On Pafuri, humans have been creating art since we first began evolving there 2,5 million years ago. From the making of tools, pottery, cave paintings, primitive musical instruments and clothing from animal skins our ancestors have been honing their creative skill for countless generations. Some say, it is this very thing that makes us human. Every one of us is an artist – it is written in our DNA. The way we dress, the words we choose, the songs we hum under our breath and the thoughts we have are all modern examples of the ancient joy in producing art that is alive within us today.
The intention behind this safari is to re-awaken this. We aim to notice Art in Nature and to let it inspire us, to tap our innate creativity and to practice Art as a way of Being.
On this retreat we forget about the end result and become enamoured with the process. It’s all about sharing and enjoying the creative process together as a tribe of artists (absolutely no ‘traditional art skill’ is required).
The private Pafuri concession – within the world-famous Kruger National Park – lies in a vast, almost inaccessible triangle of wilderness between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers, along South Africa’s north-eastern frontier. Between them, the two great valleys embrace one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes, with mountains and gorges in the west giving way to plains, pans, baobabs and fever tree forests in the east.
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 from north to south and back, 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 (when we are there), 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.
WHO IS THIS RETREAT AIMED AT?
Those looking to tap their creativity, interact with nature in novel ways and have a little fun. A medium level of fitness is required. Absolutely no level of traditional artistic skill required.