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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Rhino Walking Safaris At Plains Camp South Africa/Skukuza