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Makuleke Contractual Park, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 21/07/07 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 21/07/07 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 183 Speciality lodging in Kruger National Park
2021 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
Pafuri Camp is situated in the Makuleke Concession of the Northern Kruger National Park. This comfortable camp has 19 luxury designer tents with en-suite bathrooms. There are seven ‘family tents' that sleep up to four persons, making this a 52-bed camp. The tents offer gorgeous views over the Luvuvhu River, there is also a communal area with a swimming pool – for those balmy days when you need to cool off.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Car park
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Neck massage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
Private balcony
Seating area
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Makuleke Contractual Park, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Chad C wrote a review 21 Jan
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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!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Room Tip: The camp is spread out over several hundred meters, so if walking too far is not for you, ask for...
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stewartus2015 wrote a review 17 Jan
Port Elizabeth, South Africa4 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: All tented accommodation is directly on the river. Elephant, buffalo, hippos regular sightings.
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Response from Return Africa, Owner at Pafuri Camp
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for your 5* review of Pafuri Tented Camp. We are so glad that you had such a wonderful stay and managed to see the Pel's Fishing Owl.
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Rietteg wrote a review 16 Jan
2 contributions
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!
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Date of stay: December 2021
Response from Return Africa, Owner at Pafuri Camp
Responded 6 days ago
Thank you for your 5* review of Pafuri Tented Camp. We hope that you will visit again sometime soon.
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T537YOanne wrote a review 16 Jan
Sandton, South Africa1 contribution
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.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Return Africa, Owner at Pafuri Camp
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for your 5* review of Pafuri Tented Camp, we are so glad that you had such a happy stay!
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jacquesregine wrote a review 04 Jan
Louis Trichardt, South Africa1 contribution
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.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Return Africa, Owner at Pafuri Camp
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your 5* review of Pafuri Tented Camp. We are so glad that you celebrated your 30th Wedding Anniversary with us and that it was a special stay.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pafuri Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Pafuri Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Pafuri Camp?
Top room amenities include a desk, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Pafuri Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Pafuri Camp?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pafuri Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Pafuri Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Pafuri Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Pafuri Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.