Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp

Elephant in the Fever Tree Forrest - unique to Pafuri Tented Camp

Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp  

Located in the northern most part of the Kruger Park - bordering Zimbabwe & South Africa

Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp is situated in the Makuleke Contract Park in the north of the Kruger National Park. The concession is on the ancestral land of the Makuleke people and lies in a vast triangle between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers along South Africa’s northeastern frontier. Between them, the two great valleys embrace one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes with mountains and gorges in the west giving way to plains, pans, baobabs and fever tree forests in the east. The land, particularly the low-lying floodplains near the confluence at Crooks’ Corner where our camps are located, harbours an abundance of life.

This comfortable luxury safari accommodation stretches along the Luvuvhu River on raised wooden walkways. The camp has 19 designer tents with en-suite bathrooms including indoor and outdoor showers. There are seven ‘family tents’ that sleep families of four. All the tents offer gorgeous views over the Luvuvhu River. A bush bar, swimming pool and al-fresco dining area offer everyday entertainment, and there’s plenty of space to unwind beneath the branches of the giant trees embracing the camp.

An extraordinary wildlife experience awaits. Large herds of elephant roam the area together with healthy populations of buffalo, antelope, leopard, hyena and more. Due to its fantastic riverside location Pafuri Camp is also the destination of choice for avid birders and guests are regularly treated to sightings of rare species including the elusive Pels Fishing Owl.

At Pafuri, we invite you to return to yourself and set your own pace. Lounge on your private deck and watch the ever-varying spectacle of life drawn to the banks of the Luvuvhu. Lie in bed and listen to the symphony of the bush. Chat to our staff, who will tell you stories about the ancestors – some claim you can still hear them playing their ghostly drums on moonlit nights. Visit the Makuleke villages and let the community entertain you with food, dance and song. And, of course, join our master guides in open vehicles or on foot to explore the wilderness.


Sheltered under thatch, the en-suite luxury tents – twelve for couples or singles and seven for families of up to four – all have sweeping views over the Luvuvhu.

Pafuri Tented Camp
Pafuri Tented Camp

Double/ twin Tents (12 rooms) and Family Tents (7 rooms) All the tents and the communal area are connected via elevated walkways so that wildlife can move undisturbed to and from the river. All tents are en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers. The communal area offers al-fresco dining, a bush bar, a swimming pool and plenty of space to laze about in the shade of the giant trees that overhang the camp. Breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner are served on decks above the river.

Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp prides themselves on a personalised approach, and do our utmost to accommodate our guests’ particular interests or requirements – so if there’s something particular you’d like to do please just let us know.

Imagine lazing on your private deck, watching elephants follow the sunset towards the river. Hearing your heart beat to ghostly drums on moonlit nights and sensing the ancestors of the Makuleke in the stars and sand. Imagine falling asleep to the symphony of the bush, rising with the sun to join our master guides in open vehicles - or on foot - as we explore wildest Africa.

Pafuri Tented Camp located in the northern Kruger National Park

At Pafuri Tented Camp you can experience something different and an experience is priceless

Huge herds of elephant, buffalo and other game congregate here, especially when the surrounding bush lies parched before the rains. Predators and scavengers, ranging from the great cats and hyenas to servals, genets, civets, caracals, amongst many others, find shelter here. The wildlife roams without the hindrance of borders in a transfrontier park that spans three countries. Our diversity also brings a profusion of birds, with numerous specials in what pundits regard as South Africa’s most rewarding birding destination.

Enjoying the lodge

Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp is quite unique see below and it is in such a special and beautiful area of the Kruger National Park ...

  • Private game viewing
  • Luxury tented camp
  • Abundant biodiversity
  • Game drives and walking tours on offer
  • Over 350 different species of birds
  • Scenic beauty

The Makuleke Contractual Park

Or the Pafuri Triangle constitutes the northernmost section of the Kruger National Park, South Africa, and comprises approximately 240 square kilometres of land. The "triangle" is a wedge of land created by the confluence of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers at Crook's Corner, which forms a border with Zimbabwe along the Limpopo River. The Makuleke region carries a remarkable geological and natural heritage that makes this region of interest to geographers and historians. Some rocks in the area have been dated to over 250 million years old. In the bottom of Lanner Gorge are rocks that appear to be of Permian age, which indicate that the then interior of Pangea was harsh and arid.
Pafuri Tented Camp
Pafuri Tented Camp

Pafuri Walking Safaris

Partaking in our unique walks gives you the chance to stumble upon the Big Five in their untouched habitat. For the truly adventurous, we occasionally offer minimalist walking safari's that wander across borders into the trans-frontier park, where you’ll sleep under the stars and feel totally removed from civilization yet perhaps closest to yourself.

Regarded as the best walking area in the Kruger National Park, the Makuleke Concession, or Pafuri, is blessed with exceptional biodiversity and scenery. Using the camp site as a base, each day is spent in different parts of the surrounding area, walking along pathways made over the years by its animal inhabitants. Access to sites of phenomenal scenic and historical value as well as abundant game, spectacular scenery, a sense of history and a true feeling of wilderness characterises this Exploration. Wildlife includes nyala, buffalo herds, and seasonal elephant; more elusive residents of the area are white rhino, lion and leopard. For the keen birder, the Pafuri Walking Trail is a must.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Luvuvu Bridge and meet your guide who will escort you to the Maleteni parking area before driving to the Trails Camp. Enjoy a short walk before sundowners and campfire dinner at the Trails Camp.

Days 2 & 3: Walk approximately three to four hours in the morning; relax during the heat of the day, then walk about one-and-a-half hours in the afternoon.Overnight at the Trails Camp.

Day 4: Following an early morning walk and final brunch, return to Maleteni.

Please note: Pafuri Walking Trails departs every Monday and Friday between 1 April and 31 October annually.

Tented accommodation

Pafuri Walking Trail only has 4 two-man canvas tents with twin beds and can accommodate a maximum of 8 guests. Bookings of 6 or more in one group gives guests exclusive use of the camp.

Tent details: Walk-in canvas tents, with en-suite chemical toilet. Separately located within the camp are two bucket showers, hot water is provided daily. All tents sit on a raised wooden platform.

Pafuri Walking Safari
Pafuri Walking Safari


Pafuri Tented Camp works with the African Safari Foundation to create benefits beyond boundaries. Through the ASF we link rural development to conservation and eco-tourism. Our mission is to facilitate economic growth, community ownership, skills development and job creation through responsible and proactive forms of tourism and conservation. We follow a rights-based approach that facilitates the pro-poor impacts of tourism. We emphasise the role of women as positive agents for long-term change in rural communities. We increase the flow of tangible benefits into the households of local residents via ownership, skills development, fair wages and supply contracts.

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