Rhino Plains Camp & Walking Safaris


Discover nature’s hidden wonders in specially tailored walking trails from our luxury tented accommodation. Plains Camp is situated in the heart of our 12,000 hectare concession - a stone’s throw from Skukuza and easily accessible by road or air. With a maximum of eight people only (no children under 12), guests are ensured of a quality, pristine wilderness experience. 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.

A typical day at Plains Camp begins with a mug of steaming coffee and traditional homemade rusks, after which guests set out on their morning walk, following rhino tracks and elephant paths. The length of the walks depend on the interest and fitness of the guests. Returning to camp, enjoy a leisurely brunch and relax in the cool of the acacia trees, keeping an eye on the waterhole for the breeding herd of elephant that frequently come to drink. Following high tea, set out again in the late afternoon for a walking safari or game drive and then indulge in a sunset cocktail.


Accommodation at Rhino Plains Camp


Plains Camp has four luxury African explorer-style tents with en-suite (hot running water) and all the comforts of home, plus the African Wilderness on your doorstep. In keeping with the ethics of Rhino Walking Safaris “tread lightly on the land”, no trees were cut down in the construction of this camp. No concrete was used – all structures are canvas and wood. Built in authentic pioneer tradition it has the serenity of a 19th century naturalists retreat, nestled in an Acacia Knobthorn thicket and overlooking the spectacular Timbitene plain and waterhole. An Africana book collection and antique treasures are reminiscent of a golden era. 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. There is also a Communal Lounge and Dining Area with an outside fireplace.


Activities at Rhino Plains Camp


Rhino Plains Camp is focused on walking safaris and immersion in the remarkable African wilderness. 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 “do’s” and “don’ts” 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 group’s 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 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.


Sleep outs at Rhino Post Safari Lodge


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. When embarking on a Sleep Out from Rhino Plains Camp you will depart on your afternoon drive after high tea and eventually before the sun sets you will arrive at the Sleep Outs. After being orientated around the structure you will choose your platforms and the guide will light a cooking fire. The Sleep Out platforms overlook a waterhole where you will enjoy the Sunset whilst sipping a refreshing sundowner While your guide prepares a traditional South African braai on an open fire, you can relax and enjoy the sounds and senses of the African Bush as night settles..

After dinner you will retire to your individual platform and enjoy sleeping under the star studded sky – your experience heightened as you share the wilderness at night, while 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. The following morning, enjoy a light snack before heading back to Rhino Plains for a hearty brunch.


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