Pafuri aerial view of The Outpost The Outpost in the Kruger Makuleke Leopard in the tree The Outpost in the Pafuri has luxury Swimming Pools Pafuri Makuleke elephant at The Outpost river Pafuri Lodge accommodation has luxury bedrooms Makuleke Safari Lodge Accommodation at The Outpost Group viewing the Pafuri Makuleke from The Outpost surrounds

PRIVATE 26 500 HECTARE BIG 5 WILDERNESS

Arguably the Wildest and most Biologically Diverse part of Kruger National Park

One of the few true wilderness areas left in South Africa, The Makuleke Contractual Park (Pafuri) is steeped in history and boasts vegetation so different to anything else within Kruger that one might be forgiven for thinking they were in central Africa!

The large trees in this area are often almost 50% taller than most baobabs, and, scenically, the area is diverse: with stunning mountains, shady, deep gorges, forests of yellow-tinged fever trees, monolith baobabs, mopane woodland, and open savannah grassland.

Elephant of the Makuleke reaching for the trees Owl species of the Pafuri near The Outpost Rhino of the Makuleke on safari with The Outpost


Scenery ranges from the beautiful, quietly-flowing Levuvhu River teeming with hippos and crocodiles, shaded by Nyala trees and fever tree forests, to the grand Lanner Gorge, palm-fringed wetlands and rocky outcrops with thousand-year-old baobab trees.

The area is a favourite winter grazing ground for elephant from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Kruger. Leopard love the thick bush environment and prey on the nyala and impala that feed close to the river. There is a large population of hippos and crocs at the confluence of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers at Crooks’ Corner. Among the more unusual sightings in the Makuleke are the eland and Sharpe’s grysbok. The birding in the whole area is exceptional, with specialities being the Pel’s fishing-owl, black-throated wattle-eyed, orange-winged pytilia, African crowned eagle and racket-tailed roller.

Giant Baobab Trees around the Makuleke Walking safaris around the Pafuri
  •  RAMSAR WETLAND SITE
  •  BIRDLIFE IN THE AREA
  •  WALKING SAFARIS
  •  MAMMAL LIST
  •  BIRD LIST
  •  MAKULEKE CONCESSION MAP
Crocodile laying in wait on safari with The Outpost Lodge

WHY THE MAKULEKE


Almost 80% of the Kruger
Park’s diversity found here.


26 500 ha Big 5 Park with
only 3 Concessionaries.


Over 350 bird species identified.


Listed Ramsar Wetland Site.


Traces of early humankind.


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