Pafuri Walking Trails
Come and explore one of Africa’s last great wildernesses on foot. Where time in true Wilderness, is the greatest luxury of our time.
The Makuleke Contractual Park, Pafuri, northern Kruger is the location for these professionally guided bespoke Wilderness trails.
The private trails camp, used as our base for exploration, is positioned on the banks of the Luvuvhu River, an idyllic setting where animals congregate and over which the moon waxes and wanes. This Wilderness trail is an immersion into one of the oldest and most ecologically diverse wilderness areas in South Africa.
Fever tree forests, Baobabs thousands of years old, Lanner Gorge, 250 million year old geology, and a profusion of birds, elephants and other wildlife as well as incredible human history are just some of what this ancient place has to offer.
- Trip Duration3 Nights / 4 Days or 4 Nights / 5 Days
- Daily DistancesVariable based on conditions and animal movements - but anything from 8-10/12 mindful kms.Pace is slow and easy as we bird, enjoy the surrounds and look out for animals.
- Trail Grading2 / 5 - Fitness. A medium level of fitness is required.2 / 5 - Technicality. Terrain is generally fairly flat and easy going. We move on ancient game trails making the walk easy underfoot.
- Trail TerrainAncient Fever tree forests, Luvuvhu River – bathing, Lanner Gorge, baobabs, sandstone cliffs, basalt ridges.
- AccommodationComfortable Tented Camp. Private outdoor bucket shower. As close to nature as you get, with comforts.
- Logistic SupportFully-catered (incl drinks) & professionally led trail (2 trail guides), private vehicle access and guided hikes with conservation levies included.
- Group SizeMin 6 - maximum 8 trailists
- Pricing3 Nights / 4 Days: R11 500/pp4 Nights / 5 Days: R14 500/pp
This ancient land, particularly the low-lying floodplains near the confluence at Crooks’ Corner where our camp is located, harbours an abundance of life. It’s a natural choke point for wildlife crossing between Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa, and forms a distinct ecological region.
Huge herds of elephant, buffalo and other game congregate here, especially when the surrounding bush lies parched before the rains. Predators and scavengers, ranging from the great cats and hyenas to servals, genets, civets, caracals, amongst many others, find shelter here.
The area is also famous for its elephant herds in winter, which come to drink from the Luvuvhu river. The wildlife roams without the hindrance of borders in a trans-frontier park that spans 3 countries. The diversity also brings a profusion of birds, with numerous sightings in what bird lovers regard as South Africa’s most rewarding birding destination.
While comprising only about 1% of the Kruger National Park’s actual area, Pafuri contains plants and animals representing almost 75% of the Parks total diversity.
We tend to head out in the mornings for 4-5 hour walks returning to rest at camp during the heat of the day. Afternoons are mostly typically spent on game drive, giving your legs some well deserved rest. After an evening sundowner we return to camp to share stories around the fire on the edge of the Luvuvhu River.
- Hike DaysTrails are run from start of April - end of October.
Hike days are changed up according to season, animal movements, guest interest & capability etc.
But typically a walk in the morning followed by an evening drive.
Accomodation is in one of four Meru style tents, with exquisite attention to detail, and all the necessities for your comfort – crisp linen, an ensuite bathroom, private outdoor bucket shower with water heated to your preference.
Nourishing meals are served three times a day in a dining spot under the trees on the banks of the Luvuvhu River, while the wildlife wanders past. The experience is as close to nature as you can possibly be, whilst having all creature comforts catered to.
- What are we likely to see?
Pafuri is part of a massive wilderness spanning three countries and wildlife is free to roam meaning that you have the chance of seeing anything. Typically though, Pafuri is renowned for sightings of buffalo, elephants, a varierty of antelope, babooons, hyenas and a profusion of birds. Where Pafuri truly stands out is in the enormity of its landscapes, diversity of fauna and flora, distinct lack of humans and sense of place. In nature we find it is best to arrive with no expectations and embrace what nature offers.
- What is the quality of the food like?
The food is simple, homely and nourishing. There is also plenty of it. Our guests are consistently impressed by what comes out of the very basic kitchen tent.
- What is the best time of year for this trail?
These trails are only run from the beginning of April to the end of the October, as its too hot outside of these months.
- Do you run scheduled trails?
Not specifically. It is best if you find yourself a group and then we can try arrange the trail as per your date request. But still enquire with us, we can hopefully add you to an already booked private trail.
- Is malaria a problem here?
Kruger National Park is a moderate malaria area, so you are advised to take malaria prophylactics if you are a higher risk candidate
3 Nights / 4 Days: R11 500
4 Nights / 5 Days: R14 500
- 3/4 Nights Accom (sharing basis) - Proper beds and bedding provided. Outdoor bucket shower manually heated for you as well as a flushing toilet.
- All meals & drinks - from dinner on arrival night to breakfast on departure day
- 2 x Experienced Wilderness Hiking Guides
- Private vehicle for game drives in the afternoon
- Conservation Levies