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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:17 am

Giraffe wrote:Can you buy anything (cold drinks, simple food) at Pafuri Picnic Spot or should you bring everything yourself?


There is a gas fridge with coldish drinks, yes. But I would advise you to take your own goods along.
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Re: Pafuri Picnic Spot

Unread postby oddesy » Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:50 am

IMHO, one of the best picnic sites in Kruger
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Re: Pafuri Picnic Spot

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:42 pm

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Re: Pafuri Picnic Spot

Unread postby Mgulube » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:39 pm

Richprince, for your info, braaiwood is still sold at the spot @ R19-00 a bag. gas braaiers are up to R17-00 from R15-00. We visit this spot regularly for breakfast: at least once every 2 months. The trees are just amazing!

Just watch out for the vervets, but Frank keeps them at bay :wink: :wink:
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Re: Pafuri Picnic Spot

Unread postby Safrica » Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:17 pm

Just returned from a wonderful stay in KNP.. We also drove to Pafuri from Punda Maria - It´s quite a drive there but it`s definately worth it!

I travelled the entire park by now but that area is definately the most beautiful of all! Pure magic! :thumbs_up:
It was so hard to leave that area and drive back to camp...
Lovely landscape along the river- Nyala, Vervet Monkeys and Impala every few metres and even a nice ellie breeding herd crossing the road!

The picnic spot is so peaceful and relaxed - so nice!
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Re: Pafuri Picnic Spot

Unread postby Safrica » Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:04 pm

What a great time we had up at/near Pafuri last June!
The most beautiful area of the whole park! :thumbs_up:

Further north, as we got closer to the S63, the vegetation became greener and more dense and we saw Baboons, Impalas and Kudus.
Then the turnoff to Pafuri came…
Already after a few metres on this road we realized how special and unique this area seems to be!
Huge trees, dense bushes, very green, several views of the Luvhuvhu river – it`s just beautiful! :cam:
Afterwards during our whole trip we often drove along river roads but this definitely had the nicest scenery of all!
I was really looking forward driving here for the first time and I surely wasn't disappointed! :thumbs_up:

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We don't like it when the grass is too long and it's to bushy so you can´t see any game anymore… but that wasn't the case here – visibility still was quite good.
We saw lots of Vervet Monkeys, Nyalas, Impalas and Baboons on this road (also further on to Crooks Corner) as well as Waterbuck, Zebra and Warthogs.
Just before Pafuri Picnic Site also a Nyala baby! :dance:

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Pafuri was really lovely! Stunning scenery just next to the Luvhuvhu – the atmosphere was so relaxing and quiet!

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We also saw several Nyalas there, strolling casually through the picnic site.

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We also took a nice pic of ourselves – for this matter it was good we weren't the only people there!
Although there were just a few people around. :wink:
My SO (left) and me:

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Unfortunately we didn't have time to take a long break here for a few hours (what we would have loved to do) but nevertheless had a nice lunch break.
While we were eating on one of the benches a middle-sized Water Monitor came climbing down a tree just next to the water.

It turned around and looked at us – posing for a nice pic! :cam:

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Re: Pafuri Picnic Spot

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:48 pm

Hi Safrica, I see yoou had the same impressions I had. The Pafuri area is stunning and has something very special that gets you deep inside.
Did you manage to meet Frank at the picnic site? We were there in August and had a wonderful day there and will definitely on our next SA trip, 2011.
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Frank Mabasa in WILD Magazine

Unread postby Johannes van Niekerk » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:34 pm

There is an article on Frank Mabasa at Pafuri Picnic Spot in the Spring edition of WILD Magazine.

The article was written by my wife (ndoto here on the forum).

We have placed the article on our website (AfricaBliss). If you go to the PUBLICATIONS page and click on the appropriate image, the article will open where you can read it all.

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Pafuri Picnic Spot

Unread postby Cape Otter » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:43 am

Pafuri picnic area was in the years 1939 to 1941 a tented camp and was demolished in 1948, and now is one of the favourite picnic spots in Kruger.

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Re: Pafuri Picnic Spot

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:41 am

Harold Mockford lived in the Pafuri area from 1939 to 1985. It is said that he raised two Otters that lived on the property with him but they were unfortunately shot by the police when they took control of the border post. One of the predecessors of Frank was apparently a cheerful chap and he made good wood fires for Kruger travelers to prepare their breakfast over the glowing coals, usually consisting of extra fat plump sausages, eggs fried in lard in pans, bacon, juicy steaks and hot toast made from wholesome thick slices of white bread on which they thickly smeared creamy salty yellow butter. Apparently he was very happy to pour boiling hot water from his blackened kettles which he kept on the fire the entire day into the coffee mugs of the hungry picnic goers. Fortunately today we know better about good modern food and we still prepare breakfasts at Pafuri but it rather consist of grilled soya sausage, fat-free and egg-free eggs and a slice of wheat and GI free bread on which we smear a thin invisible layer of cholesterol-free vitamin enriched margarine.
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Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:46 pm

Thanks for sharing johanrebel

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Albert » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:24 pm

Having managed to get home; the following pics of Pafuri picnic site:

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and the river in front of the picnic site

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby johanrebel » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:08 pm

Gosh, you can't tell there was ever a flood!

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Re: Pafuri

Unread postby Albert » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:50 am

DinkyBird wrote:Thanks for the pics Albert! I am so sorry we missed the site being opened after the floods and just by a few days.

Looks like there is a deeper layer of sand over the site though? The tables a little lower than they were?

At the HR Indaba at Berg en Dal end of May, Dr Venter told us the river was 5m wide when it flooded!


Indeed DB, quite a thick layer of sand over the entire picnic site.
The effect of the flood is is quite obvious next to all the roads as well; the gravel road to Crooke's corner (just the other side of the picnic site) is completely obscured by a sandbank about 1 metre in height. I have a feeling it will be quite some time before that road is opened.
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Unread postby Snoobab » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:36 am

Was at Pafuri last weekend and the destruction was crazy. Frank was not a happy camper but having said that he took us birding in the area and he is still a legend. Hope the help he requested arrived and they were able to clean the picnic site. The road to Crook Corner was once again closed due to fallen trees all over it.

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