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Rhino Post Safari Lodge
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

I visited Rhino Post for the first time in early July this year (2013) and everything about it was brilliant. The service from the moment we arrived was excellent and all the staff were very attentive and polite. The lodge itself is lovely - well decorated, well maintained, clean and tidy - and is beautifully situated on a dry river bed where there was plenty of wildlife to observe over lunch or between game drives from your room. On the day we arrived a large herd of buffalo came to drink from the waterhole opposite the dining room and we heard lion, hyena and leopard regularly at night. The room we had (room 4) was wonderful with a bath, outdoor shower and balcony overlooking the river bed. Each day we had two game drives and Colin our very knowledgeable guide went out of his way to try and find us everything that we wanted to see. We saw the Big 5, lions on every drive and even two Caracal!

The food was absolutely fantastic! I don't think that I have ever eaten so well! There were muffins and rusks before the morning drive followed by a hearty brunch on return (I'd recommend the omelettes) and then a buffet before the afternoon drive followed by a 3 course dinner on our return from that. For dinner there were two starters, three mains and two desserts to choose from, and the vegetarian options were some of the best I've had in South Africa.

Our time at Rhino Post was wonderful, there is nothing that I could fault and I can't wait to go back one day!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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IsibindiAfrica, Public Relations Manager at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2013

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. I have passed it on to our lodge staff who so appreciate feedback. We hope to see you again soon at Rhino Post or maybe one of our other beautiful Isibindi Lodges.
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Penny Rice
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

This was my second trip to Rhino Post; my first visit with my wife and three pre-teen children. It was a no-brainer going back after my first visit three years ago, but I wasn't sure how my children would like it. I needn't have worried. They LOVED it. Waking up with the sounds of the bush and with a herd of Nyala grazing around the lodge was ideallic. We continued to have many game sightings in and around the lodge. The food was great; the staff was even better. Friendly, extremely knowledgable and always helpful, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. For the second time, I experienced amazing "luck" with animal sightings. It really helps when you are staying in the park and have experienced guides that are keeping track of the game. Kim was fantastic with the children and very passionate and knowledgable. Each game drive had its own charm, excitment and new sightings. We will be back.

Room Tip: All the rooms are equally good - I don't think you can go wrong.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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IsibindiAfrica, Public Relations Manager at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2013

Dear Christopjer
Thank you so much for your review. Of course we are always delighted when guests give us positive feedback but it is extra pleasing to hear that your children had such a great experience at Rhino Post Safari Lodge.
We hope to see you at one of our lodges again in the not too distant future. Next time you plan a trip to South Africa may I suggest you also look at Thonga Beach Lodge - a children's paradise.
Happy Travels!
Kind regards
Penny Rice
Marketing Manager - ISIBINDI AFRICA LODGES

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Reviewed 10 July 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed at rhino post at the end of June during our trip to Kruger. We stayed at three different luxury lodges during our trip and rhino post was a standout. Their staff were extremely friendly and helpful with the game drive guides being very knowledgable helping us to see the big 5 and more.

We had come quite under prepared for how cold it would be and one of the staff kindly offered a jumper of her own to keep my girlfriend warm. This friendly service and great food make rhino post a must in Kruger.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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IsibindiAfrica, Public Relations Manager at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2013

Dear Jervo 14
Thank you for taking the time to give your review on Rhino Post Safari Lodge - we love to hear that our staff lived up to your expectations.
People don't believe us when we say bring warm clothes - it gets seriously cold on a game drive even in summer!
Happy Travels
Penny Rice
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Rhino Post Safari Lodge

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Reviewed 26 June 2013

Despite a 5 hour delay in crossing the Mozambique-South Africa border (can I write a TripAdvisor review for that process????) and arriving at Rhino Post much later than planned, our stay was amazing and I can't wait to go back. The customer service was top notch. The staff took an interest in getting to us a bit and made sure we were comfortable the whole time. The food was excellent. We were served a lovely 3 course meal. I recommend the soup option for the first course of dinner (mainly because it was so cold outside but also because it was delicious). There was a group of kids staying at the lodge at the same time, so they set up a private dining area for us which was nice. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. Best parts were the outdoor shower (even lovely in the winter), the bathtub, and the hot water bottle left inside the foot of the bed. They provided all the blankets we needed since we were there during the winter (June 2013) which can get pretty chilly. The morning game drive was lovely. They extended it a bit in hopes of seeing lions (never did unfortunately). DRESS WARM for the morning drive. It can be as low as 5 degrees Celcius (40 degrees Fahrenheit) at 6AM in the morning and there is a lot of wind on top of that in an open air game drive vehicle. I can't stress enough, DRESS WARM! IT'S COLD!!!

As we were leaving, a group of elephants visited the watering hole at the lodge. Was nice to watch them drink and play in the sand. The lodge actually gets lots of animal visitors which is why you aren't even allowed to walk around the facility alone at night. This makes it a lovely place to hang out and relax when you aren't doing a game drive.

This is a nice time of year to visit Kruger. Even though we were delayed and missed our afternoon game drive on the first day, we saw so many animals on the drive through the park. You can see a few of my photos at this website ... http://www.mjcassidy.com/2013/06/24/kruger-national-park/

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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IsibindiAfrica, Public Relations Manager at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2013

Dear MJ C
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We really do appreciate it and are thrilled that you had such a good stay at Rhino Post.
We look forward to welcoming you again in the not too distant future at one of our many lodges.
Kind regards
Penny Rice
MARKETING MANAGER
ISIBINIDI AFRICA LODGES

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Reviewed 19 June 2013

On arriving we were met by Sharon, who was very friendly, as were the rest of the staff,

Food: We arrived at 1pm, yet no offer of lunch was given to us (most other lodges will have a light lunch prepared for guests arriving at this time). High tea at 3.30pm was good, yet there was not a very big selection, and the amount of food was quite meagre considering it had to feed 16 guests. Dinner - the meat was good, yet 2 sticks of broccoli as the only veg was debatable. The breakfast omelette was terrible and all the veggies were raw, despite waiting about 10 minutes for the omelete to arrive. The food choices were also generic - plain store bought bread, cheddar cheese. Surely a lot as eco friendly as they claim to be could bake their own bread, etc?

Our ranger was very friendly, yet not the most knowledgeable of rangers. We've been to many camps and she was by far 1 of the worst rangers we've had. On the evening game drive, she was driving at about 60km/h so we could hardly spot any game and then said "ok, let's kill some time and stop for sundowners"...not very professional! On the morning game drive, she overslept and didn't do any wake up calls at 5.30. At 6.15 when we went for coffee and muffins, nothing had been set up yet (despite the fact that we were supposed to have left on our drive by 6am). We eventually left at 6.45am!! We returned to camp at the usual time - 10am, so we lost almost an hour of our game drive, with an apology of 'the rangers stayed up late watching for game'... She was quite good at her night time spotting though! Also no water bottles on the jeep in the morning - this is pretty standard for most camps these days...
Rooms - not luxury but not bad. I understand the idea of an outside shower is appealing, but not in the middle of winter after arriving back cold and dusty from a game drive. A quick hot shower would've been great, instead I had to wait about 20 mins for the bath to fill up half way with water. When I got into bed, my hot water bottle which had been put in the bed earlier had leaked and the entire bed/mattress was wet!! Not the way you want to end your evening.
This camp may be cheaper than others, but it's still not that cheap and considering the overall service, customer care and game drive experience, I definitely won't be going back!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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99Rhino, Manager at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2013

We are most disappointed to find that we had unhappy guests in the lodge, and were not aware of it soon enough to rectify things, and make their stay as special as they deserved. Meals included in our rates and automatically prepared are high tea, sundowner snacks, bar snacks, dinner, morning tea, morning drive tea and snacks, and brunch.

All guests arriving before 14h30 are offered the option of a light lunch on arrival - in this case that obviously didn't happen, and we are sincerely sorry for this oversight. A guest shouldn't have to ask for a meal, we were definitely at fault, but in case of the person checking them in forgetting to offer the additional meal, we do have an information booklet in the room which informs guests that they can call the reception and request a light lunch; we would have been grateful to have had the opportunity to do something for them.

With regard to the vegetables at dinner, on that particular night there were two vegetable dishes, long stemmed broccolli and vegetable couscous. The guest asked for her meal without the vegetable couscous, so only had one type of vegetable. I do agree that the chef should have added extra broccolli to her plate to make up for the lack of other vegetables, and have spoken to him to ensure that in future when guests want to skip an item on the plate, to serve extra of the other items.

Aslo on the food front, cheddar cheese is provided at breakfast time, as it appears to be the most popular breakfast cheese. Cheeses served on other occassions: after dinner cheese platters and at tea time include, camembert, brie, roquefort, white rock with fruit, goats cheese and a changing variety of smoked cheeses. We do have bread supplied to us from a local bakery for breakfast - this is a community project, all other bread rolls, breads served at dinner, cakes and biscuits are baked on site daily.

We really wish the guest had given us a call when she discovered her leaking hot water bottle; I can't imagine how uncomfortable she must have been sleeping in a wet bed, and we would certainly have replaced her bedding and hot water bottle. I met with these guests at tea time on their day of arrival, and asked them if they were comfortable and had everything they needed, and asked them to let me know if there was anything we could help with at any time.

Their guide oversleeping in the morning was unacceptable. This has been attended to and the guide agrees that she made a poor decision staying up late the previous night to see the end of a hyena hunt in front of the lodge. She has acknowledged her misdemeanour and accepted a written warning. The late morning tea and coffee, and not offering water bottles for the vehicle were all a result of her being rushed and flustered having overslept, and were included in her disciplinary action.

We are aware that guests don't like to complain, or send food back etc. But we would have been very grateful for the opportunity to provide them with something more to their liking. We are very keen on having happy guests, and don't think of complaints as anything but an opportunity to help us to get it right!

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Reviewed 9 June 2013

Thanks to Rangers Joey and Martin, we, on our 8th trip to Africa, finally saw wild dogs. Rhino Post Lodge is a magic place, the friendliest safari lodge of the many we have stayed at over the years. It is peaceful and quiet. We truly enjoyed the delicious communal meals on the terrace and in the bush. We will be back in Winter 2015 and plan on spending one evening watching the waterhole across the dry riverbed.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank R O
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IsibindiAfrica, Public Relations Manager at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2013

Dear RO
Thank you so much for your review! So thrilled you had such a good experience.
We have been so privileged to get such good sightings of Wild Dog this year.
Looking forward to welcoming you back next year!
Kind regards
Penny Rice
Marketing Manager
ISIBINDI AFRICA LODGES

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Reviewed 9 May 2013

Worderfull. We are from Brazil. The guide TJ was 100% perfect. Congratulations . I DO RECOMMED. Go with kids will be better. Definetelly you must love wild life. meals 100% .we want be back next year.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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IsibindiAfrica, Public Relations Manager at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2013

Thank you for your review. We really value people's feedback. Hope to see you back with your children soon.
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Penny Rice
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Isibindi Africa Lodges

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Address: Mutlumuvi Concession, Kruger National Park 1350, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 175 Speciality Lodging in Kruger National Park
Hotel Class:4 star — Rhino Post Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rhino Post Safari Lodge is situated at the southern end of our 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park. The concession shares a 15km unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala and Sabi Sand reserve with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves. The concession is noted as an excellent game viewing area with encounters with the Big Five and where good sightings of wild animals can be expected. Rhino Post Safari Lodge is set under magnificent Tamboti trees on the banks of the Mutlumuvi Riverbed. The nature of a wilderness area is that there are no permanent structures, so Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built with natural materials – stone, wood, thatch and canvas - to give it an authentic bush feel. Each of the 8 suites are beautifully decorated with the bedroom and lounge area having wonderful views of the riverbed. ... more   less 
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