It's hard to rave about this lodge without sounding like we work for them, but we don't, and we travelled a long way from home just to return here.
In August 2010 we started our first trip to Africa here and fell in love with the lodge, the staff, the management and just the way the place makes you feel like family. We stayed 4 days then and promised ourselves a return trip for a longer stay,one which would include the Plains Camp
This time,we booked for 7 days (directly through the ISIBINDI website who gave us a discount), and stayed 2 nights at the Lodge, then 2 nights at Plains Camp for the walking safaris and another 3 nights back at the Lodge which were fabulous and quite different experiences.
Firstly, the Lodge.
All 8 tented rooms are beautifully constructed, private and cosy, as the many photos posted will attest to. The outdoor showers are great to relax under after the morning game drive and the large private tub next to the fully opening window even more so!
The dining room and bar are great communal areas to relax in and compare stories with your fellow travellers. We really enjoyed meeting the other guests staying here and hearing what life was like in their part of the world. As the Lodge only accommodates around 16 guests, friendships are easily formed. We still stay in touch with a wonderful couple from San Francisco we met here last time.
Secondly, the food.
All the meals we had at both locations were excellent. We were offered 2 choices in starters, mains and desserts every night and in 7 nights there were no duplications in the menu. Also, the Bush Braai, if you are there on the right night, is a wonderful, fun experience. A lot of work goes into setting this up for the evening meal and it certainly makes you feel special.
Thirdly, the rangers.
At the Lodge we had James as our Game Ranger who expertly filled the shoes of Tim, our wonderful ranger last time, and he worked hard to make every drive different and interesting.
We learnt many new things about tracking, birdlife and some of the smaller animals that co-exist with the BIG 5 ( that some guests are obsessed with; we did see them many times by the way!)
At Plains camp we were looked after by Mark and James (different ranger) and could not have been in more competent,safe and knowledgeable hands. It is difficult to describe the feeling these guys have for the bush, but our short time with them was indeed an amazing education. Mark is also a passionate anti-poaching pilot who helps rid the Park of these heartless vermin.
Lastly, the staff.
May as well start at the top..... Nikki & Gerrit, what can we say,.. your company, your stories, your passion for conservation and the bush are what makes this such a special place. Add to this the warm welcoming presence of Sharon & Marli and it's little wonder that staff here rarely move on. Thanks also to Colin and Ben for the laughs. Lulu is still here too!
Just a footnote on the Game Drive experience here.
Rhino Post has been unfairly compared to some of the private parks around Kruger that have off-road Game driving. We have stayed in Lodges that have been more than 3 times the price and have not enjoyed the overall experience as much. Sure, some of the driving was off-road,but short of a Honey Badger, the game viewing was equally rewarding on the tracks that Rhino Post are exclusively allowed to use. We saw so much more than the Big 5 it felt like the Big 95. If gold taps, butlers, indifference and Vegas prices are your thing then Rhino Post may not be for you, but we think it is incredible value and we will return a third time, hopefully more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rhino Post Safari Lodge is situated at the southern end of our 12,000 hectare 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 with encounters with the Big Five and where good sightings of wild animals can be expected. Rhino Post Safari Lodge is set under magnificent Tamboti trees on the banks of the Mutlumuvi Riverbed. The nature of a wilderness area is that there are no permanent structures, so Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built with natural materials – stone, wood, thatch and canvas - to give it an authentic bush feel. Each of the 8 suites are beautifully decorated with the bedroom and lounge area having wonderful views of the riverbed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rhino Post Safari Hotel Kruger National Park