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Makuleke concession

Situated between the Limpopo and the Luvuvhu Rivers in the northern section of Kruger National Park is the Pafuri region, an area spanning 24,000 hectares (59305 acres). Within the Pafuri area is the Makuleke Concession, the ancestral home of the Makuleke people and the most diverse and scenically attractive area in all of the Kruger National Park.

The Makuleke concession is not accessible to the ordinary tourist visiting the park. This area now again belongs to the Makuleke community after they were removed in 1968. After a lengthy process however, it was finally returned to the community in 1998 in what was a historical event for South Africa.

This area is certainly the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park and offers varied vegetation, great wildlife viewing, the best birding in all of the Kruger National Park and is filled with folklore of early explorers and ancient civilizations.

The camp

EcoTraining’s Kruger National Park camp is situated in the Makuleke concession, between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers. This is a true wilderness area, steeped in history and situated in the remotest part of Kruger, in one of the most biologically diverse areas. Scenery ranges from the beautiful, quietly-flowing Luvuvhu River shaded by nyala trees and fever tree forests and teeming with hippos and crocodiles to the awesome Lanner Gorge, palm-fringed wetlands and rocky outcrops with thousand-year-old baobab trees.

Animals found in the Makuleke concession (Kruger National Park)

All the wildlife that one would expect to see in a great national park such as Kruger can potentially be encountered on the concession.  Plains game such as zebra, kudu and impala are common, while lions and leopards are a special sighting. Herds of elephant, a few rhinoceros, African buffalo, nyala antelope and also seldom-seen animals such as eland and bushpig can be seen

There is abundant birdlife. This part of Kruger is known to be one of the best birding areas in the park and is home to rarely-seen species such as Pel's fishing owl, wattle-eyed flycatcher and grey-headed parrot.

Temperatures at the camp

In the Kruger National Park you'll find a subtropical climate, with hot summers (average 40˚C/104 F) and warm, dry winters (average minimum 9˚C and average maximum 26˚C). However, be sure not to be caught out by the intermittent summer rains which fall between October and March. Early mornings and late afternoon/evenings during the winter do get very cold, so be sure to bring sufficient warm clothing.


18 Students are accommodated in 9 comfortable thatched, tented rooms placed on wooden decks in the shade of large nyala trees. Each room has an en-suite bathroom consisting of a shower and washbasin with hot running water and a flush toilet and also has a veranda overlooking the surrounding bush.  These tents have mosquito nets (on request). We provide learners with bedding (a duvet and 1 pillow), but you might want to bring an extra blanket for the winter months and an additional pillow if you require. The camp itself is not fenced which means that animals do move through the camp from time to time.

The communal area

This area consists of a thatch-roofed open sided deck where all meals, lectures and studying takes place. A clearing for evening camp fires creates an idyllic setting for social and leisure time.

General Info - All Camps

Drinking water

Fresh, drinkable water is available from the taps.  Bottled water is available for purchase.


Electricity is only available by generator at the camps.  The generator is for camp use however learners may utilise it when it is running for camp purposes to charge camera batteries and cell phones. Paraffin lamps are used for all lighting and the kitchen/ geysers are powered by gas/ solar energy. Studying at night with paraffin lanterns can at times be challenging so a headlamp for this purpose is recommended as well as an extra battery operated lamp if you wish to study in your tent at night. The kitchen is equipped with gas fridges for storage of all perishable food items, thus unfortunately there’s no space for personal items (drinks, water or other). There is however a full selection of affordable drinks available at each camp.


(local beers & ciders)

Soft drinks and select beverages are sold from the camp and can only be paid for with cash. There are no credit/debit card or cheque facilities.

Cordial fruit juices are served with meals, tea and coffee available throughout the day.


A laundry service is provided by the camp and available at a small charge (included at no charge for the Professional Field Guide one year course).

Game viewing vehicles

The game viewing vehicles are open top Land Rovers and Land Cruisers.

EcoTraining staff in camp

For the duration of your stay, there will typically be a head instructor, assistant instructor, camp coordinator, camp cook and camp cleaning lady.

Getting your safari guests to connect with wildlife safely and sensitively


Nights around the camp fire getting to know your guests and telling them about your experiences in the wild


Explaining astronomy to your guests under a perfect night sky


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  • MAKULEKE: There is no cell phone reception at the Makuleke camp. The closest reception is 16kms away and a weekly trip will be made to allow learners to phone.  Please ensure that you have enough air time as there is no access to venues selling air time.
  • Contact via the camp’s satellite phone – this is limited to emergency calls only and must go via head office first. The office number is:  +27 (0)13 752 4791
  • MASHATU, KARONGWE & SELATI: There is limited cell phone reception at the camps and there is no access to venues providing air time. We do not encourage use of cell phones at the camps at all as it is an intrusion for others wanting to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush. There are charging facilities at the camp, please bring your own adaptors.
  • Please bring adaptors to suit your own plugs and South African plug/plug points.