out in the wild in or near the park. Real camping but with a comfortable cot bed. I was dissapointed to find this to be more like a hotel with many tents each pitched on a cement slab under a roof with an adjacent tiled bathroom. It was a comfortable bed, the bathroom was clean but in need of a lot of repairs. Hot water and power were only available at specific times of day which was fine becausae I did not expect to even have power. There was a dining room with a bar that served only water and beer. The food was edible, not fantastic but not too bad. The staff was very friendly and very helpful - the staff is the best part of the hotel. The "camp" is located outside a small village where we bought water and snacks and sadly the village and surrounding area was littered with trash everywhere. If you want a tent but require power and a flush toilet this might be for you. If you want a traditional tented safari this is not the place.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dubai
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I highly recommend this place if you are visiting the Mara. Rhino has many things going for it - great location (if you want to visit the Masai villages after a game drive, staying here would make that easy), great food, great staff. Few places in the Mara to also have a 'massage' centre.

Food: Everything is freshly prepared, wholesome and suited to all taste buds. Ask for a young chap named Peter - he will share his secret recipes with you. The green lentils, the soups, the pancakes and a variety of jams and butter will ensure you add extra calories!

Rooms: Electricity is generator-driven, so, as on all properties in the Mara, there are specific times when this is shut off. However it has never mattered - since you are out on the game drive anyway. Rooms are clean, the tents are safe, mosquito nets provided.
Hot water is available in the morning and evenings (its really HOT). Soap and bath towels provided. Rooms are clean, beds are large and soft, and blankets are fresh and smell good!

Plenty of places to walk around the camp - beer is served cold.
Staff are very friendly and helpful. Its also a great place to hang out with the Masai - a few can be seen around the camp as well.

Room Tip: Actually, every room you choose is great. It is very quiet everywhere. The camp is rather big, and i...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We were in a wall room (no tented) and it fitted perfectly to us. There are a few choices for breakfast, lunch and diner, but all of them where really good and they change from one day to another. I was asked for help because mine was the only car at that time going to take some people which car broke in their way and it made me feel part of the community, where each one helps each other. Jackson was a friend for us in such place so far from home.

Oloolaimutia gate is the furthest gate to the main places of interest within Maasai Mara, but the reserve is not that large and we could explore it from one side to the other - we were into Mara Triangle - in a single day.

They got sometimes with problems with generator and dinner beginning time was always unknown. But for the chargers, if the electricity starts late by overloads after everybody returning from their safari, they ends it later too.

I only can recommend Rhino tourist camp.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We do not have experience with other camps in Masai Mara, but the impression we had of this camp was bad, compared to Amboseli and Tsavo East where our camps, at the same budget level, were by far extremely nicer.
Rhino Tourist Camp is located outside the gate in a very dirty and depressed area with a bad arrival impression.
The camp inside is clean and tidy but the level of the tents and the standard of the dining room and of the food is very poor.
I do not recomend it.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Just back from 3 days/2nights. Great communication prior to getting to Kenya. Don't expect luxury, but beds are comfortable and the place is clean. Poor guys who had spent 4 times more on basically the same experience - hey - you are out on the plains all day - who needs a swimmingpool? All you need is a bed and a roof over your head. Food decent.

Many thanks for a great experience

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jamaica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I did a 3 Days/2 nights Masai Mara Safari and i stayed at Rhino Camp. To be quite honest it was not what i was expecting since i was told i would stay in a budget camp.
When we arrived i was a bit shocked as i was expecting to stay in pitched tent but what i found was different.
The camp is actually a permanent camp with large tents which also happen to be self contained with comfortable beds. I could not believe i was having a HOT SHOWER in the wilderness.
I enjoyed the camp fire at night and also the beer after the Game Drives
The 2 nights i spent there was quite wonderful and i will definately make a point of visiting Rhino Camp once again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We were looking forward for the long weekend in the Masai Mara during the migration. We have booked the accommodation, I have received a confirmation of writing that all is well. So far, so good - Ken was helpful and everything went smooth. But when it came to confirm the booking, I was waiting to receive the details for making a payment. For couple days, Ken did not communicate and when we called him, our reservation was cancelled and double booked. We had everything in writing and yet the camp double-booked our rooms. They did not offer any other solution. During this period, camp knows they will have enough guests anyway, so they do not need to care about good service, but it is appalling, not serious and simply bad customer care. I will make sure to let our friends and colleagues know that they cannot count on the Rhino camp.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ololaimutia Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00200, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #93 of 109 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is an exclusive tented camp for those who want a true wild experience. The camp is situated within the Masai Mara Eco-system and near Ololaimutia Gate near sopa lodge and 230kms from Nairobi. Approximately 5 hours on tarmac and all weather Murram Road, situated outside the park. Flying is one hour to the nearest airstrip which is 30 minutes drive to the lodge. ... more   less 
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