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Makuleke Contractual Park, Kruger National Park 0982 South Africa
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#23 of 182 Specialty lodging in Kruger National Park
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Pafuri Tented Camp is situated in the Makuleke Concession of the Northern Kruger National Park. This comfortable camp has 19 luxury designer tents with en-suite bathrooms. There are seven ‘family tents' that sleep up to four persons, making this a 52-bed camp. The tents offer gorgeous views over the Luvuvhu River, there is also a communal area with a swimming pool – for those balmy days when you need to cool off.
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Free parking
Public wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Massage
Parking garage
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Neck massage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
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Desk
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Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Walk-in shower
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Wardrobe / closet
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ariley_aranda wrote a review Nov 2022
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions1 helpful vote
Return Africa Pafurii Tented Camp is a special place where you can really enjoy all that the African bush has to offer in an environment where you can also enjoy South African hospitality at it's best.
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Thank you for your wonderful review of Pafuri Tented Camp, we hope to welcome you back sometime soon
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Liebwat wrote a review Aug 2022
Portsmouth, New Hampshire32 contributions15 helpful votes
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A twenty tent lodge in north of kruger on the banks of the river. The tents are very comfortable (although a curtain separates the toilet from the room), each tent has a great porch, and is located right on the river. Lots of buffalo, nyala and elephants coming and going all day. A long boardwalk joins the tents. Meals were good quality. The deck, pool and bar absolutely a highlight. massively comfortable and huge amounts of space for everyone so you never feel like you are on vacation with the rest of the guests. Wonderful guide Amanda and stunning stunning stunning screen scenery up north. So despite it being an area of less game in the Kruger it’s beauty is well worth the trip.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: The boardwalk is long so if you are traveling with an older person ask for a tent close to the lodge
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Responded Aug 28, 2022
Thank your for your wonderful review of Pafuri Tented Camp. We hope to welcome you back sometime soon.
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thetravelclub2022 wrote a review Nov 2022
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What a place to stay! The friendly staff made us feel really comfortable. The meals were sublime. The bushwalk magic. If I have to say something “negative”: we like the middle part of Kruger (between Mopani and Satara) better, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the perfect accommodation.
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Andy H wrote a review Nov 2022
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Had a fantastic few days at the Pufari Tented Camp. The staff were wonderful and made us very welcome. Our guide (called Q) had amazing knowledge of the bush, not just the animals and birds but also the botany. He took time to explain so many things. The walking safari he took us on was also very special. Having a pool to relax in between drives/walks was lovely too.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Thank you for your wonderful review of Pafuri Tented Camp, Q certainly is a wonderful guide who is very passionate about the area.
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Staal wrote a review Nov 2022
SA34 contributions55 helpful votes
I went solo on a birding trip. I can recommend RAfrica to any birder. Was met by friendly staff and the facilities is top notch. The view over Lebombo river with all the bird life is fantastic. The guide was knowledgeable and accommodated all our request on the game drives.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: Ask for food package if you leave early morning. Great pool on the beck. Birding can also be don...
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Thank you for your wonderful review of Pafuri Tented Camp. We hope to welcome you back sometime soon
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Antony C wrote a review Nov 2022
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I had the most amazing stay at this camp - great views over the river, the staff were exceptional, food delicious and birdlife incredible. If your prime focus is seeing the big five then this camp is not for you.
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carolbriar wrote a review Nov 2022
Omagh, United Kingdom43 contributions9 helpful votes
We recently stayed at Pafuri Tented Camp and were very impressed with everything about it. From being collected at the airstrip by our guide Wiseman we couldn’t fault the camp. The staff at the Camp were so happy in their work environment. Nothing was too much trouble. They went out of their way to make our stay special. Enos, the manager and Moses and his team were exceptional. The food was absolutely delicious. Our tent was spacious and close to the main area which was great. Our guide Wiseman, who is the head guide, is extremely knowledgeable and was brilliant. One of the best run Camps/Lodges that we have stayed in and we have stayed in over 50 during our visits to Africa.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your wonderful review of Pafuri Tented Camp, we are so glad that you had such a happy stay with us. Our team are all wonderful and are a fundamental part of the camp
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lsteynberg24 wrote a review Nov 2022
Pretoria, South Africa5 contributions
I recently stayed at Return Africa's Pafuri Camp and my guide took effort to connect up with a few special birds that I wanted to see. The camp's location on the Levubu river is exceptional that offers good birding from the deck. A true luxury experience in one the most beautiful areas of the larger Kruger Park.
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Thank you for your review of Pafuri Tented Camp, we are glad you had a happy stay with us. We hope to welcome you back sometime soon
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chris e wrote a review Nov 2022
42 contributions10 helpful votes
This amazing lodge puts other well known and alledgedly leading private lodges to shame. Its location and tranquillity make it a must visit. The whole place is immaculate, the rooms are wonderful and the food first class. That aside and most importantly what makes Pafuri so special is the staff. They are all incredible. Not just polite, but genuinely happy in their work and each go that extra bit to make your stay and you feel extremely special.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Thank you for the wonderful review of Pafuri Tented Camp, our team and their generosity of spirit is indeed something very special. We hope to welcome you back sometime soon
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CJW wrote a review Oct 2022
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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Pafuri camp which is on the bank of the Luvuvhu River. The views from the camp are stunning and there are always birds and animals passing through. Our tent was really secluded and very spacious and comfortable. The Makuleke people who run the camp are extremely friendly and welcoming. We felt incredibly well looked after. We particularly enjoyed the Boma evening around the camp fire, where after dinner we were told the story of the Makulele tribe and watched the staff dancing for us. We also enjoyed our game drives with Amanda who was very friendly and knowledgeable. Whilst you won’t see the big 5 here, there are plenty of animals and birds and the scenery is lovely. The camp was a great place to relax a little at the end of our holiday. Highly recommended. Thanks to all the team at Pafuri. We loved your little corner of paradise.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 25, 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review of Pafuri Tented Camp, we are so glad that you had such a happy stay and hope to welcome you back sometime soon.
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$764 - $853 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
pafuri camp hotel kruger national park
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Wilderness Adventures Pafuri Camp
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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What are some of the property amenities at Return Africa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Return Africa?
Top room amenities include a desk, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Return Africa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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