Rhino Walking Safaris
Plains Camp built in authentic pioneer tradition has the serenity of a 19th century naturalists retreat, nestled in an Acacia thicket overlooking the spectacular Timbitene plain and waterhole. The camp accommodates a maximum of 8 people in 4 African Explorer Style tents elegantly decorated with en-suite showers and all the comforts of home and the African Wilderness on your doorstep.Rhino Walking Safari - Tents:
Each tent has an ensuite shower with hot & cold running water, basin & flush toilet.
All our bedrooms have the following features:
- Twin beds only
- Extra beds cannot be accommodated
- Standing Fan
- Indoor shower (Hot & Cold Water)
- Mosquito Nets
- Flush toilet
- 24 hour lighting (no electricity generator driven)
- Laundry (additional charge)
- No smoking
- Distance between tents 15 metres
- Private deckMain Camp
Plains Camp is nestled in an Acacia Knobthorn thicket overlooking the extensive Timbertene Plain which abounds in wild animals who come to quench their thirst at a nearby reservoir. Built in the style of an 18th naturalists rest camp, elegantly furnished with family heirlooms, polished brass & silver it is reminiscent of a bygone golden era. Guests can sink into comfortable leather sofas while reading a book from an interesting Africana book collection or survey the plains from the comfort of an armchair. An honesty bar is conveniently situated in the lounge area for that proverbial gin and tonic. Delicious meals are enjoyed at an elegant dining room table decorated with fine white linen and silver candle sticks. The firepit on the open deck is a wonderful place to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and snacks while recounting the days sightings or listening to the fascinating stories of your rangers life in the African bush. For others they may wish to simply soak up the solitude and marvel at the inky black skies while trying to identify stars of the Southern Hemisphere.Trails
To ensure a varying and complete concession experience, we suggest that guests participate in a trail that encompasses Rhino Post Safari Lodge (game drives), Plains Camp (primarily walking) and our Sleepouts, as each type of accommodation and activity is different from the other.
Here are several trails available, all of which cater for every possibility; be it one camp, two camps or all three. Some of the suggested trails are:5 night trail
- 3 nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
- 2 nights at Plains Camp4 night trail
- 2 nights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
- 2 nights at Plains Camp 3 night trail
- 1 night at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
- 2 nights at Plains Camp
Two highly qualified guides will share their wealth of bush knowledge with you from the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects and birds to the medicinal uses of plants, folklore and basic tracking and survival skills.Inclusions and exclusions - Plains Camp, home of Rhino Walking Safaris
Accommodation, meals (brunch, high tea & dinner), cold drinks, house wine and local beers, teas & coffees, morning walk and afternoon walk/game drive. Transfers between Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp at scheduled times.
Other than the transfers stipulated above, any additional, early or late transfers, park fees, spirits, liquers and premium wines, laundry, optional gratuities and items of personal nature.Inclusions and exclusions - Rhino Post Safari Lodge
Accommodation, meals (brunch, high tea & dinner), teas & coffees & 2 game drives per day (6 years and older). Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink on the evening game drive.
Transfers, park fees, all drinks except on the evening game drive (as described above), laundry, optional gratuities and items of a personal nature.The Walking:
Our walking trails are limited to eight guests who are guided by two armed rangers. Our guides meet the stringent requirements of the South African National Parks and senior guides hold the highest guiding qualification possible in South Africa.
After an introductory brief on the dos and donts of bush walking safaris, the guide will structure the trail taking into account the fitness level of the group and any special requests. Departures are before breakfast and again in the late afternoon to avoid the midday heat, with the average walk being between three and four hours. Walks may be lengthened or shortened depending on the groups desires and fitness levels.
Our guides will share their wealth of bush culture, the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects, birds and the medicinal uses of plants, local folklore and basic tracking and survival skills. Nothing is predictable in the bush, therefore each safari offers a potentially new experience.A Typical Trail:
A typical trail may start at Rhino Post Safari Lodge where guests enjoy morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. On the day of departure from this lodge, just after mid morning breakfast, guests will be transferred to their tented accommodation at Plains Camp.
The heat of the day will be spent at this camp enjoying our small Africana book collection, or the plunge pool overlooking the Timbetene Plain and waterhole, which is often host to zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino and lion. High tea is followed by an afternoon walk and sundowners and then back to the camp for a hearty dinner.
The following day after an early morning wake-up and an invigorating cup of fresh coffee (or tea) in the lounge, guests set off on trail where our guides will share their experience of the diverse areas situated within the proximity of Plains Camp.
For something completely different and a totally unrivalled wilderness experience, guests are able to walk from Plains Camp to our Sleepouts. These are 4m high elevated wooden platforms with tents on the top level where guests will be able to literally sleep out under the stars! This is the only place in the Kruger National Park offering this unusual accommodation. Important notes:
As per notes for Plains Camp, please be advised:
Scheduled departure days for Plains Camp
- Arrive Tuesday for a 2/3 night stay
- Arrive Friday for a 2 night stay
- Arrive Sunday for a 2 night stay
Plains Camp strives to keep guests together during their trail, without the inconvenience of different guests arriving and departing throughout their stay. With this in mind, if the first guests to reserve their trail at Plains Camp request the Sleep Out, then all subsequent reservations will be required to participate. Should all guests not wish to participate in the Sleep Outs; there will be no Sleep Out for the duration of the trail.
Rhino Walking Safaris and Rhino Post Safari Lodge, lie within a private wilderness concession just north of Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, offering exclusive walking trails and game drive safaris. The park is home to an impressive number of species, has an amazing 16 different ecosystems, and ranks as a prime Big Five game viewing area.
The Limpopo is the parks northern-most river and the Crocodile forms it southern boundary, while the Sabie, Letaba, Olifants and Luvuvhu rivers provide the parks interior with water. There are some seasonal rivers like the Shisa and Timbavati, which are usually dry during winter.
The park tends to be mostly grasslands, known in South Africa as bushveld, and woodlands (savannah), with occasional rocky outcrops. The Kruger National Park falls within a malaria area and all necessary precautions should be taken. Consult your general practitioner on medication before planning a visit.Children Policy:,/b>
We regret no children under the age of 12 can be accommodated at Plains Camp unless a family or group have booked exclusive use of the camp (see Children's policy).
Children 12 years or older pay adult rates at Plains Camp.
As triples are not available at Plains Camp, a third child would require their own room at adult rate plus single supplement.
More than 30 days prior to arrival 10% of full charge.
Less than 30 days prior to arrival 50%.
Less than 7 days 100% of full accommodation charge.