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Pafuri Safari

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Get to Know Pafuri

The most remote corner of Kruger, Pafuri is noted for its high biodiversity, rare birds, lush fever-tree forests and the abandoned 16th-century stone-walled palace protected in Thulamela Heritage Site

Flanking the Luvuvhu River in the far north of the Kruger Park, the Pafuri region forms two broad areas. The first, running along the forested south bank of the river, is the Pafuri road circuit, a public road best reached from Punda Maria rest camp 50 kilometres to its south and punctuated by the Pafuri Picnic Site in the heart of the forest.

The area is particularly popular with South African birdwatchers, thanks to the presence of rarities such as Pel’s fishing-owl (sometimes seen from the bridge over the river), racket-tailed roller, white-crowned lapwing and triple-banded courser. It is also notable for high concentrations of elephant, buffalo and nyala antelope. Not to be missed is a guided tour to the Thulamela Heritage Site, which protects the substantial hilltop ruins of a Great Zimbabwe-style stone-walled royal village built in the 16th century.

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Why Pafuri?

  • The most biodiverse corner of one of Africa’s largest national parks
  • Several rare or localised subtropical bird species
  • 16th-century ruins at Thulamela Heritage Site
  • Two concession lodges in the Makuleke Contractual Park offering unique access to several truly remote and wonderful sites

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FAQs about Pafuri

  • Pafuri has a mix of lodges and campsites available for visitors. Some examples of this include; Pafuri Rivercamp, The outpost Lodge, Nthakeni Bush & River Camp and much more. 
  • Travel along the N1 through Polokwane (Pietersburg). Link up with the R524 at Makhado (Louis Trichard) and follow this route for 140km. This will bring you to the gate.
  • Allow 5 to 6 hours for the journey to the gate. Pafuri Border Camp is about 70 kilometres from the gate.
  • Allow plenty of time for the drive to the camp, especially if you want to take advantage of the game viewing opportunities!

Flanking the Luvuvhu River in the far north of the Kruger Park, the Pafuri region forms two broad areas. The first, running along the forested south bank of the river, is the Pafuri road circuit, a public road best reached from Punda Maria rest camp 50 kilometres to its south and punctuated by the Pafuri Picnic Site in the heart of the forest.

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