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Plains Camp Tented Safari Camp

Plains Camp Tented Safari Camp

$415 per person

After identifying a niche in the tourist market in 2002, Plains Camp Tented Safari Camp (home of Rhino Walking Safaris) decided to offer specialist walking safaris to nature lovers in search of a truly unique African safari experience.

Plains Camp Home of Rhino Walking Safaris is an exquisite Kruger Tented Safari Lodge. Set in the middle of the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa, one of the world’s most prestigious wildlife havens.
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After identifying a niche in the tourist market in 2002, Plains Camp Tented Safari Camp (home of Rhino Walking Safaris) decided to offer specialist walking safaris to nature lovers in search of a truly unique African safari experience.

Plains Tented Camp Kruger is an intimate camp of stylishly appointed en-suite tents that nestle in the shade of a knobthorn cluster.
Plains offers exclusive traversing in 12 000 hectares of pristine bushveld in the only official wilderness concession awarded in the Kruger National Park.

Approximately 10 km north-east of Skukuza Rest Camp,the concession shares a 15km boundary with Mala Mala in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve,with game moving freely between the two reserves.

This creates the perfect setting for a truly authentic African wildlife experience in the internationally renowned Big Five reserve, the Kruger National Park.

An eco-friendly footprint and sustainability define this camp’s design and construction. The whole lodge rests on stilts.

Tented Safari Accommodation at Plains Camp

Plains Camp Tented Safari Lodge in Kruger Park reflects colonial tradition and accommodation is offered in 4 magnificent African explorer-style tents.Beautifully decorated and boasting en-suite bathrooms and modern amenities, guests are assured of luxurious privacy in the middle of the wilderness.

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plains camp tented safari camp main deck firepit

The lodge has a communal lounge and dining area, plunge pool and an outdoor fireplace.Four comfortably furnished African explorer style tents, en-suite toilet and a shower with hot running water and all the comforts of home, bring the African wilderness to your doorstep. All the rooms feature twin beds and are fitted with overhead fans. Although the beds do not have individual mosquito netting, all the tent openings are protected by gauze flaps.

No children under the age of 12 years old are permitted at Rhino Walking Safaris or at the sleep-out decks.

A generator and a back-up battery provide 24-hour lighting. This generator system can also be used to recharge camera batteries at designated times throughout the day. An Africana book collection and antique treasures,reminiscent of a golden era in this part of Africa’s pioneering history, contribute to the lodge’s ambiance.

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At Plains Camp guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Timbitene plain, which is the playground for a myriad of wildlife species. Here you can sip on a refreshing cocktail on one of the comfy recliners next to the pool on the main deck, while watching zebra, buffalo and elephant at play, or even catching a glimpse of a pride of lion quenching their thirst at the nearby waterhole. Service here is geared at making your stay one of luxury and comfort, and the friendly staff will cater to your every whim.


Question: Best Time to Visit Plains Camp Tented Safari Lodge

Answer: May-August and December


Question: Where is Plains Camp Tented Safari Lodge

Answer: Plains Safari Lodge Kruger is situated at the confluence of the Mutlumuvi and Tswiriri rivers. Approximately 10km north-east of Skukuza Rest Camp,the concession shares a 15 km boundary with Mala Mala in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve

More About Plains Camp Tented Safari Camp


Plains Tented Camp is the home of the rhino walking safari. This unique way of traversing wild Africa, provides an experience like no other -getting up close and personal with Africa’s magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Here guests share the space with the Big Five -elephant, rhino, buffalo,leopard and lion, as well as a host of other unique species such as the shy African wild dog, amongst others. Each experience at Plains Camp has adventure and adrenaline at its core. Here you can feel the pulse of Africa under your feet.

The camp offers lovers of the bush unique experiences such as sleep-outs under the African sky, the rare opportunity of approaching a rhino on foot, or even making eye-contact with the gentle giants of the bush -the African elephant.

  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Entry Fees
    Personal Safari Guide
    Spa treatments and Laundry
  • Not Included
    Boutique purchases
    Departure Taxes
    Premium Brands and Cellar wines


Kruger National Park, Skukuza, 1350

Inclusions and exclusions

Rates Include:
  • A transfer from Rhino Post to Plains Camp at 14h00 on day of arrival
  • A transfer from Plains Camp to Rhino Post at approximately 11h00 on day of departure
  • Early morning tea/coffee and a light snack before the morning walk
  • A morning walk including juice, water and snacks
  • Brunch on return from the morning activity at approximately 10h00
  • High Tea at 15h30 – substantial sweet and savoury dishes, plus tea, coffee, water or juice
  • An afternoon walk and evening game drive including a bottle of water, a sundowner drink (beer, wine by the glass, sherry or a softdrink) and sundowner snacks.
  • Bar snacks
  • Dinner (served at approximately 20h30) Coffee and Tea after dinner
  • All softdrinks, waters, local beers, ciders and wines by the glass in the camp
  Rates exclude:
  • Estate wines, spirits and imported beers
  • Laundry (this is sent offsite and therefore a 48 hour service)
  • Purchases from the curio shop at Rhino Post
  • Telephone calls made from Rhino Post on arrival/departure
  • Private transfers to and from Plains Camp outside of the stipulated complimentary transfer times
  • Conservation Fees payable to Kruger National Park
  • Gratuities

Facilities and Amenities at Plains Camp Tented Safari Camp

Description of Facilities / Amenities Machaton Private Camp
Number of suites3 (sleeps 12)
Back up ElectricityYes
Boutique Shop**Yes
Full bar facilitiesYes
Handicapped SuiteNo
Meeting FacilitiesNo
Swimming PoolYes
Telephone/Fax FacilitiesNo
Wine CellarNo
Air ConditioningNo
En-Suite BathroomsYes
Lounge AreaYes
Swimming Pool Yes
Safes in suiteYes
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines) Yes
King Size BedsYes
Swimming PoolYes


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Plains Camp offers a variety of activities, very different from most at other safari lodges. If it is adventure you are after, look no further. At Plains Camp we are dedicated to getting the Adrenalin pumping! The camp’s rangers and field guides meet the stringent requirements of South African National Parks,and senior guides hold the highest guiding qualification possible in South Africa to ensure that wildlife encounters in this African wilderness are exciting, informative, and safe.
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plains camp tented safari camp tented suite interior


Morning walksin the company of armed and experience rangerstake place early to ensure that you return to camp before it gets too hot. In the early morning the bush is most alive as the animals get on with their business before the heat of the day takes its toll. The average morning walk takes 3-5 hours, totalling 5-12km.The terrain is fairly even but comfortable walking shoes are a necessity. It is advisable to walk in long trousers to protect your legs from grass and thorns.Before departure, your guide will issue you with back or hip-packs to carry, containing water and fruit juice.The assistant trail guide carries a first-aid kit,as well as snacks for a refreshment break duringthe walk.Experiencing Africa from this perspective, whilst feeling its pulse under your feet, is a thrill like noother. The anticipation of a possible sighting of one of the majestic Big Five, will keep the adrenalin flowing. Your ranger will teach you astonishing secrets of the wilderness, and point out the intricacies of nature, both its fauna and flora. The scents and sounds of the bush will awaken your senses, and sightings such as that of the highly endangered white rhino, are experiences which will stay with you for as long as you live.Encounter animals in their natural habitat on their terms and knowing that these activities are not harmful to nature, makes this experience even more memorable. A percentage of your spend also goes directly to the conservation of this pristine wilderness.


Upon your return to camp you can enjoy a scrumptious light lunch, after which you can retreat to your tent to while the afternoon away with a great book from the library. Or you can simply laze in the pool while watching the animals quench their thirst at the waterhole. Avid bird watchers can experience a wide variety of feathered friends through the lenses of their binoculars. The choice is yours.  


In the late afternoon, after enjoying afternoon tea accompanied by delectable treats, you will be ready to head out on a game drive in an open safari vehicle. As the bush come alive again after the heat of the day, an abundance of thrilling sightings awaits in this wild expanse of wilderness. There will be time to enjoy sun down ers en-route while watching the spectacular African sunset. Then -later -watching the beam of the spotlight as its searches for nocturnal animals in the darkness, is a thrilling experience.Back at camp, you can sit down for a sumptuous safari-inspired dinner around the fire and indulge in pleasant conversation about your day in the bush.  


The cuisine at Plains Tented Camp is innovative, fresh and delicious. Guests can look forward to a hearty brunch after the morning bush walk. Light lunches and High Teas, accompanied by delectable treats, will appeal to all palates. Scrumptious dinners around the fireplace, complimented by fine wines, will conclude the day’s excitement in the bush to perfection.  


The sleep-out decks overlook the Xiteveteve waterhole and is the ultimate bush experience for the more adventurous.This is an activity we offer usually as part of the walking trail experience from Plains Camp or occasionally (by prior arrangement, and by vehicle-not walking) from Rhino Post. Guests sleep on individual sleeping decks, connected by ladders and walkways to one another and the main deck. Dinner is cooked over an open fire.Guests depart on foot from Plains Camp to the platforms,arriving in the early evening carrying a lightweight rucksack containing a change of clothes. Sun downers are then enjoyed on the platforms overlooking a waterhole. SLEEP OUT DECKS QUICK FACTS
  • 4 platforms two mattresses per platform -with sleeping bags, and duvets
  • elevated dining area
  • 8 guests per sleep-out
  • 2 armed rangers per sleep-out
  • decks overlook waterhole
  • 2 bathrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE that, if the first guest to reserve their trail requests the sleep-out, all subsequent reservations will be required to participate. Likewise, if the first guest to reserve their trail makes it clear that they do not want to do a sleep-out, all subsequent reservations for those dates will be unable to book a sleep-out from Plains Camp.The Plains Camp sleep-outs are weather dependent. Its feasibility is affected not only by rain on the day, but also the day or two prior to the sleep-out,as the decks are situated in a very sensitive ecological area. This area cannot be accessed after heavy rains without a high level of erosion risk to the access road.This is the only lodge in the Kruger National Park offering this unusual accommodation. Because the maximum number of people on a walking safari is limited to eight, we regret we cannot accommodate 3 people in one tent. The third person will have to occupy his/her own tent.  


How to get to Plains Camp, Southern Kruger Park Plains Camp Tented Safari Lodge is situated in the southern part of Kruger National Park, South Africa, only a 20-minute drive from Skukuza. The Kruger National Park is home to a diverse array of wildlife species, from the mighty African elephant and the endangered white and black rhino, to the smallest steenbok. The region is also renowned for its excellent birdlife, boasting more than 500 recorded bird species.


4 x 4 access not required. Kruger National Park has 9 entrances on its South African border and 2 on its Mozambican border. Paul Kruger Gate is the nearest entrance to Rhino Walking Safaris. Directions from Kruger Gate to Plains Tented Safari Lodge Kruger
  • After entering the Kruger Gate(Kruger National Park), drive on for approximately 12 km (7,4 miles).
  • Once you reach a four-way stop, turn left (heading in the direction signposted Lower Sabi / Rhino Walking Safaris).
  • After approximately 2km (1.2 miles) you will reach a T-junction.
  • Turn left and drive about 1km (0.6 miles) up to another four-way crossing.
  • Turn right and cross a low water bridge over the Sabi River.
  • Travel for 4km (2.5 miles) and cross the bridge over the Sand River.
  • You will pass a dirt road on your left, marked“Maroela Loop”, keep going straight on the tarred road. About6km after the first “Maroela Loop” turn-off, you will pass another dirt road on your left, also marked “Maroela Loop”.
  • Approximately 1km (0.6 miles) after this second “Maroela Loop”,turn left onto a dirt road signposted“Rhino Walking Safaris”.
  • Continue on this dirt road for 2,5km (1,55 miles) and turn left.
  • Travel another 2,7km (1, 6 miles) up to Rhino Post Lodge.
  • You will get a transfer from Rhino Post Lodge to Plains Tented Camp.


There are daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA)in Mbombela (Nelspruit). You can also fly directly from Durban or Cape Town. The flight duration from ORTIA to KMIA is about 55 minutes. Transfers between the airport and the camp will be arranged.Private charters are available to Skukuza Airport, with an approximate half-hour road transfer in open safari vehicles, through the Kruger National Park to the lodge. Travelling Times
  • Johannesburg to Rhino Walking Safaris via road -7hrs
  • Johannesburg to Rhino Walking Safaris via air & road -1hr 30
  • Cape Town to Rhino Walking Safaris via air -3hrs
  • Mbombela (Nelspruit)to Rhino Walking Safaris via road -2hrs 30
  • Rhino Walking Safaris to Thongavia air & road -2hrs 45
  • Rhino Walking Safaris to Kosi via air & road -3hrs 45.
GPS Co-Ordinates -24.873248 S 31.656253 E

Plains Camp  Luxury Tented Safari Camp Rates 2019


Plains Camp Tented Safari CampRates and Tariffs
Plains Camp | Twin Luxury Tent | per person sharingZAR5 990
Plains Camp | Twin Luxury Tent | single rateZAR 7 787



We keep our policy in line with SANParks and Zambezi National Parks legislation which does not allow children under the age of 12 or 16 respectively to participate in walking trails. It is hard enough to get an adult to stand still in the face of a potentially threatening situation... we do not believe that it is fair or safe to test a child under these circumstances.