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Rhino Sands is the result of a love for family, safari and indulgence, which is why we make you feel part of our family while curating a luxury experience in this magnificent wilderness we call home.

Our guests

As a family-owned and run camp, we understand the importance of connecting with our guests, creating a welcoming atmosphere from the moment you arrive. Special safari moments are born out of paying attention to who you are, what your ultimate dream safari looks like, and then taking care to make this happen, as far as possible. We want you to feel like you are ‘coming home’, even if it’s your first time visiting.

That – along with minimising our impact on the surrounding environment – is why we have kept the camp small, so that it feels private and intimate, just as a home would. We do our best to create a safari experience that balances exciting bush adventures with relaxing downtime at the lodge. But, in keeping with our individual approach to your bush experience, there is no set itinerary so you are free to do as much or as little as you wish.

Our team

Our culture of care for one another has been cultivated from day one and continued throughout the years. We have a a wonderful and dedicated team, the majority of which have been with us for many years. In fact, many of our team members are still with us from when Rhino Sands first opened it’s doors in October 2017.

This includes Zanele and Siboniwe in the kitchen, Esrom as a general assistant around the camp and game reserve, and Sanele and Thandi in housekeeping. We are dedicated to training our team members and offering them opportunities to move up in their career with Rhino Sands. Some notable promotions include Zanele moving from an assistant cook up to our sous chef, Anton moving from a junior guide position to head guide, and most recently, Siphamandla (who you may know as Spha) moving from our lodge anchor to assistant lodge manager.

Our environment and wildlife

We are privileged to share this incredible wilderness with some such a diversity and abundance of wildlife, including several of which are endemic to the area. Just as we are kind to each other and our guests, we care for the well-being of our environment, its wild residents and neighbouring communities that live here. Manyoni provides sanctuary to some of the continent’s most threatened animals, including black and white rhino, elephant, African wild dog, and cheetah.

By supporting the various local conservation organisations that work on the reserve, like Zululand Conservation Trust and Wildlife ACT, we – and by extension our guests – are able turn commitment into real action. The environment and our impact upon it has been considered Every decision made in the construction and running of the camp has been based in sustainable practices so as to leave the lightest possible footprint on nature.

The Rhino Sands ethos has always been about connecting with our environment and people – we look forward to sharing this with you. You can enquire or book your safari experience using our online form or contact us directly.

Megan

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