If walking in wilderness is what makes you come alive then the private Makulele concession in the Pafuri triangle is for you. Falling within the world-famous Kruger National Park – lies 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, massive baobabs and sprawling 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.
Why It’s a Wild Again Favourite
The area is also famous for its elephant herds in winter, 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.
Stay in the comfort of Return Africa’s luxury tented camp or choose to stay a little closer to nature in the more basic walking trails camp. Both are positioned in the idyllic setting on the banks of the Luvuvhu River.