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“Nothing fancy, but really nice...” 5 of 5 stars
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Rhino Tourist Camp
Ololaimutia Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00200, Kenya   |  
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Nothing fancy, but really nice...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're looking for something super fancy, this isn't the place for you...but if you're looking for a decent place to stay to visit the game reserve, then it's a pretty nice place to stay. The rooms are old school military tents, rather well taken care of, you have your own bathroom, the food is decent. If you want luxury, not the place for you, if you want a nice place to stay, go for it.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is a good place to stay. The people working there were nice, and it was awesome to wake up in the early morning to the sounds of lions roaring and hyenas laughing. I know nothing about the food because we had our own chef with us on our safari.

Stayed June 2014
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Kongsvinger, Norway, Europe
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I camped here with two of my girlfriends, and we were habing a blast! Great food, hospitality and location! I absolutely recommend this camp for the ultimate camp feeling. There are of course cabins wich are buldings of cement and most of the other 'rooms' are tents under solid roofs. We went to bed and woke up hearing the roar of the lions. Priceless!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Avoid Hut 1983. The bathroom will give you nightmares.
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Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We stayed at Rhino Tourist Camp for a two-night, three-day safari, and I was pleasantly surprised . I was not expecting much from a budget camp, but the place was clean, and the staff was friendly. We stayed in a tent, and towels, soap and flip-flops were provided. The food was simple, but good.

Unfortunately, we were sleeping in the first tent next to the kitchen, and the noise from the generator at night and in the early morning was annoying. We also had to watch out for the monkeys. The camp is located near the Masai villages, which we found a sobering introduction to Kenya's poverty. Rhino Tourist Camp is not the place for a luxurious game-watching experience, but it does the trick for budget-conscious travelers. I'd recommend it for people who want to see the Mara, but not spend 800$ for a short stay.

Room Tip: Tents away from the kitchen are quieter; the generator is terribly noisy, and the monkeys like to ba...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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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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Dubai
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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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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 108 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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