7.5 hours by road from Johannesburg.
Charter flights can be arranged to Tshikondeni landing strip, which is about 45 minutes from the camp or the Punda Maria airstrip, which is approximately 60 kms from the camp.
We are happy to announce that Echo Skies flies from Grand Central Airport in Midrand (about 20 minutes from OR Tambo) into the Pafuri Airstrip daily, making The Pafuri Camp & Pafuri Walking Trails more accessible to guests.
Flights take place every day, minimum 2 paying guests per flight.
Flights can also be arranged from OR Tambo, minimum 2 paying guests per flight.
19 Luxury Safari Tents:
(12 double/twin bedded tents & 7 Family Tents)
ABOUT THE LODGE
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 civilisations. It is well known for its fever tree forests, beautiful gorges and Crookâ€™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 prolific birdlife.
Pafuri Camp is the only camp accessible to self-drivers in the extreme northern sector of the Kruger 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.
Accommodation consists of 19 luxury tents (including seven family tents 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 & guided walks 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.
ABOUT THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
The Kruger National Park is the primary destination in South Africa for many international tourists. Each year more than half a million visitors are registered.
The National Park was opened in 1898 at the instigation of then-president Paul Kruger. After hunters had considerably decimated the originally rich game stock, all the land between the Sabie and the Crocodile Rivers was put under the protection of Nature Conservation to ensure the survival of the remaining animals. Only as recently as 1961 was the extended Kruger Park fenced in.
The park stretches from the Crocodile River in the south up to the Limpopo River, which is the international border in the north. Altogether it is 350 km long, 65 km wide and comprises an area of about 20,000 sq km.
A web of roads of 1863 kilometres leads through the National Park, 697 km of them being tarred. For the visitor there are numerous differently equipped rest camps, most of them scenically positioned. Within the park boundaries, travel is only allowed between sunrise and sunset. After dark one has to stay in one of the fenced restcamps.
The best time for observing the animals is the dry winter season. Then the grass is low and bushes and trees don't have leaves, so that one can have an unobstructed view. Because it virtually doesn't rain in winter, the animals come to the waterholes to drink in the mornings and evenings and can easily be watched from the car.
19 Luxury en-suite safari tents of which 7 are family tents, all with stunning views over the Luvuvhu River
Al fresco dining
One of Africa's great bush bars
Fully serviced camp, provinding breakfast, lunch, high tea & dinner served at the pub & restaurant
Choice of activities include: guided walks, fly-fishing and open vehicle game drives
Unfortunately there is no cell phone signal and no WiFi available
The tents all have sweeping views over the Luvuvhu river
12 Luxury en-suite safari tents with double or twin beds
7 Luxury en-suite family safari tents have a separate children's bedroom with 2 single beds
All the tents have an en-suite bathroom with shower and outside shower
Safes for valuables