Pafuri – An Unspoiled Wilderness

Recently, I gained a whole new perspective of the amazing safari experiences we have available in South Africa. My respect for the bush grew after a visit to the Pafuri area where I witnessed just how magnificent and wild the region is.

Pafuri is located in the northernmost part of the Kruger National Park, more specifically in the 26 500 hectare private Maluleke Contractual Park. It is home to nearly 80% of the Kruger’s biodiversity. The rich and diverse landscape boasts incredible mountains, dynamic gorges, bright green fever tree forests and wild African rivers.

Pafuri is known for its amazing bird life, walking safaris and dynamic landscapes. The rare Pel’s Fishing Owl and elusive leopard are often seen, providing great excitement to all- especially the bird lovers and cat lovers respectively. Pafuri is also home to the oldest baobab tree in the Kruger National Park-at a staggering 1004 years!

Where to stay?

“Return Africa Pafuri Camp” and “The Outpost” are two of my favourite lodges in the area. While each is unique in its own way, they both offer exceptional experiences in terms of walking, birding and safari excursions.

Sightings of lion and rhino can be rarer in the northern Kruger, but walking tours offer the chance to admire the abundant elephant and buffalo herds- up close!

“Return Africa Pafuri Camp” has 19 luxury tents located right on the Luvuvhu River. “The Outpost” has 12 suites and is found high up on a mountain and features unparalleled views over the river. “The Outpost” has a sister lodge called “Pel’s Post” just a few kilometres away, which can be hired for exclusive use. This is a good option if you are travelling with children under 10 years as “Pel’s Post” takes children of all ages while “The Outpost” only accepts children 10 years and older.

All the lodges offer gourmet meals, warm and welcoming staff and a great overall experience.

Is Pafuri an area that you would like to explore?

Get in touch Melanie for some ideas on how to incorporate this into your next South African itinerary.