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LOCATIONMakuleke Concession, northern Kruger National Park where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique meetPOOLNo
CHILD POLICYNo Children under 16MALARIAYes

  •   This is the most remote and wild walking experience, offering a sense of wilderness and of history.
  •   The area is a true contrast to the rest of the Kruger National Park, with life found here that is nowhere else, from baobab forests to herds of nyala.
  •   Its unique scenery includes Lanner Gorge, Crooks’ Corner and the Limpopo fever tree forest.

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01 April 2019 - 31 October 2019 Tent R 2,680 per person per night sharing special rate for advance bookings


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.
0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) or +2711 468 3476 (International) or email FOR MORE INFO.

*Surcharges will apply over peak holiday periods & long weekends

• Accommodation based at the rustic trails camp
• All meals
• Services of professional trails guide
• Two walks per day
• Selected local beverages
• The rate for a single explorer will be charged as follows:
• R 3,365 per person per night valid 01 April 2019 - 31 October 2019.
• No children under the age of 16 years allowed on Walking Trails.
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking
• Minimum of 2 persons and a maximum 8 persons per trail.
• All drinks charged for, except purified borehole water from Pafuri Camp. The trail runs on an honesty bar policy.
• No electricity, only paraffin lamps and an open fire.
• No laundry service is offered at this remote camp.
• Guests over the age of 65 must supply a medical certificate of full health.
• Unfortunately no charging facilities are available on the walking trail, due to the remoteness of the area.
• Due to the remote locality of the overnight camps, please ensure that full dietary requirements and special occasions are advised at the time of your booking confirmation.
• Guests need to arrive at PAFURI CAMP no later than 14:00 on the day that the trail commences. Trailists will return at approximately 11:00 on the last day. Please ensure that your travel plans to / from the trail take this into account.
• Kruger National Park gate fees must be settled directly at the gate on entry into the park and are subject to change:
• South African Residents – Adult: ZAR 93 per adult per day & ZAR 47 per child per day.
• SADC Residents – Adult: ZAR 186 per adult per day & ZAR 93 per child per day.
• International Residents – Adult: ZAR 372 per adult per day & ZAR 186 per child per day.
• Kruger National Park gate entry times are as follows:
• - Jan, Feb, Nov & Dec 05h30 - 18h30
• - Mar & Oct 05h30 - 18h00
• - Apr, Aug & Sep 06h00 - 18h00
• - May, Jun, Jul 06h00 - 17h30
• All visitors who are 18 years and older, must produce a positive identity document for scanning in order to gain access to the Kruger National Park:
• SA Residents must produce their SA ID document or Driver's Licence.
• Non SA Residents must produce their passports.
• A General Concessionary Levy for all visitors to the Makuleke Concession in the northern Kruger National Park will apply:
• R 150 per adult per stay and R 75 per child under the age of 12 years per stay, which will be added to the invoice for the accommodation at the time of booking. (Subject to change)
• Rates listed above are valid for SA Residents only. Special Discounted Rates for International Residents are available on request.

Drive From Phalaborwa: ± 5 hours
From Timbavati Camps: ± 5.5 hours
From Johannesburg: ± 6.5 - 7 hours
From Nelspruit: ± 6 hours
Fly Private charter from Johannesburg: ± 1 hour, 40 minutes
Scheduled flight from Lanseria into Pafuri Concession: ± 1 hour, 40 minutes
2 man Canvas Dome Tents under the comfort of shady trees


The Pafuri (Makuleke) Concession is perhaps the best area for walking in the entire Kruger National Park. It is blessed with exceptional biodiversity, spectacular scenery, seasonally high densities of many large mammal species, a feeling of wilderness and remoteness, and a sense of deep history. The 24 000 hectare area is sandwiched between 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 floodplains 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 providing endless vistas across palm-studded floodplains, acacia woodland and ethereal riverine forest.
Undoubtedly the best way to experience the biological wealth of the area and its timeless wilderness is on foot. Safari And Adventure Company is proud to offer a limited number of trails that will allow up to 8 trailists at a time access to this most valued of Kruger's assets.
The entire safari is guided and hosted by professional, experienced and passionate guides. The guide will be accompanied by a skilled back-up trails guide and between them they will share their in-depth knowledge of the region and it's ecosystem with the guests.
Accommodation is in walk-in canvas dome tents ensuring that guests are intimately connected with the surrounding wilderness. The trails camp will have two bucket type hot water showers, and en-suite chemical toilets are provided, attached to each guest tent. The site of the camp is the same each night, with trailists walking in different directions from the camp each day, dependent on local conditions.
The Pafuri area 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 well-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 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.

Trails generally operate between 1 April and 31 October each year.

All guests need to check in at Pafuri Camp by 14h00, where they will meet their guide and enjoy lunch before going through a thorough safety briefing. The trails group will depart by road and/or on foot to the trails camp.

Upon arriving at our trails camp guests will have time for a hot shower and some drinks before the evening's meal is prepared on an open fire. After dinner we relax around the fire before retiring to bed with the sounds of the African night.
We are woken early by the sounds of the dawn chorus and after a light snack, coffee and rusks; we depart shortly after first light for a morning walk. Carrying only our snacks and water in our day packs and returning to camp for lunch. After a siesta we head out on either a short afternoon walk or drive. The directions of the walks and/ or drives will depend on local animal activity before returning to camp in the evening to enjoy warm showers, ice cold drinks and dinner.

Please note CHECK-IN is at 14:00 and CHECK-OUT is at 11:00

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 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 prolific birdlife.

Camp sites are located in varying landscapes, revealing the beauty and diversity of the Pafuri region's ever changing geography.

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.


Johannesburg is about 630km or a 6½ - 7 hour drive from Pafuri. The most direct route is to take the N1 towards Polokwane (Pietersburg).

Take the N1 north and continue past Polokwane, Louis Trichardt and the Soutpansberg towards Musina. (Please note that you have to turn hard left off the dual carriageway just after the Ultra City south of Polokwane to stay on the N1. It is clearly signposted but if you miss the turn-off you will continue into Polokwane itself.)

Roughly 30kms north of the Soutpansberg, turn right onto the R525 towards Tshipise (the last fuel stop before the park).

Continue past Tshipise on the R525 and on to Pafuri Gate.

At Pafuri Gate, register as guests of 'Pafuri Camp'.

At the gate, you will have to pay the Kruger Park conservation fee.
Enter the Kruger Park and continue on the H1-9 about 22kms to the Pafuri Camp sign on your left

Turn left and follow the road to Pafuri Camp – please check in at Pafuri Camp for Pafuri Walking Trails and Baobab Hill Bush House.


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