thanks, why was the old camp @ Pafuri broken down?
Seems like more people are interested in this thing than what I thought.
Maybe the NyalaLand trail next year
Ok will relax my nerves?
I might get help from TEBA too, as I know some people there very well.
Hi WTM and others
I stand to be corrected here (of course) but I am still not sure whether there was any tourist facility at Pafuri, other than the present picnic site.
In my office, I have a photostatted copy of a circa 1930s-odd tourist map (complete with Rabelais as an entrance post) and pre-Pafuri Entrance Gate and its road link but it doesn't show anything other than the Crook's Corner road "loop".
I spoke to Danie Pienaar (Dr "Tol" Pienaar's son) who is one of my constant sources of information on the history of the KNP and he doesn't know of a camping site there either.
All we know is the existence of a scientific research camp that was washed away during the floods and (of course) the TEBA facility.
But, seriously, there will be a tented camp built soon on the other side of the Luvuvhu River in the Makuleke Contractual Park which you will be able to try out.
I understand that a "global" (for want of a better word) Environmental Impact Assessment - EIA - on the whole Pafuri area to find out whether it can support another tourist facility could be supported (not financially - environmentally!) will be done soon which should give us the proper guidance in this regard.
And just so that you understand, even limited impact facilities like camping sites have an environmental impact of sorts on an area and so any development like this would need to go through this process, no matter what the demand for it is.
Remember, SANParks is first and foremost a conservation organization and anything we do has to comply with environmental law.
Check out the article "Bush Notes: Kruger's not for sale" on page 31 of May 2005 Getaway.
I quote the 5th paragraph:
"There is a misconception that tourism, specifically lodges, doesn't impact on the environment.
They leave a footprint because to function they need roads, services, waterholes and so on."
Thanks for the subject - it has got me in a bit of a twist!