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Greater Kruger National Park

The Makuleke Area rests between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers, stretching from the Kruger National Park Pafuri Gate to Crooks Corner, an area of 24,000 hectares. This region in the far northern Kruger National Park is recognised as the biodiversity jewel of the Kruger, a diversity that starts with the geology and climate and extends through its botany to the animal life that occurs.  It is an area of spectacular beauty and one of the true wilderness areas in South Africa.  

It is recognised as one of the botanical reserves of the Kruger National Park. It is a premier birding location with over 350 species, including many specials. Although the Big 5 occur, they only add an excitement, if encountered, to these trails which focus on all aspects of nature, big or small.

Makuleke Area

Unravel the ecology of Makuleke in a six night course based at EcoTraining's rustic unfenced tented camp in the far northern Kruger National Park. This area between the Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers is a wilderness of amazing diversity, and one of the few true wildernesses remaining in South Africa.

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EcoQuest: Ecology of Makuleke EcoQuest Trail dates

Arrive: Mon 31st August 2015

Depart: Sun 6th September 2015

7 days / 6 nights

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In association with Pafuri Camp, Transfrontier Parks Destinations, The Outpost and Makuya Game Reserve, Johna is able to offer a 5 or 8 night adventure that explores, on foot, the exceptional natural beauty and wildlife in the wilderness areas along the Luvuvhu and Mutale Rivers as they wind their way through Makuya and the Makuleke Concession. This region possesses amazingly diverse topography and vegetation.  

The trail, for a maximum of 8 guests, broadly follows the rivers, visits 3 spectacular gorges, and encounters the abundant wildlife of the area. The total walking distance of about 60 kms is usually exceeded as the trail often deviates from the rivers to explore other attractions in the area.  

Starting in Makuya and ending at Pafuri Camp in Makuleke, overnight stops are in pre-established campsites interspersed with lodges. Guests only need small day backpacks as their overnight requirements will be transported separately to the next overnight destination. This lodge hopping concept allows guests to experience the thrill of camping in the wilderness, with its unique experiences, in the knowledge that the comforts of a lodge will follow.

Although daily walking distances are comfortable, a high level of fitness is necessary as some of the sections are steep and difficult.

Luvuvhu Discovery Trail Luvuvhu Discovery Trail dates

Trail 1: 6 night option

Arrive: 16th June 2015

Depart: 22nd June 2015

7 days / 6 nights

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In association with Pafuri Camp, Johna is able to offer walking safaris in the Makuleke Concession of the Kruger National Park.

Operating from Pafuri Trails’ tented trails camp in the beautiful Luvuvhu riverine forest, the 3 night walking trail is for 8 guests, and concentrates walking in the southern and eastern section of Makuleke, where rich riverine forests, fever tree forests, sporobolus grass plains, and other habitats can be found. The areas walked symbolize the diversity of the area.

The tented camp is in a game rich area. Listening to the sounds of the night and the bird chorus in the morning, in addition to the diurnal walking activities, brings another dimension to enjoying the wilderness.

Pafuri Trails Pafuri trail dates

Trail 1

Arrive: 1st July 2015

Depart: 5th July 2015

4 days / 3 nights

We can also tailor dates  to suit you.  Please contact us for prices, availability and bookings

In association with Pafuri Camp and The Outpost, Johna is able to offer wilderness and birding trails on foot in this extremely beautiful area.

The walking trails and birding trails operate for a minimum of 3 nights and for 4 guests, ensuring personal attention. Guests stay overnight at either Pafuri Camp or The Outpost, both beautiful lodges in spectacular settings. Walking is undertaken from the lodge or from other locations reached by open game viewing vehicle.

The Makuleke area, with its diversity of habitats, is recognised as one of the premier birding locations in South Africa.  Over 350 species have been recorded including some special species and some species occurring only in this northern part of the Kruger National Park.  Birding is done in the different habitats over the duration of the trail.  The Lodge based Birding Trails provide a unique experience of wilderness birding on foot in Big 5 country.

Lodge based Trails Lodge based Trail dates

These wilderness trails and birding trails are tailored to you!  Please contact us with your requirements.