A rustic luxury escape from life as you know it…
The Boma at Rhino Safari Camp
The hour journey from Kariba harbour cruising across the lake with the wind in your hair, leaving normality behind you, truly makes you feel like you’re escaping to somewhere special and we were.
Arriving at the lodge
As we slowed nearing the camp, Pearson the skipper pointed out to us the remote stilted wooden cabins that would be our home for the next four nights.
This was going to be fun, and as we disembarked around the bay, we could see hippo and elephant on the shoreline. There was nothing I could do to stop myself from smiling, I love Zimbabwe!!!!
Fancy heading to Lake Kariba...
… for an unforgettable experience?
Lake Kariba is around 356km (221 miles) from Harare, at present there are no scheduled commercial flights, so your best option is to drive. Allow 5 to 6 hours for your journey, the roads are tarmac, however, can be slightly hectic at times. But don't let this put you off Lake Kariba is a magical experience.
There are also two tolls en-route which are two Zimbabwe Bond each.
Obviously, some of the camp rules go without saying; however, it’s always good to be reminded. One of the most important things to remember is, do not attempt to walk back to your cabin after dark without an accompanying guide.
Rhino Safari Camp is right on the edge of Matusadona National Park, and you have chosen to share your living accommodation with African wildlife. So, you must ensure you are escorted back when night falls, and the resident wildlife awakens.
This may sound obvious, but ensure you apply sun cream, wear a hat and don’t forget your camera and binoculars.
A little bit of luxury, I know, but we use Swarovski CL Pocket 8x25 Binoculars, and they are incredible.
Idyllic peaceful surroundings
You would not tire of this view, would you?
Our lodge - no.5
Enjoy the moment
A handy travel device
We took a small solar panel with us, which we used to charge our battery packs, phones and tablets.
New to Africa?
We have a couple of posts that may help you answer some of your questions - 'Preparing for your African Safari' & 'An African safari, 11 things to know, before you go'.
Hopefully, you'll find these helpful, or you can always as a question below if you want?
When evening falls
A helpful guide
If you're considering an adventure around Zimbabwe, then your in for a holiday of a lifetime. I always find it incredibly useful to plan our trips with the help of a guide book.
Take a look at this informative Bradt guide, it will give you great tips and advice.
The choice is yours
For the morning activities, you are given a 6am call, and you should be ready to be heading out on your chosen safari around 6:30 to 6:45am. For your evening adventure, you are required to prepared by 4pm, I was always ready early as I couldn’t wait.
All the activities are highly personalised, and as the camp is quite small, you feel like every experience is just for you.
You never know what’s lies ahead
A lesson learnt
It was about 3:30pm, and I was putting on my sun cream for our 4pm collection by Mark (our guide), when I heard a rumbling noise not too far away from our cabin. Gary didn’t hear it so after a quick look around, I carried on. Then it happened again, and this time, Gary heard it. I didn’t know what it was, but it sounded close.
Gary was poised with his camera; we were looking around the lodge from the safety of the cabin as it looked down on most things. Suddenly we heard a rustle and could see movement in the trees next to us. As we took a closer look, we could see the glimpse of white, and it was an elephant’s tusks and boy it was large, it was a bull elephant.
This doesn’t happen every day
Gary and I watched in disbelief as it was stripping the leaves off the trees next to us. The elephant didn’t even realise we were there. We then heard further rustling and could tell that there were even more out there.
From our brief, when we arrived, we were told not to leave the lodge if we could see any large animals. We were certainly going to adhere to that. The elephant were coming from the direction of the main lodge, so we were hoping the guides had seen them. Or at least start knocking for us if we didn’t turn up.
This was a bit of an adrenaline rush; we were indeed in the midst of the African world.
I looked down the end of the path and could see Mark slowly coming towards us, and also Tettindra was calling to check up on us. The big bull elephant had moved further along; however, there were still a few around. Mark escorted us out to the front of the lodge, and we headed back that way.
It wasn’t until we passed the other lodges that we realised some of the other people were still unable to leave their cabin, as a few more elephant was munching just by their cabin entrance. Slowly but surely, they moved on, and we all got to the main lodge and relived our little adventure.
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Incredible night sky
Obviously, we couldn’t go out on our own, so Karl and Mark chaperoned us back to our lodge to help us create the night sky photo. Just with the naked eye, it is incredible what you can see, in the short time we were standing there, we witnessed three shooting stars.
We also learnt how to spot the Southern Cross and how you can establish where south is.
Don’t take it for granted
Returning back to Kariba
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