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Baobah Hill Bush House offers a very private haven of tranquility, peace and relaxation set in the enchanting forests of the Kruger's far north, the Pafuri-Makuleke region. Unique in this sector of the Park, the Lodge has been constructed on the site of the old Rangers' family home, and is designed to accommodate groups and families numbering up to eight in size, on an exclusive use basis.

Lapa at Baobab Hill Bush House, Pafuri-Makuleke

In common with other Rangers' outposts Baobab Hill is located off the tracks well-beaten; there is only one main road in the whole expanse of this 24,000 hectare (60,000 acre) concession set inside the Park itself. In common with its sister Lodge, Pafuri Camp, it was completely redeveloped to open in the last quarter of 2015 as part of a new concessionary arrangement with the local community.

Interior at Baobab Hill Bush House, Pafuri-Makuleke

A single building contains the entertaining and indoor dining area, and a fully equipped kitchen; this overflows out on to an outdoor lapa (a thatched lounge area) to enjoy in the warm summer evenings. Also outside, nestled under the glower of a towering baobab tree, is a modestly sized swimming pool which is a most welcome relief in the hottest months when peak temperatures can exceed 40C (105F). There is a braai area for entertaining and preparing food on the fire.

A trained Chef is available (if you wish) to prepare the food for you, which you must bring (or organise with us). Although note that you are welcome to use the restaurant and bar facilities at Pafuri Camp with advance warning. A dedicated houskeeper keeps the place tidy. You have your own Guide and Game Viewing vehicle and this provides exclusive access to areas off-bounds to the public including the magical Lanner Gorge and the spectacular 1,000 year old Baobab, the oldest in the region, as well as the usual ritual of morning and evening drives. Walking may be available, subject to the availability of Trails Guides at the time of your visit.

Lanner Gorge, Pafuri-Makuleke

Game viewing is good all year round, but the area is particularly noted for its exceptional birding, which you can indulge in from the outdoor deck. Remarkable sub-tropical fauna includes groves of giant baobabs and the fever tree forest.

This giant baobab is thought to be the region's oldest, in excess of 1,000 years in age

Beautiful lala palm fringed floodplains teem with charismatic megafauna (herds of Cape buffalo and elephant) in times of seasonal migration when they are drawn to the two perennial rivers. Prides of lion roam the floodplains following their food at these times. Leopards are plentiful, if shy. The region often produces good sightings of kudu and nyala, and you may spot eland, tsessebe or Lichtenstein's hartebeest here.

Lion pride patrolling Pafuri's floodplains

After indulging in the activities on offer you retreat to one of four comfortable bedrooms, each sleeping two, to enjoy the bewitching sounds of the surrounding bush at night.

One of Baobab Hill's four bedrooms, Pafuri-Makuleke

NOTES

The property is enclosed by a fence in order to make it as child-friendly as possible. The pool area must be supervised.


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