Rhino Walking Safari, Kruger National Park
Did you know?
Rhino love wallowing in mud. The mud cools them and protects them against parasites.
All you need is a sense of adventure, to be reasonably walking fit, and to be ready at all times to listen to your knowledgeable ranger. Then it's off at dawn on a Rhino Walking Safari in the Kruger National Park.
You can choose to stay in one of the park's many luxury game lodges, but to get a real taste of the African bush opt instead for the Rhino Walking Safari Plains Camp.
Your home for three days will be one of four comfortable safari tents (en-suite with hot and cold running water) that are strategically placed in an acacia knobthorn thicket overlooking the wide Timbitene plain and waterhole.
As dawn is breaking and the dawn chorus begins, it’s off on foot to see what the day brings. Your armed guide will lead eight of you in single file, stopping to discuss animal tracks and last night's wildlife activities with the experienced tracker who brings up the rear of the column.
Don’t expect a route march – the group will move at its own pace and stop and start as the occasion demands, depending on what you see.
After your morning walk it's back to camp for a hearty breakfast, a siesta until tea time and then off again, either on foot or in an open game vehicle. The choice is yours.
A unique feature of the Rhino Walking Safari is that their open game vehicles are allowed to drive after dark in the Kruger National Park when all the 'regular' visitors are safely tucked away in their respective camps.
The Rhino Walking Safari Plains camp is only a short distance from Kruger's legendary Skukuza camp, plumb in the middle of prime Big Five territory, so expect thrilling night drives.