The Kruger National Park – Rhino Post Safari Lodge, Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris and Sleep-Outs – and the Zambezi National Park – Chundu Island – are all situated in malaria areas and we recommend guests err on the side of caution.
One of the best ways to avoid contracting malaria is not to be bitten, so use the insect repellents provided by the lodges, generously and often. Long sleeves and light colours are recommended for evening wear.
Please take the anti-malarial prophylactics recommended by your doctor.
A private concession is an area within a national park which has been put out to tender to be developed and managed by a private enterprise for a specified period.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris in the Kruger National Park and Chundu Island in the Zambezi National Park are private concessions that operate within National Parks and pay a concession fee, which provides much-needed income for conservation.
The national parks charge daily conservation fees to all people entering and staying in a national park – whether they are staying in a private concession or the national park’s accommodation. These fees go toward conservation and anti-poaching costs which are not covered by the accommodation rates.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge
There is no age restriction on accommodation, but regrettably, children under the age of six (6) are not allowed on the game drives unless a private vehicle is booked. This is in the best interests of the child as animals react with curiosity toward small children, especially if they should cry out. This often means that at a potentially dangerous sighting, the vehicle is forced to leave the sighting for the safety of the child.
Babysitters/child-minders are available on request. Bookings for babysitters must be made with the management 24 hours in advance.
A morning babysitter will take care of your child/ren from 06h00 when the morning drive departs, until 13h30. An evening babysitter will be available from 14h30 until 22h00. The babysitting fee will be charged to your bill – please confirm this fee when arranging your babysitter. Fees are charged per shift, and per babysitter – not per child.
Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris
While bush-walks are a wonderful educational experience for children, the presence of big game in the Kruger National Park introduces an element of risk; and for this reason, we cannot accept bookings for children under the age of twelve (12) at Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris.
Children aged six (6) and over are welcome, however, the canoeing and bush-walks are restricted to children of 16 and over both for safety reasons and in accordance with the Zambezi National Parks policy.
A maximum of 6 children under the age of 12 can be accommodated on the island at any one time. Two family units can each accommodate 2 children (aged 6 – 16) in the kids’ bedroom. An additional two roll-away beds are available for children 16 and younger to create a triple in either the family rooms or island suites.
Family groups booking out the whole lodge are welcome to bring younger children – activity age restrictions will still apply.
Management reserve the right to return disorderly and disruptive children during the cruise or drive if necessary before continuing.
The tap water is safe to drink at Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris in the Kruger National Park. The tap water at Chundu Island is not potable. Filtered water is freely available at all of our lodges, and while we do not encourage the excessive use of plastic, bottled water is also available.
In the interests of conservation, we are currently investigating how to move from plastic to glass.
Our company name is Rhino Walking Safaris (Pty) Ltd – so named because of our vision of providing specialist walking safaris and authentic wilderness experiences, over and above the traditional game drive safari.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge provides game drive safaris. Plains Camp and the Sleep-Out decks (branded as Rhino Walking Safaris) focus on walking trails. Many of our guests opt to enjoy all three experiences – game drives, walking safaris and the sleep-outs.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge
International adaptors are available from the reception at Rhino Post. If you are at the beginning of your holiday in South Africa and may have further need of an adaptor after you leave us, you are welcome to purchase one. If you are at the end of your visit to the country, and will only need it for the duration of your stay with us, we will be happy to lend you one. In this case, a refundable deposit will be charged to your room; when you return the adaptor at the reception on check-out this will be refunded to your bill.
Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris
An international adaptor and charging station is available in the plug socket in the dining room. If you are at the beginning of your holiday in South Africa and may have further need of an adaptor after you leave us, you are welcome to purchase one from the curio shop at Rhino Post Safari Lodge when you check out.
Each room on Chundu Island is fitted with a variety of adaptors, so there is no need to bring an adaptor with you.
We are frequently asked to recommend a gratuity policy.
While gratuities for exceptional service are very gratefully received by our staff they are at your sole discretion. We do not wish to make a recommendation, because we feel that this places pressure on the guest to pay a specific gratuity; however, if it is of help to you:
At Rhino Walking Safaris and Rhino Post Safari Lodge – the average tips received are between R200 and R350 per room per night for the guides and the same again for the general staff.
At Chundu Island the average tips received are approximately $10 per room per night for the guides, which we allocate according to which activities you have partaken in, with which guide, and the same again for the general staff.
If you do wish to pay a gratuity, you may do so at the reception on checkout. This can be left in cash or credit card. The gratuities for the guides are usually given directly to the guide, and for the general staff to the manager at check out.
General staff gratuities are divided equally amongst all personnel other than the guides.
From Rhino Post Safari Lodge, yes. You are welcome to drive on any of the tourist roads within the Kruger National Park between the normal gate opening and closing times. Please inform one of the staff if you intend going for a drive and do not plan to be back in time for the evening game drive. For your safety, and in order to keep the impact on the concession to a minimum, private vehicles may not travel on the concession other than the access road to Rhino Post Safari Lodge.
It is for this reason too that guests for Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris are collected from Rhino Post Safari Lodge and may not take their private vehicles through to the camp. We ask that guests at Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris respect this and understand that day trips in and out of Plains Camp would be damaging to the roads, and should only be requested in case of emergency.
From Chundu Island guests who have arrived in their own vehicles are welcome to join the ferry across to the Zambezi National Park at set activity times, and may drive within the park using their own vehicles. We do request that guests doing so book their (complimentary) ferry crossings with the receptionist, and indicate what time they plan to return. Please note that there is no driving in the Zambezi National Park allowed after dark.
We are proud of the fact that we do not drive off-road. One reason is that we are contractually obliged by SANParks and Zambezi National Parks to do as little damage as possible to the area and to remain on demarcated roads. The other is that ethically we do not believe in excessive off-road driving. It is damaging to the environment, flora and fauna, and creates pressures on animals which cannot escape a vehicle that is intent on following them. We are happy to see the animals interacting in their natural environment without these pressures, and are very pleased to note that there is a move by conservation-conscious travellers towards responsible and sustainable eco-tourism.
The guides will have warm fleeces and waterproof ponchos available for the evening safaris/drives
Offers 2 safari game drives per day, early morning and late evening. This is our predominant activity and is always a huge success with our guests. A private game drive must be booked when participating with children under the age of 6.
At Plains Camp @ Rhino Walking Safaris) our primary offering is guide-led walking safaris through the Kruger National Park. Typically 3 hours per walk, this activity is for healthy, able-bodied persons over the age of 12 years.