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4 Days Kruger National Park Classic and Walking Safari in South Africa
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Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, 1350, South Africa

Exciting Safari in South Africa

Experience Africa’s wildlife, its sights, sounds, scents, and textures closely, and share delicious meals and wonderful tales around the campfire. Life changing, soul-moving, Rhino Walking Safaris offer the ultimate way to experience nature on a safari through the breathtaking wilderness of beautiful Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 12 persons
  • Children policy: Children of all ages are welcome at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, but only children 6 and older are allowed on game drives. At Plains Camp, children 12 and older are welcome, but they will not be able to participate in the walking safari.
  • Starting point: Rhino Post Safari Lodge
  • English speaking guide
  • Park fees are not included

Highlights

  • Explore Kruger National Park
  • 2 game drives per day at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
  • Morning walk and afternoon walk / game drive at Plains Camp
  • See elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, and buffaloes
  • Transportation in an open sided 4x4 vehicle
  • Brunch, high tea, and dinner offered
  • Teas and coffees included
  • 3 nights accommodation

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4 activity days
Group size: 2-12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00

Night 1: Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built beneath magnificent Tamboti trees, along the banks of the usually dry Mutlumuvi River. The river, as with many others in the region, only flows after big storms, but is regularly used as a pathway by many animals en-route to the waterhole in front of the lodge.

Natural stone, wood, thatch, and canvas have been used in the construction of the lodge to blend in with the bush and to ensure that its environmental footprint is kept to a minimum.

The eight spaciously appointed luxury suites are all raised on stilts, and there are good views of the riverbed from your bedroom, bathroom, and private deck.

The suites are set out in an open plan style with wooden floors, thatched roofs, canvas walls, and glass doors and windows. Each en-suite bathroom includes a deep, freestanding bath, his and hers basins, a separate toilet, and an outdoor shower surrounded by wooden poles. Raised walkways linking the spacious rooms to the main area allow smaller animals to wander through the entire lodge area.

Nights 2-3: Plains Camp

Plains Camp is situated in the heart of the concession, overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain and waterhole. Nestled in an acacia thicket, Plains Camp offers four elegantly furnished African explorer style luxury tents, with en-suites and hot running water.

The construction and location of the camp helps visitors achieve a sense of being part of nature, whilst still enjoying the serenity of a comfortably appointed camp that would have delighted the great explorers of the nineteenth century.

The camp forms the ideal base for safari walks with experienced guides who enthrall visitors with the knowledge of the bush and its residents. Depending on availability and the weather, guests at Plains Camp may also have the option of sleeping out under the stars on the elevated decks at the sleepout.

Note: The order of accommodation may change from that described above as it is dependent upon availability and the day of arrival. All activities are weather and access dependent.

Program

Day 1: Arrive at Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Check-in time at Rhino Post Safari Lodge is between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Many of their guests fly into Skukuza Airport (SZK) and make use of a 25 - 40 minutes road transfer to the lodge, or fly into Nelspruit, at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP), from where the transfer time to the lodge is approximately two and a half to three hours.

For those who wish to undertake the approximately six-hour self-drive from Johannesburg, it is recommended that you leave at around 7:00 a.m. to allow for a rest-stop or photographic opportunities along the way.

Should your journey begin at Rhino Walking Safaris, please ensure that you reach Rhino Post Safari Lodge by 1:00 p.m.

Upon arrival at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, you will be greeted by the friendly front-of-house team and welcomed with a chilled home-brewed ice tea or drink from the bar, on the main deck overlooking the dry riverbed, before you are shown to your suite.

Guests are offered a high tea at 3:30 p.m. in the lounge overlooking the waterhole in front of the lodge, before departing for an afternoon / evening game drive at 4:00 p.m. The high teas offer a selection of savory snacks and cakes, as well as teas, coffee, and fruit juices.

Game drives at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are conducted by professional guides in specially adapted open 4x4 vehicles. In addition to game viewing within their wilderness concession, they have the exclusive use of 170 kilometers of road within the Kruger National Park after dark, when other visitors are confined to camp.

In order to preserve the environmental integrity of their concession and the Kruger National Park, they do not drive off demarcated roads. The afternoon drives stop for sundowner drinks and snacks at sunset, before continuing into the night in search of wildlife, predominantly nocturnal species. The drives return to the lodge in time for guests to freshen up and enjoy a drink before a sumptuous dinner on the deck or in the dining room.

Dinner is sometimes complimented by even more game viewing, as animals come down to the waterhole to drink and smaller creatures, such as genets or owls, occasionally pop by the deck whilst on forays for their dinner.

Day 2: Depart Rhino Post for Plains Camp (home of Rhino Walking Safaris)

Each morning at the lodge you will receive an early wake-up call, although you won’t beat the birds out of bed, and will have time for a cup of tea or coffee, fruit, muffins, or biscotti before heading out on your game drive. The ideal time for game viewing is early morning and the late afternoon and evening, as this is when many wild animals and birds are most active.

On the drives, you may encounter a wide range of wildlife, and your guide will surprise you by spotting animals and birds that those unused to the bush may not even notice. Every game drive is an adventure and each has its own special moments.

Sometimes you may spot elephants quietly feeding under giant Jackal berry trees along a river bank and at other times you may be lucky enough to see a tiny pearl-spotted owl calling loudly from the top of a small bush, even in daylight. Everything you see on a drive has a story attached to it, and your guides will share their knowledge of not only the mammals and birds, but also reptiles, insects, flowers, and trees.

Midway through your game drive, your guide will stop for a tea or coffee break before returning to the lodge. Once back at the lodge, brunch will be served, and the lodge managers will happily help out with answering any questions you may have about what you have seen on the drive or about life in the bush. Brunch is usually served between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m., but this is dependent on the season and the length of the morning drive.

At 2:00 p.m., you will be transferred by 4x4 to Plains Camp (home of Rhino Walking Safaris), a trip which takes about 30 minutes and is a mini-game drive in itself.

After settling into your nineteenth century explorer-style luxury tent and being shown around the camp, high tea is served, followed by a briefing by your guide on the do’s and don’ts of bush walking. Rhino Walking Safari guides meet the stringent requirements of the South African National Parks (SANParks) and the senior staff are among the best available.

All walks are led by two armed guides. After the guides have been through the safety precautions, you will set off on a short introductory walk which is always an exhilarating experience. You will later return to the vehicle in time for sundowners and enjoy a short night drive before returning to camp.

Day 3: Overnight at Plains Camp

All walking trails are enjoyed in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat, with the average duration of the morning walk being between three and four hours. During the morning walk, there is a stop for a rest and light snack.

The length of the evening walk depends on the time of the year, but usually lasts no more than an hour and is typically combined with a short game drive. Some guests prefer to opt out of the walk and go on a game drive instead, but this can only be done if all the guests at the camp agree.

On each walking safari, the guides will share their knowledge of bush culture, not only identifying flora and fauna, but also explaining the medicinal uses of plants, local folklore, and interpreting wildlife tracks in the sand. Walking through the bush heightens all the senses and offers visitors unrivaled opportunities to become immersed in the rhythms of nature.

The alarm calls of red-billed oxpeckers may alert your guide to an old buffalo feeding in the reeds along a riverbed, a porcupine quill reveals that Africa’s largest rodent foraged along a trail during the night, and the fresh tracks of a pride of lions means that the vultures may soon be in business.

Although game drives offer the opportunity to get very close to wild animals, this is not the case when people are walking in the bush; animals scent or see humans on foot very quickly. While this means that it is more difficult to get close to animals, being on foot is considered by many people to be more rewarding because the walker encounters animals on their own terms, just as it would have happened before vehicles existed.

The tracking of animals and immersion of senses in the sounds and smells of the bush, and even the feel of leaves or tree bark, creates a true sense of being part of the environment. A hearty brunch is served after getting back from the morning walk.

Choose to take the opportunity to cool off in the plunge pool or simply relax on the deck while doing some more game-watching over the Timbetene Plain. High tea is followed by an afternoon walk and short evening game drive. Drinks around the fire, followed by dinner, complete the day.

Day 4: Depart Plains Camp homeward bound

After a light snack and tea or coffee, you’ll be taken on another safari walk. After the walk, there will be time to freshen up and brunch will be served. You’ll then be transferred to Rhino Post Safari Lodge for check-out. Depending on your travel arrangements, you may need to forego the morning activity at Plains Camp.

Note: Please note that while daily life at the lodges follows a regular pattern, small changes are sometimes necessary due to weather, season, or other circumstances beyond their control. The information above gives you a good idea of what to expect during your much anticipated safari.

Children policy

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

  • Children of all ages are welcome
  • Activities: No children under the age of six are allowed on a game drive. A private vehicle may be booked at an additional cost. Prior reservation is required.
  • Triples: Rhino Post Safari Lodge can accommodate one additional child (16 years and under) per room on a roll-away bed for a maximum of two bush suites
  • No person over 16 years of age can be accommodated on a roll-away bed in any of the bush suites
  • Child minding: For an additional cost, child minding can be arranged for children six years and under. In the morning, child minders work from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and in the evening, child minders are available from 2:00 until 10:00 p.m. Earlier meal times can be arranged at the lodge. Guests can inquire at reception.

Plains Camp and sleepout

  • Children 12 years and older are welcome
  • Triples: No triples for any age are available. The third child would require their own room at adult rates plus single supplement.
  • Child minding: No child minding is available
  • Exclusive use: If the whole camp is booked, children under the age of 12 are welcome, but they will not be able to participate in the walking safaris. At an additional cost, a private guide will need to be booked to look after the children left at the camp. Prior reservation is required.

Location

Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp (home of Rhino Walking Safaris) are situated on a 12,000-hectare private wilderness concession located entirely within the world renowned Kruger National Park.

The concession offers some of the best game viewing opportunities in Africa, and the big five - elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, and buffalo - can be seen, as well as a wide diversity of other fauna and flora. They are located 20 kilometers from Kruger’s Skukuza Airport and share a 14 kilometers unfenced boundary with the Mala Mala Game Reserve and the Sabi Sands.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park covers almost two million hectares of beautiful, unspoiled terrain and boasts the world’s greatest concentration and diversity of species. An impressive 147 mammal species inhabit this remarkable reserve. In addition, it boasts 517 bird species, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile, and 336 tree species.

Scattered through the park are ancient archaeological sites and bushman paintings and there are numerous activities on offer. Before Kruger Park was declared a national reserve in 1884 by President Paul Kruger, the game had almost been completely wiped out by hunters.

Today, the fascinating and varied Kruger Park wildlife includes everything from aardvarks to zebras and presents intriguing unrelated species such as baboons and baboon spiders.

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with brunch, high tea, and dinner, as well as tea and coffee. Each guest will also receive a complimentary glass of wine, local beer, cider, or soft drink on the evening drive at Plains Camp. The high teas usually offer a selection of savory snacks and cakes, as well as teas, coffee, and fruit juices.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In-room massages

In-room massages are available at an extra cost and pre-booking is required. Indulge in a massage in the privacy of your room or on your deck overlooking the riverbed. Rhino Post Safari Lodge offers a variety of massages which are listed on the menu.

Sleepouts

Specialized walking safaris in big five territory can be organized, with optional sleepouts. Sleepouts are optional and need to be pre-booked. The sleepout experience operated from Plains Camp or by special request from Rhino Post Safari Lodge is unique among lodges in the Kruger National Park and offers guests the experience of sleeping under the stars on elevated platforms.

Sleepouts are totally weather dependent. The first guests to reserve a trail determine whether a sleepout will be included on that trail or not. If the first guests who reserve the trail request the sleepout, then all guests on that trail will do a sleepout. If the first guests to book the trail stipulate that they do not wish to do a sleepout, then nobody on that trail will be able to do it.

Should you opt for the sleepout experience, the trail guides will provide you with a light-weight backpack in which to carry a change of clothes and essential toiletries. After tea, your guides will lead you on an hour-and-a-half walk to the sleepout decks, stopping along the way to view wildlife.

The platforms are elevated about four meters above the ground, and guests sleep on individual sleeping decks in a tent made of mosquito netting. After you have settled onto your deck, you will enjoy sundowners overlooking the waterhole. While your dinner is being prepared over an open fire, the night sounds will bring another dimension to your bush experience.

Your guides will ensure your safety at all times. The four decks accommodate a maximum of eight people, and there are two bathrooms that each have a flush toilet and shower. After coffee or tea and a light snack the next morning, you’ll walk back to Plains Camp for breakfast and a shower or swim.

Note: Sleepouts will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.

What's included

  • 2 game drives per day at Rhino Post Safari Lodge
  • Morning walk and afternoon walk / game drive at Plains Camp
  • Transfer from Rhino Post Safari Lodge to Plains Camp at specific times
  • Brunch, high tea, and dinner
  • Tea and coffee
  • A glass of wine, local beer, cider, or soft drink on the evening game drive at Plains Camp
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • All drinks except on the evening game drive at Plains Camp
  • Early or late transfers
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  • Park fees
  • Spirits, liqueurs, imported beers, and premium wines
  • Transfers on arrival and departure

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Skukuza Airport (SZK) or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). Transfers from and to these airports are not provided. It takes about two and a half to three hours to get from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) to Rhino Post Safari Lodge, while from Skukuza Airport (SZK) you can get to Rhino Post Safari Lodge by a 25 - 40 minute road transfer.

For those who wish to undertake the approximately six-hour self-drive from Johannesburg, it is recommended that you leave at around 7:00 a.m. to allow for a rest-stop or photographic opportunities along the way.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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