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Pafuri Camp:
(GPS: 22º25’11.59”S 31º13’45.57”E)

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Pafuri Camp is situated along the banks of the Luvuvhu River. Luvuvhu is the Venda name for the Bushwillow trees growing on the river banks, or muvuvhu.

The Makuleke 'Concession' is the extreme northern most sector of the KNP and is located between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers in what is also known as the Pafuri region.

The Makuleke area was forcibly taken from the Makuleke people by the South Africa government in 1969 and about 1500 of them were relocated to land to the South so that their original tribal areas could be integrated into the greater KNP. In the late 1990s the land was given back to the Makuleke people, however, they chose not to resettle on the land but to engage with the private sector to invest in tourism, thus resulting in the building of game lodges including the Pafuri Camp. The Makuleke 'Concession' is the extreme northern most sector of the KNP and is located between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers in what is also known as the Pafuri region.

As much as 75% of Kruger total biodiversity occurs here in an area only slightly more than 1% of its total size. Keep an eye out for the Sharpe's grysbok and the suni antelope which may be hidden in the thickets on the river banks. The only place in KNP where you’d find Samango Monkeys.


Pafuri Picnic Spot:
(GPS: 22º25’22.73”S 31º14’51.18”E)

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This is the only look out point in the whole northern section of Pafuri. It’s a charming little spot surrounded by luscious Anna trees and thick bushes.

There are braai (barbecue) and toilet facilities and a place where you can buy firewood and cool drinks. One of the things to keep an eye out for is the high water mark indicating the level of which the water reached during the 2000 floods. This is marked on the wall of the toilet facility, about 8 metres from the usual water level.

This is a bird watcher’s dream. You will be able to see rare birds like the Bohms Spinetails, the African finfoot and the white crowned plover. The reason that this area has such good bird specials is because of its proximity to the Mozambique coast and the Limpopo River that acts as a migration corridor to birds normally found further east and north.

Crook’s Corner:
(GPS: 22º25’33.87”S 31º18’26.17”E)

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This is where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique meet. Crook's Corner gained its name in the 19th century as the region was seen as a haven for criminals and poachers who would use the proximity of three countries at the join of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers to escape police by fleeing out of their jurisdiction into an adjoining country.

As recently as 1950, a Zambezi shark was caught at the confluence of the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers.
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Great thread Nungu! :clap: :clap:

Have you tried the flight simulator on Google Earth...I have flew many times right across the KNP and even landed at Skukuza airport and the landing strip north of Satara. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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I'm off to Kruger tomorrow morning @ 2:00am... so better post another one before I leave....

Lanner Gorge:
(GPS: 22º26’13.91”S 31º08’39.33”E)

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The Lanner Gorge is located in the far North of the KNP. It forms the boundary between the KNP to the South and the Makuleke Concession to the North. Former Regional Game Ranger Mike English saw a lanner falcon while standing on the top of the eastern part of this gorge and gave it the name in the early seventies shortly after he was posted as Ranger of the Pafuri area.

The 11km long gorge was carved by the Luvuvhu River and is at some points more than 150m deep. Legend has it that a former chief used to throw criminals, enemies or anybody that irritated him to their death from the highest points of the gorge.

There is limited access to the gorge due to its steepness and its status as a wilderness area of KNP. Some walking trails approach and enter the gorge from both the Makuleke area as well as from the Kruger side.
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After some time off in Kruger I'm back in the grind and to post another view from space.... Although not a very interesting picture - it is an interesting place:

Baobab Hill:
(GPS: 22º29’39.50”S 31º12’09.70”E)

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This is a spot marked by a weathered plaque that tells the story of how this was a meeting and overnight point for Mozambiquan labour recruits in the period 1919 to 1927. The recruits were to be taken to the mines in Johannesburg. Names of those travellers have been carved onto the Baobab at Baobab Hill.
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:thumbs_up: Glad you're enjoying it as much as I am posting it Dupacc...

Billyf - Baobab Hill is way up North. About 4 - 5km's (maybe even further) south of the Pafuri camp turnoff, on the tar road (H1-8) towards Punda.
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On request from TheunsH... the next one :thumbs_up:

Not so well known - looking for another place to land Theuns?

Pafuri Airstrip:
(GPS: 22º24’53.99”S 31º12’46.85”E)

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A dirt/gravel air strip serving the Pafuri Tented Camp.

The airstrip is 1,000 metres long, north-south facing and is lined with gravel.
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Thanks Nungu!! :clap: :clap:

I will be flying and landing with the SR22 and not the F16 due to the short and gravel runway! :thumbs_up:
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Nungu, here is my approach prior to my landing at the Pafuri Airstrip! :thumbs_up:

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AWB wrote:TheusH I cannot find the flight simulator on Google. Please direct.


AWB I'll sommer answer that ... in GE click on Tools, Enter flight simulator... or just press ctrl+alt+a

A word of warning - it's diffcult but addictive ... :thumbs_up: enjoy
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Sorry for the delay mites.... here's another interesting one:

Thulamela:
(GPS: 22º26’00.25”S 31º11’51.58”E)

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Around the 1550’s traders crossed the Limpopo river and founded numerous flourishing villages in the Pafuri region, including Thulamela on the Southern Banks of the Luvuvhu. Thulamela was one of many walled cities in the area about the same time as Portuguese trade started on the East coast of Southern Africa. The Thulamela culture ended around 1650.

Recently, the site has been the focus of significant interest as archaeologists have undertaken the examination of 2 skeletons found at the site. Although this in itself is not especially interesting, but the archaeological methods utilised are.

At a time when many indigenous cultures are beginning to question the validity of removing their ancestors from their graves, this site became the centre of debate about how the remains should be investigated, while ensuring that the modern descendants' wishes for their ancestors were met. The skeletons of the queen and king of this settlement were exhumed, small samples and measurements taken and then the royal couple returned to their resting places in what was a world first for international archaeology.
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Tx Nungu. More interesting info on Thulamela excavations by UP can be found here: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/6398/thulamel.htm
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Here's one I missed close to Pafuri Gate:

Outpost Safari Lodge
(GPS: 22º26’24.23”S 31º05’03.29”E)

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In the most remote part of KNP, in a wilderness area previously uninhabited by visitors to KNP lies this Kruger Park lodge as a result of an agreement between the Makuleke people and SANParks. The Outpost was the first Kruger Park lodge built in this region, overlooking the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers.

The lodge was designed by an Italian born architect, Enrico Daffonchio. Using simple, clean lines and combining elements of steel and canvas, the contemporary design emphasizes its beautiful surrounds but blends and preserves the wilderness around it.
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4 Boring pics but interesting reading are the 4 windmills / waterholes between Pafuri and Punda on the H1-8.

Nkovakulu Windmill
(GPS: 22º31’49.22”S 31º11’29.16”E)

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The most northern of the 4. This waterhole is about 15km south of Pafuri Camp.

The Nkovakulu spring is one of the most important springs in this sandveld area. The resident herd of buffalo was identified as a tuberculosis free herd during a recent study. Of the 120 strong herd, 21 were tested using the gamma-interferon test, none of which tested positive for tuberculosis.
(Thesis on Tuberculosis in wild and domestic animal in South Africa: Anita Luise Michel)

Mazanje Windmill
(GPS: 22º33’56.37”S 31º11’37.05”E)

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A borehole and windmill 4m south of Nkovakulu.

KNP waterholes utilise various renewable energy sources to maintain the watering systems. Wind energy generated by windmills or solar powered units brings the water to the surface and pumps it into a holding dam which in turn supplies and maintains the levels of the water pans as required.

One of our fellow mites (Samoesawoestyn) saw wild dogs in December 2008 at this watering hole!!! Even rhinos have been known to trek as far north as this.

Mashikiri Windmill
(GPS: 22º34’37.23”S 31º11’16.35”E)

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A borehole and windmill 2km south of Mazanje.

Bill Lamont dug this borehole as part of a program in the northern parts of KNP between 1939 and 1941. Of the 24 boreholes dug during that period, 7 being : Nwarihlanga-south, Babalala, Stangene, Mashikiri, Mazanje, Nkovakulu and Nwahitsumbe-north are still in use today.

Kremetart Waterhole
(GPS: 22º35’48.46”S 31º10’46.25”E)

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The most southern of the 4 – this waterhole is situated another 1km south of Mashikiri.

Kremetart is the Afrikaans name for a Baobab – also sometimes called “aap-brood bome" (roughly translated as monkey-cycads). There are 8 species of Baobab (1 in Africa, 1 in Australia and 6 in Madagascar) – and is also the national tree for Madagascar.
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A long time since my last post - but things have been hectic at work lately...

TheunsH wrote:Do anybody perhaps knows if the remaining 7 boreholes are also to be closed?


Theuns... I am doing some research on this and hope to respond soon... :thumbs_up:

In the meantime - here's the next very VERY nice spot:

Klopperfontein Dam
(GPS: 22º37’42.28”S 31º10’19.34”E)

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Home to big tuskers like Sikele – this is one of the best game viewing sites in the north of KNP. The dam is fed by a natural spring but nearby is also a borehole and windmill. The dam is named after Hans Klopper, a hunter from Louis Trichardt, who often camped near this spring in the beginning of the last century.
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Thanks for the info on Thulamela Nlodti - definitely a place I will include in my next trip up north.

A greatly overlooked one for the weekend:

Gumbandebvu
(GPS: 22°41'41.93”S 31°03'47.68”E)

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This koppie is situated 5km east of Punda Maria on the S60. Gumbandebvu means 'to shave one's beard' in Tsonga and is also the name of one of the big tuskers in the area.

This koppie is revered by local communities as a rain hill. ‘To shave one’s beard’ also refers to the custom which required those wanting to ascend the hill to be clean-shaven. Tradition has it that Nwakama, a daughter of a local headman and reputedly a relative of the famous rain queen, Modjadji, lived at the mountain. Nwakama possessed rain-making powers, and in the time of drought she would take the meat of a slaughtered black cow to a spot on the hill where it would be offered to the rain gods. It was taboo to climb the mountain without Nwakama’s permission, and only a few privileged men were allowed to accompany her when she performed her rituals.
Source: Touring in South Africa by Willie Olivier


Other sources say that people would bring gifts to Nwakama in times of drought, after which she would slaughter a goat in such a way that it’s prolonged death cries would be heard by the gods and indicate the peoples’ suffering and wish for rain.
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