If you will be staying in a malaria area, and both the Kruger National Park and the Zambezi National Park are situated in malaria areas, then the answer is to always err on the side of caution.
One of the best ways to avoid contracting malaria is not to be bitten, so use the insect repellents provided by the lodges, generously and often.
Please take the anti-malarial prophylactics recommended by your doctor.
The tap water is safe to drink at Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp at Rhino Walking Safaris. The tap water at Chundu Island is not potable.
Filtered water is freely available at all of our lodges, and while we do not encourage the excessive use of plastic, bottled water is also available. We are currently investigating how to move from plastic to glass in the interests of conservation.
- Warm jacket/windbreaker
- Long cotton pants
- On walking trails, we advise that you wear long trousers to limit the number of ticks that you might pick up and to protect your legs from grass scratches.
- Comfy walking shoes and comfy sturdy walking shoes for walking safaris
- Cotton socks
- Comfortable casual, cool clothing
- Lightweight waterproof jacket
- Warm sleepwear
- Warm layers for game drives and cruises
The guides will have warm fleeces and waterproof ponchos available on the vehicles
- Cameras (and battery chargers)
- Spare batteries
- Lip cream
- Contact lens solutions
- Spare glasses
- Reference books
- Those with long hair are advised to take something with to tie their hair back
- Early morning tea/coffee in rooms
- 2 Activities per person per day (choose from river cruise, canoeing, bush walk, game drive or fun fishing)
- Breakfast served from 08h30 – 10h00 (English and continental)
- Buffet lunch served from 13h00 – 14h30
- Dinner – 3 courses, served from 19h00 – 21h00
- Bar snacks and teas and coffees
- House wines, non-premium spirits, soft drinks, local beers and ciders
- Transfer from Zambezi National Park gate to the island
- Premium brand spirits and cellar wines / champagne
- Purchases from the curio shop
- Fishing charters (for serious fishermen) – please note all fishing is catch and release, except for fish that you would like the kitchen to prepare for you that day. No freezing or transporting of fish
- Conservation fees payable to Zambezi National Park
Children aged 6 and over are welcome, however the canoeing and bushwalks are restricted to children of 16 and over both for safety reasons and in accordance with the Zambezi National Parks policy.
A maximum of 6 children under the age of 12 can be accommodated on the island at any one time. Two family units can each accommodate 2 children (aged 6 - 16) in the kids bedroom. An additional two rollaway beds are available for children 16 and younger to create a triple in either the family rooms or island suites.
Family groups booking out the whole lodge are welcome to bring younger children - activity age restrictions will still apply.
Management reserve the right to return disorderly children during the cruise or drive if necessary before continuing.
Travelling with Children to or from South Africa? Please refer to the link below.
Unfortunately not. Maturity levels are too hard to ascertain prior to arrival, and parents are often biased... We therefore keep our policy in line with SANParks and Zambezi National Parks legislation which does not allow children under the age of 12 or 16respectively 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.
Yes. In the event of your family or group booking out the whole lodge, no age restrictions will apply to accommodation, however age restrictions for activities will remain in place.
Each room on Chundu Island is fitted with a variety of adaptors, so there is no need to bring an adaptor with you.
We are frequently asked to recommend a gratuity policy. While gratuities for exceptional service are very gratefully received by our staff we would like to stress that they are at your sole discretion. We do not wish to make a recommendation, because we feel that this places pressure on the guest to pay a specific gratuity. However, if it is of help to you, the average tips received are approximately $10 per room per night for the guides, which we allocate according to which activities you have partaken in, with which guide, and the same again for the general staff. You are welcome to tip guides individually if you so wish or to leave any gratuities with the receptionist, but we recommend that tips for the general staff to go into a kitty at the reception on checkout as there are some unseen staff members who otherwise would not receive a share in the gratuities. Gratuities from the general kitty are shared equally amongst all staff except the guides.
Walks are offered from Chundu Island in the Zambezi National Park, and from Plains Camp in the Kruger National Park. Rhino Post Safari Lodge offers safaris by open game drive vehicle – no walks.
No we are proud of the fact that we do not drive off road.
There are two reasons for this. One is that we are contractually obliged by SAN Parks and Zambezi National Parks to do as little damage as possible to the area, and to remain on demarcated roads. The other is that ethically we do not believe in excessive off-road driving. It is damaging to the environment, flora and fauna, and creates pressures on animals which cannot escape a vehicle that is intent on following them. We are happy to see the animals interacting in their natural environment without these pressures, and are very pleased to note that there is a move by conservation conscious travelers towards responsible and sustainable eco-tourism.
From Rhino Post Safari Lodge, yes. You are welcome to drive on any of the tourist roads within the park between the normal gate opening and closing times. Please inform one of the staff if you intend going for a drive and do not plan to be back on time for the evening game drive. For your safety, and in order to keep the impact on the concession to a minimum, private vehicles may not travel on the concession other than the access road to Rhino Post Safari Lodge.
It is for this reason too that guests for Plains Camp are collected from Rhino Post Safari Lodge and may not take their private vehicles through to the trails camp. We ask that guests at Plains Camp respect this and understand that day trips in and out of Plains Camp would be damaging to the roads, and should only be requested in case of emergency.
From Chundu Island guests who have arrived in their own vehicles are welcome to join the ferry across to the Zambezi National Park at set activity times, and may drive within the park using their own vehicles. We do request that guests doing so book their (complimentary) ferry crossings with the receptionist, and indicate what time they plan to return. Please note that there is no driving in the Zambezi National Park allowed after dark.
A private concession is an area within a national park which has been put out to tender to be developed and managed by a private enterprise for a specified period of time. Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp in the Kruger National Park and Chundu Island are all private concessions operating within National Parks. These concessions pay a concession fee to the National Park which provides much needed income for conservation.
The national parks charge daily conservation fees to all people entering and staying in a national park – whether they are staying in a private concession or in the national park’s own accommodation. These fees go toward conservation and anti-poaching costs which are not covered by the accommodation rates.
Chundu Island is 21kms upriver from Victoria Falls, approximately an hour and a quarter’s safari drive through the Zambezi National Park. From a high vantage point, the spray or mist from the falls can be seen up to 50kms away. You cannot see this spray from the island because of the vegetation and low elevation. However, guests staying 3 nights or longer may take advantage of a complimentary trip into town to go and see the falls on one day of their stay.
If you want to take advantage of all the activities on offer, you should ideally spend at least 3 nights at Chundu Island. This of course also depends on whether you are wanting to spend a night or two in town in order to view the Victoria Falls and participate in the extreme sport activities on offer there. If you plan to overnight in town either before or after staying at Chundu Island, then 3 nights will probably be enough to cover most activities. If you do not wish to stay in town and prefer to take advantage of our complimentary transfer to Vic Falls which is offered for guests staying 3 nights or longer, without missing out on any activities, then we recommend a minimum of 4 nights at Chundu Island as the town trip to see the falls will take up a full day.