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Country: South Africa
City: Kruger National Park
Duration: 7 Day(s) - 6 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary



This exciting safari combines two of the most distinctive regions in southern Africa: the incredible landscapes, beauty and unique bird and animal life of the Pafuri area in northern Kruger National Park with the game-rich Mashatu Game Reserve in the northern Tuli Game Reserve in south-east Botswana. Both are iconic wilderness destinations with thrilling mammal viewing, a variety of different habitats, phenomenal birding and a glimpse into the fascinating ancient civilisations of the area.


  • Days  1, 2 & 3: Arrive Pafuri Camp, Kruger National Park either by road (transfer or self-drive) or by light aircraft transfer ex Lanseria Airport and road transfer to the camp, for a 3-night stay.
  • Days  4, 5 & 6: Transfer by road to Mashatu Main or Tent Camp, northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana, for a 3-night stay.
  • Day 7: Depart Mashatu by road to Polokwane Airport for  the scheduled commercial flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.

DAYS 1, 2 & 3: Pafuri Camp, Northern Kruger National Park, South Africa

Arrive Pafuri Camp by road or air. In the far north of the Kruger National Park is the private Makuleke Concession, an area of astounding diversity of habitat, scenery and associated wildlife. In this concession lies Pafuri Camp on the banks of the Luvuvhu River and under the deep shade of nyala and jackal berry trees.

Area and Location: The Makuleke Concession is in the extreme northernmost sector of the Kruger between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers. Although this 24,000-hectare (59,000-acre) area comprises only 1% of the total area of the 2-million-hectare Kruger, 75% of all species in this region occur here, making it one of the Park’s biodiversity hotspots. Scenically, the area is stunning, with mountains, gorges (including the 150m deep Lanner Gorge), forests of yellow fever trees, squat baobabs, mopane woodland, and open savannah grassland. The Limpopo River floodplain and the Luvuvhu River provide an interesting wetland component to the area’s varied ecology. Crooks’ Corner is evocative of bygone days and the place where three countries – South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique – meet.

Wildlife: The bountiful biodiversity of the Pafuri area (a result of being the meeting point of several vegetation types) means that a fascinating variety of wildlife can be found here, along with more than 400 bird species, including many rare and seldom-seen species such as Pel’s Fishing-owl, Rackettailed Roller and many more. The Luvuvhu River attracts large herds of wildlife, including buffalo, hippo, seasonal elephant and excellent general game. Lion and leopard are attracted to this riverine belt in search of their prey. The area has the highest density of nyala in Kruger and uncommon species such as eland, Sharpe’s grysbok and yellow-spotted rock dassie.

Camp: Pafuri Camp, along a bend of the Luvuvhu River, has 20 en-suite tents under thatch with indoor and outdoor showers. The main area, with large decks, open-sided lounge and dining areas and pool, is perfect for relaxing and watching the wildlife drawn to the Luvuvhu to drink.

Activities: The Makuleke Concession is explored through a variety of activities, ranging from game drives in open vehicles to walks and trails. This very scenic area is quite different in its offering to the more traditional central and southern Kruger. Visits to the Makuleke Community Centre & Homestay are also possible as well as excursions to the Thulamela archaeological site, remnant of a powerful ancient civilisation.

DAYS 4 , 5 & 6 : Mashatu Camp, Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana

Depart Pafuri Camp for a 3-hour road transfer through the northern Kruger National Park and traditional Venda area to Mashatu, passing ancient civilisations around Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site, en route. Clear immigration at the Pont Drift border post into Botswana, before continuing another 45 minutes to the camp.

Mashatu Game Reserve, an area of history and legend, has its name derived from the magnificent mashatu trees that occur throughout this immense tract of privately owned land. This reserve is home to no less than seven of Africa’s giants: the African elephant, the lion, the giraffe, the baobab tree, the eland, the Ostrich and the Kori Bustard.

Area and Location: This 30 000-hectare (75 000-acre) private reserve lies in the remote eastern corner of Botswana, an unspoilt wilderness of arid savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and beautiful sandstone outcrops.

Wildlife: The area offers some of the best game viewing in Africa including excellent sightings of lion, cheetah and leopard. Along the river courses, the mashatu trees provide shade for eland, impala, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra; at night creatures such as bat-eared fox, leopard and African wild cat can be found. Mashatu is a birding hotspot with 366 recorded species, many unique to this arid area. The Reserve is also a proud refuge of the largest, single population of elephant on privately-owned land in Africa. Known as “the relic herds of Shashe,” these are a living testament to the great herds that once populated the Limpopo Valley.

Camp: Mashatu has two camps. Mashatu Tent Camp in the northern area of the Reserve sleeps 16 guests in eight en-suite tents. There is an opensided thatch deck where meals are served, a traditional boma for intimate campfire dinners, and a plunge pool. Child-friendly Mashatu Main Camp has 14 tastefully and authentically decorated suites complete with en-suite bathroom and French doors that open onto the African bush. There is a magnificent viewing deck directly off the bar or “gin trap” together with an elevated lounge overlooking the waterhole.

Activities: Mashatu offers exciting game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles. Mountain bike safaris, horseback riding and predator or ivory drives are available as optional extras.

Day 7 : Departure

Transfer by road via the Pont Drift border to Polokwane Airport (approximately 2 hours), for the scheduled commercial flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.


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