- Luxury tented camp situated in the Makuleke Concession in the north of the Kruger National Park.
- The area, also known as Pafuri, 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.
- 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 Sand.
- Big FiveYes
- Off RoadNo
- Camp FencedNo
- Child PolicyChildren of all ages are welcome
- PoolYes - at the main area only
- AirconFans Only
- Cellphone SignalNo
- Malaria AreaYes
LocationMakuleke Concession, Northern Kruger National Park
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 thatEcho Skiesflies fromGrand Central Airport in Midrand(about 20 minutes from OR Tambo) into thePafuri 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 fromOR Tambo, minimum 2 paying guests per flight.
19 Luxury Safari Tents:
(12 double/twin bedded tents & 7 Family Tents)
Rates & Special Offers
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BAOBAB HILL HOUSE:
SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION / MAXIMUM 8 GUESTS
SPECIAL OFFER RATES ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Baobab Hill Bush House offers ideal accommodation for groups or families, Baobab Hill Bush House is the old ranger’s accommodation for a total of eight guests at any one time. It is situated on a small hill just north of the Luvuvhu River, with excellent views of the surrounding area. This rustic homestead consists of four bedrooms, a surrounding patio area – perfect for sundowners or dinners in the early evenings, a private swimming pool, and the property is fenced – offering a child-friendly environment. This accommodation is self-catering. A local in-house chef is on call to assist at mealtimes at a small additional cost.
- All rates are subject to availability.
- Proof of SA residency may be required at the time of booking or upon check-in at the lodge.
- Surcharges may apply on rates over peak holiday periods and long weekends.
- Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
- Special rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Special discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.
- Rates exclude the Kruger National Park gate fees which must be settled directly at the gate on entry into the park and are subject to change:
- South African Residents – Adult: ZAR 100 per adult per day & ZAR 50 per child per day.
- SADC Residents – Adult: ZAR 200 per adult per day & ZAR 100 per child per day.
- International Residents – Adult: ZAR 400 per adult per day & ZAR 200 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 Recovery & Development Levy applies for all visitors to the Makuleke Concession in the northern Kruger National Park applies as set out below:
- R 250 per adult per day / R 125 per child under 18 years per day, which will be added to the invoice for the accommodation at the time of booking. (subject to change)
- Single accommodation rates are available on request. Please contact your BushBreaks consultant for a quote.
- Children of all ages are welcome at Pafuri Camp and will be charged the child rate when sharing in a family tent.
- Children under the age of 2 years sharing with parents are accommodated free of charge.
- Children aged 2 – 15 years sharing with parents will be charged the child rate when sharing in a family tent. Please contact your BushBreaks Consultant for the child rates.
- Children aged 12 years & older may be accommodated in separate tents and will be charged the full adult rate.
- Family tents are intended for families and not adult groups – no more than 2 adults in a family tent i.e. no more than 2 travelers over the age of 18 + 2 children under the age of 18
- Pafuri Tented Camp is not fenced and children must be under adult supervision at all times.
- Children under 5 years are not permitted on game drives.
- If travelling with children under the age of 5 years old, a private vehicle will need to be booked (at an additional charge).
- Children under the age of 16 years will not be permitted on bush walks from Pafuri Camp.
- Child minding facilities are available on request and are subject to an additional surcharge.
About Pafuri Camp
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 4×4 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.
- 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
- Mosquito nets
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.
- Open vehicle game drives
- Guided Walking Safaris
- Village Tours (on request at an extra charge)
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.