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The Reserve

Situated between the Limpopo and the Luvuvhu Rivers in the northern section of the Kruger National Park is the Pafuri region, an area spanning 24'000 hectare. Within the Pafuri area is the Makuleke Concession, the ancestral home of the Makuleke people and the most diverse and scenically attractive area in the Kruger National Park. 

The Makuleke Concession is not accessible to the ordinary tourist visiting the park. This area belongs to the Makuleke community, who were removed in 1968. After a lengthy process, however, it was finally returned to the community in 1998 in what was a historical event in South Africa.

This area is certainly the wildest and most remote part of the

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Kruger National Park and offers varied vegetation, great wildlife viewing and the best birding in all of the park.

All the wildlife that one would expect to see in a great national park such as Kruger can potentially be encountered on the concession. Plains game such as Zebra, Kudu and Impala are common, while Lions and Leopards are special sighting. Herds of Elephant, a few Rhinoceros, African Buffalo, Nyala antelope and also seldom-seen animals such as Eland and Bushpig can be seen. 

 
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The Baobab Hill Bush House

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Baobab Hill Bush House once accommodated the Pafuri Section Ranger. It is an exclusive use bush house situated on a small hill just north of the Luvuvhu River, with excellent views of the surrounding area. 

 

It can accommodate up to eight guests in four luxurious bedrooms. There are two en-suite bathrooms and one family bathroom.

 

The open-plan kitchen, the dining room and lounge provide ample space to spend time together. The "Out of Africa" veranda is the highlight of the bush house, and you'll find yourself drawn to it for sundowners and stargazing. Beside

the veranda you find an outdoor swimming pool, a boma and outdoor fire pit or braai area. 

Baobab Hill Bush House is fenced, offering a child friendly environment. 

All bedrooms have fans, mosquito nets and double or twin beds.

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The Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp

Imagine lazing on your private deck, watching elephants follow the sunset towards the river. Imagine falling asleep to the symphony of the bush, rising with the sun to join us on a safari in open vehicles - or on foot - as we explore wildest Africa. 

This comfortable luxury safari accommodation stretches along the Luvuvhu River on raised wooden walkways.

 

The camp has designer tents with en-suite bathrooms including indoor and outdoor showers. Each tent comes with a furnished veranda. There are seven "family tents" that sleep families of four. All the tents offer gorgeous view over the

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Luvuvhu River.

A bush bar, swimming pool and al-fresco dining area offer everyday entertainment and there is plenty of space to unwind beneath the branches of the giant trees embracing the camp. 

 
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The Pafuri Walking Safari Camp

See untamed Africa from a new perspective. Our walking safaris explore the remotest part of northern Kruger giving you the chance of close encounters with the Big Five whilst having the opportunity to appreciate the finer details fo the African bush. 

For the truly adventurous, we offer a minimalist walking safari adventure. You will sleep under the stars and feel totally removed from civilization - yet perhaps closest to yourself. 

This rustic, eco and off the grid trails camp is in the heart of the bush. You will call this seasonal bush camp home. This wonderful wild accommodation offers all you need for an

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ultimate bush adventure.

The tents are equipped with two comfortable beds with top quality linen provided (can be joined to form doubles on request) and an en-suite eco-chemical bathroom with open-air bucket shower.

 
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The Location

 
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Why we like it

  • Spectacular and unique landscapes and stunning fever tree forest

  • A paradise for bird watcher

  • Amazing Elephant and African Buffalo sightings

  • Very few tourists visit this area, this is why it is still so untouched

  • It offers accommodation for every budget

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Photo Credit: The rights of those pictures belong to RETURNAfrica.

 
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