April 2014 – Wilderness Safaris Pafuri Walking Trails are open for the 2014 season, offering one of South Africa’s most unique and pristine walking experiences in the private Makuleke Concession in the northern Kruger National Park.
“We are looking forward to another great season – the first trail took place last weekend and our guests were delighted with the new camp setting, delicious new menu and a range of spectacular sightings. We have exceptional guides and trackers on hand to lead the trails this year who are passionate about the Pafuri region and have a comprehensive knowledge of the history and culture of the area. We also have an incredible team at the camp who is looking forward to spoiling our guests with hearty meals served around the campfire and comfortable tented accommodation”, said Landi Burns, Pafuri Concession Manager.
Run from April to October each year, with departures on a Monday and Friday, the interpretive three-night, four-day trails take place in Kruger’s remote northern area – a magical place blessed with exceptional biodiversity, spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Led by highly skilled guides and trackers, the trails follow paths made over aeons by Pafuri’s animal inhabitants. Many of the guides are also skilled wildlife photographers and can assist with taking that perfect shot.
Accommodating a maximum of eight guests in four walk-in en-suite dome tents, the trails camp offers a comfortable base from which to explore the diverse areas of the 24 000-hectare concession. Habitats include the life-giving arteries of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers, floodplains, seasonal pans, baobab-dotted kopjes, woodland and ethereal riverine forest. Daily walks follow different pathways picking up various animal tracks along the way.
The Pafuri region is famous for its seasonal large herds of elephant, buffalo, while hippo, and crocodile are abundant on the Luvuvhu River. The area has the highest density of nyala in Kruger and species such as eland, Sharpe's grysbok and yellow-spotted rock dassie are present. Good general game like impala, kudu, baboon, waterbuck, warthog and perhaps grey duiker or bushbuck can be seen, as well as elusive lion and leopard.
The area has long been seen as a Mecca for southern African birdwatchers. Species that can be spotted nowhere else in South Africa include the Böhm’s spinetail, mottled spinetail, racket-tailed roller and grey-headed parrot. Some of the resident specials include: black-throated wattle-eye; Pel’s fishing-owl; white-breasted cuckooshrike; eastern nicator and three-banded courser. A Pel’s Fishing-Owl Census is also undertaken around June each year.