6 Day Walking Safari Trail (IA04)| safari.com

Overview

Discover nature’s hidden wonders in specially tailored walking trails from luxury tented accommodation.  Plains Camp is situated in the heart of a 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), you 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.

For a totally unique experience, guests wanting something different will be able to walk to Sleepouts – elevated wooden platforms 4metres high where the night will be spent sleeping outdoors under the stars!

Itinerary

Day 1

• Rhino Post Safari Lodge serves as the meeting point for day one, and guests are requested to arrive no later than 2PM in order to make a speedy transfer to Plains Camp in the open 4 x 4. Guests travelling from Johannesburg are advised to have departed by 7AM at the latest in order to make good time

• After arriving, guests are afforded a short window in which to explore the camp itself. High tea is served, followed by a brief on bush walking safari 'do's & don't's', conducted by the lodge's expert guides

• Following this, a pair of armed rangers escort guests on their introductory walk, later returning to sundowners and a short night drive

 

Day 2

• The early morning wake up call is softened with coffee, tea and rusks, before the group departs again for the next walk. Guides take to sharing their extensive understanding of the area and its culture, identifying animals, trees, grasses, insects, birds, the medicinal uses of plants, local folk lore and basic tracking and survival skills. In order to avoid the midday heat, the three to four hour walks are conducted almost exclusively in the early mornings and late afternoons

• After a light snack on the walk, guests settle into brunch back at camp. Spend the hot hours in between walks enjoying the camp's Africana book collection, or cool off in the plunge pool while watching the regular passage of zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino and lion. The afternoon safari ends with the group setting up camp on a set of raised platforms, and sleeping underneath the stars for the evening. Dinner is prepared on an open fire while guests watch as wildlife congregate around the watering hole.

 

Day 3

• Day three follows a similar format to that of the previous days, however, following high tea, the group sets off to an exciting new camping venue at which they will spend the night. Setting up camp on a series of raised platforms, the group will spend the night sleeping underneath the stars, dinner being prepared on an open fire while they watch wildlife congregate around the watering hole.

 

Day 4

• Light snacks are served before the group heads back to Plains Camp

• Brunch is followed by a chance to grab a shower, before packing up and transferring back to Rhino Post Safari Lodge

• Refreshments are served upon arrival, followed by brief introductions to the lodge. Guests are then escorted to their rooms

• After settling in, guests are invited to high tea, and then an afternoon / evening game drive

• Sundowner drinks are enjoyed under a reddening African sky before setting back off into the night to spot some of the nocturnal residents

• Dinner and conversation are enjoyed on the deck back at the lodge before guests retire for the evening

 

Day 5

• Another early start to the day, with rusks, coffee and tea, and guests are off, once more, to explore the park

• After returning, guests settle into brunch back at camp, before spending some time enjoying the camp grounds and facilities. High tea is followed by the afternoon safari, the evening winding down with a warm dinner before guests head off to bed

 

Day 6

• Guests will be woken up early for the last time on their trip, served fresh coffee or tea and muffins in the lounge, and set off again for an early morning game drive, with a being made stop midway for coffee or tea in the bush

• Brunch is served upon return to the lodge

Accommodation

Rhino Post Safari Lodge :
Located on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi riverbed, Rhino Post Safari Lodge's eight suites loom above the riverbank, raised up on stilts that afford them views of the surrounding vegetation and wildlife. Open plan, thatch roofed suites are completed with en suite bathrooms (bath, basins, separate toilet and an outdoor shower), bedroom, living room and kitchen

• Plains Camp accommodation :
Located in a wilderness concession overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain & waterhole, Plains Camp is immersed in an Acacia Knobthorn thicket, and offers four comfortably furnished African explorer style tents, with en suite bathrooms and hot running water. Generators and a back-up battery system supply power to overhead fans and lighting, and can be used to re-charge camera batteries.

The concession is an environmentally sensitive area previously unexplored, with a huge diversity of both fauna and flora - an ideal setting for wilderness walking safaris in an internationally renowned Big Five viewing area

Reviews


We walked within 10 meters of rhino! the guides were amazing, the tent camp was old style chic and exactly how you fantasize African safaris to be. I thought i was on the set of "out of Africa" A must for anyone who wants to get really close to the animals and out of the jeep for an intimate experience with the wildlife.

Craig

We stayed at the Lodge for three nights and the experience was truly wonderful, starting out on the journey in from the airport when we saw our first Giraffe. We arrived mid afternoon and were quickly made comfortable before going out on our first drive. That was spectacular and over the next two days it just got better (starting out the next morning with sighting two lions from the outdoor shower!). The overall service was exquisite and our guide, Colin, looked after us not only on the drives but for the rest of the day too. Not a place to go to diet - as the day starts before the morning drive with coffee and snacks, followed by a sumptuous brunch on your return. High tea preceded the afternoon drive and dinner is superb. We could not have asked to see more animals (Big Five plus Cheetah and even a Wild Dog) Absolutely outstanding!

Roger

If you are looking for a place to chase down the ’big five’ or ’super seven’ then stay somewhere else. Not saying you will not see them, we did! If however, you are looking to relax and enjoy a lovely location, beautiful scenery and personal service then this is the place to be. I saw giraffes and kudu from the shower, a hyena and its kill on the walkway going for breakfast as well as rhinos, elephants and a leopard on the dirt road leading to the lodge..spectacular. The game drives were hit and miss, although the scenery was beautiful and we did not have a single game drive where we did not sight an animal/bird/reptile. Pros. The rooms are nice and the balcony spectacular, the service is outstanding and our guide, ’Ben’ very knowledgeable and attentive. Cons. Slightly manufactured ’bush experience’ in terms of the forced social interaction with group dinners and lunches, but really I am nitpicking, this is as spectacular and wonderful as the other reviews state. Definitely worth a stay. Tip: stay in room ’one’, although it is furthest down the walkway, it is the most private and as it is the last in the row, you get to see more animals from the shower and balcony.

Beverly

Discover nature’s hidden wonders in specially tailored walking trails from luxury tented accommodation.  Plains Camp is situated in the heart of a 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), you 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.

For a totally unique experience, guests wanting something different will be able to walk to Sleepouts – elevated wooden platforms 4metres high where the night will be spent sleeping outdoors under the stars!

Day 1

• Rhino Post Safari Lodge serves as the meeting point for day one, and guests are requested to arrive no later than 2PM in order to make a speedy transfer to Plains Camp in the open 4 x 4. Guests travelling from Johannesburg are advised to have departed by 7AM at the latest in order to make good time

• After arriving, guests are afforded a short window in which to explore the camp itself. High tea is served, followed by a brief on bush walking safari 'do's & don't's', conducted by the lodge's expert guides

• Following this, a pair of armed rangers escort guests on their introductory walk, later returning to sundowners and a short night drive

 

Day 2

• The early morning wake up call is softened with coffee, tea and rusks, before the group departs again for the next walk. Guides take to sharing their extensive understanding of the area and its culture, identifying animals, trees, grasses, insects, birds, the medicinal uses of plants, local folk lore and basic tracking and survival skills. In order to avoid the midday heat, the three to four hour walks are conducted almost exclusively in the early mornings and late afternoons

• After a light snack on the walk, guests settle into brunch back at camp. Spend the hot hours in between walks enjoying the camp's Africana book collection, or cool off in the plunge pool while watching the regular passage of zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino and lion. The afternoon safari ends with the group setting up camp on a set of raised platforms, and sleeping underneath the stars for the evening. Dinner is prepared on an open fire while guests watch as wildlife congregate around the watering hole.

 

Day 3

• Day three follows a similar format to that of the previous days, however, following high tea, the group sets off to an exciting new camping venue at which they will spend the night. Setting up camp on a series of raised platforms, the group will spend the night sleeping underneath the stars, dinner being prepared on an open fire while they watch wildlife congregate around the watering hole.

 

Day 4

• Light snacks are served before the group heads back to Plains Camp

• Brunch is followed by a chance to grab a shower, before packing up and transferring back to Rhino Post Safari Lodge

• Refreshments are served upon arrival, followed by brief introductions to the lodge. Guests are then escorted to their rooms

• After settling in, guests are invited to high tea, and then an afternoon / evening game drive

• Sundowner drinks are enjoyed under a reddening African sky before setting back off into the night to spot some of the nocturnal residents

• Dinner and conversation are enjoyed on the deck back at the lodge before guests retire for the evening

 

Day 5

• Another early start to the day, with rusks, coffee and tea, and guests are off, once more, to explore the park

• After returning, guests settle into brunch back at camp, before spending some time enjoying the camp grounds and facilities. High tea is followed by the afternoon safari, the evening winding down with a warm dinner before guests head off to bed

 

Day 6

• Guests will be woken up early for the last time on their trip, served fresh coffee or tea and muffins in the lounge, and set off again for an early morning game drive, with a being made stop midway for coffee or tea in the bush

• Brunch is served upon return to the lodge

Rhino Post Safari Lodge :
Located on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi riverbed, Rhino Post Safari Lodge's eight suites loom above the riverbank, raised up on stilts that afford them views of the surrounding vegetation and wildlife. Open plan, thatch roofed suites are completed with en suite bathrooms (bath, basins, separate toilet and an outdoor shower), bedroom, living room and kitchen

• Plains Camp accommodation :
Located in a wilderness concession overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain & waterhole, Plains Camp is immersed in an Acacia Knobthorn thicket, and offers four comfortably furnished African explorer style tents, with en suite bathrooms and hot running water. Generators and a back-up battery system supply power to overhead fans and lighting, and can be used to re-charge camera batteries.

The concession is an environmentally sensitive area previously unexplored, with a huge diversity of both fauna and flora - an ideal setting for wilderness walking safaris in an internationally renowned Big Five viewing area

We walked within 10 meters of rhino! the guides were amazing, the tent camp was old style chic and exactly how you fantasize African safaris to be. I thought i was on the set of "out of Africa" A must for anyone who wants to get really close to the animals and out of the jeep for an intimate experience with the wildlife.

Craig

We stayed at the Lodge for three nights and the experience was truly wonderful, starting out on the journey in from the airport when we saw our first Giraffe. We arrived mid afternoon and were quickly made comfortable before going out on our first drive. That was spectacular and over the next two days it just got better (starting out the next morning with sighting two lions from the outdoor shower!). The overall service was exquisite and our guide, Colin, looked after us not only on the drives but for the rest of the day too. Not a place to go to diet - as the day starts before the morning drive with coffee and snacks, followed by a sumptuous brunch on your return. High tea preceded the afternoon drive and dinner is superb. We could not have asked to see more animals (Big Five plus Cheetah and even a Wild Dog) Absolutely outstanding!

Roger

If you are looking for a place to chase down the ’big five’ or ’super seven’ then stay somewhere else. Not saying you will not see them, we did! If however, you are looking to relax and enjoy a lovely location, beautiful scenery and personal service then this is the place to be. I saw giraffes and kudu from the shower, a hyena and its kill on the walkway going for breakfast as well as rhinos, elephants and a leopard on the dirt road leading to the lodge..spectacular. The game drives were hit and miss, although the scenery was beautiful and we did not have a single game drive where we did not sight an animal/bird/reptile. Pros. The rooms are nice and the balcony spectacular, the service is outstanding and our guide, ’Ben’ very knowledgeable and attentive. Cons. Slightly manufactured ’bush experience’ in terms of the forced social interaction with group dinners and lunches, but really I am nitpicking, this is as spectacular and wonderful as the other reviews state. Definitely worth a stay. Tip: stay in room ’one’, although it is furthest down the walkway, it is the most private and as it is the last in the row, you get to see more animals from the shower and balcony.

Beverly

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