Rhino Safari Camp

Frequently Asked Questions

CLOTHING: The weather at the time of year you visit us will determine what clothes to bring. When it’s hot, cotton or microfibres are best. When it’s cool, these still apply as the days still get warm, it’s night times and early mornings that are the problem.

Colours should not be “light, white or bright” : bush green, brown, khaki, medium grey, all the colours of the bush which will help you to blend in while you are on activities are ideal. Broken patterns such as checks – floral designs and so on also help with blending in with the bush. BLACK and WHITE are the two extremes which will make you ultimately noticeable to the wildlife, which is what you really want to avoid.

Long sleeved shirt/s: to wear over a T-shirt or vest prevent shoulders necks and arms from getting burnt and from the majority of thorns and bushes that can scratch quite badly. These can also double up for warmth and insect protection at night.
Shorts and/or longs: for bush walks bearing in mind that you will be walking through jesse bush with lots of thorns, grass etc which may scratch your legs. Sunburnt knees can be agonizingly painful.
Shoes: for bush walks should be comfortable and have flexible soles of medium thickness (thorns) and preferably be worn in. Socks are suggested to prevent blisters.

For around camp, vests, T-shirts or cotton shirts, shorts and thongs or Teva rafting shoes. Hat or cap to protect your head, face back of your neck and ears from sunburn.
For evenings a pair of longs and long sleeved shirt offer additional protection from mosquitoes and other insects. In winter a fleece can be useful for early morning and evening game drives. If you feel the cold bring gloves, wooly hat and scarf. But only in winter.
In the rainy weather a waterproof jacket with a hood and a few heavier jerseys as it can get cool in the evenings and after the rains have fallen.

We supply: soap, shampoo & toilet paper.

Please bring all your own other toiletries. A nail brush and grooming kit can be useful.

We do have facilities for recharging batteries on a 220–240V system. If traveling from countries with different electrical ratings, please be sure to bring a suitable adaptor.

Spare batteries are also recommended so you don’t miss great photographic opportunities while your batteries are on charge.

Camp guides and management have received emergency medical training and a fully stocked first aid box is on hand at camp.
Emergency air evacuation cover is provided on request.

We strongly recommend seeking advice from your health care provider for anti malarial prophylactics. Larium can cause alarming side effects so please research carefully and try it out before you travel.

During the hotter months dehydration is our greatest enemy and there is a plentiful supply of water on hand. We urge our guests to drink plenty of fluids during this time.

Please be sure to bring along any specialized prescription medication as well as a copy of a prescription in case these are damaged or go missing. A spare pair of reading glasses can also be useful.

It should be noted that we are in a safari area and operate within a potentially dangerous environment. Our professional guides are armed and highly qualified by experience to ensure the safety of our guests at all times.

Zimbabwe is subtropical and the low altitude of the Zambezi Valley and the proximity to the Lake play a big part in our climate and weather.

WINTER: in the area starts at the end of the rainy season and becomes progressively cooler from March through to July, slowly warming up again during August and September.

The day time temperatures are pleasant with temperatures averaging between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. Night time and early morning temperatures in the mid-winter months of June and July can become cold reaching 2 degrees just before sunrise. There is seldom rain during this time. As the bush dries out the vegetation becomes sparse and animals are more easily seen.

SPRING: From September through to the beginning of November spring is in the air.

Day time temperatures increase to between 35 and 45 degrees Celsius in the build up to the rains. Night time and early morning temperatures are slightly cooler. With the gradual increase in ground temperature, the vegetation comes out into new leaf providing the animals with fresh green shoots even though there is no rain.

SUMMER AND RAIN: The start of the rainy season is highly variable but normally the first few heavy rains are experienced at the beginning of November. These go on through the Christmas season to the end of February. Temperatures vary : the build up to a storm can see temperatures increase to the mid 40’s Celsius, after the rain falls this can drop to below 20 Celsius. With the first rains the vegetation seems to thicken almost overnight and the bush is alive with vibrant shades of green. Animals which have held off giving birth suddenly do so, and the bush is bursting with new life, both plant and animal, at this time of year. There can be a high level of humidity at this time.

The camp is accessed by boat either from Kariba (roughly one and a half hours) or from the nearby Tashinga or Rhokari (Kiplings) airstrips (roughly forty minutes). Boat transfers are by speed boat,

Depending on the time of year the camp can be accessed by road, but this definitely requires a 4×4 vehicle, lots of fuel and spare tyres and both a sense of adventure and a sense of humour. This is definitely not advisable in the rainy season as the many local rivers tend to flood and become impassable.

Due to safety reasons, we do not accept children under the age of 12 years old.

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