I take it that he has spent time at Pafuri.
You are correct. 56 nights in total at Pafuri Camp when I last counted about half a year ago.
The only downside to Pafuri is the distance from JHB
This is indeed an issue.
I fly to Phalaborwa, rent a car and drive up through the KNP on fairly quiet roads.
It is possible to fly direct to the Pafuri Camp airstrip, if you are lucky enough to own your own aircraft, or can afford the charter flights the camp offers.
I recall a day just before Christmas 2009 when the maximum temperature reached 49 degrees celcius.
They recorded 47°C the Monday before last.
lions you will not see easily.
They had two kills in camp recently, one impala and one nyala.
The best time to see the big five would be now (before the rains) since the Limpopo is completely dried up and the Luvuvhu the only source of water, save for a few pans on the Limpopo Floodplans like Makwatsi.
And a couple of springs.
In summer game viewing is less rewarding to be honest
Yes, but it has improved tremendously since the Makuleke took over.
Especially the general game populations have increased dramatically.
That of course begs the question what SANParks and the SADF were up to when they ran the place, but we should perhaps not go there . . . .
I am also told that the elephants go south in summer while I have it on good authority that some of the bulls are now crossing into Gonarezou through the narrow corridor that links Kruger with that reserve.
The first statement is correct, as the ongoing collared elephant bull research project has shown.
I'll check up on the latter.
Whatever the case may be, elephants of all sizes are very few and far between in summer.
the Luvuvhu's brown water
There was a time when the Luvuvhu was crystal clear all year round.
It still is on occasion, and then one knows that buffalo or elephant herds are splashing around upstream when the water suddenly goes brown.
Then there is the excellent quality of the guides up there.
You can say that again.
sunrise at Banini Pan
Good luck with that, you would have to make a heck of an early start from Pafuri Camp to get to Banyini before sunrise!
which is far more impressive than the Fewer tree forest on the southern side of the Luvuvhu
What fever tree forest on the southern side?
Is there any left?
Last time I checked I could only find the signpost.