Northern Kruger National Park – Pafuri
About the Birding
Pafuri is widely regarded as one of the best – if not the best – areas of the park for birding as a plethora of interesting species are found here but nowhere else in the park. The area is dominated by lush riverine forests along the Levubu River but, further afield, the prime habitat consists of dry acacia thickets, mopane woodland, and baobab savannahs. The nearest camp is Punda Maria, although the Pafuri Picnic site is a popular destination for birders visiting the park.
About the Birding Site
The Kruger National Park covers 19,685 kilometres and is the 10th largest game reserve in the world. It has 3000 kilometres of road, 23 rest camps and a host of excellent picnic sites, walking trails, 4×4 routes, hides and massive dams. A remarkable new initiative involving the Kruger National Park is the creation of a fence free park that allows animals to migrate freely across national borders. In May 2002, Kruger, Coutada 16 (in Mozambique) and Gonarezhou (in Zimbabwe) formally merged into the 35 000 square kilometre Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, one of the largest game reserves in the world.
Other Related Information
To reach the Punda Maria restcamp in Kruger National Park, take the N1 to Polokwane (Pietersburg). At Makhado (Louis Trichard) link up with the R524 and follow this route for ±140km. That will take you to the gate. Allow between 5 to 6 hours for the trip to the gate. Punda Maria Rest Camp is 10km away from the gate. Allow about 20 minutes for the drive to the camp, however, if you want to enjoy the game viewing possibilities give yourself more time! Pafuri is 60km to the north of Punda Maria.