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Re: Pafuri Camp

Unread post by Goronta » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:49 pm

Very good news :dance: :dance:
I loved so much the former camp and was rather sad to see last time I visited Pafuri the flood damages :cry:
So winter 2016 ... :whistle: :D
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Re: Pafuri Camp

Unread post by kOa_Master » Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:32 pm

will visit the camp next xmas/new year - really looking forward to it. have heard just the best about it!

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Re: Pafuri Camp

Unread post by Goronta » Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:58 pm

Hi kOa_Master
I'll be there next beginning of may. :dance: :dance: Already booked :D
Will share some images when back :thumbs_up:
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Re: Pafuri Border Bush Lodge

Unread post by jilj » Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:31 pm

Pafuri Border Bush Lodge

Hello
We have just spent 3 nights in the delightful Mockford Cottage. We were the only people in the camp and the delight of being able to drive alone along the Levuvu floodplain at 5:30 in the morning and at 6:30 in the evening was a great privilege. The silence is amazing ad the sights equally so.
The camp has been charmingly restored and the furniture and fittings are top quality. In the Cottage the bedroom has 2 Beautiful 3/4 beds a lovely old oak wardrobe, a dressing table and bedside tables. The bathroom has a quaint slipper bath, basin, loo and big shower. On the airy verandah there is a cooking area with Smeg Fridge/freezer and excellent gas cooker and all the crockery, cutlery and utensils you would need. On the wrap around verandah there is a dining table, a sitting area with a sofa under another fan and then on the other side of the wrap around verandah there are 2 day beds and another bathroom equipped for disabled visitors.
We unfortunately were there in the middle of a heatwave - Day temps 43 and the bedroom was 32 at 2am The fan simply could not cope - no fault of the restoration. Even the cold water was warm. We had a go at cooling off in the pool. We reckoned the water was about 28. There is no shallow end and is 1.80m all over so one cannot relax in the water and we found this a problem.
The braai area for the cottage is set apart and despite the fact that you are at the border post with its generator, lights and noise we did not find it too intrusive. In fact we were there on a Saturday night and the local disco arrived and played loudly - rather nice Latin music! - from 7 to 8 and then nothing . The generator at the border goes off at 11pm.
We looked at the Doctors house with 3 en suite rooms and a lovely outdoor area with a little bar and the Mockford house with 4 en suite rooms all restored to the same high standard. There is a little museum and the staff were exceptional.

A really well done restoration in what has to be one of the most beautiful areas in the park.

We will be back to the Pafuri Border Bush Lodge - this time in cool weather!

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Re: Pafuri Camp

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:53 pm

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Re: Pafuri Border Bush Lodge

Unread post by Lepardfan » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:30 pm

Thank you for the feedback.



[/quote] The braai area for the cottage is set apart and despite the fact that you are at the border post with its generator, lights and noise we did not find it too intrusive. In fact we were there on a Saturday night and the local disco arrived and played loudly - rather nice Latin music! - from 7 to 8 and then nothing . The generator at the border goes off at 11pm.[/quote]


This some concern for me, is there actually a lot of noise there? Where does it come from? Don't want to spoil the experience at all.
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Re: Pafuri Camp

Unread post by zivvy&muffin » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:48 pm

We stayed at the Mockford Cottage a few weeks back. 2 nights.
The positives include the uniqueness of the cottage/houses and their history and charm. Also, for those of us who love the Pafuri area and drives it is wonderful for these to be on your doorstep. Its brilliant, just 6 mins to Crooks Corner!
But, indeed, the Border and general human habitation below the Camp spills noise at 'random' and I found the floodlights perpendicular to the Border road intrusive to the braai area and the view East and North East. The generators actually run each side, one at the Border for the community and one below the Dr's House for the Camp. Sanparks probably could have done a better job of sealing/deflecting the noise of the latter (and screening away the light pollution).
Anyways, its horses for courses, do the ups outweigh the compromise on the usual Kruger (bush) Camp peacefulness? Visit and make up your mind :D

The Summer heat, however, is a big issue. We had 34 degrees in the bedroom when we got up at 4am, there is minimal shade to protect the cottage and the water tank is fully exposed to the sun all day ... so no cold water. No respite. Given there are generators anyway, the lack of aircon is a huge miss; especially as you get aircon at Punda and the units at Punda are R1200 a night less.
We've booked again for Winter, in Summer we'll probably stick to Punda and drive up (and maybe once in a while sneak in a 1 night stop).


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