"Flinke rangere som kunne formidle sin kunnskap til"
Dete er ikke et hotell, men en game resort som passer for folk som vil se dyr, og som ikke har behov for ekstra luksus.Genuine Expedia guest review
Rooms are Nice but not Well maintained. Food are not great.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A great small lodge with excellent service"
12/12/14 THW03 Johannesburg, South Africa
We booked a weekend trip to Rhino Lodge as a "babymoon". Our last luxury trip before our baby arrived. We were looking for something small, intimate and with a little luxury. Many of the lodges in the area are 90+ rooms and very "resort-like" which is not what we wanted. Black Rhino was all that we were looking for and more. Our room was a stand-alone building close to a pool and a few steps from the main eating area. The room was large with all the regular appointments including an outside shower. The highlight of the lodge are the game drives. The vehicles are relatively small (significantly smaller than the resorts) thus allowing for a far more rewarding game drive. The rangers are knowledgeable and they keep in contact thus allow you to move from great viewing to the next. The Pilansberg is teaming with game and great sightings are abundant, but with the network of rangers you are almost guaranteed to see the big five, if not then probably 4. We booked Black Rhino Lodge through www.bushbreaks.co.za. The booking experience was good and efficient and well priced.
"Definitely planning to do it again!!"
12/12/14 Talia_C St. Petersburg, Florida
My only regret...not staying long enough. As soon as we arrived, we were made at ease, at home and comfortable by staff and management. I was unsure of what to expect for my first safari but needs and expectations were beyond met! The food was immaculate and wonderful while staff was always attentive and courteous. For the first time in a long time, it felt like a real vacation.I throughly enjoyed every moment and plan on returning to Rhino!
"Wish I could stay another week (or 2, or 3)"
12/07/14 TampaFLScubaGirl Tampa, FL
I noticed a lot of the negative reviews came from people who live in S. Africa who had been on safari or stayed in lodges before. We stayed as part of a Cape Town/Safari group tour, and our accommodations were already predetermined. This was my first time in S. Africa, and I have no basis for comparison. I heard that they now only cater to groups and not individual reservations. If this is the case, I guess I'm writing for people who really don't have a choice on whether they stay there as part of a tour. We were there for the animals so first things first - Our guide, Matthew, was amazing. He really seemed to love his job, was very knowledgeable and it seemed that he REALLY cared about our experience. Due to the VERY early start with the morning safari, breakfast isn't served until after, but mid-drive we stopped for some coffee and a small snack to hold us over. The food was fantastic. Our breakfast/lunch/dinner was served buffet style and we ate on the "deck" over the watering hole (where we saw rhino & elephants at night). Monkeys hang out around the deck and around the pathways. An added extra. Overall, the service was FANTASTIC. Attentive, caring and just all around NICE. The rooms: Ours was HUGE. As someone mentioned before, some of them do seem to be geared toward couples - for example the "dual" shower. Could certainly be awkward if staying with a family member. There is an outdoor shower - quite the experience. The bed was FANTASTIC. When we were shown our room (2 double beds) we were asked if we wanted a single bed. That night at dinner they came and switched out the entire mattress (not just added a sheet to put them together). I think this was to accommodate another room's need for double beds, but still an added plus for us. I'm still giving a 5 rating even though there seemed to be quite a few bugs our first night. You're in the middle of the woods at a safari, after all. My guess is that if I had a basis for comparison, this wouldn't be acceptable. We just left our outside lights off the next night and had no issue the second night. The keys they provide have a flashlight, after all, so you can see and it adds to the wilderness feeling. All of it just added to the experience for us. Bugs aside, the rooms were clean (and the bugs were all cleaned up the next day). Overall, an amazing place and experience. It was painful to leave. :)
"Great malaria-free getaway"
12/05/14 Latha P
A few things stood out to me about the lodge: the knowledgeable drivers, the large rooms and the great lounge area facing a watering hole (that was visited by 4 lots of animals in the 3 days we were there). The experience could have been better if the wi-Fi connection was better and if it extended to the rooms to allow for instant uploading of safari pics online. There was ample food most of which was tasty. Great experience and now looking back on photos, I would love to go back and do it all again!
"Sit back and enjoy the ride"
12/03/14 deadhippy Singapore
This was a family trip, around 19 of us. The lodge is beautiful, the rooms are massive. Although some rooms are clearly meant for couples sharing, with its open concept bathrooms, so makes it a bit awkward when a grandma and granddaughter are sharing a room! All we had to do each day, was turn up on time, and let the staff do the work. There are 2 drives a day, one early in the morning, and one in the evening. Each drive is broken up by a little coffee break, usually in a place with a scenic view. This is a 4 star lodge, so it's a little pricey, but all your expenses are taken care of, other than soft drinks and snacks from the restaurant. The restaurant also faces a watering hole, so if you're lucky like we were you'll see some animals coming by for a drink. The Rangers are great, and they really take pride in their work, and make sure you've the best experience in your game drives. All in all, money well spent, and a 3D2N night stay is just nice!
"Relaxing weekend away"
11/29/14 Kim B Johannesburg
My husband and I loved our stay at Black Rhino lodge. The game drives were wonderful and we saw leopard, lions, rhinos, jackals, hyena, elephants and jackals. Our game ranger was awesome, Johan made every game drive exciting and educational even if there wasn't anything around. The accommodation was nice and cozy and clean, it would have been nice if there was a king size bed. All meals was great and well prepared. I would recommend this lodge to any of my friends.
"Perfect Weekend in the Bush"
11/23/14 GrendidaRamjee Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
We absolutely enjoyed the 3 days we spent at this lodge. The staff was great and helpful. The rooms were clean and spacious. The food, oh wow the food was good,3 meals a day and high tea. It was excellent all round. The game viewing was excellent we saw the big 5 in a weekend. My hubby and I were celebrating our anniversary and my birthday and the Lodge went over and above what we expected. The busy chef took time to bake a cake for me and the staff wished me a wonderful birthday with their African rendition of happy birthday. I felt really special!!! On our anniversary day they prepared our room for a romantic turn-down with candles and champagne that was such a lovely touch. We loved this lodge as well as the overall service we received.
11/20/14 RussellAS28 London, United Kingdom
We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights at this Lodge. The staff were very helpful, going well beyond what we would have regarded as good. A warm, informative welcome, without undue formalities. Very clean and spacious room, well equipped, and private, with stoup open to the bush. Good, varied meals. Our ranger was extremely knowledgeable and the drives, stated as '2 hours possibly more' were all significantly longer, one even being 5 hours! But this didn't faze the lodge staff who happily served breakfast to our small group at 11am. A minor electrical problem in our cabin was promptly solved late one evening by the duty manager. We strongly recommend. The only significant negative we experienced related to making the booking. I had to phone Cape Town to confirm how I was to pay, and once we had paid it would have been helpful to receive the information about the drives and meals which we were actually given when we arrived. Note in particular that although rooms are said to be available only from 1400h, lunch on arrival is served from 1300h until 1430h. Tea making facilities and a safe are provided in each room (thought the latter isn't large enough for a laptop).
"This was a perfect weekend !!!!"
11/16/14 655thomasf Canton of Basel, Switzerland
We enjoyed these 3 days and we had a pefect service. Many thanks to our tourguide Johann ! Wonderful and romantic location and restaurant. We liked the expanded tours in the early morning. Nothing was not ok - Really Best wishes from Switzerland.
"Really enjoyed our first safari adventure!"
11/15/14 LisaNYC777 New York City, New York
My husband and I honeymooned in South Africa in Nov 2014 and spent a few days in Cape Town followed by a few days at this lodge. We traveled through the Gate1 tour group (though we purchased this trip on Living Social). The lodge is located on a game reserve about 3 hours from Johannesburg and you pass a lot of poverty / shanty towns near the mining areas on the way there, which is interesting yet a bit depressing. The signs leave a bit to be desired in terms of directions, but our bus driver knew exactly where to go, so there were no issues. The individual lodges were all private and rustic yet modern, and spacious in our opinion since they were bigger than our NYC studio apartment. There is an open shower with 2 shower heads and also an outdoor shower, and the lodges have these large high-up windows that allow you to feel like you're sleeping outdoors. It was very picturesque. Though you can only get wifi in the main lodge, there are plenty of power outlets, a fridge, safe, etc. The bed was comfy, the bathroom clean, and there was a remote controlled air conditioner as well. Meals at the lodge ranged from good to great, and there was always enough variety that we were able to find things we enjoyed. On the last morning, they had made to order omelets, which was a nice touch. So - the game drives!... the most important part... As for the structure, there are 2 game drives per day - one at 5:30am and another at 4pm. Each drive ranges from 2-5 hours, depending on conditions and how long the guests want to stay out. You stop at the end of each drive for either coffee/hot chocolate or happy hour (and they take drink orders to ensure you get what you want / no charge). One of our happy hour snacks included kudu/impala jerky - delicious! The morning drives are typically longer and you venture to an area within the park that is further away, while the evening drives are in the daylight for 75% of the time, then dark with a spot light for the remaining time (and you stay closer to the lodge). We drove with Phillip (from Zimbabwe) and he was awesome! He was very experienced and enthusiastic, and did a great job spotting, driving, and explaining simultaneously. He was extremely knowledgeable about all of the flora and fauna and answered all of our questions well. On our travels, we saw 4 of the "Big 5" (no leopards), but saw lions, zebras, elephants, wildebeest, monkeys, rhinos, buffalo, giraffes, hippos, impala, kudu, wild dogs, etc. We saw mother/baby pairs a few times - my favorites included a 1 month old elephant and a 3 month old rhino. Some animals were individual and others were in large packs or herds (saw 8+ buffalo, 12+ elephants, 10+ zebras each in groups). The animals were not afraid of the vehicles and came within a few yards of us! It was very novel and exciting. At one point, we had a flat tire, which only added to our adventure. Phillip changed the tire easily and was very professional about the whole thing. It's nice to see that all of the guides communicate - not just from Black Rhino, but from all of the different lodges in the park. They tip each other off about different animal sightings to ensure that all guests are able to have as an enjoyable of an experience as possible. Overall, we very much enjoyed our first safari experience. Our only complaint: - Upon arrival, they told us that the water was not potable, but then charged us for bottled water throughout our visit! We thought that should have been included and left that feedback in our comment card. Tips: - We were apprehensive on the way there since there forecast showed rain, but the driver provided fleece-lined rain ponchos and it really only rained a little bit! Recommend wearing long sleeves and pants to stay warm, as it can get windy and cold. - The lodges provided mosquito repellant spray, and we used it - but to be honest we didn't see 1 mosquito our entire time in South Africa.
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