My bf and I stayed at Rhino Tourist Camp for a 2-night/3-day safari and was assigned Room 1983 - one of the covered structures (not the tent). Upon stepping inside, you notice that the structure hadn't been built properly. The corners of the ceilings were open, leaving room for critters to crawl in (had a nasty lizard surprise in the bed in the morning). The mattresses were fine, but the linens had weird black/brown specs on it that could've been dirt or bedbugs. It was the bathroom that shocked us the most. It was unfinished, dirty, full of bugs (spiders among others). I said to my bf that it was the type of bathroom you'd see in horror movies where people get killed. Some sort of worm-slug crawled into the shower area from the cracks in the ceiling while my bf showered. It stayed in the shower and left in the morning. They provide mosquito nets but they have large, gaping holes in them, which negates the purpose of a net. When I woke up after the first morning, I found a large bug bite on my lower back, despite having slept under the net and wearing layers. I don't even want to think about how the bug got under my shirt.
Service was also poor. We were having problems with getting hot water, so we went to get an attending person to help. She said she would come right away. 20 mins later of literally sitting and waiting for her, she doesn't show up, so we go find her again. She's sitting in the dining area chatting with her friend over tea!! Um hello? We asked for your help 20 mins ago. She acted as though we were bothering her, and said she would come after she finished her tea. Expect this type of service at this establishment.
Food was buffet-style and decent but not a lot of variety. Just 1 veggie dish, 1 meat dish, some rice, some noodles. Breakfast was toast, eggs, fruit, pancakes. We didn't get food poisoning, which is a plus. Kenyan tea available all day.
Like other camps, electricity and hot water are only available during certain hours.
All in all, I would NOT stay here again, and would NOT recommend others to stay here either unless you like "roughing it" and waking up with strange bites and lizards. I felt nasty after 2 nights here.
- Also Known As:
- Rhino Tourist Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve
- 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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