Return Africa - Pafuri Collection

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Pafuri Tented Camp
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#50 of 112 lodges in Kruger National Park
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Pafuri Tented 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
Pool
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Car park
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Massage
Neck massage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Walk-in shower
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Clothes rack
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
River View
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English
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Makuleke Contractual Park, Kruger National Park 0982 South Africa
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chris e wrote a review Jan 2020
42 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Returning to this lovely lodge once again certainly didn’t disappoint. From arrival to departure the staff were exceptionally helpful, friendly and couldn’t do enough to make the stay top notch. The food was very good, varied and beautifully presented. The game drives and bush walk was also of a high standard and our guide had a vast knowledge of all aspects concerning the area from the geological makeup through to flora and fauna.

For anyone wanting a lovely getaway, this lodge won’t disappoint. It’s top selling point has to be its location which one may think is possibly in a rather remote area of the park is definitely “a must visit”.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from returnafrica, Guest Relations Manager at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection
Responded 27 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for your 5* review on Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the team at camp. We look forward to your next getaway, The RETURNAfrica Team
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JM1198 wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I cannot recommend Pafuri highly enough. The setting is truly stunning and hotel is meticulously clean and tidy. The tents are beautifully presented and situated on the river bank (we even saw a croc kill one afternoon from our terrace). The staff are delightful and took time to get to know us during our stay. The food is plentiful and delicious. Our incredibly knowledgeable guide, Hutch, was a true host, helping us find the animals we wanted to see, and stopping at stunning spots for morning coffees and sundowners. This is a special place.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from returnafrica, Guest Relations Manager at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection
Responded 14 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for your 5* review and high recommendation, we truly appreciate it. Your stay with us sounds spectacular in every way. Hutch definitely showed off our amazing morning coffee spots. We'll be sure to pass on your compliments to the team at camp. We lope to see you soon again, The RETURNAfrica team
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St3phC89 wrote a review Dec 2023
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I cannot talk highly enough about the place, the people and the experience we had here at Pafuri.
It was truly an unforgettable experience from the accommodation to the friendly staff to the drives seeing all the wildlife and biodiversity the Makuleke Contractual Park have to offer - truly and wonderfully magical.
Highly recommend!

The rooms were wonderfully styled, comfortable with great views. Lovely outdoor shower with hot water. Fresh water every day and mosquito nets helped a lot. Housekeeping every day meant the room was so inviting each time we came back from our game drives (morning and evening).

Considering you are out in the open where any animal friend could come in and say hi, we felt incredibly safe with the staff guiding us back to our rooms each evening. They are very knowledgeable and we felt confident we were safe at all times.

Delicious and fresh food every day. Light meals and snacks offered throughout the day with a varied buffet for brunch and dinner (catering for vegetarians as well, plenty to eat).

Game drives and guides were amazing. We never knew what we'd be seeing every time we went out so that made it more exciting. Our guides were outstanding, the knowledge they have about the wildlife is incredibly impressive. We learnt about elephants to impalas, birds to butterflies - it was amazing. The staff elsewhere on the camp were incredibly helpful and friendly. Always felt welcomed and looked after to a high standard.
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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carolbriar wrote a review Nov 2022
Omagh, United Kingdom43 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We recently stayed at Pafuri Tented Camp and were very impressed with everything about it. From being collected at the airstrip by our guide Wiseman we couldn’t fault the camp. The staff at the Camp were so happy in their work environment. Nothing was too much trouble. They went out of their way to make our stay special. Enos, the manager and Moses and his team were exceptional. The food was absolutely delicious. Our tent was spacious and close to the main area which was great. Our guide Wiseman, who is the head guide, is extremely knowledgeable and was brilliant. One of the best run Camps/Lodges that we have stayed in and we have stayed in over 50 during our visits to Africa.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Some of the rooms are a good long distance from the main area so if you don’t want a long walk...
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Response from Return Africa, Owner at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection
Responded 13 Nov 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review of Pafuri Tented Camp, we are so glad that you had such a happy stay with us. Our team are all wonderful and are a fundamental part of the camp
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Joanne H wrote a review Oct 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thanks to the RETURNafrica team for an unforgettable experience.
The riverside location of the camp translates to a special game viewing experience, every day. Bird life wonderful. Guides all very special people - excellent game drives.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Return Africa, Owner at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection
Responded 27 Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your 5* review on Pafuri Camp. We're thrilled to hear that your stay with us was a memorable one. Your compliments will be passed on to the team at camp. We hope to see you soon again, The RETURNAfrica Team
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Andrew M wrote a review Nov 2023
Pennsylvania, United States42 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed at the walk in camp in 2019 pre pandemic. On our next trip to ZAR 2023 we brought 3 friends with us and came back to the conession and Return Africa. This time to the walk in camp and Baobab Hill House. This was almost our entire time in Kruger. We love the less crowded, more open feel of the north. We love that the community benefits from the Return Africa business and 98% of staff are from the landowning community. The service and care and attention to detail is superior to the two higher end lodges we have stayed at in Kruger NP. And better at a lower cost. They make top class service affordable to people like us who can't pay for such top class places.

The wildlife viewing is superb. You go out looking for wildlife not knowing what you will see. I prefer this to chasing the leopard or going to the lion kill radioed in to the driver as happens more in the more densely populated southern parts of the park.

Birdlife is especially good with Northern and intra African migrants. So much to see beyond a few mega mammals and big 5.

Our guides have been uniformly excellent across two visits-- 8 in total. Each has a new twist and things to show, all have been great company.

The cooks are outstanding. Every meal down to snacks and risks a treat.

Baobab hill house is especially good for a leisurely stay with friends or family . Quiet, great views, star gazing, night sounds, lots of birds, etc. A really special place with great people.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from RETURN Africa, Owner at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection
Responded 05 Nov 2023
Thank you for your wonderful review of our RETURN Africa camps and bush house. We hope you will "come back for more" again sometime soon
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Carl Bothma wrote a review Sept 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa11 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first visit to the camp for a very special family birthday event. Although the lack of cat sightings was disappointing at first, the spectacular scenery and activities made up for it tenfold. The morning walk in the Luvuvhu river and the bush breakfast after made it a birthday trip to remember.

The location of the camp and tents on the river bank is perfect to sit and chill for the day. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Rooms very comfortable and luxurious.

We are already planning our next trip back which will probably be a sleepout walking safari.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Return Africa, Owner at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection
Responded 26 Sept 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review of Pafuri Tented Camp, the Makuleke Contractual park is definitely one of the most beautiful regions within the Kruger National Park. We are glad that you are planning your next stay and look forward to welcoming you back.
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pieter b wrote a review Sept 2020
Pretoria, South Africa11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
With Covid-19 fading we entered this beautiful escape in the Makuleke Concession on the Levubu river
The river flows the whole year assuring a view of all water living subjects
Being almost the first visitors after lockdown we were welcomed with great enthusiasm by all the staff.
All levels of service were and stayed excellent.
Zane and Tristan our rangers during our 5 day visit were outstanding and very knowledgeable about everything.They went to great length to show us a pair of the Pel's Fishing-owls.
Our chalet which overlooked the flowing river was excellent.
Elephants,buffalo and nyala were entertaining us frequently
The bird life is very good and the vegetation lush with a big variety
All meals were very tasteful
We were spoiled with a brunch on the river overlooking the crocs and hippos.
An evening Barbecue in the bush was also a highlight
Find time to go on a walk with your ranger
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Return Africa, Owner at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection
Responded 30 Sept 2020
Thank you so much for your 5* review on Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp. We are thrilled to hear that your post-COVID trip was an escape to remember. Your kind words will be passed on to Zane, Tristan, and the team at camp. Your Pel's Fishing Owl sighting must have been amazing. We hope to see you soon again, The RETURNAfrica Team
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mvught170844 wrote a review Jan 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is realy nice. We did the all inclusive and it was realy all inclusive. No extra's at the end. And for that you get the experiants of your life. You sleep in a realy nice tent surrounded by the wild life. You wil get a game drive and a bush walk. We loved the walk it was amazing. We were standing at 5 meters from a elephant. The pool looks out on the river where animals come to drink and the staf are realy nice and make you feel at home. This was the highlight of are trip.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from returnafrica, Guest Relations Manager at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection
Responded 14 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for your wonderful 5* review on Pafuri Camp. The bush walks are amazing, we could not agree more and do not even get us started on the elephants in Pafuri. We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to the team at camp. We hope you will visit us again soon, The RETURNAfrica Team
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Wilson199 wrote a review Jun 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa9 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great 3 days at Pafuri, viewing the scenery, the birds and animals and just relaxing. The staff, food, accommodation and location were excellent and my husband and I would return again. If you get a chance to go, do not hesitate to book.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and the game drives were fun. If you go in winter be sure to take warm clothes for the drives.

One issue that for me is critical, is food, as I cannot eat chemicals like MSG or Sodium Benzoate. The chef was very accommodating and all the food was great. If you have a specific diet they are willing to cater. Many places say they can, but I often find they do not understand. The chef at Pafuri does understand how to cater for special diets.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Some rooms are a long walk from the dining area, if you cannot walk far, inform them when booking.
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Response from Return Africa, Owner at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection
Responded 14 Jun 2021
Thank you for your 5* review of Pafuri Tented camp, we are so glad that you had such a wonderful stay with us. We look forward to seeing you at Pafuri sometime soon.
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Answer from RETURN Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa7 contributions
Hi, All of the rooms have equally beautiful views of the Luvvuhu River. We are able to keep anything that needs to be kept frozen in our walk-in freezer - we cannot run an extension lead.
Kerry F asked a question Oct 2020
Hilton, South Africa3 contributions1 helpful vote
What is the weather like at the end of November?
Answer from RETURN Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa7 contributions
Good day, apologies for our delayed response. It is very warm with a slim potential for rain over the period. We offer fans in the rooms, and a swimming pool to help with the heat.
Linda v asked a question Oct 2020
Terneuzen, The Netherlands
Is there a fridge in the accommodation? Thank you.
Answer from MnandiB
Cape Town Central, South Africa42 contributions6 helpful votes
Hi Linda Yes we also travelled with a fridge in our vehicle. We switched ours off during the time there Linda, as they provided everything and we made sure that we did not have anything which can spoil in the fridge. But it is such a fabulous place, pse go and you will see, you won't regret it..
Answer from RETURN Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa7 contributions
Good morning! The Kruger National Park is a moderate malaria area and you should contact your doctor about Malaria Prophylaxis. Have a great day! :)
Answer from Linda K
Delta, Canada4 contributions1 helpful vote
Yes it was inclusive of game drives, food and all beverages
Esther V wrote a tip 11 Apr
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay for five nights if possible. The variety of sites is worth spending time on."
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Fergus K wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just relax - they have thought of everything "
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Helen Z wrote a tip Mar 2024
8 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't go to bed too late, so that you can catch the early-morning game drives. "
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Brenda G wrote a tip Mar 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just go"
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Clémentine Decoopman wrote a tip Mar 2024
Paris, France7 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't forget to pack your binoculars! Talk to the team, they’re amazing and really knowledgeable about nature/history of the Makuleke."
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PRICE RANGE
R 16,984 - R 22,351 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
pafuri camp hotel kruger national park
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Wilderness Adventures Pafuri Camp
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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What are some of the property amenities at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection?
Top room amenities include a desk, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Return Africa - Pafuri Collection?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Yes, Return Africa - Pafuri Collection offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Return Africa - Pafuri Collection offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and conference facilities during their stay.
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Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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