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Muuyu Island / Elephant Point Matusadona National Park, 0000 Zimbabwe
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 03/22/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 4 Specialty lodging in Lake Kariba
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An luxury rustic bush camp, situated within the Matusadona National Park on the shorelines of Lake Kariba. Guests are accommodated in seven twin bedded stilted wood and thatch chalets, each with its own en suite open air shower and flush toilet. Each chalet is on the edge of the jesse bush, facing the lake so they benefit from the cooling breeze from the water. It is not uncommon to have the wildlife walking in front and around the rooms, which allows for "close and personal" encounters with the game. Game viewing activities include drives, walks and tracking, and sunset cruises all in the company of a professional guide. For those guests who like to drop a line in the water, we also offer fishing for bream and the world renowned tiger fish, and Elephant Point is regarded as an excellent area to fish in. The Matusadona National Park is home to the Big Five, being lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and the endangered black rhino as well as a host of smaller plains game and over 350 species of birds recorded in the area, making it a birders paradise. Rhino Safari Camp can be accessed by speed boat transfer from Kariba or from the nearby Kiplings/Rhokari and Bumi Hills airstrips. Meals are homestyle and freshly prepared at camp and meal times revolve around the game viewing needs of our guests. The guides and camp manager/owner host guests and offer them a relaxed homely environment in which to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the wilderness of the Matusadona National Park. We look forward to your visit....NO FENCES - PURE NATURE
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Rachel B wrote a review Apr 8
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There is something magical about being in such untouched and untainted african bush, living alongside wild animals. Rhino safaris have found the perfect balance between luxury and raw wilderness. The hospitality was 10/10 and I love that we were made to feel like long lost family- a uniquely Zimbabwean quality and, what I feel, makes the Country so special. It absolutely did not disappoint and I would return in a heart beat. If you love the bush then this is the ultimate experience.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 3 days ago
Thank you Rachel, so glad you and Tim were able to squeeze in a last foray into the bush and that you enjoyed your time with us. It was a pleasure having you stay and hope that your move went well and uneventful. Take care of yourselves and enjoy your new adventure.
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KayBeeZim wrote a review Jan 2021
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All booking details went smoothly. The transfer across was rain and weather delayed but return was not. Welcomed by staff and had a welcome lunch - food continued to be of a high home style fare on a self service basis under Covid and social distance protocols. Guides for boating/ fishing, walking, and driving were informative and friendly as were all camp support staff. Staff very aware of open surrounds which made for secure passages between boma and room on an accompanied basis. Still looking for negative suggestions. Simply great all round and worthy of another visit soon! The Camp has done well to achieve such a quality standard in nature!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Karl Wright, Owner at Rhino Safari Camp
Responded Jan 17, 2021
Thanks for taking the time to do a review and the vote of confidence in our special spot. It was our pleasure hosting you and the family. We are looking forward to seeing you again in September, by which time hopefully the need to sanitise and social distance will be a thing of the past.....! And you won't believe it, but in the few days after you left, we had the saddle bills, woodland + giant kingfishers, bateleur, peregrin falcon, white backed vulture, osprey, lesser kestrel, etc. They must have been in hiding while you were here. I am guessing the storms must have had an impact and am sure you will easily break the 100+ on your next trip. Take care and keep safe.
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asuntrips wrote a review Mar 2021
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We are just back from another incredible bush experience at Rhino Safari Camp. This beautifully managed camp is discreetly set in the jesse bush in an isolated spot on the shores of Lake Kariba. Accommodation is in twin bedded, low impact thatched chalets on stilts with a fantastic open air bathroom to the back. The best part of staying at Rhino is the incredible feeling of being in the midst of the African bush, watching wild life and birds walk and fly past from the safety of your own room. But the real reason we keep going back is the personalized and dedicated attention we always get from the highly knowledgeable professional guides, staff and owners. No matter how many times you visit, Rhino always offers a new bush discovery and special memories of another great African holiday.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Room Tip: All rooms are perfect, they all have excellent private views to the lake
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Response from Karl Wright, Owner at Rhino Safari Camp
Responded 4 weeks ago
It is always a pleasure and fun to host you both and obviously your young men, whenever they are back in Zim. Thank you for your vote of confidence in what we offer, it is very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you next weekend again :).
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Severine V wrote a review Mar 2021
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Our family of four has just returned from a great 3-night stay at Rhino Safari Camp! Jenny and Karl were very friendly and hospitable, our guides Gareth and Peter were very knowledgeable and kind. The boat captain was extremely nice and patient, showing the children how to fish and they loved it. The accommodation was beautiful with an amazing outdoor shower! The food was very good and our son loved it! The weather was not what we had expected, lots or rain and less animals than hoped, but despite all that, we had a wonderful time and saw amazing birds. We will most definitely be returning during the dry season!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for your review Severine and so happy to hear that you enjoyed! Looking forward to seeing you all later in the year and for sure with less rain and less dense jesse bush, the game viewing will be easier and more productive. Also the night skies will be less cloudy and you will likely be astonished by the sheer number of stars in heavens, which are so visible when showering :). Take care and see you soon.
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Harry Idensohn wrote a review Feb 2021
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A good location - buildings and infrastructure were tired. Food was very ordinary. The learner guide, Gareth, was very accommodating and pleasant. Weather and a mechanical breakdown caused us to miss our arrival - something that can and does happen on Kariba. Despite the fact that no cancellation policy was outlined at the time of making payment no refund for the extra night paid was forthcoming despite requests for same (camp was empty so no loss due to turning others way for our booking) a cancellation policy was then magically produced. Disappointing approach towards customer service particularly in a time when attracting and retaining customers is so important. Added to this upon our return trip - following their boat across the Lake in rough waters we suffered a breakdown - there was a reluctance by their boat captain to tow us to safety - when this did occur we were towed to an uninhabited island and were it not for the wonderful well meaning American guests on their boat, who refused to leave us until the boat mechanic arrived, we would have been left there with zero means of communication and only the promise by Rhino Island that the mechanic was on his way....... on top of this we were requested to provide their boat captain with fuel for the tow he had provided us....... so much for assisting a vessel in distress! As a proud Zimbabwean I feel saddened that this is the level of service and caring that is being offered by one of my compatriots. Needless to say the American tourists were shocked and dismayed at this attitude as was I.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Harry, thank you for your review. I was sure we had discussed this around the table in terms of Gareth being very multi-talented and aside from his guiding work, he is also very busy, between bookings, refurbishing our rooms, replacing stairs, bathroom floors, new water piping, etc, etc. Late last year we invested heavily in a new solar system and we are also working with someone to upgrade and brighten up the decor in our rooms / boma area. We are also working on new lighting system in the rooms and we hope all of this will be finalised sooner than later, obviously C-19 combined with the economic situation in Zimbabwe has slowed this process down a lot more than we would have liked. In terms of the other parts of your review, we are sincerely sorry that it came to this, whereby you followed up with your threat to tarnish our reputation if we didn't offer you a refund, despite the fact that we offered you a night's accommodation at another time, which you did not accept. As explained before you left, had we not been fully booked the day you departed, we would have gladly offered you the extra night complimentary, to make up for the first night where you didn't make it to us. Bearing in mind this is not something that you were entitled to or that we were obliged to offer. It is well known that failing to checking-in to a hotel or onto a flight or collecting a car on the day booked, normally results in the entire booking being cancelled….. We on the other hand didn't cancel your booking, as we are fairly understanding of situations that can arise. We have often assisted guests with extra night’s accommodation or juggled their dates when they have been delayed by things like late flights, congestion at the border, illness, weather or other such circumstances that were actually out of their control. In fact the guests who were in camp with you had made an error on their dates and luckily, due to a postponement of a large confirmed group who weren’t able to travel, we were able bring the ladies booking forward by a week, without any penalty or additional charges to suit what they needed. The postponement of the large group was also the reason why we were able to accommodate yourself at late notice. At the time you made your booking, there were several emails and on every one of our emails, there is a link to our trading conditions. So it is surprising that you mention that no cancellation policy was outlined and it “was then magically produced”, as this information was readily available by clicking the link and if it was something you needed to see and hadn't noticed the link, you could always have requested it from us. With you seemingly having travelled to many international and local destinations, it is surprising that you weren’t aware that cancellation policies are fairly standard and ours is based on industry norms? In terms of your stay with us, the entry left in our visitor's book clearly contradicts your review above : We had the most amazing time at this beautiful camp. The fishing was incredible. I caught my first tiger. Yay!! Loved seeing all the wildlife. P.S. Pete is an absolute legend! Please remember that your delay in arriving was not “an act of God” as you mentioned…. Rather it was as a result of not having used your boat for a significant number of months and yet it seems you did not have it serviced or even lake tested before crossing the lake. You even stated in an email that you were worried about it still being “ship-shape”?! It would thus appear that this was an avoidable situation. Contrary to your assertion that the weather was partly to blame, it was actually fine that day and had no bearing on you not being able to cross the lake. When it was clear to us that it would take too long to repair and you would not have enough daylight to cross to us that day, we contacted you and offered for you to cross the following morning in our transfer boat at a very reduced cost, which you declined our offer. Our idea was that this would give you peace of mind that you would not have further mechanical issues to deal with. Due to the fact that we are 45km across the lake, we do recommend that guests use our transfers unless they are fully conversant with our side of the lake and their boats are of a suitable size and mechanically sound for the distance to be covered. As you had already checked-out and departed our #SpecialSpot, what transpired on your way back to Kariba should not have any bearing on the review of your stay at Rhino Safari Camp, but seeing as you have decided to include this in your review, we will comment on it with our version of events….. We have surmised that you possibly had a feeling that your boat was going to give further problems on the way back to Kariba on the day of departure and as a result you waited in the harbour until our boat with the other guests departed, in order to follow it to Kariba. This in hindsight was a good thing, because you did not have any form of working communication and had you broken down without our boat nearby, it would likely have been a very different outcome considering the lake conditions that morning. In a situation whereby a boat breaks down on Lake Kariba, it is incumbent on the party who offers assistance to take the other party to the closest place of safety / dry land. When you broke down you tried to insist that our well renowned and VERY experienced captain, Funnyboy, towed you to Kariba, which at that point was 30km away!! Unfortunately there were storms all around and large waves forming, so our captain used his discretion and towed you to Long Island which was 15km away in the direction of Kairba. He could have actually towed you to the Matusadona shoreline, which was much closer at only 7km away, but felt this was not safe with the wild animals and it was not in the direction of Kariba. So yes, whilst there was “a reluctance” on his part to tow you all the way to Kariba, he certainly wasn’t reluctant to assist you. He had to balance his concern about the safety of the guests on our boat and being able to safely rescue you, considering the lake conditions and the fact that several ropes had snapped whilst trying to tow you initially. This "uninhabited island", as you call it, is 15km from Kariba and 7km from Fothergill and it is well known to residents of Kariba and people who boat on the lake. The island is essentially flat and only around 1km long and 800m wide, so not somewhere one could get lost and/or not be found, which is what you had implied to the other guests and why they were concerned about leaving you there. There was very limited, if any, chance of anything untoward happening to you at Long Island whilst waiting for your mechanic. Often kapenta rigs moor at Long Island due to its’ close proximity to Kariba and sheltered bays. You initially departed Kariba in the full knowledge that your boat had potential issues and did so without any form of reliable communication and as a result during this ordeal the numerous calls between yourself, your mechanic, Funnyboy and ourselves, were using Funnyboy's phone. We contacted your mechanic and he confirmed he was on the way and would be there in about an hour. Having updated you to this fact, you refused for Funnyboy to depart with our guests, despite the fact that Funnyboy had towed to you a shallow cove on the island, out of the waves, which had started to settle by this stage, with your boat securely beached on the shoreline. We needed to get our guests, who had been delayed many hours as a result of this issue, back to Kariba whilst there was a lull in the storms and also collect other guests, who had also been waiting in Kariba for some hours, to be transferred to camp. So we asked Funnyboy to let you use his phone so you could speak to your mechanic personally, for you to confirm for yourself that he was on the way and that he knew exactly where you were, so that you had peace of mind that you were not being abandoned and would be rescued. Your mechanic confirmed to you that he was on the water and was about 20 or so minutes away. Even with this knowledge, you still refused to let Funnyboy depart and only did so once your mechanic had physically arrived and parked his boat next to yours. If you recall, we had also offered for you to cross to Kariba in our boat with the other guests, leaving your boat at Long Island, with the idea that we would ask your mechanic to either tow your boat back himself or turn around and go back to Kariba to collect you and return to your boat. You opted not to take up this offer. Having spent around 2 hours under heavy load towing you (our transfers normally only take a total of an hour) and factoring in that he had initially travelled about 20 minutes before assisting you and still needed to travel another 20 or so minutes to Kariba, Funnyboy was naturally concerned about whether he had enough fuel left to reach Kariba. He advised you of his concerns and you seemed unwilling to give him the 20L of fuel he thought he might need to reach Kariba safely. He did not ask you to replace what had actually been used towing you, which was a lot more. He then contacted us to for further instructions, so we then spoke to you and asked if you had spare fuel available, to which you responded that you did (not having used anything whilst being towed). We requested that you allow Funnyboy to take some just in case and it seems you begrudgingly gave him a caddy tank that had been used so it only had roughly 10L to 15L left in it. This fuel was not requested as any form of payment, it was merely to ensure that we didn't have further complications that day, by potentially running out. We would never and have never considered charging a recovery fee for the serious wear and tear, fuel used, snapped ropes, etc that occurs when towing another boat, especially in rough water. We do stand by Funnyboy’s actions and have no second thoughts that he, or we, did anything wrong or untoward. He has been captaining boats on Kariba for 30 years, 15 of which with ourselves!! and has literally thousands of hours experience on this lake. Over the years, we have helped stranded boaters or local fishermen and never had a situation like this where we have been castigated by someone who we have assisted, who has then conveniently omitted / twisted a lot of what transpired to try tarnish our good name over a refund that was not due, despite having offered accommodation at a later date. We too are VERY proud Zimbabweans and our levels of service and willingness to assist anyone, no matter the circumstances, is something we strive for all the time and this is often reflected in reviews from our guests. A lengthy response unfortunately, but we felt all the facts needed to be presented to give a fair balance to this review.
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$461 - $880 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
ZimbabweMatabeleland North ProvinceLake Kariba
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rhino Safari Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Rhino Safari Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Rhino Safari Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rhino Safari Camp?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Does Rhino Safari Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Rhino Safari Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rhino Safari Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Does Rhino Safari Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.