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The Pafuri Walking Trail is a three-night, four-day walking
trail in the spectacular, private Makuleke Concession of the
northern Kruger National Park. It is perhaps the best area
for walking in the entire Park and is blessed not only with
exceptional biodiversity but also spectacular scenery,
seasonally high densities of many large mammal species, a
feeling of wilderness and remoteness, and a sense of
history. There is no better way to explore this magnificent
area than on foot. The camp is set up in the shade of
enormous trees at one of a number of campsites on the
concession. Comfortable walk-in dome tents with separate hot
bucket showers and 'eco-loos' accommodate a maximum of eight
trailists. At night, lanterns and a crackling fire light the
camp and create a convivial atmosphere with a light
eco-footprint; guests dine under the stars.
Age limits: Minimum age of trailists is 16 years old. For
guests over the age of 65, a certified medical certificate
of full health must be submitted on booking confirmation.
Habitats include the life-giving arteries of the Limpopo
and Luvuvhu Rivers, both with well developed floodplains and
a series of vitally important seasonal pans. Between the two
rivers lies a ridge of hills with a network of drainage
lines and secret perennial springs to which the area's game
is drawn. Rugged baobab dotted kopjes jut from mopane
woodland and endless vistas across palm-studded floodplains,
acacia woodland and ethereal riverine forest soothe the
Pafuri Walking Trails has scheduled departures every
Monday and Friday between 1 April and 31 October each year.
At an additional charge, the trail can also be booked on a
FIT basis and start on any other day of the week. We
recommend spending a night in Pafuri Camp before or after
Guests walk approximately three to four hours in the
morning to a pre-prepared brunch site. Relax and siesta
during the heat of the day, then walk about one-and-a-half
hours in the afternoon. A wonderful dinner is enjoyed and
then overnight at the Trail camp before setting off again
the next morning.
Number of guests:
For scheduled departures on Mondays and Fridays, the
minimum number of guests is 2 and the maximum is 8. For the
FIT departures, the minimum is 4 and the maximum is 8. This
allows a group of people to book out the entire trail.
Rates: Rates for the trail include accommodation in the
trail camps, services of a professional walking guide and
tracker, all meals, local drinks, 14% VAT and the SATOUR
Tourism Levy. Laundry is not offered. The rate excludes
Kruger Park Conservation Levy of R35 per person per stay
which must be pre-paid to Wilderness Safaris.
DAY 1; (1 Night) PAFURI TRAILS CAMP - Northern Kruger
National Park, South Africa (Fully serviced camping)
All guests need to check in at Pafuri Camp by 14h00 and
after meeting their guide and going through a thorough
safety briefing, depart by road to our Trails camp in an
open 4x4 vehicle. . Shaded parking is available at Pafuri
Camp for self driving guests.
After arriving and settling in at our trails camp, we
enjoy a short afternoon walk during which your guide will
introduce the guidelines for the trail. This walk may be out
onto the Limpopo floodplain, to a nearby spring or up the
ridge of hills behind camp in order to gain your bearings.
Upon arriving back in camp before dark for a shower and
evening drinks, our evening’s meal is prepared on the open
fire in front of us. After dinner we relax around the fire
before retiring to an early bed and the night sounds.
2 & 3; (2 Nights) PAFURI TRAILS CAMP - Northern Kruger
National Park, South Africa (Fully serviced camping)
We are awoken early and after a light snack, coffee and
rusks, we depart at approximately 05h45 on the morning walk.
The direction of the walk will depend on local animal
activity, but is likely to investigate the nearby waterhole
or spring for the tracks of the night before and where
appropriate to follow these tracks with the intention of
finding the animal. Walking along animal paths and
investigating likely areas for game or bird activity should
see a 3-4 hour walk arriving back in camp for brunch. A
hearty brunch cooked on the fire together with fruit and
cereal is followed by a midday siesta listening to cicadas,
emerald-spotted wood doves and other sounds typical during
the heat of the day.
Our shorter afternoon walk departs after high tea at
16h30 and possibly takes in some of the regions magnificent
scenery and look out points on kopjes close to camp. On both
Day 2 & 3, we walk in different directions, showcasing the
regions immense diversity of habitats, from kopjes, to palm
studded floodplains, gorges, ravines and woodlands.
After a customary early wake up and snack, we depart on a
shorter morning walk, arriving back at camp for a late
brunch served at Pafuri Camp itself, where the Trail ends.
Please note that we recommend an additional night at Pafuri
Camp, which will allow game drives to the more remote
regions of the concession and closer observation of the
wildlife of the region
The Makuleke concession set within the Kruger National
Park is one of the few true wilderness areas left in South
Africa. Large herds of elephant occupy the area during the
dry season, while several herds of buffalo are resident.
There are resident prides of lion and the Luvuvhu riparian
system supports a healthy population of leopard. A small
white rhino population also exists. The area is best known
for its strong nyala and eland population however, as well
as other regional specials like four-toed elephant shrew,
Sharpe’s grysbok and even a small herd of sable.
On the easternmost boundary at “Crooks Corner”, the
Luvuvhu supports a large population of hippo and crocodile.
The concession is also widely regarded as one of the best
birding areas in South Africa, with specialties such as
Pel’s fishing owl, black-throated wattle-eye, three-banded
courser, racket-tailed roller and Dickinson’s kestrel seen
Guests need to provide own soft and alcoholic drinks.
These can be bought at the main camp on check in or sourced
outside the concession. Gas fridges keep all drinks cool on
The costs of all drinks not privately sourced are for the
guests account and must be settled directly at the main
Electricity & Water
• Fridges are gas powered and cooking is done on the
• No power to the tents where lighting is provided
by paraffin lanterns.
• Potable water to the camp comes
from 2 strong boreholes
Accommodation Rates:- Please contact us
for a quote and itinerary.