Rhino Walking Safaris
Rhino Walking Safaris lets you discover nature's hidden wonders in specially
tailored walking trails through a 12,000 ha private wilderness concession in
the 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 and good sightings can be expected.
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.
Any combination of multi-day walks, game drives (see Rhino Post Safari Lodge) or primitive sleep-outs on raised wooden platforms can be arranged. The concession is a stone's throw from Skukuza, the heart of the Kruger Park, and is easily accessible by road or air.
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. There is a communal Lounge & Dining Area with outside fireplace. Overhead fans are in all tents. Only 8 guests per walking trail escorted by 2 armed rangers per walking trail, ensures safety and exclusivity.
From Plains Camp, guests can walk to our Sleepouts where they spend the night in tents 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, sundowners 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.
We regret that it is not possible for us to accommodate children under the age of 12 years old at Plains camp, Sleep Outs or on walking safaris as the Kruger Park regulations does not allow children under 12 on trail. Children under 6 cannot go on game drives unless there is a spare vehicle available or a private vehicle booked by prior arrangement.
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:
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
- game drives onsite
- guided nature walks
- nature trail onsite
- outdoor splash pool
- restaurant onsite
How to get there by road
Recommended route from Johannesburg / Pretoria:
Take the N12 / N4 highway to Nelspruit. From Nelspruit, take the R40 through White River and onto Hazyview. At Hazyview turn right onto the R536 towards Paul Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park. Once through the gate, drive straight (on the H11) for approximately 12km. You will reach a four-way crossing (where turning left will take you to Skukuza - do not take). Proceed straight across for another 2km until you reach a T-junction. Turn left at this junction and continue for approximately 1km until you reach another four-way crossing, turn right (onto the H1-2). You will cross a low water bridge (over Sabi River), approximately 4km later you will cross the Sand River. Keep heading straight, past the dirt road on the left signposted Maroela Loop, 6km further, you will pass another dirt road, also signposted Maroela Loop. Approximately 1km after the second dirt road you will see a dirt road on the left signposted Rhino Walking Safaris. Take this turning and proceed for 2.5km, the road will then turn sharply left, after which you will travel another 2.7km, leading you directly to Rhino Post.
After Gate Closing (Self Drive Only): The Kruger National Park has several entrance gates, although Rhino Walking Safari guests are advised to enter through Paul Kruger Gate, as it is the closest to the lodge. Guests must enter the Kruger Gate 45 minutes before closing time to allow sufficient time to drive to Rhino Post. Guests who know in advance that they will be unable to make the gate 45-minutes before closing time can arrive as late as 7pm. There will however, be a surcharge per vehicle (refer to rates) for an escort to accompany guests to the lodge. Prior arrangements are necessary to ensure this is available.
Plains Camp: Guests arriving after 14h00 will be obliged to spend their first night at Rhino Post Safari Lodge or if the lodge is full, wait at Rhino Post until 19h30/20h00 for a late transfer over to Plains Camp.
Agents please note: Rhino Walking Safaris will not hold the responsibility of informing your clients of the importance of arriving before transfer and gate closing times.