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pafuri area - advice needed!

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pafuri area - advice needed!

We are considering extending our safari by a couple of days to go up to Pafuri - possibly The Outpost, as I think the Pafuri camp is still closed?

We will be doing 3-4days in Timbavati or Klaserie first - thinking about nThambo there.

It is quite a long journey, so had thought of a road transfer there, and then flying back to Hoedspruit.

Is it different enough to be worth the extra travel and expense? We have done a couple of safaris previously so seeing the Big Five isn't essential, but are keen on birds as well.

Thank you!

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1. Re: pafuri area - advice needed!

The northern part of Kruger is indeed very different and worth a visit. Birders love that part of the world because of the species but also because it is not as crowded. I like the boabas and looking our for rare antelopes.

Will you have a car with you? If so (or you can rent one), enter from Phalaborwa and head up to Pafuri. I would consider spending a night at Shingwedzi and another in Punda Maria. I copied the two points below from the Kruger website:

* The Shingwedzi Rest Camp has been partially opened. However, the Restaurant, Eastern Gate, the old Causeway and the Kanniedood Hide remain closed until repairs have been completed. The camp site, filling station, shop, day visitor's picnic spot (inside the camp), swimming pool and all accommodation (A & B circle bungalows and Rentmeester Guest House) have reopened.

* Pafuri Picnic Spot, the S63 and Crooks Corner have reopened.

If you enter from Phalaborwa (78kms from Hoedspruit), you will have a long drive but it is within the Park so it will be a fun self-drive safari. If you break your journey in Shingwedzi, that would make a big difference too.

Hope this helps.


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2. Re: pafuri area - advice needed!

If you enjoy birding then I definitely recommend a stay at The Outpost!

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3. Re: pafuri area - advice needed!

Hi there,

Wow! Sounds like a lot of fun!

As far as I know, Pafuri is still closed indeed.

It is (along with Outpost) in a great birding area though, so if that is your main focus, I would definitely say go for it if time and budget allow!

nThambo I can vouch for too - excellent lodge! I was there just last night actually, and as we sat down for supper with guests, the elephants returned to drink out of the pool right in front of us. Great experience :).

In regards to travelling - when you say a long drive, are you referring to nThambo or to Pafuri?

Nthambo is about 45 minutes drive/transfer from Hoedspruit airport.

Warmest regards



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Thanks for the replies. Sounds like it is worth it - I meant the journey from nThambo to The Outpost, as we wont be self-driving, so (I think) we might have to get a transfer from NThambo to Hoedspruit, then another transfer up to Pafuri. Which would take up most of a day, I think. Unless there is a better way?

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Pafuri Camp is tentatively scheduled to open again in March 2014. I'll believe it when I see it.

I normally fly to Phalaborwa and drive to Pafuri Camp from there. By the shortest route that's a bit over 200 km. The drive takes me about 5 - 6 hours, including a few back roads. From Luvuvhu Bridge to The Outpost it is another 16 km along the tar and then 3 km along Outpost Homerun, the gravel access road to the lodge.

Note that the floods not only washed away most of Pafuri Camp, but also erased the tracks along the river, Luvuvhu East and Luvuvhu West. You can get to Crooks' Corner via Rhino Boma, Middle Road and Fernandez's store, but that's about it. River access means walking.

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