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Reviewed August 13, 2016

My girlfriend and I stayed at PRC for four nights. We arrived on a Friday and left the following Tuesday. The camp setting is not too bad, although one must not expect to have a view on the river. The campsites are kept clean and are very basic, but not much provision has been made for height clearance when camping with a roof top tent or caravan. We found a spot where we could erect our roof top tent and our neighbours had a spot for their caravan, but further than that I do not think that the other campsites would be able to host roof top tents or caravans. One might just need to mention to PRC what you will be camping with so that they can prepare a camp spot for you.

One thing I really need to mention is that the staff are very helpful and are extremely friendly. They clean out the ash, dustbins and toilets everyday and always ask permission before they enter your camp site. The oil lamps are lit every evening before it gets dark and it is sufficient enough. My favourite part about the camp site was the bathroom.. (I know - sounds weird). Each campsite is allocated with their own bathroom, having a male and female side. Each side has a basin, toilet and an AMAZING shower! The showers operate on gas geysers for hot water and we had no problems with the gas geysers, they worked perfectly everytime. The bathrooms are built out of wooden poles and it is really awesome! The bathrooms are well kept clean and no hassles with regards to foul smells or the like. At the back of the bathroom there are basins for one to wash dishes, etc.

PRC is located very close to the Pafuri gate which is also really handy when going to the KNP. PRC sells wood and ice as well. They have a hill called signal hill where one can walk to for cellphone reception, if required, but the rest of the camp has no signal.

The tree top tents really look amazing to stay in as they are right on the river and have a beautiful view, although this does not change the surrounding noises (discussed below). I would encourage anyone to stay in these tree tops and be sure to book either Sausage Tree or Lead Wood - those two look like the best spots!

PRC really treated us well, but there a few things that really put me off:
1) The campsite is not as peaceful as what you think it would be. The whole day you hear bells ringing that have been tied onto the locals cows and goats. Hearing that ting-ting sound the whole day can become irritating. That's what bothered us during the day. The first night we heard a lot of singing, shouting and screaming coming from the nearby village and that went on for about 2/3 hrs. The second night we had singing and loud music from the villages side again, along with dogs constantly barking until 10 at night. The third night (a Sunday) we heard music, bells, constant barking and someone who was grinding steel until 10 that night?!? To me this was just unacceptable and I couldn't believe that someone was grinding until that time of the night. This really put us both off so much because we were expecting a peaceful bush setting. Funny enough, the fourth night was amazing... It was dead quiet and one would hear a pin drop. This was beautiful and only then did we hear the jackal close by, etc.. So if you are looking for a real peaceful place with some night life, then PRC is not your place.

2) The website is misleading when it comes to activities. The whole thing about taking a tube and going down the river does not work because when the river is too low one cannot go and when it is high then the crocs move in. Sounds great and fun, but do not expect it to happen. Another thing is that my girlfriend and I were really looking forward to doing the sunset watching with sundowners. When we asked if we could book for it, they told us that they do not want to do it if it's only two people, they will only do it for big groups. I found this really unfair as we were willing to pay and were excited to do it, but they couldnt be interested. The bird watching tour is legit and our camping neighbours who did it were very happy with their tour and enjoyed it heart out!

For the rest we really enjoyed the camping and had nothing to complain about, other than the surrounding sounds. We really had a great time and slept like rocks!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank 296kieranc
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Reviewed March 29, 2016

Would not reccomend this camp to anyone. Getting there is a complete nightmare unless one comes on the main road from Louis Trichardt. The owners when contacted for assistance were less than helpful . Accomodation is very basic , no electricity, no hot water (the gas geyser was broken) . The camp is in need of a good overhaul and needs lots of money spent on it to get it up to a reasonable standard. Compared to the bungalows in Kruger National Park, the accomodation was poor in the extreme. We had booked to stay for two nights and left after having been there for 1 night and found alternative accomodation elsewhere. Will definitely not be back or reccommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Rob H
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Reviewed August 10, 2015

The camp is situated in one of the most scenic parts of SA. We often visit the north of Kruger and this was the first time that we stayed outside the park. The camp is clean and well managed. We were allocated a campsite with private ablutions. The facilities are basic, but the friendly staff assist with some nice touches such as lighting the paraffin lamps in the evenings.

You get a sense that the staff and camp management are proud of the camp.

The only small negative is that music from a tavern some distance away could be heard when the wind turned, but this did not detract from the beautiful setting and peaceful camping experience.

We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2015

Pafuri River Camp is a tented camp that is situated next to the Krugerpark, the entrance is just before the Pafuri gate. You will need a bakkie (SUV) or a vehicle that is not low on the ground, as the road to the camp is littered with rocks and boulders. This is not 5 star accomodation, but it is a real "African bush" experience. The accomodation is in tents on stilts underneath a canopy of trees next to a river, with a kitchen unit underneath and a bathroom with toilet and shower seperate from your tree house. It is self- catering, but you can also book meals with the camp management. It is very rustic, the beds are clean and comfortable and the deocr is very pretty. There is also a pool and a bar at the reception area. There is NO electricity, but the stoves, fridges and hot water geyser is run on gas. They come to fill up lamps with parafine every night. It feels very private, with each tree house out of view of others... There is lots to do in the area like hiking/fishing etc. As it is right next door to the Kruger Park, this can be a cheaper alternative to staying in the camp. They also do not have credit card facilities, so bring cash as the nearest bank machine is quite a drive away inside a general dealer behind the police station... Rustic indeed.. We even had a stray cow meander through our camp. The cows in the area all carry bells, so it can be a bit of a racket when they come past in the river bed below. It was very relaxing, the management was extremely helpful and friendly.I would definately go back again!!

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Sophenator
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Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

This is a peaceful spot just stones throw away from the northern entrance to the kruger park. Self catering or eat at the lodge restaurant,nice to have both options. Unusual and comfortable accommodation on stilted 'tree houses', also option to camp. Interesting walks around camp. Staff are efficient,friendly and helpful. Well managed by a knowlegable and enthusiastic Zimbabwean.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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2  Thank Acaciapc
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