Zimbabwe: Limpopo crossing at Pafuri
2BWild’s recommended safari route from South Africa to Gonarezhou
News from the Pafuri region today is that the Limpopo River water level is less than tyre height.
This route, via Punda Maria camp in the Kruger National Park, is highly recommend in the winter months (May to August) as the water level is low. 2BWild Safaris has first-hand experience having travelled this route twice in recent years (see our trip report here).
Not only is this route a true African adventure with two significant river/sand crossings, mildly testing roads, tribal villages along the way, interesting border posts and related indabas, and a test of driving skills along sections of the route – all with the goal of Gonarezhou beckoning – and Kruger beckoning on the way back – but it also avoids the notoriously busy Beit Bridge border post to Zimbabwe.
Even though you need to allow for 3-4 hours for border crossings on this route – at Pafuri and Chiqualaquala/Sango – it is certainly well worth the adventure.