South Africa Exploration: Pafuri Walking Trail

4Cs Projects at Pafuri Walking Trail

The Pafuri Walking Trail is involved in projects that support the principles of the 4Cs in the private Makuleke Concession.

Community Partnerships

In 1969, the Nationalist Government forcibly removed the Makuleke people from their ancestral lands around Pafuri. In 1998, the Makuleke won their land back, and in 2003 they partnered with Wilderness Safaris in building and managing Pafuri Camp and Pafuri Walking Trail.

Makuleke Large Mammal Reintroduction Project

In 2005 eight blue wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra and impala were moved from the central area of Kruger Park and taken to the Makuleke Concession; the overall aim being to establish a breeding nucleus of these species in the area.

Makuleke Transboundary Elephant Movements

This project, which has been collaring and tracking elephant movements, aims to make a meaningful contribution toward the appropriate design of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, and to develop insights into the seasonal distribution patterns of elephants in and around the Makuleke Concession.

Children in the Wilderness

Run for the first time in November 2005 in Pafuri and annually since then (40-45 children per camp), Children in the Wilderness uses environmental education, therapeutic recreation and fun to open the minds of local children, increase their self-esteem, build and strengthen their capacities to cope with life’s challenges and educate them with the life skills necessary to actualise their greatest potential.

Pack for a Purpose

Wilderness Safaris has partnered with Pack for a Purpose, a non-profit organisation that provides travellers with up-to-date information about required supplies for community-based projects. Guests that would like to bring along a contribution can view the needs list for Pafuri’s community projects on the Pack for a Purpose website.