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Rhino Safari Camp is an authentic, owner operated, luxury rustic bush camp situated on the shoreline of Lake Kariba on the western boundary of the Matusadona National Park where the Ume River joins the lake.

The 7 rooms are stilted, built of wood with extended thatched eves and reed half walls, each with its own panoramic view of Lake Kariba.  Each room has its own en suite flush toilet, running water, hand basin and open air shower. The camp grounds are untamed and unfenced, wildlife is free to roam through the camp grounds. Elephants often visit the camp during siesta time, browsing on the dense jesse bush.

Guests are offered their creature comforts, deliberately comfortable beds, walk in mosquito nets, hot showers, tasty freshly prepared wholesome meals, cold drinks and outstanding wildlife experiences.

Professional guides escort you to the rooms at night, and the camp manager and guides host guests during meals, tea time and around the evening drinks by the fire on the beach.

Most of the year, weather permits dinner to be held in the open air dining area beneath the stars.



7 Raised Wood and Thatch Chalets with ensuite facilities located on the lower level of the chalet and consist of flush toilet, hand basin and open-air shower.

Open Season

Open all year round

Safari Experience

Game viewing is limited to a maximum of seven guests per guide allowing exclusive wildlife experiences in open game viewing Land Rovers.

An early departure from camp means rising with the sun and eating a light breakfast before heading out in an open game-viewing vehicle.

Longer distances are covered in the vehicle, stopping along the way to examine interesting spoor, photograph birds and mammals going about their daily business and disembarking when interesting fresh tracks are seen.

An armed professional guide will lead you through the bush following tracks and clues.

Depending on ‘the news’, the morning game viewing can last from a couple of hours to six hours, walking in different areas tracking the Big Five, or pausing to photograph natures wonders in the clear light found in this remote unpopulated area.

You will return to camp for brunch and siesta, regrouping in the mid afternoon for tea or coffee served with cake, and then heading out for a late afternoon drive, walk or sunset cruise.

Fishing is also offered as an activity but specialist tackle must be brought with you.  Boat cruises, bird watching are also excellent activities.

As Rhino Safari Camp is within an Intensive Protection Zone, this camp does not conduct night drives.

Wildlife & Birdlife

This is genuine Big 5 country – the Matusadona National Park is a designated IPZ (Intensive Protection Zone) for the highly endangered black rhinoceros.  Wildlife is in abundance here, lion, leopard and of course elephants are regular visitors around camp as well as antelope species.

There are over 350 documented bird species, resident and migratory, including seasonal Narina Trogon (rare), raptors, owls, hornbills, plovers, herons, egrets, kingfishers, sunbirds and bee eaters.

There are healthy populations of hippos and crocodiles.

Lake fishing includes the legendary Tiger Fish, numerous Bream species, Cornish Jack, Vundu, Bottlenose and Catfish.

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