Makuleke Contractual Park, also called the Pafuri Triangle, is the most northern section of the Kruger. The “contract” is between the government and the local community who, upon regaining ownership of the land under restitution, opted to keep it inside the Kruger.
About 240 square kilometres in size, this wedge of land is created by the confluence of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers at Crook’s Corner, the border between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is a natural choke point for wildlife crossing from north to south and back, and forms a distinct ecological region.
Listen to our podcast recorded in the area interviewing some community members who are responsible for ecotourism:
The Makuleke is an important wetland with international RAMSAR protected status. Its flood pans are depressions in the plains that fill from rains and floods, and hold water right into the dry season, providing a year-round refuge point for wildlife and waterbirds. There are 31 flood pans here, many of which are home to pods of hippos.
The scenery is epic. Around Rudyard Kipling’s “great green greasy Limpopo” the floodplains are surrounded by vertiginous gorges, groves of baobab trees and some of the largest lime-green fever tree forests in the world.
Federal Air is now offering thrice weekly air service to Pafuri airstrip from Johannesburg. Some of our itineraries utilise charter flights to the Outpost.