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Pafuri Camp - Makuleke Concession

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Jun 27, 2005 1:26 pm

Sneak preview of the Pafuri camp.

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Pafuri Concession

Unread post by Snoobab » Fri Sep 09, 2005 1:51 pm

Does any know the name of the Pafuri Concession ?
If you stop on the Luvuvhu bridge and look east you can just make the the Lodge on the banks of the river. It looks amazing and must have great bird sightings.
I would love to find out the prices and what it entails.

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Unread post by DuQues » Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:37 pm

Jakkalsbessie wrote:It is the Makuleke consession, and is run by Wilderness Safari's if i remember correctly.

As far as I know that is correct. It is also the new training ground for the Eco Training. Madach & SO will be there for the month of November.
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Unread post by Uwe » Sat Sep 10, 2005 7:50 am

Krokodile wrote:If this is called Pafuri Camp, what is "The Outpost"? A short distance into the KNP from Pafuri gate there is a sign showing this name. :?:


Pafuri camp is aimed at the traditional Kruger self-drive visitor whereas the Outpost is a luxurious bush lodge, also managed by Wilderness Safaris
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Sep 12, 2005 9:37 am

Snoobab wrote:I must say i'm kind of hooked on camping but this place is very tempting.
WTM is that shot taken from the bridge ?


No, the camp is way further down stream. You won't be able to see it from the Levuvhu bridge. towards Pafuri picnic spot you'll find a "hidden lookout from which you can see it."

Alternatively just go north over the bridge and turn right on the gravel road leading towards it. They were busy with some heavy duty machinery there in June 2005. So I could not slip in to have a proper look.
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Sunrise at Pafuri gate

Unread post by Guinea Pig » Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:05 am

Taken behind the Admin buildings at Pafuri Gate. We arrived exactly at sunrise.
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Unread post by Foxy » Tue Nov 01, 2005 7:51 pm

Just spent 2 nights at Pafuri Wilderness Camp, what a fabulous place. Saw lots of game in the river below the safari tents - time went to quickly.

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Unread post by madach » Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:49 am

arks wrote:What exactly is the Parfuri Wilderness Camp? Is it a private concession ??


As far as I know it's a camp run by Wilderness Safaris. The camp is located in the Makuleke concession north of the Luvhuvu river.

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Unread post by Snoobab » Wed Nov 02, 2005 10:21 am

Foxy, what was the bird life in the camp? I have been told that if you like birds you probably won't need leave the camp at all, but this was said by people who have never styed there before.

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Unread post by Foxy » Wed Nov 02, 2005 7:47 pm

Birdlife is very good from the camp, so were the animal sighting, but that would also be dependant on water being in the river.
Pafuri Wilderness camp only opened during the middle of the year - 20 luxury safari tents along the river front. This is probably why many people have not heard about it.
Currently game drives are only in the concession area - on the northern side of the Luvuvhu River. We saw lion twice on different drives. Missed the leopard. Saw a lot of varius antelopes and ellies, zebbies, buffs, monkey's etc.
On one of the 4 drives, we were taken to Lanner Gorge (brilliant view)and on another we had sundowners at Crooks Corner - Limpopo River is currently nothing but sand.

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Unread post by wildjohn » Sat Dec 17, 2005 10:51 am

Hi all,

Was fortunate to have spent 3 days at the Wilderness safari's Pafuri camp at the start of last week.
Herewith a description of that experience:

The camp is similar to others of the lodge mould.
The staff are very helpful, and service is good.
The accommodation is tented, and luxurious at that.
All units overlook a stretch of the Levuvhu, and are connected by a boardwalk.
Game drives are undertaken by rangers - who are very good, some good at birds, others with other interests.
Ours was a bird guru which is helpful on the team, owing to the birding in that area.
Birds seen - Montagu's harrier (near Punda Maria on way up), gorgeous bushshrike, lesser spotted eagle, broadbilled roller, three banded courser (quite common there, and at most southern distribution).
In general there are birds all around you calling and jumping about.
Mammals - the area is known for its diversity of mammals, and not abundance, though we saw more than expected - probably as a result of rains and we ended up bumping into animals that were out in the bush. We did see lions, ellie (only bulls), buff, Nyala, hippo, Sharpes Grysbok, both bush babies, l spotted Genet, zebra.
Scenery - the most extensive and beautiful fever tree forests I have ever see are on that north side of Levuvhu - rivaling those from KZN.
Lanner gorge is beautiful and one sees the snaking Levuvhu in a very rocky landscape.
Nice baobab dotted landscapes too.
The Limpopo river section seems to have skittish animals - possibly owing to past poaching persecution.
The riverine stretches are particularly beautiful and extensive too.
The actual Levuvhu was quite brown, and was as a result of a recent flash flood, and the colour in part to soil stripping in the Soutpansberg catchment.
As a concession, one knows the story about the restitution some time back (1997?), and the Makuleke community.
The politics is different to the other concessions elsewhere in park.
If it wasn't for the awarding of the concession to game viewing tourism there most certainly would have been crops, and settlement there now.
This unlike the other concessions in park.
I think they are aiming at a South African market a bit, ie. Gauteng, and the rates are very reasonable if you compare to other ones elsewhere.
I would suggest that people spend a few days there and explore that diverse tract of Kruger.
It was a worthwhile experience.

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Unread post by Foxy » Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:08 pm

We stayed there at the end of October and had a wonderful time - also the safari tent (No 7) with the best view. As it was our anniversary and a birthday on the same day, the staff spoilt us no end - the one evening a table was set for the 2 of us next to the swimming pool, away from the rest - all very romantic,
2 of the ladies also made a beautiful card of congratulations for us.
Treasured memories we will have of Pafuri and the staff.
The time went so quickly, a week would have been ideal for chilling out :)
We also saw a lot of bird life and game in the river

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Makuleke concession

Unread post by madach » Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:43 pm

What I can say is that the Makuleke is the most beautiful area of Kruger.
The scenery is unbelievable and the area has a huge variety of habitats.
Huge baobabs, a large Fevertree forest, awesome view at Lanner Gorge, a number of viewpoints from the banks of the Limpopo, etc...

The only thing that could be better is the wildlife.
The animals are pretty skittish in the concession because they don't see a lot of vehicles (and they're being poached in Zimbabwe on the other side of the Limpopo)

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Unread post by madach » Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:37 pm

When we arrived in the Makuleke in mid November there was no water at all in the Limpopo.
One one occasion I actually walked across the Limpopo to Zimbabwe.
In the last week of November there was considerable rainfall in the catchment areas of the Limpopo and that caused the Limpopo to flow.
I believe that in previous years the Limpopo used to flow all year round, but that is not the case any more.
The sad thing is that because the Limpopo is sometimes dry elephants, and the newly relocated rhinos, can now cross into Zimbabwe where they are subject to poaching.
The rhinos are tracked using telemetry everyday just to make sure that they don't wander off into Zimbabwe.

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Unread post by willd57 » Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:50 pm

Madach and I are both graduates of the Eco training Ranger course, and I too was lucky enough to spend almost six weeks in the makuleke region.

I stayed in the Makuleke concession in Sept of 2004, with the first Eco-training course to be set there.
We spent a month in tents on the northern bank of the Luvuvhu River.
At night Lions and leopards investigated the camp, and by day we had most other animals including regular visits by the local elephants.
In October the new Eco Training camp was completed which was closer to the Limpopo River.
Far more comfortable with bathrooms and hot showers, but it was nice to be able to sleep out in a tent with no fence and nothing but the tent fabric between us and the wildlife.
For about a week in November I had the new camp to myself, officially I was the most north eastern resident of South Africa for a short while.
The camp is so close to Zimbabwe I could hear the villagers across the Limpopo beating drums at night to keep elephants out of their crops.
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