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6 Night Luvuvhu 4×4 Trail

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The Luvuvhu Trail runs from Phalaborwa to Pafuri, through the Limpopo provincial reserves of Letaba Ranch and Makuya Park which forms part of the area known as ‘Greater Kruger National Park’. Trailists need to be fully self-sufficient with low-range, high-clearance 4×4 vehicles (soft-riders can’t get through this territory).

The option exists for trailists to use off-road, 4×4 trailers. Bring your own camping equipment, food and drinks.The lead guide has his own vehicle, and 2-way radios are provided for all vehicles on the trail.


Day 1
Depart from Phalaborwa at 12h00. We follow the main road and 20km further enter the Limpopo provincial reserve of Letaba Ranch, a sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (no fence between Kruger and Letaba Ranch).

Experience “Africa” as we slowly grind along the off- road tracks through this virgin bush travelling in a northerly direction. The route takes us past various water holes in order to maximise our game viewing opportunities, and on to our overnight campsite on the banks of the Baderoukwe River. Because there are no amenities at the campsites, you will have the opportunity to use the full range of your outdoor camping equipment
Day 2
Depart after breakfast and follow the tracks to the confluence of the Great Letaba and Little Letaba Rivers where we will stop for lunch.

The route will now take us up river to our camp site which is situated on the banks of the Great Letaba River.

Who knows which of the “sounds of the wild” will accompany you to sleep? Will it be the laugh of hyena, trumpeting of elephant or the whistle of the tiny Scops owl?
Day 3
Exit the exciting Letaba Ranch sector, and slowly make our way along the Little Letaba River. Although we are technically outside the Park, we will however have to keep a watchful eye out for Elephant and Buffalo as we slowly make the steep decent into the wide and sandy river bed. “Plough” through thick sand while trying to keep momentum, as we follow the Kruger boundarybefore we have to climb up the steep ascent to exit the river bed.

4×4 tracks will take us all along the Kruger fence, before we stop for a well deserved rest and lunch in the bush. After lunch the route takes us through a couple of traditional African Shangaan Villages, before we cross the Luvuvhu river and arrive at the foothills of the Tshamavudzi Mountain range.

We enter the wild Limpopo reserve of Makuya Park, a sector of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and carefully follow the rough tracks down into the Luvuvhu River Valley to our overnight campsite on the banks of the Luvuvhu River (No amenities).
Day 4
Relax today in your campsite with the possibility of seeing animals coming down for a drink at the river and a listening to and viewing a big variety of birds. Accompany the armed ranger on short walks into the bush, and up along the cliffs.
Day 5
Being refreshed, continue with your trail along the banks of the Luvuvhu river, in the process crossing a number of mountains, enjoying breathtaking views along the way. Camp further along the Luvuvhu River at Pandembile.
Day 6
Visit places like World View, Luvuvhu Gorge and Mutale Falls. Return to camp at Pandembile for your last, glorious night in the bush.
Day 7
Complete the trail by either exiting the Park at its main entrance or Pafuri (depending on the level of the Mutale river).


  • check-1 Professional 4×4 guide with lead vehicle
  • check-1 Concession fees – Letaba Ranch & Makuya Park
  • check-1 Two-way radio communication between vehicles
  • remove Items of a personal nature e.g. curios, gratuities, etc.
  • remove Personal insurance: medical, baggage, cancellation, etc.
  • remove No water is provided for cooking or drinking.

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Trailists need to be fully self-sufficient with low-range, high-clearance 4×4 vehicles (soft-riders can’t get through this territory). Bring your own camping equipment, food, and drinks (no water is provided for cooking or drinking). The lead guide has his own vehicle, and 2-way radios are provided for all vehicles on the trail.

You will also be required to arrange your own accommodation for the night before the trail begins at a location that will allow sufficient time to get to the meeting point.
Vehicle Types
The terrain is such that it is suited only to off-road 4×4 vehicles with off-road trailers, must be equipped with low range transmission and have good ground clearance. 4×4 “soft roaders” or vehicles with low profile tyres are not suitable. Vehicles should be given a long distance service before the trail.
Equpment & Supplies
No camping equipment is supplied.
Trailists must for safety considerations sleep in a tent.
Trailists must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of the trail. This includes all fuel, food, water, firewood, camping gear, cooking utensils, cutlery, and crockery etc.
No waste may be burned or left in the Park, therefore, you should have strong plastic bags available to manage waste effectively.
Non-or Late Arrival
This forfeiture applies to all persons who by virtue of their late arrival are unable to accompany the trail. No refund of the trail fee will be made
The Luvuvhu 4×4 Eco-Trail is located in Big 5 territory and overnight camps are unfenced.
The trail takes place in an area populated by wild animals and whilst it is accompanied by a guide it nevertheless carries the risk of injury or death

In light of the exposed nature of the Luvuvhu off-road 4×4 Eco-Trail trailists must complete an indemnity form. Minors must be in possession of an indemnity form signed by a parent or legal guardian. These forms must be signed in the presence of the Trails Guide.
Child policy
Regrettably, when all places on a trail are not booked by a single group, children under the age of 12 may not participate.
Safety Policy
The general rules and regulations of Letaba Ranch, Makuya Park and Kruger National Park apply to our guests.
Trailists depend on the trails guide for their safety and for guidance. For their own safety and that of the other trailists, the instructions of the guide should be obeyed at all times. Failure to co-operate in this respect could lead to the immediate cancellation of the trail.
For reasons of safety and sensitivity, excessive consumption of liquor is strongly discouraged. Liquor may only be consumed at the overnight campsites.
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is located in a Malaria area.
Malaria prophylactics are essential. Tailists should consult their doctor or chemist.
Whilst every endeavour is made to adhere to the trail description set out above, our trails are conducted in remote wilderness areas and occasionally circumstances in the park or prevailing weather conditions, over which we have no control, may arise. We reserve the right to amend the routing, location of campsites, distances travelled etc of any specific trail or trails and the guide’s decision in this regard is final. If this happens on a trail on which you are a participant, we would appreciate your understanding.

Trailists need to be fully self-sufficient with low-range, high-clearance 4×4 vehicles (soft-roaders can’t get through this territory). Bring your own camping equipment, food and drinks. The lead guide has his own vehicle, and 2-way radios are provided for all vehicles on the trail.


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