Limpopo walking Safari Trail package is below this introduction.
This Limpopo 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 Limpopo 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 Limpopo Walking Safari Trail
We offer the Guest the opportunity of walking in the spectacular 24000 hectare Makuleke Concession while also being able to enjoy the luxury environment of a 5 Star Lodge with all the accompanying amenities, or we set up a base en suite tented camp, and walk from that.
Walk with us either from the Lodge itself into the surrounding bushveld and the area around the confluence of the Luvuvhu and Mutale Rivers or we drive to other jump-off points within the Reserve and walk from the vehicle thus allowing a great deal of flexibility depending on the movement of the game and weather.
Located on the side of a sandstone ridge, the 12 Guest rooms have incredible views over the Luvuvhu River valley with guests often enjoying good sightings of elephant and buffalo coming down to water in the shallow waters of the river.
Arriving back at the Lodge after the morning walk, guests enjoy a typical sumptuous English Breakfast then have time to themselves to relax, sit by the pool with a long drink or enjoy a quiet siesta followed by a light lunch and the afternoon activity.
Afternoon walks/drives culminate at the many good vantage points to view the African sun dip beneath the horizon with the inevitable sundowner drink in hand.
The drive back to the lodge is conducted in the dark with a spotlight to view the nocturnal nightlife of the Concession while on arrival the friendly Makuleke Outpost staff will welcome you back to enjoy a relaxing drink before dinner is served on the pool deck lit only by lamp light.
There are no set dates of departure nor duration for the trails, these are determined by you, the guest, as to when you want to arrive, how long you want to stay and when you would prefer to depart.
Meal times are also flexible, particularly Brunch when arrival back at the lodge is largely determined by the sightings and duration of the morning walk.