Rhino Post Safari Lodge in the Kruger Park
Specialising in luxury walking safaris, Rhino Post Safari Lodge offers exclusive traversing in 12 000 hectares of pristine bushveld in the only official wilderness concession awarded in the Kruger National Park. Approximately 10km North East (as the hornbill flies) of Skukuza Rest Camp, the concession shares a 15km boundary with Mala Mala in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, with game moving freely between the two reserves. The concession comprises of environmentally sensitive areas previously unexplored, with huge diversity of both fauna and flora – an ideal setting for wilderness walking safaris in an internationally renowned big five area.
The Concession has 3 Lodges / Camps
- Rhino Post Safari Lodge – Organic luxury wilderness lodge, primarily game drives with optional safari walks
- Plains Camp – Luxury tented camp – primarily walking
- Sleep Outs – Elevated wooden platforms. By prior arrangement only – Rhino Post – a minimum of 4 guests required to participate – Plains Camp – if the first guests to reserve their trail request the Sleep Out, then all subsequent reservations will be required to participate.
Rhino Post Stilts raise the 8 spaciously appointed suites from the riverbank allowing guests to view the Mutlumuvi riverbed with ease from the bedroom, bathroom and private wooden deck. The suites are set out in an open plan style with wooden floors, thatched roofs, canvas walls and an overhead fan. Each ensuite bathroom includes a deep, freestanding bath, ‘his and hers’ basins, a separate toilet and an outdoor shower protected by thick reed poles. The bathroom floor is attractively decorated with delicate mosaic designs complimenting the contemporary floor. All the suites have mini-bars and telephones linked to all areas. Air-conditioning in Dining area & one double suite.
Built using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch & canvas, the utmost care was taken to minimise the environmental impact of the lodge, and to that end, no concrete was used in the building’s foundations. Careful consideration was taken in the layout of the camp, battery power is used for lighting, special indigenous Reedbed System processes the bathroom waste, and other waste is sorted and recycled wherever possible.
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. Communal Lounge & Dining Area with outside fireplace. Active waterhole. Overhead fans in all tents. 8 guests per walking trail. 2 armed rangers per walking trail.
Sleep Outs 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.
TYPE OF ROOMS
Rhino Post (2 doubles / 6 twins) Plains Camp (4 twins) Sleep Outs (4 platforms / 8 bedded)
Max 24, with 16 accommodated at Rhino Post Safari Lodge & 8 at Plains Camp. Black out facilities and flip boards available. Overhead equipment can be hired by prior arrangement. Team building activities available by prior arrangement. Dining / Conference area has air conditioning.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge – Over looking water hole in dry river bed.
Plains Camp Plunge pool over looking plain & water hole.
Overhead fans, electricity, safe in room, hairdryer, limited internet, no cell phone coverage. Fireplace overlooking the waterhole. Extensive wine cellar and bar Plains Camp Overhead fans, electricity, safe at Rhino Post, no internet or cell phone coverage.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge offers both early morning and evening games drives. Game drive safaris are conducted in specially adapted open Landcruisers, with professional guides. To preserve the wilderness concession, no off-roading is practiced.
In addition to driving on the 12,000 hectare concession, they have exclusive use of some of the Kruger National Park public roads at night. SANparks has allowed the added advantage of being able to utilise 170km of Park roads after gate closing time – when all the self drive tourists have left and when the other concessions have to be back on their own property.
A typical day would include an early start, a cup of fresh coffee or tea, after which guests set out on their game drive. Guides at the lodge meet the stringent requirements of the South African National Parks and senior guides hold the highest guiding qualifications possible in South Africa, to ensure that your encounters with the African wilderness are exciting, informative and safe.
In the late afternoon after a delicious high tea, you can enjoy an evening game drive, winding down with Sundowners, watching an African sunset and spotting nocturnal animals in the Park.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge also offers golfers outings to Skukuza Golf course – The Kruger National Park has a unique 9-hole golf course (18 tees) near Skukuza Rest Camp. Built in 1972, the course is unfenced and open to the reserve for a wild round of golf. Prior arrangements are necessary.