Hutwini Walking Safari Trail
The Hutwini Walking Safari Trail package is below this introduction.
The Hutwini Walking Safari Trail takes place in the Makuleke Concession, Pafuri Northern Kruger National Park
Covering some 24000 hectares this private Concession is situated in the far northern section of the Kruger National Park with principal boundaries being provided by the Limpopo River in the north and east and the Luvuvhu River in the south.
Being a private concession, the general public visitors to the KNP are only allowed to travel on the main tar road between the Pafuri Bridge over the Luvuvhu River and the Pafuri Gate.
This greatly enhances the feeling of wilderness and remoteness that the Hutwini Walking Safari Trail offers.
Arguably one of the few remaining true wilderness areas in Southern Africa, Makuleke is highly regarded for its biodiversity and spectacular scenery.
Sandstone and basalt ridges blend easily with extensive mopane, acacia and broad-leafed woodlands while the Limpopo and Luvuvhu River floodplains provide a grassland buffer between the Riverine and famous Fever Tree Forests.
The visitor can expect to see an extensive range of large and small mammals with large herds of Elephant and Buffalo in evidence while the healthy populations of antelope (particularly Nyala, Eland and Kudu) and Zebra support a good population of feline predators.
Walking the concession will also allow you to see the numerous natural springs which provide much needed water sources all year round consequently ensuring high volumes of large and small mammal traffic through the numerous game trails leading in and out of these magnificent springs.
The Concession is particularly well known for its prolific birdlife all year round with over 350 species being identified thus far, including the opportunity to see the elusive, shy Pels Fishing Owl which inhabits sections of the Luvuvhu River and the Racket Tailed Roller which can inevitably be found in the Fever Tree forests lining the Limpopo Flood Plain.
The Hutwini Walking Safari Trail details:
Nestling on a gentle bend in the Luvuvhu River to the east of the majestic Hutwini Gorge that gives this Trail its name, The Pafuri Camp Lodge provides fine accommodation and fare to those on trail in this wildest of wild part of Africa.Otherwise we set up a base en suite tented camp, and walk from that.
The lodge is well sited for easy walking access into the Fever Tree Forests, nearby pans and Luvuvhu River floodplains while short drives per vehicle will provide the flexibility to walk other picturesque areas of this beautiful Concession.
Morning walks commence at sunrise to avoid the heat of the day while afternoon walks end with a welcome sundowner in hand to watch the setting African sun, followed by a night drive back to the lodge where drinks and dinner will be served to round off another amazing day in Africa.
As with the Limpopo Trail, there are no set dates of departure or trail duration but usually 3 nights/4 days will allow you to experience the magic of this wilderness area on foot.