KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
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.
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.