The remote northern section of Kruger National Park is one of the finest walking safari destinations in Africa. Pafuri Walking is the only dedicated seasonal trails camp in the park.
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At the start of each walking season the RETURNAfrica Nkula Trails Camp is set up, and then entirely removed when summer arrives.
Guests may choose to spend a night or two at the main Pafuri Camp before transferring to the Nkula Camp, which is set under ana trees a few steps from the Luvuvhu River.
On the first day, guests receive a gentle introduction to the terrain with an afternoon walk from the camp. On the following days, they can expect a very early call for the main walk of the day. It’s usual to drive to the starting point in order to explore different areas each day. Walks last three to four hours, and cover anything from four to ten kilometres, depending on the conditions and what animals the group encounters. Back at the camp after the walk, guests are welcomed with chilled towels before brunch is served. Then there is time to relax and observe the wildlife that frequents the unfenced camp and nearby river. With their batteries recharged, guests go on another outing in the afternoon. This can be a walk or a drive, depending on guests’ wishes and what wildlife is encountered.
There’s a minimum two-night stay for this trail, which makes sense given the distance to this remote corner of the park. A typical visit to the fly camp would be for three nights, which is ideal for unwinding and experiencing the different habitats in the area, but longer stays are not hard to justify.
RETURNAfrica also offers special trails at certain times of the year. The Luvuvhu Discovery Trail is a seven-night adventure which is partly slackpacking – wild camping with walkers’ gear transferred by vehicle. It’s offered on a selection of dates from April to October. Of the seven nights, one is spent at the Baobab Hill Bush Lodge, three on the trail, sleeping out under the stars, and three at the Nkula Trails Camp.
- Activities including game drives and walks
- Conservation levy of R180.00 per person per stay