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Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Everyone at this camp went out of their way to make our stay special. Mo and Andre were exceptional guides and Albino and Precious terrific. Learnt so much in such a short time and saw so many animals. A terrific experience.

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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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IsibindiAfrica, General Manager at Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Dear Carol_Layton

Thank you very much for the superb review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us, and I'll be sure to pass your compliments on to Mo and his team. Come back soon!

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Nikki Meyer

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

We had a fabulous 2 nights here including 1 night on the sleep out. The walking safari complements a traditional driving one perfectly. We were extremely fortunate to have Andre as our guide as he was brimming over with information and enthusiasm. As thè camp only sleeps 8 guests Andre did far more than lead the walks and drives. We had all our meals with him and on the sleep out night he cooked the braai. He was entertaining company and we learned so much.
The tents at the camp were very comfortable and the sleepout was a very memorable night. The sleepout sleeping bags were thick and of good quality so we were very cosy. You are covered only by a mosquito net so laying in bed looking at the stars was fantastic. On our first night Andre had given us a lesson in stargazing so we spent some time laying on the platform looking at the stars with binoculars.
I would recommend Rhino Walking Safaris very highly and suggest you do one before, rather than after a vehicle safari as we felt that the knowledge we had gained enhanced the experience. You do not see as many animals as on a vehicle safari but learn about tracks, behaviour, plants and local beliefs.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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IsibindiAfrica, General Manager at Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Dear surreymumUk

Thank you very much for the great review, Andre is certainly one of our gems, and we are delighted that you enjoyed your time at Plains Camp with him. I will be sure to pass on your compliments. Your feedback is highly appreciated - it's always wonderful to hear from guests who have both understood and loved their bush experience.

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Nikki Meyer

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

A 3 week roundtrip and our stay at Rhino Walking Safaris was unquestionably our top Highlight.
We had walks in the wilderness in care of highly experienced guides. The sleep out, all expectations exceeded.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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IsibindiAfrica, General Manager at Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Dear Heike

Thank you very much for the wonderful review. It is always such a pleasure to hear back from happy clients - and thank you for rating us the highlight of your 3 week trip - we are delighted.

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Nikki Meyer

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

We stayed there for 2 days and it was the kind of stay you ll never forget. The guides were incredible with extensive knowledge of the wilderness. We saw the big five the small five and much more, even when in our tent. Food was awsome and the tent very comfortable.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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IsibindiAfrica, General Manager at Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Dear Valerie

Thank you very much for the great review, we are thrilled that you enjoyed this very special experience, and hope that you will be able to return one day.

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Having done a number of vehicle safaris before my wife and I decided to try a walking safari and chose to do so at Plains Camp. Starting with the positives, the camp is in a beautiful location and the tented accommodation is both stylish and comfortable. It is very much "glamping". Unlike other camps/lodges we've been too, the game viewing from the camp itself was great with fairly regular visits by elephants, wilderbeast, giraffe, zebra and impala. Whilst the food was not as gourmet as at Rhino Post Lodge (as expected given the remoteness of the camp), it was still of a high standard.

The camp sleeps 8 people in 4 tents and the typical routine is a 3-4 hour walking safari at sunrise followed by a few hours out in the 4x4 in the afternoon. If interesting sightings were made in the afternoon we had the freedom to exit the vehicle with the guide and approach/explore on foot. This combination was great as vehicles are not allowed off-road in Kruger. At Rhino Post Lodge we found it frustrating at times when there was clearly animal activity just out of sight but we could not drive closer or exit the vehicle to approach on foot. We knew this would be the case in advance but didn't appreciate how limiting it would feel at times. It is in the afternoon drives when you have the best chance of seeing larger animals as you cover more ground. Although in our three days in the Rhino Post concession area we did not see any lions. That is not a criticism as we fully understand that luck is a significant factor for any animal sighting. The walking safaris were a welcome chance to stretch our legs (instead of sitting on our back sides for six hours a day in a 4x4) and be closer to the natural habitat. Large animal viewings are less frequent on foot so more focus inevitably gets put on looking at footprints, dung, bones, insects and plant life.

The only bit of the experience that disappointed us was our guide. On a safari your guide plays a major role as they are in effect the narrator and interpreter for what you see and in some ways your host. You spend up 8-10 hours per day with them if you include meal times. Whilst our guide was experienced and professional, his communication skills (not language related) were poor. He lacked enthusiam and at times somehow managed to take the energy out of things. Getting clear answers from him often felt like hard work and at meal times or around the camp fire he would mostly sit in silence. Unfortunately this did take away from the overall experience a bit. Over the course of the safari the other guests at the camp, without prompting, expressed the same disappointments.

At any one time there is only one guide working at Plains Camp (along with a local spotter/rifleman). My understanding is that the guide rotates every couple of weeks. As it happens we met the other Plains Camp guide (Andre), during our stay at Rhino Post Lodge. He was superb. Passionate about wildlife, articulate, hugely knowledgable and personable. So if you get Andre as your guide at Plains Camp then you are in for an amazing time.

Lastly, I should comment on the 'sleep out' option where you sleep on a tree top platform in a tent-like structure through which you can see the night sky. We actually chose not to do this when booking the trip as it was going to cost a significant amount extra, so we were pleasantly surprised when it appeared on our itinerary. It was a unique experience and one which we enjoyed. One or two others in the group (who also hadn't booked it) were less enthused and wondered why they had to sleep in a small tent on a thin mattress when they had such a luxurious tent back at the main camp!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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IsibindiAfrica, General Manager at Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Dear jm456

Thank you for your lovely and detailed review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay overall, but sorry that the guide detracted from your stay. This guide has since left our employ, and we are confident that both his replacement, and Andre our other lead guide are socially skilled and will significantly enhance the very special experience at Plains Camp.

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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: €579 - €737 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rhino Walking Safaris at Plains Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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