I have been fortunate enough to visit the Makuleke concession in northern Kruger several times, but this was my first trip to Return Africa's Pafuri Camp, and it was such a treat being situated in the best part of the massive concession. My partner and I spent three nights at the camp, and enjoyed it from start to finish. We self drove through the northern half of the Kruger National Park which gave us a chance to see not only the vastness of the national park, but also some of the rarer antelope species such as tsetsebe and eland, and most of it in complete solitude - the real magic of the north! Arriving in the Makuleke, we were greeted by verdant green surrounds (following good summer rains), loads of general game and a herd of 60-plus elephants spread all along the entrance road. Ellen welcomed us to the camp and showed us to our tent where we settled in on a hot and humid afternoon. This made the pool overlooking the river (with a G'nT in hand) a great place to spend the afternoon enjoying the scenic beauty of the camp. Over the coming days, we were guided around by Hlahla, and despite being a relatively new member to the guiding team (but part of the Pafuri family for much longer), he impressed with his keen spotting, friendly manner and good knowledge, especially when it came to birds and the flora of the area. One of the nicest traits was that if he didn't know something, he made an effort to go and find out and then made a point to come and share his findings with us later. For guests looking to chase Big 5 sightings, the northern Kruger is perhaps not the first choice destination, yet despite this we found the game viewing to be extremely good; the summer rains had left the Luvuvhu flood plains full of impala, zebra, warthogs (all with loads of piglets), kudus, nyala, waterbuck, baboons, buffalo, elephants (we had herds visit the river in front of camp each day), and best of all, a herd of 50-60 eland! On the predator front, we saw genet (with babies), jackals, hyenas and a stunningly relaxed leopard sprawled out in a leadwood tree (and Hlahla only found her because we stopped to look at some broad-billed rollers - a bird - and we heard her roaring). The real beauty of this concession is that you get to explore parts of the Kruger that are not accessible from the public road that cuts through the concession; Lanner Gorge, the Fever tree forests and the vast flood plains of both rivers - and you also get to do it feeling like you are the only ones around, and can climb out of your vehicle to explore hidden treasures, as we did getting to see a fallen baobab tree. Whilst the main reason for visiting this area is the nature, it wouldn't be a complete experience without the staff and luxuries of the camp. The staff were friendly and many greeted us by name, the camp was neat and tidy, and we were both very impressed by the food, with the dinners in particular being fantastic. The tents were also very comfortable, with the bed and pillows being some of the most comfy we have ever slept on. The tents do not have aircon, but with the open canvas and mesh windows, cool air fills the tents in the evenings, and even during the hotter times of the day, the overhead fan above the bed provides sufficient relief...and if that fails, there is always the pool! All in all, a wonderful stay was had, and we look forward to returning again one day!…
Four days of most perfect birding, game and Kruger Park experience. Of South Africa's best. Saw Pels fishing owl. Field Guides of the very best. Staff and accommodation exceptional. Meals and refreshments all excellent.
Everything about the lodge is 5-star. The setting, the very friendly and helpful staff, the food, the accommodation and the very knowledgeable field guides. The rooms are well spaced from one another and very spacious inside . We spent an amazing 3 nights there and the fever tree forest is a must see!
Loved everything about Pafuri Tented camp. Was an amazing 2 nights. Magnificent scenery and fever tree forest and areas of the Kruger only accessible if you stay at one of the private lodges. Outstanding game drives with very knowledgeable birding expert guide Wiseman . Accommodation, food, attention to detail although luxurious was very casual and relaxing and not at all pretentious. Very good value for the amount we paid.
This was a great experience and wonderful stay for our 30 th Wedding anniversary - Out Africa made it even more special ! The guide was exceptionally informed , keen and professional , reception and the stay was five star and greatly appreciated by us, scenery was astounding, as well as the location , cuisine great and well presented - this is a must for a special event. Thankyou.