Plains Camp

From: $335 p. p. n. sharing

Plains Camp essentially consists of walking safaris, where you get down and dirty with the earth beneath your feet. Great care is taken to minimize the impact on the ecosystem, so game drives are kept to a minimum. The camp is also your base for the Rhino Walking Safaris

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Plains Camp might be situated in the heart of National Park, but the essence is surprisingly East African, with wide rolling savanna grasslands that are typical to Kenya. The exclusive views over the plains set Plains Camp aside from the rest of the Kruger Park.

The camp was built in pioneer style of the 19th century to capture the essence of an era lost to us. It overlooks the Timbitene plain with no restricting fences, so the best part is, you can view game in abundance, right from the comforts of the plunge pool with cocktail in hand. Here you can expect excellent service, warm hospitality and comfortable lodgings. No concrete was used at all in the structures. Everything is made out of canvas and wood, with the focus on low energy consumption.

Walking safaris take place within a private concession within the park. Walking in game country is not as terrifying as it may initially sound. The fact that the expert guides are carrying a lot of firepower might have something to do with it. But their knowledge and skills of the terrain and animals will put you more at ease, even when an elephant bull crosses your path.

A typical camp day starts with a mug of coffee and homemade rusks, South African style. You will soon set out for a morning walk, trekking after beasts of all kinds. Fear not, the length of the walk will depend on your fitness level. A leisurely brunch will be set up on your return in the shade of acacia trees. Sunset cocktails and starlight dinners brings your day to a perfect close.

Great care is given to the smaller details, from antique treasures and book collections to the crispy linen and comfy pillows. There are four explorer style tents in total, overlooking the water hole and Timbitene plains. All things considered, the camp offers excellent value for money as opposed to many more competing camps. Your stay will be all inclusive of meals and safari activities.

Rhino Walking Safari

The concession spans an impressive 12 000 hectares of private wilderness with tailor made walking trails. In keeping with the conservation ethics of the park, please tread lightly. There are few true wilderness areas left, so the camp made it their personal mission to preserve this stretch of land.

Guided Walking Safaris From Camp to Camp

The experienced guides will help you identify trees, animals, birds, insects, and medicinal plants used in folklore. You will also learn invaluable survival skills along the way.

Game drives will take place twice daily, once in the morning, and once at nightfall. You can also sleep out under the canopy of the Milky Way on elevated platforms by request.

Accommodation

The four safari tents are completely made of wood and canvas, and are slightly elevated on platforms.

Tents Feature:

Comfortable double bedroom
En suite bathroom
Ceiling fans
Private veranda

Amenities

Internet access
Safety deposit box

Facilities

Swimming pool
Bar
Braai / Barbecue area
Fireplace
Library
Restaurants
Wine cellar
Golf Course
Lounge

Children Policy

No children under the age of 12

Getting There

There are daily flights from Johannesburg via OR Tambo Airport straight to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Direct flights are also available from Durban and Cape Town. Transfers will be arranged from the airport to the camp on your behalf.

Private charters are also available to Skukuza Airport, which is about half an hour’s drive from the lodge.

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