Pafuri - Part 2
If one heads north from Phalaborwa through the Kruger park, one faces approximately 200km of merciless Mopaneveld before reaching the Pafuri Triangle and the Makuleke concession. Much as the Tsetse fly was responsible for the saviour of many wilderness areas, this barrier of unrelenting monotonous vegetation keeps many tourists from venturing so far north. Even hardened botany enthusiasts have been known to have apoplectic fits of boredom and despair while running the Mopane gauntlet. Of course, one can enter the park at Punda Maria gate or Pafuri gate and lessen the ordeal, and face some hours on other roads.
Once you pass the famous Baobab hill, you enter into another world entirely however. The climate is now subtropical, the vegetation type varied and the topography fascinating. This 24 000-hectare area is recognised as one of the most diverse and scenically attractive areas in the Kruger National Park. This picture is of the Levuvhu river, and its surrounding hills and vegetation.