Explore the Far North. Punda Maria, Parfuri and Makuleke


Explore the Far North of Kruger Park. From Punda Maria to Parfuri Gate and onward to the Makuleke Wilderness. With detailed descriptions and maps of game viewing routes.
  • From Punda Maria

    There are two main routes linking Punda Maria to the main Shingwedzi Pafuri road (H1-8). These are the S60 past Gumbandebvu Hill and the Punda Maria...

  • Klopperfontein to Parfuri

    Klopperfontein is the main centre of animal activity between Punda Maria and the Luvuvhu River. It is a transition zone between the mopaneveld...

  • Luvuvhu and Nyala

    The Luvuvhu River (above) is believed to have got its name from the Venda word for river bushwillow (muvuvhu). It forms the western boundary of Kruger...

  • Mahonie Loop

    The 28-km Mahonie Loop around Punda Maria is a marvellous introduction to the sandveld. Named after the pod mahogany tree, of which there are...

  • Makuleke Wilderness

    The Makuleke Conservancy is the jewel of northern Kruger. The 24 000-ha private concession is located between the Luvuvhu River to the south and...

  • Pafuri Area

    Among the rarer birds that may be seen at Pafuri and along the Luvuvhu River, are the thick-billed cuckoo, racket-tailed roller, Narina trogon and...

  • Pafuri Gate

    Pafuri Gate is about six-and-a-half hours' drive from Johannesburg and is the most northerly entrance to Kruger. It is situated in mopane woodland...

  • Punda Maria Gate

    Punda Maria Gate is the direct access point into far northern Kruger from Gauteng. Set in mixed sandveld woodlands below Thulamila Koppie...


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