Far North Region
Walk through one of the most remote and diverse places in the Kruger: the riverine areas of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers and secret perennial springs interspersed with rugged baobab-dotted kopjes that jut from mopane woodland. Endless vistas across palm-studded floodplains, acacia woodland and ethereal riverine forest combine excellently with wildlife and bird encounters.
Pafuri Walking Trail is a three-night, four-day walking trail in the spectacular, private Makuleke Concession of the northern Kruger National Park. It is perhaps the best area for walking in the entire Park and is blessed not only with exceptional biodiversity but also spectacular scenery, seasonally high densities of many large mammal species, a feeling of wilderness and remoteness, and a sense of history. There is no better way to explore this magnificent area than on foot.
Pafuri Camp lies in the wildest and most remote part of the famous Kruger National Park. It is home to a large variety of vegetation, offers fabulous game viewing and provides the best birding opportunities in the Kruger National Park. This region also boasts a wealth of folklore from early explorers and ancient civilisations. Pafuri Camp is well known for its fever tree forests, beautiful gorges and Crooks' Corner - where the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers as well as three countries (Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique) meet.
Pafuri Camp is situated between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers in the northern sector of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. This 24,000 hectare area is recognised as one of the most diverse and scenically attractive areas in the Kruger National Park and is called either the Pafuri triangle or the Makuleke Concession- as it is the ancestral home of the Makuleke people.
Pafuri Camp provides access to what is considered to be one of Kruger's biodiversity hotspots: home to some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as leopard and lion, and incredibly prolific bird life. In May 2007, the biological significance of the area was recognised when it was declared as a Ramsar Site - a wetland of international importance.
While it might share a name with the Shingwedzi river, along the banks of which the camp makes its home, Shingwedzi itself is tucked peacefully into the fold of a quiet clearing, affording guests a relaxing and secluded camping experience. Straddling the line between luxurious facility and rugged, outdoor camping destination is ensconced in mopane trees, and makes good use of the frequent winter visits from the area’s indigenous populations (the riverbed dries up in the summer months).
Get lost in amongst the Transvaal mustard trees, native sausage trees, and Natal mahogany. Mopani shrub and apple leaf populate the areas further away from the river.
Accommodation at Shingwedzi includes fifty camp sites, all with electricity points, rotating braai (barbeque) grids, and washing up facilities. Twelve three-bed huts are available, with communal ablutions and kitchens, as well as their own small fridge each. A further eighteen two-bed bungalows are available, all with air-conditioning, and a limited number of fully equipped utensil boxes (cutlery, crockery, glasses and frying pan) . Five bed and two bed versions of this unit are also available.
Sporting the solemn Tsonga word for “cemetery” as its name, Sirheni camp is named after the well known death and burying of an elephant in that immediate area in 1959. The camp itself is a fully serviced, self catering luxury facility, one of several small camps located in satellite positions around some of the larger rest camps in the area. This means Sirheni, as with the others, is afforded access to amenities and facilities owned and run by these bigger camps. Sirheni guests make use of the camp’s excellent connecting roadways.
Accommodation at Sirheni is provided in four-bed cottages, complete with separate showers and fully equipped kitchens. Nine six-bed guest cottages are also available for accommodation, each unit finished with a separate shower, and fully equipped kitchen with ceiling fans. The six-bed unit features two bedrooms and limited-channel-access DSTV, as well as a fully equipped kitchen and ceiling fans.
Historically rich in context, Punda Maria camp has been known in its time as an ivory smuggler destination, an area for the illegal trade of labour and much governmental agitation eventually resulting in direct intervention at one time.
Guests flock here to bask in the historical significance of this busy section of the park. Located in the Sandveld region of the Kruger National Park, the camp itself is considered a prime viewing area for the Nyala antelope, and boasts unparalleled bird watching.
Accommodation is comprised of fifty-tent campsites available with or without electricity points, electric hotplates and washing up facilities. Two-bed furnished canvas tents on stilts are equipped with showers, fridges, and braai (barbecue) facilities. Additionally, two and three-bed bungalows are made an option for guests looking for solid walls, with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and communal braai (barbecue) facilities. Furthermore, six bed family bungalows are also available, with three en-suite bedrooms each, patio areas, limited channel DSTV television sets in the living rooms, and an outdoor braai (barbecue) facility.