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The Pafuri Border Camp lies in the northern most part of the Kruger National Park, in close proximity to Punda Maria, near the confluence of the Luvubu and Limpopo rivers. Visitors will find themselves in some of the most potentially productive birding territory in South Africa.

5 Things To Seek

  1. Sable
  2. Elephant
  3. Pel's Fishing Owl
  4. African Wood Owl
  5. Lemon Dove

Contact Pafuri Border Camp via Punda Maria Rest Camp

  • Tel: +27 (0)13 735 6873
  • Fax: +27 (0)13 735 6894
  • Mobile: 082 802 0066

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Mockford House (8 sleeper)

The accommodation offers 4our bedrooms (2 x ¾ beds in each room) with en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchenette, dining room and spacious patio which serves as a lounge. The unit has an outside braai facility.

There is an additional shower and bath in the house.

Mockford Cottage (4 sleeper)

The Mockford Cottage has two bedrooms with en-suite shower and bath facilities. Fully equipped kitchenette, dining room and spacious patio which serves as a lounge. The unit has an outside braai facility.

English House (6 sleeper)

Three bedrooms with en-suite shower and bath facilities. Fully equipped kitchenette, dining room and spacious patio which serves as a lounge. The house offers an outside braai facility.

Accommodation at Pafuri Border Camp caters to a variety of guest requirements and is well suited for those guests looking for a self-catering bushveld experience. Why rush? Stay longer!

To view the accommodation prices, refer to Tariffs

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Day Bush Walk

Spend an entire day hiking through the bush.

Day Safari

Spend the day in the capable hands of your ranger where you will be shown more exclusive parts of the reserve.

Morning Walk

A great opportunity to experience the bush on foot, learn more about birds, trees and all the things you never see from a vehicle. Enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of sunrise in the bush away from the noise and stresses of daily life.

Night Drive

Sunset is a time when nocturnal animals emerge and a night drive is the perfect opportunity to witness the beauty of the bush as it changes from day to night. Enjoy a sundowner drink overlooking a waterhole or a secluded spot in the bush followed by night game viewing using spotlights. It is also a wonderful opportunity to view our star filled sky away from city lights. Budding astronomers take note.

Sunrise Drive

Departing in the early morning we enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of sunrise in the bush, with the opportunity of viewing a variety of animals in their natural environment. Great for early birds.

Sunset Walk

Experience the bush at a peak activity period, the nocturnal animals just starting to rouse from their slumber. Watch an African sunset as you make your way back to your destination.

View the tariffs for activities.


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How to get there

Travel routes and times from central Gauteng

Punda Maria Gate

Take the N1 through Polokwane (Pietersburg). At Makhado (Louis Trichard) link up with the R524 and follow this route for ±140km. That will take you to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate. Pafuri Border Camp is approximately 70km away from the gate. Allow enough time for the drive to the camp,especially if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities!

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Vital Information


Please ensure that your stay is happy and safe by taking note of a few simple warnings. You will be sharing your stay with many exciting and unusual creatures but without knowledge some of them could be dangerous:

If you must walk around at night please DO NOT DO SO WITHOUT A TORCH.

Remember: by feeding any wildlife, you are signing their death warrant as they become aggressive!


Kruger is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours. The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.

Day visitors

There are picnic facilities at Pafuri and Babalala.

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Flora and Fauna


Game can prove sparse but kudu, nyala, buffalo and Sharpe’s grysbok thrive in this habitat.

Wild dog, elephant and lion are also frequently recorded. The Mahonie Loop is also the best venue in the Kruger National Park to see the diminutive suni antelope. A trip to Pafuri will produce plenty of nyala and impala, and possibly some bushbuck.

Vervet monkey and baboon will be seen in abundance and plenty of hippo and Nile crocodile in the riverbed itself. Early arrivers heading down Nyala Drive may well be lucky enough to see bush pig.


The camp is situated in sandveld. The sandy soil means the area is well drained and several natural springs occur. The plant communities are very complex. No single tree species dominates, but several species are restricted to this ecozone. Visitors should search for white syringa, mixed bushwillow, silver cluster-leaf, baobab, pod mahogany, sickle bush and weeping wattle. Grazing is sparse to moderate sweet grass.

(For more birding information and park bird checklist, go to Information for Birders)

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Birding in Pafuri Region

The drives along the banks of the Levuvhu River via the Nyalaland Drive (S64) or the picnic site/Crook's Corner loop (S63), take visitors through some of the most potentially productive birding territory in South Africa . One can simply spend several hours in the Pafuri Picnic Site itself, with Trumpeter Hornbill, Purple-crested Turaco (Lourie), Black-throated Wattle-eye (Wattle-eyed Flycatcher), Tropical Boubou, Meve’s (Long-tailed Starling), Narina Trogon, Thick-billed Cuckoo (summer only), Gorgeous, Grey-headed and Orange-breasted Bush-shrike and several different species of robin, sunbird and firefinch all potentially swelling one's list. Other rarities for the Park recorded at the picnic site include Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove, Brown Scrub Robin and African Wood Owl.

Another rewarding place to spend time is the tar road's bridge over the Levuvhu River . Horus Swift is regularly seen here alongside the commoner Little and White-rumped Swifts. White-crowned Lapwing (Plover) and Finfoot are also regularly recorded from the bridge's vantage-point. The reeds and undergrowth may hold Red-faced and Black-backed Cisticola. It is also a good place to watch for Birds of Prey including the magnificent Crowned Eagle. For the lucky ones the chance of locating a roosting Pel's Fishing Owl makes scanning all large riverine trees worthwhile.

Above the baobabs along the Nyala Drive is an excellent place to search for both Böhm's and MottledSpinetails, while the drive is also good for recording Crested Guineafowl and Meve’s(Long-tailed) Starling. A journey to Crook's Corner should produce White-fronted Bee-eater and Broad-billed Roller (summer) while Lemon-breasted Canary is frequently recorded in the Hyphaene palms not far from the lookout point. Scaly-throated Honeyguide has also been recorded near this spot.

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People with disabilities

Wheelchair Access

An in-depth accessibility profile for Punda Maria has been compiled.

Please see additional information on Wheelchair Accessibility.


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