Night 1: Rhino Post
Constructing a camp in a wilderness area has many challenges. The nature of the wilderness is that there are no permanent structures. Rhino Post is the base for the trails operation and as such, has been placed on the periphery of the wilderness area. The whole camp is raised on stilts. It is a lengthy process undertaking such a sensitive development. Numerous specialist studies have to be completed before you can start working on site. It is a real challenge and honour to be allowed to utilize such a sensitive wilderness area in the middle of the Kruger National Park. The challenge is to make sure the area remains a wilderness zone and the honour is that a wilderness area in a national park is a rarity world wide.
This unique wilderness area offers ecotourists the ideal place for encounters with the Big Five and allows visitors to track elephant and rhino on foot.
Following a walking safari, guests can relax in the revitalizing swimming pool, take in the views from the shaded patio and watch the abundant wildlife amble down to the waterhole. Sumptuous meals are served in the camp’s dining area, which is set under magnificent Tamboti trees. The lounge, with its extensive wine cellar, cosy fireplace and bar, is the perfect spot for a sundowner. For something special, spoil yourself with a little pampering in the rejuvenation centre.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nights 2 & 3: Plains Camp
Guests staying at Plains Camp can explore the 12000ha private wilderness area in the Kruger National Park. They can also enjoy day and night game drives through the rest of the Kruger National Park. This is the only wilderness area in the Kruger Park to be given to a private operator. Sharing a common boundary with famous Mala Mala Game Reserve for 14km's is a sure indication that trailists will see an abundance of game. The area is only 20 minutes from Skukuza, the heart of the
Kruger National Park, so getting there is easy by air or by road.
Plains Camp has four, luxury African explorer-style tents overlooking the spectacular Timbitene plain and waterhole. The camp is built in authentic pioneer tradition and is raised on wooden decks. Stylishly decorated, the 8-bed camp offers the tranquility of a 19th century naturalist’s retreat. An Africana book collection and antique treasures are reminiscent of a golden era.
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. This camp was specifically designed for low energy consumption and makes use of solar power and limited generators for its power needs.
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 depends 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.
Plains Camp is close to Skukuza and is easily accessible by road or air.