Camp (Northern Kruger National Park, Limpopo Province) South
Pafuri Camp is situated between the Limpopo and the
Luvuvhu Rivers in the northern sector of the Kruger National
Park, in a 24 000-hectare area called the Pafuri or the
Makuleke. This area is the ancestral home of the Makuleke
people and is one of the most diverse and scenically
attractive areas in the Kruger National Park. This area is
certainly the wildest and most remote part of the Park and
offers varied vegetation, great game viewing, the best
birding in all of the Kruger, and is filled with folklore of
the early explorers and ancient civilizations.
It is well known for its fever tree forests, beautiful
gorges and Crook’s Corner, where the Limpopo and Luvuvhu
rivers and three countries, Zimbabwe, South Africa and
Mozambique, meet. The region is considered one of Kruger's
biodiversity hotspots, with some of the largest herds of
elephant and buffalo, leopard and lion and incredibly
Pafuri Camp caters for the traditional Kruger Park
visitor and is the only camp accessible to self-drivers in
the extreme northern sector of the Park. Being so different
from the rest of the Park, it complements the scenery and
experience offered at the lodges in the southern Kruger and
the Sabi Sands. Travelers visiting the lodges or camps in
the south can experience the Kruger in its entirety by
including the Pafuri / Makuleke region in their itineraries.
The camp has 20 tents, six of which are family tents
sleeping four people.
Each tent is on a raised platform two meters off the
ground and joined by elevated walkways. This allows wildlife
to move undisturbed to and from the river, and also catches
the breeze moving through the tree canopy overhead.
The bathroom is en suite with both indoor and outdoor
showers for those who would like to bathe under the stars!
Dining and bar area are under a canopy of majestic ebony
Large swimming pool
Dinners served in a
traditional style boma under the stars, on wooden decks
overlooking the Luvuvhu River or indoors under thatch.
Camp offers a fully stocked bar with a good selection of
South African wines. The costs of these will be billed to
your room and are payable on departure.
Game Viewing / Activities:
Activities in the Makuleke / Pafuri area are extremely
varied and interesting. Game drives in open 4x4 vehicles,
night drives, walking safaris, hides (including some that
will cater for sleep-outs) are all part of the range of
activities that are on offer.
One of the most important aspects of this area is its
palaeo-anthropological history, with its plethora of
evidence of early human ancestors stretching back some 2
million years ago, through the Stone Age and into the Iron
Age about 400 years ago when the Thulamela dynasty ruled in
this area. This dynasty built incredible structures that are
not dissimilar to that found in the Great Zimbabwe.
Throughout the concession, there is evidence of its human
inhabitants, in the form of rock paintings and artifacts –
under many a baobab are Stone Age hand tools, such as hand
axes, to be found.
The Pafuri region boasts fully two-thirds of the Kruger’s
wildlife and vegetative biodiversity, with many large mammal
species and incredibly prolific birdlife. It is famous for
the large herds of elephant and buffalo that are resident
most of the year round, which concentrate in particular
around the permanent waters of the Luvuvhu River in the dry
winter months. Cheetah have been sighted hunting the strong
population of nyala and impala that live alongside the
Luvuvhu system. On the easternmost boundary at "Crooks
Corner" the Luvuvhu supports a large population of hippo and
The Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers host the highest density
of nyala in Kruger and species such as eland, Sharpe’s
grysbok and yellow-spotted rock dassie, which are difficult
to find further south in the Park, are regularly seen here.
A drive along the floodplain and riverine fringe of either
of the two large rivers usually produces good general game
in the form of nyala, impala, greater kudu, chacma baboon,
waterbuck, warthog and perhaps grey duiker or bushbuck,
while careful searching may yield the more elusive residents
of the area such as lion and leopard.
Other areas hold steenbok, the agile klipspringer and
herds of Burchell’s zebra. Recently, and excitingly, species
such as giraffe and white rhino have been relocated to the
area, from which they have been locally extinct for almost a
century. The area has long been regarded as something of a
Mecca for southern African birdwatchers. Some species are
found nowhere else in South Africa and the serious birder
will revel in being able to find Böhm’s and Mottled
Spinetails, Racket-Tailed Roller, Three-Banded Courser, and
Southern Hyliota. Other specials are Black-Throated
Wattle-Eye, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Yellow White-Eye, Meve’s
Starling and Tropical Boubou.
From $325 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.