Pafuri Camp lords over its prime position, nestling on the bank of the perennial Luvuvhu river in the heart of a 24,000 hectare wilderness concession. Less well-known, this part of the Kruger excels once you have got the Big Five out of your system down south.
Photogenic scenery and game are complemented by extraordinary flora. Groves of gigantic baobab trees are not found elsewhere. The fever tree forest creates a colourful shady retreat as the bush drops down to springs and glades in the seasonal floodplains.
Birding & archaeology
Pafuri Camp offers two special variations on normal drives. Birding is outstanding (worth a special trip), and a half day drive/walk option. Pels Fishing Owl is a local rarity worth seeking out. Another drive focuses on rich local archaeology and history.
Lions & leopard
Established prides of lion operate locally, and the riparian system allows for a healthy population of leopard, including one glimpsed walking under (or on!) the boardwalk. At Crooks’ Corner, the Luvuvhu supports numerous hippo and crocodile where it meets the Limpopo river.
Elephant in the room
Elephants seem omnipresent around Pafuri Camp, and feed and splash about whilst you relax on your deck. They visit camp (listen to our podcast). In the dry winter season when water is scarcer, magnificent large herds of these and buffalo arrive to drink at the Luvuvhu.
Comfort under canvas
Accommodation is under canvas, 20 luxuriously appointed traditional Meru-style tents. All have two showers (indoors and out), their own private deck area, and boardwalk access. Family rooms sleep four people.
Family & groups
Family rooms sleep 4. The Pafuri East section (7 rooms) can be taken by private parties and has its own dining area and plunge pool.
The camp is well spread out around a central building where you will find the boma, main pool, restaurant, lounge areas, a bar with a view, and an unusually nice curio shop.
Pafuri Camp’s remote location makes for fantastic walking. A regular alternative to game drives, they can be combined to explore farther. Walks last for two hours at the cooler start or end of the day, and suit anyone with modest fitness. Four day, three-night walking trails are available.
Pafuri Camp enjoys access to out-of-bounds parts of the Park, used formerly by rangers and the military. This includes Lanner Gorge, an essential visit, where you can enjoy sundowners at a spectacular viewpoint overlooking hippos and crocodiles far below.