Rhino Walking Safaris offers the chance to explore the untamed territories of Africa’s Big 5. Taking place in one of the world’s most renowned game parks, Kruger National Park, these walks are offered to guests at Plains Camp. Choose between morning walks and afternoon walks – both offering an array of sights and sounds. In this mini guide, we take a look at the Rhino Walking experience to see what it has to offer.
TOP REASONS TO TRY A RHINO WALKING EXPERIENCE
What makes Rhino Walking an experience that everyone should try at least once in a lifetime? For starters, here are few reasons to try this incredible wildlife activity.
STEP INTO THE WORLD OF THE FAMOUS BIG 5.
Very few wildlife experiences compete with walking safaris when it comes to seeing the Big 5 in person. While a game drive is a great way to spot wildlife from a vehicle, a walking encounter takes this experience to a whole other level. The Big 5 include the most magnificent game species of all – rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and elephant. These species are truly breathtaking to see. Of all the game reserves in Africa, Kruger National Park is without a doubt one of the best places to see the Big 5 along with various other large mammals, including hippo, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, warthog, and various antelope species.
LOOK OUT FOR THE LITTLE 5 AND OTHER WONDERS.
While the Big 5 are without a doubt the main attraction, there are many other smaller wonders that can be seen on a walking safari. The Little 5 are often overlooked for their larger game counterparts. Comprising elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise, these lesser-known species play an equally important role in the precious ecosystem of reserves such as Kruger Park. Walking safaris are one of the best ways to spot smaller creatures that often be missed on a game drive. Each walk gives you a brand new perspective of the African bush, with plenty to see along the way.
VIEW AN INCREDIBLE DIVERSITY OF BIRD SPECIES.
Birding enthusiasts are also catered to on these walks, with a staggering number of species to see at any given time of day. Over 500 hundred bird species are found within Kruger National Park, including the Big 6 (ground hornbill, Kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and the saddle-bill stork). Other species to look out for on walks include hornbills, starlings, vultures, rollers, bee-eaters and shrikes, raptor species such as Bateleur eagle, martial eagle, black-breasted snake eagle, brown snake eagle, African hawk eagle, African fish eagle, tawny eagle, Wahlberg eagle, steppe eagle and lesser spotted eagle.
LEARN FROM EXPERIENCED, KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDES.
One of the many things that make rhino walks so rewarding is the knowledge provided by guides. This gives you the opportunity to learn as you make your way through the bush. You will be able to ask questions, learn to identify animals by their tracks, find out more about the black and white rhino found within the park, get insider knowledge on various wildlife species, identify smaller creatures that you may otherwise miss, and get a better perspective of the work that safari experts such as Rhino Walking Safaris are doing to help conserve Southern Africa’s precious wildlife.
CREATE MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME.
Finally, another reason to try a morning or evening guided bush walk is to come away with memories that will last forever. Take your camera along to capture the sights of the bush, learn about the inhabitants of the park, look out for game species that few people get the chance to see in real life, and come away with a fresh appreciation for Africa and its many wonders.
Plains Camp is where you can enjoy once-in-a-lifetime walking safaris to spot rhino and various other wildlife and birdlife. Operating in Kruger National Park since 2002, Rhino Walking Safaris are an experience that everyone should try.