About Us


Location

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.

 

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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 – with only four East African Safari-style tents, but also in the way things are done. The manner of trail is similar to those of SANParks in that it is a proper trail with walks of up to four hours allowing one to submerse ones senses in a hands on experience, not just a mid-morning stroll after breakfast. What sets it apart is the combination of the wealth of knowledge and experience of our highly qualified trail’s guides and unique elegance of the furnishings and treasured antiques, quality of food and service, and presence of a cool plunge pool in which to enjoy a cocktail overlooking the plain between walks.

 
 
 

There is the added attraction of an optional night spent out under the stars at the Sleepout Decks under the care of a qualified guide! We are delighted to be able to share this matchless blend of Kruger in style with our many return guests and supporters of ethical and responsible environmental tourism.

 
 

A popular addition to doing a walking safari is spend a few nights before or after your trail at our Rhino Post Safari Lodge has been offering a chic alternative to the traditional park visit, with exciting extra options thrown in, for twelve years now. And what a fabulous twelve years it has been, we have been nominated for and received awards, and developed a following of regular guests and friends that we look forward to seeing at least once a year. Some guests on their first visit are surprised by the ways in which we differ from both the standard Kruger Park experience and the trendy private lodge experience. Ninety five percent of them love it and keep us really busy with referrals and repeat visits, and five percent of them don’t understand the differences. So here’s how we’re different, and why:

1. Natural Surroundings and Sociable Atmosphere

A stay at Plains Tented Camp is a privilege within a privilege, since the camp is set within a private concession deep in the heart of the Kruger National Park. This means that only guests staying at the camp have access to private roads where wildlife are left to interact undisturbed for generations. The camp itself overlooks the open Timbitene Plains and waterhole, where no other lodges or camps are situated. It is in the game-rich ‘sweetgrass’ central area of the Kruger National Park known for predators and large game.

Your canvas tent with its private deck looks out directly onto the open plains of the park. A central tented dining area and lounge allow for communal gathering to share your experiences and photographs. Your guide will host your meals so is available to answer all your questions about this pristine natural environment.

2. Drives in the Kruger Park After Dark

Safari drives make the most of the wide network of Kruger Park roads to explore the incredible biodiversity that makes Kruger a world icon, and continue after dark when the self-drive tourists have returned to their camps. We are proud of the fact that we do no off-road driving – both out of respect for nature and its long term sustainability and because in the Kruger Park it’s just not necessary!

The most popular and regularly used routes in the Kruger National Park are tarred as it is a major attraction worldwide, and it’s necessary to keep the roads in good condition both to handle the amount of daytime traffic experienced in busy seasons, and to ensure that the park can remain accessible even through the rainy season. We tend to find that animals take advantage of the smooth, warm roads, which also see more game in the winter months because these roads are situated close to the rivers.

 
 
 

3. Exclusivity

The exclusivity of a eight bed camp, and outstanding service combines beautifully with the full Kruger Park experience.

4. Reasonable Rates and Bar Prices

Nobody wants to count pennies when on holiday, so we have structured our rates to ensure the best of quality without breaking the bank. We keep our bar and curio prices reasonable and stock a variety of award winning South African wines across the price range. We have a specially discounted rate for the SANParks Conservation Fees – charged per stay instead of per day, and manage to offer better rates for the same quality as our competitors.

What is 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)
  • PANGOLIN
  • AARDVARK – rarely seen, but living on the eastern edge of our concession.
  • GROUND HORNBILL nesting site
  • YELLOW BILLED OXPECKER – 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.

We are able to drive on the boundaries of the concession, as well as one road that bisects the concession. All other driving takes place on Kruger Roads with a road network of 170km that we may use even after hours. This gives us the advantage of having a much wider area to traverse as we are not confined to the concession area at night, and even the opportunity to revisit kill sites where predators are feeding after hours when the public are back in their camps.

Our Rates

Rhino Walking Safaris – Minimum 2 night stay
May 2016 
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 Aug 2016
Sep 2016 
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 Apr 2017
May 2017 
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 Aug 2017
Sep 2017 
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 Apr 2018
Rates per person per night sharing (minimum 2 night stay) R 4 140 R 4 840 R 4 770 R 5 570
Single R 5 380 R 6 290 R 6 200 R 7 240
2 night trail per person sharing R 8 280 R 9 680 R 9 540 R11 140
3 night trail per person sharing R11 710 R13 790 R13 490 R15 880
4 night trail per person sharing R15 110 R17 875 R17 400 R20 560
5 night trail per person sharing R18 390 R21 700 R21 180 R24 970
Sleep Out Deck * Pre-booking essential No charge No charge No charge No charge
Road transfer to Skukuza (min 2 people) R 170 R 185 R 185 R 215
Road Transfer to Nelspruit (per vehicle 1-7 people) R 2 600 R 2 990 R 2 990 R 3 440
Kruger National Park Gate Fees Per Stay R 70 R 80 R 80 R TBC

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.