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Rhino Post Safari Lodge
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Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

Rhino Post is a safari place that does resort. This lodge doesn't have fences, meaning that the animals can roam through the place. We had giraffes, many antelope, and a lion come through in the 2 days we were there. So if you want a more refined resort-type of place, this might be too much for you. The layout does lead to some amazing safari opportunities, though.

Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgable and passionate about the park. The cabins were very comfortable w plenty of space, a nice bed, an outdoor shower (and indoor soaker tub), and a nice deck. The location, on a wide wash across from a watering hole, is great.

Aside from the touring about, the food here was top notch. Some of the best food we had during our entire trip. The chef was outstanding!

We would definitely return here!

Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

I only booked Rhino Post because all of the camps in the area were full, and I'm glad they were! The lodge is tasteful, small and cozy, with super, super friendly staff. Just 8 rooms/16 people so very private and quiet -- on the other hand because of the game drives and meals at communal tables all guests mingle very quickly. Though it may sound weird (with all the animal sightings), champagne brunch on the deck with fellow travelers was the highlight of my stay.

I found Kruger itself a little crowded and not as wild as e.g. Etosha in Namibia, but would absolutely come back to this lodge.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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2  Thank Lifou T
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Rhino post is a gorgeous lodge posted overlooking a river bed where many different animals frequent. The lodge itself is tasteful and simple, which helps it blend with the surroundings. It feels very natural in its setting. The bar is situated by the fire overlooking the watering hole, which lets you watch wildlife while having a cocktail. We had a pride of lions cruise in one night, so we got to listen to them calling while we sipped gin and tonics. Awesome night.

Our guide, Marius, was fantastic. We only had two days with him, so he took us on an extended drive to let us see as much as we could. We had great luck. In two days we saw, cheetah, rhino, lion, leopard, elephant, many birds, baboon, monkeys, and buffalo. Hard to argue with that type of success in such a short time. Marius was also very engaging, which made the drives more interesting. Great guy.

My only qualm with the lodge is that in the dry season the drivers tend to spend most of their time on the tire roads. This is because the game viewing tends to be better there that time of year. What this means though is that you stay on a private concession and then drive where everybody else drives. While staying in the park itself is special, if you don't utilize the private concession roads then there isn't really a huge benefit to spending the extra money to stay on the concession. I trust that the guides drive on the tire road to optimize your animal viewing, so I by no means mean to question their judgement or motivations for being on the main roads. I just prefer the experience of being on dirt paths and seeing fewer cars.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Rhino Post is really lovely. They seem to strive towards eco-friendly with low lighting..etc. The rooms are stationary tents with a wonderful view of the river and private patio. Loved the deep claw foot bathtub.

Our guide was Joey who was fun and enthusiastic. Some of the most enjoyable times on the game drives was looking at the incredible African sky and scenery and not just animal tracking (which was great as well!). We very much appreciated Joey's skills and information. The pros of going to Kruger is the likelihood that you will see lots and lots of variety of animals. The cons to Kruger is that you cannot go off road and need to stay on main streets. simply a trade-off. just different experiences and both have advantages.

The dinner is a plated and served at long table with all other guests. Definitely an attempt to build companionship. Our meals were o.k. and the sentiment was shared by other guests that they were not the best. Good - just not the best. There seemed to be some odd tension between various members of the staff. all seemed friendly enough but something seemed off.

overall it was very nice place and some of these things just come down to personal taste and possibly timing.

Room Tip: room 4 was very nice.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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IsibindiAfrica, Manager at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

Dear Julieann

Thank you very much for the lovely feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. I would like to apologise for the food being not up to its usual standard, as well as the staff tension which you picked up on.

Firstly, the food: Our Executive Chef was on honeymoon and our Sous Chef was poached by a competitor, leaving without notice, so we were forced to temporarily rely on relief chefs sent by an employment agency. I do apologise, and am glad to say that we're back to normal now, with our Executive Chef back in charge, and our new Sous Chef learning the ropes.

Secondly: You did correctly pick up on an awkward situation with a particular staff member - your feedback has been most helpful in assisting us in dealing with this issue, thank you. It was an unusual circumstance, and as a rule our team are a very close knit and happy one. I can only apologise that this incident affected your stay with us; it is very disappointing, and I do not believe that it will happen again.

I hope that we will have the opportunity to host you again, so that you can experience the food and staff under normal circumstances. Thank you again for your positive feedback.

Kind regards

Nikki

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

This was by far the best hotel/ experience of our trip. The hotel is small so we felt like it was our own personal safari lodge. The rooms combine a rustic feel with luxury amenities perfectly. The game drives are so much fun. We loved our guide (thanks Colin!) and couldn't wait to go on the drives twice a day. Each time we went out it was a new adventure full of lots of animals. The food was great. Meals are eaten with the other guests and some of the staff. We loved having a drink after dinner by the fire while watching for animals at the water hole. All of the staff were fantastic and super friendly. We can't say enough good things about this hotel. I'll be recommending it to everybody I know until I get a chance to return!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Wonderful location, in front of a river bed, lovely decoration, cosy atmosphere.
Excellent kitchen, wine cellar, fabulous and spacious accomodation with verandahs facing the river bed. One doesn't need to worry which room/tent to chose as they all face the river bed. Very good on safety.
Excellent staff, from management to kitchen.
A must return.

Room Tip: No need to worry as all rooms face the river bed
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

This little lodge is a gem . Beautifully situated on a river bank and nestled in between the trees. The accommodation is half tent / half room with an outside shower and a big indoor bath overlooking the river . Even though there are no curtains , your room is private and generally you are rising well before the sun - 5:30 in our case. Staff are incredibly friendly and remember your name ! Food is out of this world. Lavish brunches and 3 course dinners will have you beaming. The desserts will have you sighing with delight . And not to forget the snacks on your evening and morning game drives, AND the fabulous afternoon teas! The game viewing was superb .... The big 5 and an astounding 4 packs of wild dogs!!! Plus a leopard with a kill. Their ranger really went the extra mile- thanks Joey! You will not be disappointed .

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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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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