Rhino Walking Safaris (Plains Camp & Sleep Outs)
A Walking Safari allows you to explore the wilderness on foot. Plains Camp was built in the tradition of an 18th century naturalist’s retreat of polished brass, silverware, leather and antiques evocative of a golden era. Rhino Walking Safaris allows you to connect with Nature and still have access to those simple pleasures in life to make your stay a memorable experience.
|4 Plains Camp Tents – twin tents||R 5570.00|
|Rates are quoted per person per night sharing.|
Included are accommodation, all meals, teas and coffees, soft drinks, bottled water, house wines and local beers and 2 Safari walks & 1 Safari drive per day and return 4×4 transfers from Rhino Post Safari Lodge.
Excluded are transfers from Skukuza Airport, park fees, estate wines, imported beers, spirits and liqueurs, items of a personal nature & gratuities.
Minimum 2 night stay
No children under 12 years
No triple rooms available i.e. children of 12 years & older may not share with 2 adults
* It is an option to spend 1 night at the Sleep Out Decks
There is no additional charge for this activity.
This activity is totally weather dependant. If this activity is cancelled due to bad weather guests will spend the night at Plains Camp.
This activity must be pre-booked.
The 1st guests to book a trail are given the choice of doing this activity. If the 1st guests booking the trail request to do a Sleep Out then all guests on that traIl will do the Sleep Out Activity.
If the 1st guests who book a trail choose not to do this activity then none of the guests will be able to do the activity on that particular trail.
Rhino Walking Safaris is situated midway in our 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the south western side of the iconic Kruger National Park. The concession shares a 15km unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala and Sabi Sand reserve with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves. The concession is noted as an excellent game viewing area with encounters with the Big Five and good sightings can be expected.
What is a Walking Safari?
For those more adventurous guests who would like to experience the bush on foot – Walking Safaris are offered from Rhino Walking Safaris which is not only distinctive in its design. The manner of trail is similar to those of SANParks in that it is a proper trail with walks of up to four hours. What sets it apart is the added attraction of an optional night spent out under the stars at the Sleepout Decks under the care of a qualified guide!
Another popular addition to doing a walking safari is spend a few nights before or after your trail at our Rhino Post Safari Lodge. This offers a chic alternative to the traditional park visit.
Rhino Walking Safaris
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.
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 naturalist’s 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 & snacks while recounting the day’s 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.
Tents at Plains Camp
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
Indoor shower (Hot & Cold Water)
24 hour lighting (no electricity – generator driven)
Laundry (additional charge)
Distance between tents 15 metres
Rhino Walking Safaris specializes in guided walking safaris on a 12 000 hectare concession in the iconic Kruger National Park. A maximum of 8 guests are accompanied by 2 highly experienced FGASA trained armed trails guides on walks through the heart of Big 5 territory. Early morning walks last between 3 to 4 hours with a half hour refreshment break.
Afternoon walks leave the camp after high tea and last for approximately 45 minutes whereafter the guests alight an open 4×4 vehicle to continue looking for animals well after dark.
Other activities include:
- Ultimate Bush Experience – spending a night under the stars at the Sleep Out decks (pre-bookings essential)
- Birding – February to April offers excellent birding with migrant bird species in residence
- Game Drives – this afternoon activity comprises of a short walk (45 minutes) combined with a safari drive
- Cool off from the summer heat, chilling poolside, whilst watching animals quench their thirst at the Waterhole
- Learn more about the small things – insects and creepy crawlies, plants, tracking and immerse your senses in the sights and sounds of the wilderness
|Number of Rooms||4 Luxury Explorer Style Tents. All Twins|
|Children||No Children Under 12yrs|
|Cell Phone Coverage||No|
|Safe & Hair Dryer||No|
|Electricity||No (24 hr lighting available)|
|Safe & Hair Dryer||No|
|Laundry Service||Yes at additional charge|
|NO Smoking Policy||No smoking permitted indoors|
|Distance Between Rooms||15m|
- May-Sept temperature ranges from 1c-25c
- Sunny days with very cold mornings & evenings
- Oct-April temperature ranges from 19c-38c
- Days are hot and humid with occasional afternoon and evening thunderstorms
What to Pack
- Comfortable, casual, cool, cotton bushwear longpants for ladies & men are recommended
- Hats, scarves, warm jacket/windbreaker year round
- Swimwear, hats and sandals – summer
- Comfortable sturdy walking shoes
- Smart casual wear for dinner
- Sunscreen, binoculars, cameras, spare batteries, lip cream, contact lens solution, spare glasses, reference books
- June – September excellent game viewing
- Oct – Jan many species give birth so best time to view baby animals & flowering season for trees, shrubs and wildflowers
- Feb – April excellent birding with migrant birds in residence
|GPS Co-ordinates||S 24° 55’26.00” | E 31° 39‘34.00”|
|Access by Road||Paul Kruger Gate is the closest Park entrance to Rhino Walking Safaris. Guests must arrive at Rhino Post Safari Lodge by 13:00 latest for the 40 min 4×4 transfer to Plains Camp which is the base camp for Rhino Walking Safaris.|
|Nearest Airports||Skukuza Airport|
|Access by Air||Daily flights ex Johannesburg & Cape Town with Airlink 30 min road transfer|
The Kruger National Park boasts the world’s greatest concentration and diversity of species.
At Rhino Walking Safaris guests have the opportunity to experience all the classic African big game including the Big Five: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and black and white rhino. In addition there are also hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, warthog and many antelope species.
What is a Wilderness Concession?
Rhino Walking Safaris is situated in a wilderness concession. Zoned wilderness areas are very few and far between. The most important factor is that they are not developed with road networks and have no off road driving – making them completely wild and unspoilt – a pristine wilderness area may not even have an aircraft fly over it; we are however a primitive wilderness area which allows for only very well managed and supervised recreational use and very strict conservation ethics. The animals in these areas are not habituated and there is no damage to nature. These areas are zoned in such a way either because they are fragile environments, contain rare species or simply because they are good grazing areas for game and so are the obvious choice to protect biodiversity for future generations. In our case it’s all three. It’s an excellent game grazing area, has sodic patches which make it fragile in terms of erosion, and have all of the following rare species seen intermittently:
- Black Rhino
- Sable Antelope (one of the biggest remaining herds in Kruger – if not the biggest, is seen drinking from time to time at our Sleep Outs waterhole)
- Aardvark – rarely seen, but living on the eastern edge of our concession.
- Ground Hornbill nesting site
- Yellow Billed Ox Pecker – we are used as a research site for this bird which is very rarely found in the southern part of the Kruger Park (they were originally considered extinct in 1920) – a real gem for birders.