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Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp
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Canberra, Australia
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29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“I am a different person for having been here.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

We only had 4 days and 3 nights - it was not enough.

First - July is really, really, really cold here. Bring very warm clothes, hats, gloves, everything. At one point my friend and I were wearing ALL of our clothes. The open air vehicles for the drives create a heck of a wind! And lip balm - pack lip balm.

Despite the cold, this is the most amazing experience I've ever had. The lodge is positively posh! The afternoons are quite warm and make having a shower outside really cool (pardon the pun) and then you pad over to your private deck and bask in the sun.

The Plains camp was my favourite night. Big tents with proper beds, toilets and showers. BUT nothing between you and the African wildlife but an electric fence. I sat there and watched Zebra, Impala and warthogs grazing. Giraffe were roaming about, and I watched an elephant rear up onto its hind legs to stick its trunk into a big concrete water reservoir! AMAZING

Third night was the sleep out. This is optional, but only if everyone wants to stay in the camp. Either everyone stays in the camp, or everyone does the sleep out. This was a big test for me as I am a city-slicker-book-nerd, but I am so glad I did it.

The best part of this experience, and I mean the BEST part, was Bernard, our ranger. He took care of us at the camp and sleep out. He was so fun and nice and knowledgeable! He could call any animal in the park. Seriously, he called Rhinos and they came! Of course he stopped them before they got too close. I was not scared at all having Bernard taking care of us. Amos, his assistant was also lovely. Anything we needed was taken care of. These men are the best of people. I will never forget them.

And food. They just never stop feeding you. I'm a horribly picky eater and everything was fine. Nothing weird, just good, hearty food.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

Please check my review on the Plains Camp walking safaris and the Lodge under "Rhino Post Safari Lodge " listing. Thanks for looking up this fantastic lodge in Kruger.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Durbanville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

We spent 3 nights at Rhino Post from 11 to 14 May. This was my 2nd trip, having been there in March 2012 with my husband. The overall experience was exceptional and I cannot recommend this hotel any stronger! All the staff are warm and friendly and seem to be genuinely passionate about their work. The common areas, such as the deck, lounge, dining room and pool areas are comfortable and luxurious. Beds are comfortable and the rooms are generally very private - room 8 and room 1 are probably the ones that offer the most privacy as they are on opposite ends of the boardwalk. All the staff are friendly and they try to make you feel at home, whilst also respecting your privacy. Colin was our guide on both occasions and his knowledge of the bush is exceptional. We really enjoyed all our game drives with him and he has a great ability to "read" his guests and make contact on a more personal level. I have to disagree with some of the other reviewers who were quite critical of the food - at Rhino Post the food is very good quality, dinners consist of a 3-course meal and offer great variety, taste and flavour. The food is sophisticated and elegant and service during mealtimes can be described as very attentive. We had a bush braai on our last night, which was a fantastic ending to our trip - the effort that went into the bush braai was astonishing, up to a port-a-loo for the ladies with a basin to wash your hands! I cannot wait to come back!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2012 via mobile

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.

Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lancs UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

the trip involved two parts..three days at Rhino post and two days at Plains camp. In both cases the accommodation was first class and luxurious. At Rhino post the food was plentiful..never ending and of the highest quality. Snack at early morning.. an all you can eat brunch around eleven and generous high tea at three thirty and a three course dinner at eight thirty. The food at plains camp was "plainer" and not quite so plentiful but still OK.We saw thirty six different species during our five day stay and did not have a single niggle or complaint.

To walk in the animls space and sleepout under the stars are experiences you will never forget.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Campinas, SP
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19 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

Pros:

Had an amazing experience walking, even if you dont get a chance to see any game
The night out sleeping on platforms was also great
Tents were great & luxurious!

Cons:
Food was sparse, & bad
Only provide 2 meals a day
Meal presentation left tons to be desired (very bad), i.e., only had instant coffee.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hitchin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

Like the other reviewers said you get here the real feeling of the bush but whilst sleeping in supreme comfort. How can I have a luxury tent that has a fully flushing toilet! Bernard our walking guide was the absolute star of the stay. He left his car spot light on in error and dropped it behind his seat until on a drive out he suddently had to pull over because his bum was burning. It caused much laughter. A definate place to stay

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp
Address: Kruger National Park, Skukuza 1350, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Skukuza
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Skukuza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Plains Camp is situated in the heart of a private 12 000 hectare wilderness concession 10km north east of Skukuza Rest Camp in the world famous Kruger National Park. The concession is an environmentally sensitive area which was previously unexplored, with huge diversity of both fauna & flora - an ideal setting for wilderness walking safaris in an internationally renowned big five area.It comprises of 4 en-suite luxury African explorer style tents with 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 naturalist's rest, nestled in an Acacia Knobthorn thicket.Expansive decks surround the lounge and dining areas from where one can survey the vast Timbertene Plains and watch the big 5. The plunge pool is an ideal place to retreat during the heat of the day while the animals drink at the nearby waterhole.Guests can choose to walk to "Sleep Outs" - a giant tree house and spend a night under the African Skies. ... more   less 
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