Venda, the Land of Legend. Pafuri Rivercamp is situated at the top end of Venda. Venda remains a unique area, with an intriguing culture and a diverse landscape. Pafuri Rivercamp is very close to the Pafuri gate in the Northern Kruger National park. Most of the land around is communal, so one is free to explore without the fear of trespassing.
Pafuri Rivercamp accommodates a maximum of 24 people. Sites are arranged to suit groups from 2 to 8 people, in total privacy. Linen, towels and toiletries are supplied. Each site has a fully equipped kitchen, toilet, shower, braai area and private access to the Mutale river. Private camping site also available.
There is no electricity, we use paraffin lamps for light, open fires for cooking and gas powered fridges. A few other things we don't have are; crime, concrete, noise and pollution. Your cell phone won't work here either. What we do offer is; wide open skies, peace, quiet, the freedom to explore and good service in a friendly and informal atmosphere. There is a central lapa where delicious bushcamp meals are served (please book in advance) and a small pub next to the pool selling ice cold drinks. Unwind; come live in the bush for a while!
South of the Soutpansberg, the high rainfall supports thick forests, tea, coffee and tropical fruit plantations. It feeds many waterfalls, rivers, dams and the sacred lake of Fundudzi. In contrast the North is generally arid with the exception of the river valleys and areas surrounding the natural springs.
Places of interest include: Mavhilani Potholes; Makuya Park; Kruger National Park; Nwanedi Park; The Big Tree; The Cycad Forest; Lake Fundudzi; The Sacred Forest; Limpopo valley; Tshiovhovhovho Falls; Dzata Ruins; Local arts and craft markets; Fruit markets; Local shebeens; Thula Mela; Dambali Caves and Bushman paintings.
Whilst not essential, a 4x4 vehicle is recommended for exploring Venda.
Hikes: Use us as a base, a start or finishing point. A beautiful area for the more adventurous hiker. There are no marked trails, but you are free to roam the area and camp almost anywhere. We have excellent maps of the region and can advise you on routes.
Activities on offer:
Birding: The Pafuri Region is world renowned for its vast bird species. Bring along a pair of binoculars and your favourite bird book and start exploring or book a bird walk with our resident bird guide
Mountain Biking: Once again marked trails are not our style. The varied terrain combined with the freedom to move where ever you want, makes this area ideal for biking.
Relaxing: What most people do once they get here. Why don't you try? Come live in the bush for a while!