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Rhino River Camp
Reviewed 23 January 2013

Once again the luxurious room set in the magnificent raffia palms was incredible, the cuisine exquisite and the service impeccable!
We were there with our 4 1/2 yr old son and 3 1/2 month son and all of us were made to feel welcome. Mom and Dad especially enjoyed the romantic dinners at our own table under the starlit sky... Absolutely perfect - we will be back!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Thanks to the team at Rhino River Camp for a truly unforgetable experience.It will forever more remain the place where we got the news of our first child.
The accommodation, food and setting is first class, only to be outdone by the staff and experience. If you are contemplating a visit to Meru be sure to call Andrea to guarantee an experience of a lifetime.

Room Tip: Ask for the room at the end.This was our room but I guess all the rooms are great.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

We enjoyed this luxury, tented camp enormously. Italian Andrea Maggi (owner, biologist, documentary producer, Africa expert, was a perfect host in a perfect environment and a good conversationalist. He was always at hand but also discreet. Christina, his manager was also super. The staff was attentive and everyone seemed genuinely friendly with sweet Meru smiles, but they were also discreet. The style was Italien/African luxury with attention to detail (leather water bottles), furniture made of beautiful local hard wood from minimal, necessary felling and designed by Andrea, perfect beds, duvets and pillows, tea and drinks bought to the very private tents with home made biscuits; very ecological, (Cinnaba Green bath products with organic essential oils and water heating by solar energy and for all of the time we had warm water and often too hot). We enjoyed the best food I have ever eaten in Kenya, (own organic vegetable and salad gardens) and some Italien wine (a rare treat). And that isn’t all. It was the setting too. I just fell in love with the camp as a Tarzan fan, living in and with nature and animals in the trees, the rushing river on two sides around our tent, and a wonderful pool with the waterfall beside it and lots of interesting books and magazines. We also saw lots of game close up on guided game drives and Rhino Sanctuary drives in our Land Rover; also Elsa's Kopje, Adamson's falls in the Tanu River, walked up a little caldera and had a marvelous view with aperitifs, a memorable bush breakfast and lunch and lots of reading and swimming in the perfect pool. It was a real change and a rest and we cannot wait to get back there.

Room Tip: There is a family double room tent which is spacious and has a big bath on the deck. My favourite...
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2012

We visited in November. Lots of animals with their young in the park. The siting of the camp's tents next to the river and under the trees was spot on. They were private (we couldn't see our neghbour's tents), large and had comfy, king size beds. Beware, sleeping next to a river tends to make you think it's raining all the time and the bladder responds. The staff were amazing. From booking to arrival to departure. Nothing but courteous and friendly. My only complaint would be that the shower wasn't always hot. I guess the solar water heaters aren't that efficient. Beyond that, I'll definitelybe returning. Soon.

Room Tip: The 'Tarzan' tent or if you have the funds, the largest tent that has an outdoor bathtub ove...
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Andeso
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

A lovely quaint camp. The tents are superb, seriously comfortable beds, the situation magical, the staff are really helpful and Meru Park is wonderful and uncrowded. It was so nice to go to sleep to sound of monkeys, baboons and bush babies calling. However during our stay something wasn't quite right. The hot water didn't work in our tent (apparently the booster heater had burnt out before we arrived), food in the evenings wasn't brilliant - we had to send back to the kitchen the food one evening as it contained so much salt it wasn't edible (though the lunches were always brilliant) and the whole camp looked like it needed a good dose of TLC. One afternoon we walked around the camp looking at all the different tents available. All needed sweeping, with leaves and dead palm branches littering their verandas creating a rather desolate atmosphere. The manager was away (but did turn up on the last evening), and perhaps that was the reason. Though the staff did try very hard, particularly to meet dietary needs. We were also the only guests. Overall at the rates charged we felt the management could make more efforts to keep up standards, and when guests are expected a manager should be present as it adds so much to the experience. We partly chose Rhino River Camp because they advertised mountain biking. Sadly the bikes turned out to be badly maintained heavy steel mountain bikes in poor condition. I'm sure the owner Andrea could turn all this around easily, and we hope he will note our comments about how his camp is when he's not around.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

Over a recent summer weekend, my wife and I visited Meru National Park. We stayed at Rhino River Camp, a luxury tented camp located just outside the Park's Rhino Sanctuary. It was fantastic: excellent staff, fabulous food and a very relaxing atmosphere. We have lived in Kenya for three years and been to many a camp, and this is definitely the best place that we have stayed in Kenya. Owner Andrea Maggi has put his artistic talents to great use in masterfully designing uniquely luxurous tents in a small camp that is situated among high trees and adjacent to a lovely running river. Andrea and his staff are running a 5 star camp with fine dining that equals the best in Nairobi. We can not say enough good things about Rhino River Camp and we highly recommend it.

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Tarzan" tent but all the tents are first rate.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

My family and I visited the camp this summer, we took up all the rooms. We were treated like royaltly, their top priority. The food was simply delicious, the best I've had in my trip to Kenya. The host, Andrea, made sure we all felt comfortable in his camp. Security is really strict, no dangerous animals set foot inside the camp or near us. The game drives were at our service, the drivers made sure that we saw all that could be seen. Our driver, Jackson, made sure we saw everything in camp. He was unstoppable! The cleanliness is better than we expected, the rooms get cleaned every time we leave and our valuables were trusted with the staff. I had the time of my life! I never felt a moment of boredom during my visit, there were a few activities that kept us busy. I cannot honestly think of a flaw that could out rule everything we have experienced. Our group had a great vibe with Andrea and the rest of the staff,we would go back any day.

Room Tip: The last room is called the Tarzan, it's the perfect place for adventurers to feel the longest a...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Kindani, Meru National Park, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Eastern Province > Meru National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Meru National Park
Price Range: £187 - £555 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rhino River Camp 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A collection of six luxury cottages built out of sumptuous caramel canvas and sustainably grown wood, raised on platforms above the gently flowing Kindani River will turn your stay at Rhino River Camp into a quiet, exclusive experience. ... more   less 
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