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Walking In The African Bushveld

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Walking In The African Bushveld

We hope that this example holiday will give you give some inspiration to help you begin to plan your own dream holiday to Africa.

The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, and then there is a page on each place that is included.

Important travel information for visitors to South Africa is included at the back of this document.

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Walking In The African Bushveld

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Holiday Title: Walking In The African Bushveld

Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 5 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Walking In The African Bushveld

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1
All guests are to meet at Rhino Post Safari Lodge at 13:00. If you are driving from Johannesburg, to ensure you arrive in good time, you should leave Johannesburg by 07:00 at the latest - hire car quote on request. You can also fly with Airlink into Skukuza Airport, and we can arrange the 30 minute transfer from here to Rhino Post Safari Lodge (flight/transfer - additional cost).

The lodge will then transfer all guests through to Plains Camp at 14:00 in an open 4x4 game vehicle. After settling into your tent and exploring the camp, high tea is served followed by a brief on the 'do's & don'ts' of bush walking by your guide. Rhino Walking Safari guides meet the stringent requirements of the South African National Parks and senior guides hold the highest guiding qualification possible in South Africa.

Kruger National Park

2 nights at Rhino Plains Camp

After the brief, you will depart with your 2 armed guides for an introductory walk, returning to the vehicle in time for sundowners and enjoying a short night drive before returning to camp.


Day 2

After an early morning wake-up, fresh coffee, tea and rusks (a South African safari tradition!), everybody departs with the guides for the next safari walk. Nothing is predictable in the bush, therefore each safari offers a potentially new experience. Your guides will share their wealth of 'bush culture' - the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects, birds, the medicinal uses of plants, local folk lore and basic tracking and survival skills. After a light snack on the walk, you will be served a well deserved brunch on your return to the camp.

Relax during the heat of the day, enjoying the small Africana book collection or the plunge pool overlooking the plain, which is often host to zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino and lion. The afternoon safari activity is a short drive in the game vehicle to a specific location, after which you will depart on foot again for your walking trail. Upon returning to the vehicle, you will enjoy sundowners before returning to camp. Back at camp you will enjoy a sumptuous dinner, all the while accompanied by the night sounds of the African bush.


Day 3

The morning activities are the same as the previous day, though exploring a different area.

After high tea guests depart for an unrivalled wilderness experience - a sleepout at a giant treehouse with sleeping platforms elevated about 4m above the ground. Each platform has a tent made of fabric that allows you to gaze at the stars from your sleeping bag, waking up to the light of the African dawn. Guests are given a lightweight backpack to carry clothes for one night, and depart Plains Camp in the late afternoon for a 60-90 minute walk led by the guides, arriving at the sleepout in the early evening. Guests enjoy sundowners overlooking the waterhole as the guides start the fire and prepare a traditional South African braai (BBQ). The rumbles of the elephant passing by, or the roar of the lion at the nearby waterhole, are the only noises that might disturb guests in this peaceful wilderness. This is the only place in the Kruger National Park offering this unusual accommodation.


Day 4

The following morning, enjoy a light snack after which you will depart back to Plains Camp for a hearty brunch and shower before packing up and being transferred back to the luxurious Rhino Post Safari Lodge. On arrival at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, after a refreshing drink and a brief introduction to the lodge, you will be escorted to your room.

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After settling into your suite, guests are invited down to the lounge, overlooking the water hole to enjoy a scrumptious high tea before departing for an afternoon/evening game drive.


Day 5

Nothing is predictable in the bush therefore each safari offers a potentially new experience and after an early morning wake-up and an invigorating cup of fresh coffee in the lounge, guests depart on a morning drive, just after sunrise. Upon return to Rhino Post Safari Lodge, enjoy a well-earned brunch before spending the heat of the day within camp, enjoying the pool and relaxing in your suite. After high tea, depart on your afternoon/evening game drive. During the drive you will enjoy sundowners and watch the African sunset as the day winds down.


Day 6
After an early morning wake-up and an invigorating cup of fresh coffee or tea and muffins in the lounge, you will set off again for an early morning game drive. Mid way through the morning you will stop in the bush for coffee or tea before continuing looking for Africa's finest wildlife. Upon returning to the lodge enjoy a leisurely brunch before checking out from Rhino Post.
 
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Rhino Plains Camp

Kruger National Park: 2 Nights

Rhino Walking Safaris lets you discover nature's hidden wonders in specially tailored walking trails through a 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park. The concession shares a 15 km 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 and good sightings can be expected.

Plains Camp is the ideal place for your Rhino Walking Safari. The camp is in the middle of the concession, where it seems the rest of the world no longer exists, and guests are ensured of superb game sightings.

A typical day at Plains Camp begins with a mug of steaming coffee and traditional homemade rusks, after which guests set out on their morning walk, following rhino tracks and elephant paths. The length of the walks is tailored to the interest and fitness of the guests.

Returning to camp, enjoy a leisurely brunch and relax by the plunge pool, keeping an eye on the waterhole for the breeding herd of elephant that frequently come to drink. Following high tea, set out again in the late afternoon for a walking safari or game drive and then indulge in a sunset cocktail.

Rhino Plains Camp has 4 luxury en-suite African explorer-style twin bedded tents overlooking the spectacular Timbitene plain and waterhole.

The camp is built in authentic pioneer tradition and is raised on wooden decks. Stylishly decorated, the camp offers the tranquility of a 19th century naturalist's retreat.

For something unique, there is also the added attraction of an optional night spent out under the stars at the sleepout decks under the care of a qualified guide. This is the only place in the Kruger National Park offering this unusual accommodation. Guests will leave Plains Camp in the late afternoon and arrive at the platforms in the early evening carrying a lightweight rucksack containing a change of clothes and refreshments.

Example Details For Rhino Plains Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Safari Tent
Includes: All meals; local house wines, drinks and beers; tea/coffee; and shared safari activities (primarily walking safaris) are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Rhino Plains Camp

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Rhino Walking Safari Sleep Out

Kruger National Park: 1 Night

For a totally unique experience, guests wanting something different will be able to walk from Rhino Plains Camp to a sleepout - an elevated wooden platforms 4 metres high where the night will be spent sleeping outdoors under the stars.

This is the only place in the Kruger National Park offering this unusual accommodation. The platforms lie within a private wilderness concession just north of Skukuza. The surrounding area is home to an impressive number of species, and ranks as a prime Big Five game viewing area.

Guests will leave Plains Camp in the late afternoon and arrive at the platforms in the early evening. Sundowners can be enjoyed on the platforms that also overlook a waterhole.

While dinner is being prepared on an open fire, guests can enjoy the sounds and senses, which are heightened as they go to sleep under canvas while being safely guarded by the observant guides.

The rumble of the elephant passing by or the roar of the lion at the nearby waterhole, are the only noises that might disturb guests in this peaceful wilderness.

The following morning, guests will enjoy a light snack after which they will depart back to Plains Camp for a hearty brunch.

The sleep outs are highly dependant on weather conditions. PLEASE be aware that should the weather be unfavourable on the day of the sleep out (for example, heavy rain) or if there has been heavy rain in the days preceding the sleep out, guests may have to remain at Plains Camp (due to the platforms being inaccessible).

Example Details For Rhino Walking Safari Sleep Out

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: Sleep Out Platform
Includes: Camp dinner and breakfast are included. PLEASE NOTE: The Kruger National Park Daily Conservation Fee is NOT included - this is currently R83 per person per stay - subject to change.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Kruger National Park: 2 Nights

Rhino Post Safari Lodge is set on the banks of the Mutlumuvi Riverbed, in a 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park - an excellent game viewing area where regular encounters with the Big Five occur. The nature of a wilderness area is that there are no permanent structures, so Rhino Post Safari Lodge was built using just stone, canvas, wood and glass to create an authentic bush ambience and to blend into the natural surrounds.

Game drives make the most of the wide network of Kruger Park roads to explore the incredible biodiversity that makes Kruger a world icon, and continue after dark when the self-drive tourists have departed. No off-road driving is allowed on game drives - both out of respect for nature and its long term sustainability and because in the Kruger Park it's just not necessary!  The most popular and regularly used routes in the Kruger National Park are tarred as it is a major attraction worldwide, and it is necessary to keep the roads in good condition both to handle the amount of daytime traffic experienced in busy seasons, and to ensure that the Park can remain accessible even through the rainy season.  Animals tend to take advantage of the smooth, warm roads, which also see more game in the winter months because these roads are situated close to the rivers. 

Following a game drive, guests can relax in the revitalising 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, cosy fireplace and bar, is the perfect spot for sundowners.

Each of the 8 comtemporary bush suites are built on raised stilts with large glass windows overlooking the riverbed. Each suite has a private viewing deck and the bathroom includes a deep freestanding bath as well as an outdoor shower.

In addition, guests can experience sleepouts from Rhino Post Safari Lodge. Guests are transported by safari vehicle to the sleepout platforms, accompanied by a guide. Sundowners can be enjoyed on the platforms overlooking a waterhole, while your guide prepares dinner over an open fire.

Example Details For Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Suite
Includes: All meals; tea/coffee; safari activities (primarily shared game drives with optional safari walks); and a complimentary glass of wine, local beer, cider or soft drink on the evening game drive are included. All other drinks are not included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Rhino Post Safari Lodge

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Important Travel Information For South Africa

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 12 November 2020: International borders into South Africa reopened on 12 November 2020. International air travel is currently restricted to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, Durban's King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. All land borders are fully operational. Tourists are now permitted from all countries.

On arrival, travellers need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result (paper copy). The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. We strongly advise taking multiple copies of the test with you. It is also possible to transit South Africa and travel onto another country but you must still show a paper copy of your negative Covid-19 test. If you cannot produce a negative COVID-19 test, you may be required to quarantine in a government-appointed quarantine facility for 10 days, at your own cost. Travellers will also be asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa Mobile App. You will need to provide proof of accommodation upon arrival in case you need to self-isolate during your trip.

Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas.

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of South Africa deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter South Africa when travelling as a tourist for stays up to 90 days: United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; Ireland; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain, Switzerland.

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local South Africa High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as citizens of certain countries (including New Zealand) are required to obtain visas before travelling. Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel.

Please note that anyone travelling to South Africa should have a valid return ticket and a valid passport. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa. However, some immigration officials still request that a passport should have at least 6 months validity from the date of entry to South Africa so to avoid problems on arrival, we advise that your passport meets this requirement instead. The passport must also have sufficient pages for entry/exit stamps - AT LEAST 2 BLANK PAGES.

TRAVELLING TO/FROM SOUTH AFRICA WITH CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OF AGE AT DATE OF TRAVEL: It has been recently announced that the immigration laws for children travelling to South Africa who do NOT require a visa are to be relaxed, however not all airlines have updated their systems at the moment to reflect this amendment. Therefore, until we have received notification that all systems have been fully updated with the new relaxed rules, we are strongly advising that all passengers still adher to these following guidelines:

Parents travelling with children must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child, showing full details of the child's parents. If the birth certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned. If the child is adopted, the adoption certificate must be produced. If only one parent is travelling, said parent must also show consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent named on the birth certificate authorising the child to travel (the affidavit must be no more than 3 months old from the date of travel - a blank Parental Consent Affidavit can be downloaded from http://southafricahouseuk.com/documents/parentconaff.pdf), or a court order granting full parental responsibilities to the travelling parent, or (where applicable) a death certificate for the deceased parent. Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent. Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child supplemented by affidavits from the child's parents/legal guardian giving consent for the child to travel and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents/legal guardian PLUS their contact details. There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors - available on request.

PLEASE NOTE: All documents must be original - PHOTOCOPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED. In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced. For more information, contact the South African High Commission via http://southafricahouseuk.com/ or the South African Department of Home Affairs via http://www.dha.gov.za/.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For South Africa

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Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to South Africa.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

Tap water is purified and safe to drink in major cities and towns, however, we do advise that you do not drink the water in more remote places such as the camps in the National Parks - the water may be safe to drink, but it simply is not worth the risk, as bottled water is widely available.

Whatever you do, do not drink water from any river lake without firstly purifying the water. Always take water with you when you go on a hike, and have a bottle in the car on a long journey to avoid dehydration.

There is a risk of malaria in and around the Kruger National Park/Mpumalanga Province, the Limpopo (Northern) Province, and the north-eastern part of KwaZulu-Natal - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is South Africa. However, in accordance with International Health Reguations, South Africa requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 10177 and ask for an ambulance.

Languages And Culture

The 11 official languages are Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Pedi, English, Tswana, Sotho, Tsonga, Swati, Venda and Ndebele. Whilst many visitors will hear at least a couple of the tribal languages during the course of their stay, it is possible to travel extensively and comfortably with just English as a language.

The South African society is quite liberal, as gay marriage was legalised in 2006 nationwide and everyone’s rights are protected under the constitution. In some more rural areas, however, the local people may not be quite as liberal thinking, so whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship if travelling to a rural/remote area.