Situated in the Makuleke Region in the northernmost part of Kruger National Park, The Outpost
rests high on a hill overlooking the flood plains of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers.
This region, formerly known as the Pafuri region, is in the northernmost part of Kruger National Park and is bordered to the north by the Limpopo and Zimbabwe and to the East by Crooks Corner and Zimbabwe.
The Makuleke Region falls in the epicentre of the Great Limpopo Park which comprises Kruger National Park, the Gaza National Park in Mozambique and the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe.
The region measures some 24000 hectares and is well known for its abundant wildlife including less common species not evident in the southern and central regions of the park.
Apart from large herds of Elephant and Buffalo, guests will be able to see Nyala and Tsessebe antelope which are not easy to find in the more southern regions of the Park. The diverse terrain of the region includes Mopane woodlands, fever tree forests, acacia thickets as well as some of the largest and oldest Baobab specimens.
Acclaimed Italian born architect Enrico Daffonchio designed The Outpost. Using simple, clean lines and combining elements of steel and canvas the unashamedly contemporary design of The Outpost emphasizes its beautiful surrounds but blends and preserves the wilderness that is its home. Accommodation at The Outpost:
The Outpost accommodates 24 guests in 12 stand-alone open plan en-suite Luxury Spaces resting on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River. The Spaces are connected to each other and the central Lodge area by a 500m Zimbabwean teak walkway.
These contemporary Luxury Spaces have been cleverly designed, making full use of space, concrete and steel with state-of the art retractable screens offering 180-degrees of uninterrupted views of the Luvuvhu River Valley.
The open feel of the room extends into a comfortable lounge and an award-winning bathroom (which can be screened off for privacy) with a stone bath and open shower boasting views extending as far as Mozambique.
The outdoor terrace with daybed offers full views of the surrounding bushveld, and is the perfect spot to while away the time soaking in this natural wonder.
The Honeymoon Suite, rests high above the camp offering uninterrupted 270° views as far as the eye can see. The intoxicating beauty and freedom of the vast wilderness flows into the Suite where you feel at one with nature even whilst sleeping in your comfy king-size bed.
The Outpost Activities:
Guests will be taken on game drives in the early morning and again in the late afternoon which may extend into the early evening. Game drives are conducted by qualified and experienced guides in open 4x4 safari vehicles. The drives are not restricted to public roads in Kruger National Park and mostly make use of tracks formerly reserved for the use of Park officials.
Guests who would like to experience the bush on foot may do so after breakfast as an alternative to a game drive. These walks are exhilarating and informative... the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with the wonders of nature, and a great way to stretch your legs and breath the fresh bush air. On request subject to availability.
The Makuleke Community
The Outpost is a partnership between the Lodge and the Makuleke people. The development of the Lodge is inextricably linked to the history of the Makuleke people, their forced removal from the region under the Apartheid laws of the old South African government and the subsequent return of title to the Makuleke people. The history of the Makuleke people is best explored by a visit to the Makuleke Village in the capable hands of a Makuleke guide. You will wander through the village meeting the community and gain insight as to how the Makuleke was won back and then surrendered to nature for the sake of wildlife and biodiversity.
The Outpost Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
As you will be on drive early morning and late afternoon, it can get a little cold. Ensure you bring warmer clothing for the drop in temperatures if travelling in Winter. Neutral colours are preferred to blend into the surroundings. Comfortable shoes as you will climb off the vehicle for sundowners and morning tea which may include some light bush walking.
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An affordable, secluded tented treehouse camp on the banks of the Mutale river. Less than 4 km from the Kruger Park's Pafuri gate.