As a result of damage sustained in the extensive flood during January 2013,
Pafuri Camp has been CLOSED
and at this time, will remain CLOSED until the end of 2013.
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 Concession 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 Kruger 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 civilisations. 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 Park's biodiversity hotspots, with some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo, numerous leopard and lion and incredibly prolific birdlife.
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 ecosystem. Travellers
visiting the lodges or camps in the south can experience the Kruger
in its entirety by including this Pafuri / Makuleke region in
At a Glance
- 20 Twin bed tents with en-suite bathrooms
- 6 Tents are Family tents and take 4 guests
- Large Swimming Pool
- Power from generator and 220 volt power inverted from a battery bank
- Constant 220 volt power to rooms for battery charging, razors etc.
- Potable water to the camp comes from strong boreholes
- Overhead fans have 24-hour power
Accommodation consists of 20 tented rooms (including six family rooms for up to four people), each with en-suite bathroom facilities. The tented rooms all look out over the Luvuvhu River; guests can sit on their decks and watch for elephant, nyala, waterbuck or bushbuck coming down to drink - to name but a few!
Activities in the Makuleke / Pafuri area are extremely varied and interesting. Game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, night drives, walks, 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 artefacts - under many a baobab are Stone Age hand tools, such as hand axes, to be found.
Guests can self-drive in and around the
Kruger National Park on the conventional roads in their own vehicles.
There is no self driving at all in private vehicles anywhere in
the Makuleke concession except on the main access road into and
through the area. If guests wish to walk, game drive or night
drive anywhere on the concession, this is done in Pafuri Camp's
4x4 vehicles with its resident guides - all at additional costs
to guests. These activities can be pre-booked at the time of reservation
or when in camp
Children of 6 years
and older are welcome at Pafuri Camp. Our primary concern when
hosting children in the camp is safety. When booking sole use
in wildlife areas the minimum age restriction falls away. Children
are accommodated on activities with all other guests however please
note that the minimum age requirements for activities (where activities
are applicable) are as follows: walking 12 years.
- We also offer guided morning walking and birding safaris of between 3 to 4 hours
- Guided safaris including brunch overlooking Lanner Gorge +/- 6 - 8 hours
- Guided night drive +/- 3 hours
- Shorter guided walks +/- 2 hours
- Specialist birding walk/drive +/- 3 hours
- Mountain bike safaris +/- 3 hours
- Specialist safaris on the history and archaeology of the area +/- 2 hours
- Lunch including drinks at game viewing hides +/- 3 hours.