Pafuri Walking Trails

Following the floods of 2013, this popular Kruger camp was left in ruins. New owners, RETURNAfrica have not only restored the camp to its former glory but taken it even further. Their joint enterprise with the local community offers a blue-print for the tourism industry of the future and is set to develop a brand, market and manage a collection of high-quality experiences at iconic destinations in southern Africa.
RETURNAfrica’s origins lie at Pafuri in the far north of the Kruger National Park. It is here, on the ancestral land of the Makuleke people, that they have built a unique partnership and a collection of superb safari experiences. The concession 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. 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.
The Mission:

RETURN to Africa where it all began
RETURN the land to the people and the wildlife who once roamed it
RETURN benefits to our partners and communities who own the land
RETURN to our true selves through a journey of the spirit
We base our tourism philosophy on three pillars: REMEMBER, RESTORE and RENEW
The Philosophy:

REMEMBER: The land, the people, the wildlife, the things in life that matter
RESTORE: The land, the natural balance, the dignity of people, our sense of self
RENEW: Our minds, bodies and souls

Special Offers



Pafuri is unrivalled walking country. The camps four-day trails, open from April to October every year, are renowned for offering true bush lovers an opportunity to experience one of Kruger’s remotest corners on foot.
Led by experienced field guides, clients will explore a place that is as vast as it is varied and wild. The trail offers guests a chance to focus on the little things but you will also experience the rush of adrenaline when your clients encounter members of the Big Five.
Home base is a seasonal bush camp near the banks of the Luvuvhu where they serve hearty food and drink in a setting that allows you a close-up experience of untamed Africa. And, for the truly adventurous, they offer minimalist trails with the option to camp under the stars or foray across the border into the transfrontier park.

Number of rooms: 4
Level of luxury: bush camp star
Game viewing: 6/10


Rates 2016

Luxury walking trail PPS FI : R10750

Walking trail PPS FI : R5458
Walking trail price for individual : R7095

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Rates include all meals, accommodation, transfers to and from Pafuri airstrip, inter-camp transfers and game viewing activites. 

Rates exclude beverages, all other transfers, gratuities and curio purchases. 

The Walking Trails are open for children aged 16 +

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Access & Transfers

Pafuri Camp is situated in the Makuleke Contract Park in the far north of the Kruger National Park. GPS Co-ordinates : 22°25’15.81”S / 31°13’45.81”E 

They have scheduled flights on Monday’s and Friday’s from Johannesburg Grand Central Airport for a return price of R7900
Monday fly-ins have a maximum stay of 4 nights
Friday fly-ins have a maximum stay of 3 nights
All flights are a maximum of 10 guests and will only depart for a minimum of two.
Pafuri can also arrange for pick-ups from OR Tambo & Lanseria airport in this return price.

Guests can access the camp by self driving the 640km from Johannesburg which will take 7 hours. Please ask us for the route plan. 
Charter flights are also available by special arrangement, flying into the Pafuri Airstrip (10 mins from camp).
There are daily flights into Polokwane and Phalaborwa airport and Pafuri will arrange transfer from these airports to the camp. 
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