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The Pafuri Walking Trail (4 Days)

- The Pafuri Walking Trail operates between 1 April and 31 October, and depart every Mon & Fri based
on a minimum 2 & maximum 8 explorers booked.


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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 soul.



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 the trail.

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.


DAYS 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 regularly.

Bar Facilities

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 site.

Drinks Policy

The costs of all drinks not privately sourced are for the guests account and must be settled directly at the main camp.

Electricity & Water

• Fridges are gas powered and cooking is done on the fire.
• 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.  


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