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Meru National Park, Kenya

Rhino River Camp

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Experience Untamed Luxury: Rhino River Camp, Meru, Kenya

Rhino River Camp stands as a beacon of exclusivity and luxury amidst the untamed wilderness of Meru National Park in Northern Kenya. Its allure lies not only in its opulent accommodations but also in its unique positioning as a gateway to explore the extraordinary landscapes that inspired the legendary tale of Elsa the Lioness and served as the backdrop for the iconic Lion King movie.

Nestled within the embrace of the park, Rhino River Camp offers an unparalleled base from which to immerse oneself in the wonders of nature. Each facet of this exclusive lodge is carefully curated to provide guests with an unforgettable experience, from its strategic location adjacent to the Rhino Sanctuary to its meticulously designed luxury cottages.

The camp comprises six luxurious cottages, artfully constructed from caramel canvas and grown wood, blending seamlessly into the surrounding environment. Elevated on platforms above the gentle flow of the Kindani River, these cottages offer a tranquil retreat where guests can reconnect with nature in utmost comfort. Each cottage features its own private 'zen' area, providing the perfect space for moments of introspection and relaxation.

The design ethos of Rhino River Camp strikes a harmonious balance between contemporary elegance and African charm. The interiors exude warmth and sophistication, with tasteful furnishings and décor that pay homage to the rich cultural heritage of the region. Whether lounging in the spacious bedrooms or unwinding on the private verandahs, guests are enveloped in an atmosphere of serenity and luxury.

Spread across 60 acres of privately owned wilderness, Rhino River Camp offers a sanctuary for both adventure-seekers and those in search of respite. The expansive grounds provide ample opportunities for exploration, with nature trails winding through unspoiled bush and forest. Whether embarking on a guided hike or simply taking in the sights and sounds of the savannah, guests are invited to connect with the natural world in its purest form.

The camp's facilities further enhance the guest experience, with a range of amenities designed to cater to every need. A sparkling swimming pool beckons on warm days, offering a refreshing oasis amidst the wilderness. The well-stocked bar and restaurant area provide a culinary journey through the flavors of Africa, while the inviting lounge areas offer the perfect space to unwind after a day of adventure.

But perhaps the true highlight of Rhino River Camp lies in its proximity to the Rhino Sanctuary, a haven for these magnificent creatures. With 66 white and black rhinos roaming freely within the sanctuary, guests have the rare opportunity to observe these endangered species up close, gaining insight into ongoing conservation efforts and the importance of protecting these iconic animals.

For those seeking a deeper connection with the local culture, Rhino River Camp offers immersive experiences that go beyond wildlife encounters. Cultural visits to nearby villages provide a glimpse into the lives of the indigenous communities, allowing guests to learn about their traditions, customs, and way of life.

Since its opening in August 2010, Rhino River Camp has been synonymous with luxury and sophistication in the heart of Meru National Park. Its collection of five stylish tents and one en-suite tent, raised above the tranquil waters of the Kindani River, epitomizes exclusivity and intimacy. Surrounded by lush riverine forest, each tent offers a haven of comfort and tranquility, with spacious interiors adorned with traditional African decor.

Linked to an intimate Zen tent, where guests can unwind amidst the sights and sounds of the African bush, the accommodations at Rhino River Camp provide the perfect retreat after a day of exploration. Whether marveling at the abundance of wildlife on a game drive or simply soaking in the natural beauty of the surroundings, guests are assured of an unforgettable safari experience.

Rhino River Camp stands as a testament to the timeless allure of Africa's wilderness. With its unrivaled location, luxurious accommodations, and commitment to conservation, it offers a sanctuary for those seeking adventure, relaxation, and a deeper connection with the natural world. Whether exploring the vast savannah plains or witnessing the majesty of the rhino in its natural habitat, guests are invited to embark on a journey of discovery and wonder at Rhino River Camp.


How to get to Rhino River Camp :

Rhino River Camp is located 360 km from Nairobi.

By air: Air Kenya scheduled flights and charter from Nairobi Wilson airport (50mins) to Kinna airstrip and half-hour off-road drive safari.

By car: 5/6 hrs drive from Nairobi along a turmac road and access Meru NP from Murera Gate.

Naming of Tents at Rhino River Camp Meru

The tents at Rhino River Camp are named by authors who devoted beautiful and epic pages to Kenya and Africa.

The Suite is dedicated to Karen Blixen: her Out of Africa is one of the moving glimpse of life and love in Kenya. Ernst Hemingway, who painted in bright colours, thrilling pages of safari hunting in his Green Hills of Africa and in The snows of Kilimanjaro. A tent is dedicated to the visionary writer Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan story. One tent is named after the Kenyan Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, tracing the history of his people and the human condition, has become one of the greatest writers from Africa. Finally, artist and photographer Peter Beard that shot the most breath-taking images of Kenya.

Proposed Length of stay at Rhino River Meru:

We suggest a duration of at least 2 to 3 nights to better enjoy the stay at RhinoRiver Camp and the Meru National Park.

Climate: rain “long” in April-M ay, rains “short” in November. The hottest months: March and October. Temperature: min. 15° – 32° max

Packing for a stay at Rhino River Camp :

The atmosphere at Rhino River Camp is informal; we suggest neutral-coloredcasual clothing, comfortable walking shoes. Long trousers and long sleeves, a golf,sweatshirt or a jacket for the cool of the evenings. For the pool: bathing suit, flip-flops. Internet Services: Free Wi-Fi access is available Do not forget: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars, camera.


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  • 5 Hrs from Nairobi - Scenic route
  • Full Board accommodation
  • Luxury Tented Camp
  • Perfect for Couples and Adults
  • Game Drives opportunities

What are the 2024 Prices for Rhino River Camp?

Here are Rhino River Camp Resident Rates:

Rhino River Camp Rates

Rhino River Camp Prices Full Board FB + Ground Package
Forest Tents Sharing Single
Sharing Single
1st Feb 2024 – 28th Mar 2024 KES 20,900/- PPS KES 24,900/- PP KES 25,800/- PPS KES 29,800/- PP
29th Mar 2024 – 30th Mar 2024 KES 22,400/- PPS KES 26,900/- PP KES 27,300/- PPS KES 31,800/- PP
1st Apr 2024 KES 17,600/- PPS KES 22,100/- PP KES 22,400/- PPS KES 26,900/- PP
2nd Apr 2024 – 31st May 2024 KES 16,100/- PPS KES 20,100/- PP KES 20,900/- PPS KES 24,900/- PP

Rhino River Camp Prices/Rates are in KES, Per Person, Per Night
Rhino River Camp Rates Exclude: Meru National Park Fees, Drinks and other Extras

Rhino River Camp Prices Full Board FB + Ground Package
Riverside Tents Sharing Single
Sharing Single
1st Feb 2024 – 28th Mar 2024 KES 23,700/- PPS KES 27,700/- PP KES 28,600/- PPS KES 32,600/- PP
29th Mar 2024 – 30th Mar 2024 KES 25,200/- PPS KES 29,700/- PP KES 30,100/- PPS KES 34,600/- PP
1st Apr 2024 KES 20,400/- PPS KES 24,900/- PP KES 25,200/- PPS KES 29,700/- PP
2nd Apr 2024 – 31st May 2024 KES 18,900/- PPS KES 22,900/- PP KES 23,700/- PPS KES 27,700/- PP

Rhino River Camp Prices/Rates are in KES, Per Person, Per Night
Rhino River Camp Rates Exclude: Meru National Park Fees, Drinks and other Extras

Rhino River Camp Full Board prices include:

Accommodation, Meals(Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast), Nature walks within campgrounds and Laundry

Rhino River Camp Game Package prices include:

Full Board accommodation, Soft Drinks, Beer, House Wine, Gin & tonic, Mineral Water, Day shared game drives within Meru National Park, Nature walks within Campgrounds, Fishing Rods, Sundowners, Local Airstrip transfers, Laundry and WIFI

Rhino River Camp Child Policy/Rates:

Children (3 – 16 yrs), Sharing with 2 Adults: 60% of PPS per Child
Children (3 – 16 yrs), Sharing with 1 Adult: Adult pays Single Rate and Child 60% of PPS
Children (3 – 16 yrs), in own Room: 75% of PPS per Child

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Which Hotel facilities are available for guests at Rhino River Camp?

Rhino River Camp Meru offers a range of facilities to enhance guests' comfort and enjoyment during their stay.

  • Accommodation:
    The camp features eight spacious and comfortable tents, each with a private en-suite bathroom, solar-powered lighting, and a private verandah overlooking the Kindani River. The tents are elegantly furnished with comfortable beds and traditional African decor.
  • Dining and Bar:
    The camp has a main dining area where guests can enjoy delicious meals prepared by experienced chefs, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The bar is also located in this area, overlooking the river, and offers a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Swimming Pool:
    Rhino River Camp has a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the river, providing guests with the opportunity to cool off and relax in between game drives and other activities.
  • Activities:
    The camp offers a range of activities, including game drives, guided bush walks, bird watching, and cultural visits to nearby villages. Guests can also visit the rhino sanctuary located within the park to learn about rhino conservation efforts.
  • Other facilities:
    Rhino River Camp also offers laundry services, Wi-Fi in the main area, and a gift shop where guests can purchase souvenirs and other items.
Which Rooms Types are in Rhino River Camp?

Rhino River Camp Cottages

Rhino River Camp has a total of 7 tents.

Five of the tents are 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.

A further 02 tents are located away from the river, facing a natural forest for those that prefer to be away from the sound of Kindani Rivers running water.

02 of the river facing tents have their own private ‘zen’ area where you can meditate, re-read your favourite novel, or simply unwind.

The very design of Rhino River Camp, contemporary with a hint of Africa, is pleasant without being intrusive.

Add to that a swimming pool to dream of, a well-stocked bar and restaurant area, numerous nature trails for you to explore our private property on foot or bike, and this will make your perfect hideout.

The luxury and uniquely designed canvas cottages of the Camp are built on wooden decks suspended among the trees of the pristine forest edging Kindani river.  The rooms are large, and set on decks at different levels blending with the tree canopy.  They make the perfect retreat and ideal location from which to feel part of the living, breathing environment of the riverine forest. Each room has a view over the river with sweeping boughs of raffia palms, yellow fever trees, and tamarinds.  The canvas cottages are scattered above a wild stream thus ensuring a private and peaceful stay in the most romantic setting imaginable.

What are the Foods & Drinks options at Rhino River Camp?

Rhino River Camp Meru  will surprise you with a selection of gourmet dishes with an Italian accent. The Camps food is praised by every single guest. It is refreshing, after a morning or an afternoon spent in the bush, knowing that you can expect a meal up to the highest standard.

The chefs are known for their very high standard of international haute cuisine with an Italian touch, always excellently rated from travel guides and guests.

Rhino River Camp Meru offers a variety of delicious meals and drinks to guests, prepared by experienced chefs using fresh and locally sourced ingredients.

The camp offers a full board meal plan, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast typically consists of a continental and hot breakfast buffet, while lunch and dinner are served as three-course meals. Guests can enjoy a mix of international and traditional Kenyan cuisine, with options for vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions.

In addition to meals, Rhino River Camp also has a bar where guests can enjoy a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including local beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails. The bar overlooks the river, providing a beautiful backdrop to enjoy a refreshing drink after a long day of game drives and activities.

Guests can also request for a bush breakfast or picnic lunch during their game drives or walks, providing a unique dining experience in the heart of the African wilderness.

Overall, guests at Rhino River Camp can expect to enjoy delicious meals and drinks throughout their stay, with options to suit all tastes and preferences.

Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Rhino River Camp?
  • Fishing: Enjoy casting your fishing line along Rojewero and Tana rivers to catch the many edible species living in the park. You can “catch & release” or bring your fish to cook at the camp!
  • Bush Meals: Ask us to arrange for a bush breakfast or a bush lunch. This will allow you to spend more time on your game drive not to mention the thrill and the pleasure of having a meal into the wilderness of Africa.
  • Bush Walks: In Rhino River Camp privately owned compound we have carved a few paths which will allow you to walk comfortably around our pristine environment on foot. The paths are specially selected to take you to where you are most likely to see unusual birds, and many other small creatures around camp. One hundred and eighty nine different species of birds have been officially identified in the compound of the Camp alone. Yo u can also leave the confines of the lodge and explore by foot nearby farms, villages and countryside.
  • Hiking: We will bring you in our vehicle at the foothill of “Kilimajero” an extinct small volcano at just 4 Km away. The crater can be easily climbed to discover the small forest hidden inside it, and to enjoy 360° views over the Park from itsrim. The more energetic could walk (about 5 Km) to the discovery of the Kiolu river falls: magnificently encompassed by a steep rock amphitheatre, the falls are a hidden secret reward.
  • Sundowner: Sundowners are the ideal way to end your day. Enjoy a drink with a view from the small crater “Kilimajero” which is at a short distance from Rhino River Camp. The setting sun on the Nyambeni Hills will add to your enjoyment. Or ask us to arrange for a sun downer in one of the spots we have selected into the Park.
  • Massages and beauty treatments: After a busy day of adventure in the bush, why not relax completely with a massage or a beauty treatment from our skilled masseuse? A break at Rhino River Camp is a break away from the stresses,deadlines and worries of a busy life back home, so take this opportunity to indulge yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Meru.
  • Library: In the tents and in the main area there is a vast selection of “A f r i c a ” novels, essays and coffee table books for guests to enjoy freely.
  • Swimming Pool: You can relax in our swimming pool near the Kindani River Which runs beside the Camp.. Enjoy having a bath after the Game Drive while your children play and splash in the water. You can sunbath in one of the canvas chairs or relax under the shade of various tree surrounding the pool.Mountain Bike Riding: ride a mountain bike provided on one of the many paths and dusty roads surrounding Camp. You’ll ride through “shamba” (farms) of maize and bananas, through tiny villages, or you can get wet crossing one of the rivers of Meru.
Honeymoons at Rhino River Camp Meru

Rhino River Camp Meru can be an ideal destination for honeymooners who are looking for a romantic and adventurous African safari experience.

The camp offers a secluded and intimate setting with luxury tents that overlook the Kindani River, providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic escape. Couples can enjoy a private dinner under the stars, a bush breakfast or picnic lunch, or a relaxing couple's massage at the camp's spa.

The camp's activities, including game drives and guided bush walks, allow couples to explore the Meru National Park and witness the incredible wildlife that resides there. Couples can also visit the nearby rhino sanctuary, which offers a unique opportunity to learn about rhino conservation efforts and see these magnificent animals up close.

Rhino River Camp also provides special honeymoon packages that include additional romantic touches such as private dinners, champagne, and romantic turndown services.

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