About Rhino Walking Safaris
Rhino Walking Safaris specialises in luxury walking safaris in 12,000 hectares of pristine bushveld in the only wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park. The concession shares a 15km unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala and Sabi Sands reserve, with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves. Follow animal trails on foot through this environmentally sensitive area that offers the Big Five as well as a diversity of fauna and flora.
Rhino Walking Safaris
Rhino Walking Safaris and its two camps, Plains Camp 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.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge:
Stilts raise the 8 spaciously appointed suites from the riverbank allowing guests to view the Mutlumuvi riverbed with ease from the bedroom, bathroom and private wooden deck. The suites are set out in an open plan style with wooden floors, thatched roofs, canvas walls and an overhead fan. Each ensuite bathroom includes a deep, freestanding bath, ‘his and hers’ basins, a separate toilet and an outdoor shower protected by thick reed poles. The bathroom floor is attractively decorated with delicate mosaic designs complimenting the contemporary floor. All the suites have mini-bars and telephones linked to all areas. Air-conditioning in Dining area & one double suite.
Built using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch & canvas, the utmost care was taken to minimise the environmental impact of the lodge, and to that end, no concrete was used in the building’s foundations. Careful consideration was taken in the layout of the camp, battery power is used for lighting, special indigenous Reedbed System processes the bathroom waste, and other waste is sorted and recycled wherever possible.
Plains Camp offers 4 comfortably furnished African explorer style tents, en suite with hot running water and all the comforts of home with the African Wilderness on your doorstep. Built in authentic pioneer tradition, it has the serenity of a 19th century naturalists rest, nestled in an Acacia Knobthorn thicket. A generator and a back-up battery system power overhead fans and 24 hour lighting. The generator system can be used to re-charge camera batteries at specific times. Communal Lounge & Dining Area with outside fireplace. Active waterhole. Overhead fans in all tents. 8 guests per walking trail. 2 armed rangers per walking trail.
'Sleep Outs' are on elevated wooden platforms. This is the only place in the Kruger National Park offering this unusual accommodation. Guests will enjoy sounds and senses heightened as they share the wilderness at night, while being safely guarded by our observant guides. The rumble of the elephant passing by or the roar of the lion at the nearby waterhole, are the only noises that might disturb guests in this peaceful wilderness. Guests will arrive on foot at the platforms in the early evening carrying a lightweight rucksack containing a change of clothes and refreshments. After hanging up mosquito net tents, sun downers can be enjoyed on the platforms overlooking a waterhole. There are 2 bathrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets. 8 guests per Sleep Out and 2 armed guards.
In keeping with our motto “tread gently”, the lodges have been constructed in the most environmentally friendly manner possible, utilizing natural materials, and minimizing the use of concrete. We are sensitive to the environment and for this reason the lodges apply numerous methods to minimize our impact.
We generate our own power, and switch generators off overnight to reduce emissions.
We pump borehole water for both the guests and the waterhole in front of the bar. This water usage is strictly monitored, and kept to below 350 litres per person per day, including common areas water and the waterhole. Grey water is filtered through a natural reed bed system and tested for quality before being released back into the environment.
Extreme care is practiced at all times by guides both on drive at Rhino Post or on walk at Plains Camp/Sleepouts. Animals are not harassed for photo opportunities. All driving takes place on existing park roads and gravel roads. No “bundu-bashing” or off-road driving takes place. No baiting of animals, with carcasses, salt licks or any other baiting takes place
Rhino Walking Safaris also has exclusive use of some of the Kruger National Park’s public roads for evening game drives, well after gate closing times (sunset), ensuring guests an unforgettable experience. Highly qualified guides 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.
Scheduled departures - Plains Camp ONLY
Schedule departures at Plains Camp ensure a sense of togetherness and companionship amongst the group whilst enabling the guests to relax without having any interruptions in the form of new arrivals / departures. The trail packages incorporate the scheduled departures for Plains Camp.
The departure schedule for Plains Camp is as follows:
Arrive Tuesday for a 2 or 3 night stay
Arrive Friday for a 2 night stay
Arrive Sunday for a 2 night stay
Guests may, however, arrive at Rhino Walking Safaris on any day of the week, as the trails can begin or end at Rhino Post, which will accommodate the scheduled departures at Plains Camp.