Rhino Post Safari Lodge is situated at the southern end of our 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park. The concession shares a 15km unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala and Sabi Sand reserve with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves. The concession is noted as an excellent game viewing area with encounters with the Big Five and good sightings can be expected.
Set on the banks of the Mutlumuvi riverbed is our luxurious trails “base” lodge. From here guests can travel to Plains Camp for walking safaris, as well as overnighting under the stars at our unique Sleepouts. Rhino Post Safari Lodge is an elegant 16 bed lodge from where we embark on our twice daily game drives. As well as making use of our private concession roads we have exclusive use of some of the Kruger National Park’s public roads for evening game drives, well after gate closing times (sunset), ensuring guests an unforgettable experience.
Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
|Description||1 Aug 2019 to 30 Apr 2020|
|Rhino Post Safari Lodge Per Person Per Night Sharing||R5 915|
|Rhino Walkin Safaris||R6 280|
- Combining Rhino Post & Plains Camp,
- How to get there
The nature of a wilderness area is that there are no permanent structures, so Rhino Post Safari Lodge was built using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch and canvas to create an authentic bush ambience. Each luxury suite is stylishly decorated and includes a spacious bedroom with impressive views of the riverbed from the bathroom, outdoor shower and patio deck.
Stilts raise the spaciously, beautifully appointed suites from the riverbank, allowing guests to view the Mutlumuvi riverbed with ease from the bedroom, bathroom and private viewing deck. The suites are set in an open plan style with wooden floors, thatched roofs and, canvas walls.and a ceiling fan.
Following a game drive, guests can relax in the revitalizing swimming pool, take in the views from their shaded patio and watch the abundant wildlife amble down to the waterhole. Sumptuous meals are served in the camp’s dining area, which is set under magnificent Tamboti trees. The lounge, with its extensive wine cellar, cozy fireplace and bar, is the perfect spot for a sundowner.
The utmost care was taken to minimize the environmental impact of the lodge and to that end, no concrete was used in the buildings. Careful consideration was taken in the layout of the lodge, walkways are raised, battery power is used for lighting, a specially designed indigenous Reedbed system processes the bathroom water, and other waste is sorted and recycled wherever possible.
Each en-suite bathroom includes a deep, freestanding bath, “his” and “hers” basins, a separate toilet and an outdoor shower protected by thick reed poles. The bathroom floor is attractively decorated with delicate mosaic designs, complementing the contemporary floor.
All our bedrooms have the following features:
- Double Vanity
- Outdoor Shower
- Overhead Fan
- Mosquito Nets
- Safe & Hairdryer
- Laundry Service
- Electric Blankets
- No Smoking
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Communal Lounge & Dining Area outside fireplace
- Active waterhole
Rhino Post Safari Lodge offers early morning and evening safari drives. Safari drives are conducted in specially adapted open Landcruisers, with professional guides. To preserve our wilderness concession, no off-roading is practiced.
In addition to driving on our 12,000 hectare concession, we have exclusive use of some of the Kruger National Park public roads at night. SANparks has allowed us the added advantage of being able to utilise 170km of Park roads after gate closing time – when all the self drive tourists have left and when the other concessions have to be back on their own property.
A typical day would include an early start, a cup of fresh coffee or tea, after which guests set out on their safari drive. Guides at the lodge meet the stringent requirements of the South African National Parks and senior guides hold the highest guiding qualifications possible in South Africa, to ensure that your encounters with the African wilderness are exciting, informative and safe.
In the late afternoon after a delicious high tea, you can enjoy an evening safari drive, winding down with sundowners, watching an African sunset and spotting nocturnal animals in the Park.
One can also combine your experience at Rhino Post Safari Lodge with a stay at Rhino Walking Safaris - our exclusive, tented camp offering an unforgettable guided walking experience, and even a night under the stars at the Sleepout Decks. These must however be pre-booked prior to arrival.
Pre-book a night at the Sleepout decks. You will leave Rhino Post at approximately 16h00 to drive into the wilderness concession and spend the night under the stars on raised platforms. Enjoy a meal cooked over an open fire and look out for animals drinking at the waterhole below before curling up sleep, lulled by nature’s night sounds.
Golf in Skukuza
Play a round of golf on the Kruger Park’s unfenced golf course. Enjoy sightings of hippos and crocodiles, while pitting your wits against both the 9 hole (18 tee box) course and the baboons, impalas and warthogs that roam the fairways.
Tailor Made Birding Safaris
Pre-book a private vehicle and guide to spend time recording and photographing as many of the Kruger Park’s 529 species of birds that you can. Your guide will tailor the drives to your specifications, with focus on birds, bird identification, and time spent in different habitats to maximize your experience.
Whether you need to de-stress with an Anti-Stress Massage, recover flexibility with a Deep Tissue Massage, or just pamper yourself with a Tribal African Wrap, our professional spa treatments take place in the privacy of your own room. In-room spa therapies are available on pre-booking between 06h30 and 13h30 daily. Please book at least 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment and confirm your treatment by 16h00 the day before
Combining Rhino Post & Plains Camp, home of Rhino Walking SafarisTrail already discounted by Long Stay Discount - Please enquire for other trail requests
|1 Aug 2018
30 Apr 2019
|1 May 2019
31 Jul 2019
|1 Aug 2019
30 Apr 2020
|3 night trail (1 night RP & 2 nights PC)||R16 645||R15 310||R18 010|
|4 night trail (2 nights RP & 2 nights PC)||R21 665||R19 805||R23 405|
|5 night trail (2 nights RP & 3 nights PC)||R26 315||R24 085||R28 425|
Built using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch & canvas, the utmost care was taken to minimise the environmental impact of the lodge, and to that end, no concrete was used in the building’s foundations. Careful consideration was taken in the layout of the camp, battery power is used for lighting, special indigenous Reed-bed System processes the bathroom waste, and other waste is sorted and recycled wherever possible.
- 8 suites / 16 bedded lodge (2 doubles / 6 twins)
- Swimming pool
- Communal Bar and Lounge with Fireplace overlooking the waterhole
- Extensive Wine Cellar and bar
- Overhead fans in all suites
- Air-conditioning in Dining area & one double suite
- Game Drives
- Guided Walking Safaris from proximity of the camp
- 8 guests per Game Vehicle
- 8 guests per Walking Trail
- 2 Armed Rangers per Walking Trail
- Indoor & outside dining area including Riverbed dinners
- Sleep Outs by prior arrangements
- Specialist Safaris
At Rhino Post Safari Lodge, the dining area is ideal for mini-conferences, with tables that can either be joined up or separated into breakaway groups. The conference can be held on the decks under the trees, or in the dining room itself.
The lodge has a flip chart and whiteboard. If required additional equipment can be hired but prior arrangement is required. The dining room at Rhino Post has black out facilities suitable for audiovisual equipment and overhead projectors.
There are a variety of areas within Rhino Post suitable for small breakaway groups; the Swimming Pool Deck, Lounge, Reception and the Bush itself.
- Game drives both day & night, inside and outside the concession within the Kruger National Park
- Guided walking safaris from the proximity of the lodge
- Specialist safaris e.g. Birding, Stars, Trees etc
- Sleep Outs at our elevated Platforms
In addition to our wilderness concession, we have exclusive use of some of the Kruger Park public roads at night. The Kruger Park has strict gate closing times (before sunset) for their rest camps & access gates. We are allowed to utilise certain public roads for night/evening drives well after gate closing times. In terms of our ‘tread gently’ policy, we do not allow any off road driving, preferring to explore the wilderness on foot.
Game drives are available from Rhino Post Safari Lodge with an alternative option being a full or ½ day game drive on the Kruger public roads with a picnic lunch en-route. The full or ½ day option is by prior arrangement.
Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Rhino Walking Safaris operate on our 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park which lies adjacent to the renowned Mala Mala Game Reserve. All our safaris begin and end at Rhino Post Safari
Lodge which sits at the southern end of our concession, only a 30 minute game drive from Skukuza Airport. There are two ways to get there:
• Fly-in to Skukuza Airport (30 minute road transfer) or Nelspruit Airport (21⁄2 hour road transfer)
• Self Drive
|Flying to & from Skukuza||Flying to:
|Johannesburg / Skukuza / Johannesburg||10:00 / 10:50
13:20 / 14:10
|13:30 / 14:35
14:50 / 15:50
|Cape Town / Skukuza / Cape Town||10:35 / 13:05||11:20 / 13:55||Airlink|
|Flying to & from Nelspruit|
|Johannesburg / KMIA (Nelspruit) / Johannesburg||09:00 / 09:50
10:00 / 10:50
11:10 / 11:55
|10:10 / 11:05
13:35 / 14:25
16:40 / 17:30
|Cape Town / KMIA (Nelspruit) / Cape Town||10:00 / 12:35||13:15 / 15:55||Airlink|
|Livingstone /KMIA (Nelspruit)/ Livingstone||13:45 / 15:25||11:35 / 13:10||Airlink|
The nearest domestic airport is Skukuza situated only 30 minutes away from Rhino Post Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park. The next is
Nelspruit which is 21⁄2 hours from Rhino Post Safari Lodge.
Note: Times subject to change, please check with the relevant airline
Rhino Post can be reached by normal 2 x 4 vehicles. Guests staying at Plains Camp will be transferred from Rhino Post in an open 4x4 game drive vehicle. This takes approximately 30 minutes. Check in is from 13h00. If staying at Plains Camp, guests must ensure that they arrive at Rhino Post Safari Lodge by 13h00 latest to transfer over in time for the afternoon activity. The most direct gate to enter is the Paul Kruger Gate, however depending on where you are coming from, there other gates to choose from.
Please advise reservations which gate guests will enter to avoid additional park fees being charged. Maps, drive times and gate closing times are available on request.
|Road Transfers (one way)
|1 Aug 2018
30 Apr 2019
|1 May 2019
31 Jul 2019
|1 Augs 2019
30 Apr 2020
|Skukuza Rest Camp & Skukuza airport
(per person) minimum 2 pax
|KMIA (Nelspruit) 1 - 7 guests||3 hours||R3 440
|KMIA (Nelspruit) 8 - 14 guests||3 hours||R4 500
|Early transfer i.e before 11 am out of Plains Camp to
Rhino Post Safari Lodge
|Johannesburg (Sandton) 1 - 7 guests||61⁄2 hours||R8 550
|Johannesburg (Sandton) 8 - 14 guests||61⁄2 hours||R10 250
Note: Sandton pick-up - if before 09h00 add an additional R1 160 for driver’s overnight accommodation and meals.
These rates supercede all previous rates and are subject to change without prior notice. All prices include Tourism Levy & 15% VAT, except road transfers which are non-vatable.
Rates - per person per night sharing
Rhino Post Safari Lodge (8 Bush Suites - 16 Beds)
8 Bush Suites (2 doubles, 6 twins) - per person per night sharing R4 750 R5 700 R5 130 R6 160
Rates include: Accommodation, meals (brunch, high tea & dinner), teas & coffees and 2 game drives per day.
Rates exclude: Transfers, park fees, laundry, items of a personal nature and all drinks except on the evening game drive. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink on the drive.
Note: A night at the Sleepout decks is available from Rhino Post as an optional activity. There is no extra cost for a group of 4 or more. For 3 or less guests a surcharge will be levied. Prior arrangement required and subject to availability.
Rhino Walking Safaris - Plains Camp (4 Tents - 8 Beds) & Sleepouts
4 Plains Camp Tents (Twin Tents) - minimum 2 nights - per person per night sharing
Plains Camp & Sleepout rates include:
- Accommodation, meals (brunch, high tea & dinner), cold drinks, house wine and local beers, teas & coffees, morning walk and afternoon walk/game drive. Transfer from Rhino Post Safari Lodge to Plains Camp.
- Transfers, early or late transfers, park fees, laundry, items of a personal nature, spirits, liqueurs and premium wines.
Note: Sleepouts are totally weather dependent. The first guests to reserve a trail determines whether a Sleepout will be done on that trail or not. If the first guests who reserve the trail request the Sleepout then all guests on that trail will do a Sleepout. If the first guests to book the trail stipulate that they do not wish to do a Sleepout then nobody on that trail will be able to do a Sleepout.
Triple Policy - Adults - We regret that we are unable to accommodate any persons over 16 years of age on an extra bed in a bush suite at Rhino Post and no triples of any age at Plains Camp.
|EXTRAS||1 Aug 2019
30 Apr 2019
|1 May 2019
31 Jul 2019
|1 Aug 2019
to 30 Apr 2020
|Park Fees per person - Regardless of length of stay||R 110||R 110||R 115|
|Guide/Driver’s Room - subject to availability - Rhino Post Only
Includes accommodation & meals - Excludes game drives
|R1 165||R1 165||R1 260|
|Private Vehicle||R5 460||R5 460||R5 880|
|Sleepout for 3 or less guests from Rhino Post||R6 660||R6 660||R7 190|
|Sleepout for 4 or more guests from Rhino Post||0||0||0|
|Road Transfer from Skukuza Rest Camp & Skukuza Airport
(Minimum 2 pax) Rate per person one way
|R 250||R 250||R 275|
|Late arrival charge for private escort
Note: Emergencies Only - Subject to SANParks permission
|R1 750||R1 750||R1 895|
|Light lunch on request
Note: Brunch, high tea and dinner are included
|R 90||R 90||R 100|
These rates supercede all previous rates and are subject to change without prior notice. All prices include Tourism Levy & VAT, except road transfers which are non-vatable.
|Children’s Policy||Adults||0 - 3 years||4 - 12 years||13 - 16 years|
|2 Adults sharing with 1 child||Adult rate x 2||No charge||Pays 50% of
|Pays 75% of
|1 Adult sharing with 1 child over 3 years||Adult rate||n/a||Pays 75% of||Pays 100% of
|1 Adult sharing with 1 child under 3 years||Adult rate plus
|1 Adult sharing with 2 children||Adult rate||No charge||Pays 50% of
|Pays 75% of
- Children Welcome
- Child policy applies to children 16 years and younger
- Only 1 additional bed can be accommodated per room. Please note that the additional bed used is a narrow roll away bed that is not suitable for persons older than 16 years
- Children under 6 cannot participate in game drives unless a private game viewing vehicle and guide is booked. PRE BOOKING ESSENTIAL
- Baby Sitters are available. 24 hours notice required
2 or 3 children sharing a room:
1st child pays adult rate, 2nd child irrespective of age over 3 years pays 75%, 3rd child pays according to age.
Children 0 - 16 years sharing:
- Child rates as per above policy, otherwise they are charged adult rates.
* 3rd child at plains camp would require their own room at adult rate plus single supplement.
* We regret no person over 16 years of age can be accommodated on an extra bed in any of the bush suites or tents.
No children under the age of 12 years can be accommodated at Plains Camp.
Number of Triples per Lodge/Camp
Rhino Post Safari Lodge - can accommodate 1 additional child (16yrs and under) per room on a safari stretcher bed for a max of 2 bush suites
Rhino Walking Safaris - No triples are available and no children under 12 years unless the whole camp is booked.
Note: If the whole camp is booked, children under the age of 12 are welcome however they will not be able to participate in the walking safaris. At an additional cost, a private guide will need to be booked to look after children left in camp
Provisional bookings made more than 3 months in advance, will be held for 7 days and then automatically released, unless otherwise authorised
Provisional bookings made less than 3 months in advance, will only be held for 48 hours and then automatically released, unless otherwise authorised
Should the above release times not be suitable, please feel free to contact us for alternate arrangements
All bookings must be confirmed in writing
We run small lodges in remote areas and cancellations, even of just two people, can greatly affect the operation of the lodge,
therefore we require full payment prior to guests arrival and strict adherence to our cancellation policy
Please ensure that guests have adequate travel insurance to cover any cancellations or changes in travel arrangements
We require written confirmation accepting our terms and conditions
A 50% deposit is required upon confirmation
Full pre-payment is required 30 (thirty) days prior to clients date of arrival, unless alternative arrangements have been made. We reserve the right to cancel the reservation should we not receive this payment timeously
Cancellation Policy (Applicable to all confirmed FIT reservations, except groups) We require written confirmation for all cancellations (e-mail or facsimile)
- Cancelled 61+ days prior to arrival: 10% of the full accommodation charge
- Cancelled 60 - 31 days prior to arrival: 25% of the full accommodation charge
- Cancelled 30 - 8 days prior to arrival: 50% of the full accommodation charge
- Cancelled 7 - 0 days prior to arrival: 90% of the full accommodation charge
Check in for Rhino Post is 13h00
Please advise ETA. For early arrivals a light lunch, at a minimal charge can be prepared. The lodge normally serves brunch, high tea and dinner, no lunch.
Check out is at 11am after your morning activity and brunch