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 Post subject: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:49 pm 
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With apologies for the poor cell phone image quality. The light was not on my side either.

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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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Johan, what a place :shock: :gflower: :gflower:

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Johan, how does one get to be on the otherside

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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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Johan, how does one get to be on the otherside


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On foot from the Makuleke side. The road to Crooks' on that side has not been completely fixed yet, you have to walk the last bit.

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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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Am I being a bit dense? Or are people actually allowed to walk opposite the picnic spot. Which will put an end to all the great sittings I have had there. Another crass decision!

Or have I misunderstood?

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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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Richard,

The walks are done from Pafuri Camp and only they have the rights to walk in the area and they have been doing so for many years.

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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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Am I being a bit dense? Or are people actually allowed to walk opposite the picnic spot. Which will put an end to all the great sittings I have had there. Another crass decision!

Or have I misunderstood?

Richard


A bit of both is the answer. The Pafuri Camp is (was) a little to the West of the KNP Picnic Spot. However, during my visits to the Picnic Spot I never saw anyone opposite; I would assume the staff and guests would be better off somewhere else at those times of day.
Of course, at the moment Pafuri Camp is not in its normal operations. As I recall Johan has access through various contacts. In both sets of pictures I have noted no tourist 'action' on the south side, which implies to me Johan has taken care to avoid his visits overlapping.
By and large the Pafuri Camp operation has been silent and invisible to the regular Wild Card wielding KNP guest, in my experience.


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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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Thanks for the replies.

I am sort of reassured by the 'walking in the area for years' comment as I have never seen anyone. Maybe commonsense does prevail.
I still am amazed at the decision to allow walking in the area - there are plenty of other stretches of the river.
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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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Thank you Johan for sharing photographs and information regarding the far northern Kruger with us :thumbs_up:. It is a very special area of the Kruger National Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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richardharris wrote:
I am sort of reassured by the 'walking in the area for years' comment as I have never seen anyone. Maybe commonsense does prevail.
I still am amazed at the decision to allow walking in the area - there are plenty of other stretches of the river.
Richard
First of all, you should bear in mind that the Makuleke Contract National Park is private land. It was restored to the Makuleke community, who were unceremoniously kicked out in the late 60s. The Makuleke could have done whatever they wanted with the land: mined it, turned it over to agriculture or cattle ranching, or trophy hunting. Instead, they decided to set it aside as a privately owned national park. Without going into all the tedious details, this means that SANParks is responsible for such things as road maintenance and environmental management. The rest is up to the Makuleke.

Two private lodges as well as a guide training company operate in the area. Walking is permitted anywhere and everywhere, although SANParks' anti-poaching unit needs to be kept informed. These walks are of course guided.

Walks generally take place early morning and late afternoon, when there should not be any tourists at Crooks' or the picnic site, and in the case of the latter there is no particular reason to walk there, unless you are following the river. Besides, the picnic site is easily skirted, as the vegetation is pretty thick along the northern riverbank. You could walk 10-15 meters in without anybody at the picnic site ever seeing you. The same goes for the point opposite the two S63 T-junction river view loops, as well as the long hippo pool loop farther downstream (which after the floods has become a "no hippo" pool loop anyway).

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The western S-63 T-junction loop - a different perspective (If you look really carefully, you can see the top of the road sign at the junction.)

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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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zivvy&muffin wrote:
Of course, at the moment Pafuri Camp is not in its normal operations. As I recall Johan has access through various contacts. In both sets of pictures I have noted no tourist 'action' on the south side, which implies to me Johan has taken care to avoid his visits overlapping.
Yes, it is still closed. The walking trails camp did operate from March - October, though. And yes, I do have access, and yes again, I have no reason to gate crash the SANParks viewing points and upset any tourists. If nothing else, I'm no fan of walking at midday in summer.

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By and large the Pafuri Camp operation has been silent and invisible to the regular Wild Card wielding KNP guest, in my experience.
Indeed. However, after the floods one can now see the last five tents or so from the little viewing loop on the S-63 closest to Luvuvhu Bridge.

As an aside, KNP guests are not always silent and invisible on the Makuleke side. You would be surprised how many have been caught on no access roads, sometimes many kilometers from the H1-9. Makes you wonder what goes on on the firebreaks and management roads in Kruger proper.

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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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Great to have a view from the other side.........thank you for sharing!! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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lion queen wrote:
Great to have a view from the other side.........thank you for sharing!! :thumbs_up:


My pleasure.

When I get around to it, I shall post a whole series of Luvuvhu pics from various vantage points on the northern bank.

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 Post subject: Re: Pafuri Picnic Site - a Different Perspective
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Thank you Johan.

Living next to the Orange River, it's always very interesting to see how much the river differs depending on which side your on. :thumbs_up:

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