Rhino Safari Camp occupies a superb spot on the shores of Lake Kariba inside Matusadona National Park, a big 5 area. As well as having access to the park itself, the camp also enjoys exclusive access the its own private area. It's a simple, rustic and authentic camp with an outdoorsy feel. It's owner run by Jenny Nobes and on meeting her you will immediately see her passion for the wilderness and the wildlife it contains and it's fairly contageous. You can wake each morning to the cries of the African Fish Eagle, fall asleep to the grunting of hippo or the slow munching of elephants as they feed nearby. The camp isn't fenced so animals are free to wander through.
The main building is a two storey affair. The lower level has a sandy floor giving a beachy feel to the main building, and here you will find the lounge, bar and dining area. Upstairs, shaded by a thatch roof is another lounge area and an alternative dining venue with stunning views of the lake. Wholesome, tasty, home-cooked food is served at a large communal table, dinner is often hosted by Jenny herself. The sides to this building are open allowing the breezes to flow through. There is a small pool set to the front which is perfect for a refreshing dip in the afternoon heat.
Accommodation is in 7 thatched chalets, each on its own stilt platform along the shoreline. Reed half walls at the sides and back allow for natural ventilation. The open fronts are screened with drop-down reed mats. The rooms are spacious and have comfortable twin beds, a wardrobe, seating area and dressing table. All this is complimented by the stunning views of the lake. At the back of each room, at a slightly lower level, is the en-suite with open air shower, flush toilet and hand basin. Hot running water is in plentiful suppy.
Rhino Safari Camp may be at the simple, no fuss end of the scale, but the service, guiding, food and hospitality are not compromised in the slightest. The activities centre mainly around the water with sunset cruises a must and fishing here is popular with tiger fish and the vundu catfish in abundance. Walking safaris are done here with the experienced guides and there is the option of vehicle safaris too, which are often combined with walking.
Open: Rhino Safari Camp is open all year round.
Location: The camp is in the north west corner of Matusadona National Park.
Rooms: There are 7 chalets built on raised platforms. They are simple and open-sided with reed half-walls and a thatch room. To the rear at a slightly lower level is the en-suite bathroom with oudoor shower, basin and flush toilet.
Activities: The location of Rhino Safari Camp lends itself beautifully to boat trips on the water. Where better to enjoy a sundowner than while floating gently on the smooth waters of Kariba. Fishing here is popular too, if you've not fished before the guides will be happy to help. Game drives and walking safaris allow you to get out and see more of the area, and also enjoy the smaller things that you might otherwise miss from a vehicle.
Facilities: There is a comfortable 2 storey main buidling with lounges, dining areas, and a small bar. To the front of camp is a small swimming pool and also a fire-pit area where you can enjoy pre/post dinner drinks while you chat to fellow travellers.
Dining: Meals are served at a large communal tables. When possible, you will dine under the stars.
Children: Children over the age of 16 are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access in camp. Mobile signal can be received from Kariba town and Zambia, but this can be intermittent.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499