The Outpost lies in
a vast wilderness area in the northernmost part of Kruger National
Park. This region, called the Makuleke Region, is bordered to
the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by
Crooks Corner and Mozambique.
Using simple, clean lines and combining elements
of steel, concrete and open space, the unashamedly contemporary
design of The Outpost emphasises its beautiful surrounds but blends
and preserves the wilderness that is its home.
On arrival guests are welcomed into the main building
and are treated to the openness and extensive views that embody
The Outpost. The modern bar is a focal point and defines the lounge
and dining areas. The lounge is flanked by a large book case with
an extensive and varied selection of books. This area leads off
to the swimming pool deck with large lap pool.
At a Glance
- Game Drives in the morning and afternoon.
- Accommodation - 12 stand-alone en suite rooms
- Hiking and birding
- Bathrooms offers a view extending as far as
Outpost comprises one large main building and twelve stand-alone
living spaces set against the side of a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu
River, all connected by a half kilometre long walkway made of
Zimbabwean teak. The contemporary design of each Space makes use
of concrete and steel with retractable remote controlled screens
which may be opened to offer 180-degree views of the river valley
below, or closed depending on the weather. The living area of
each Space comprises of an outdoor terrace with daybed, indoor
lounge and bedroom with king size bed under mosquito netting.
The award-winning en-suite bathrooms offer full views of the surrounding
bushveld, or can be screened off for privacy.
Despite its remote
location, The Outpost strives to provide excellent cuisine. Our
style of food draws from its African surroundings and care is
taken to source the best produce whether available locally or
flown in fresh from Johannesburg.
The Outpost offers a variety of places to dine. Breakfast is served
under cover in the dining area in the main building with views
of the Luvuvhu River Valley. Lunch is either served in the dining
area or, depending on your length of stay; a picnic lunch is prepared
and served out on safari at the riverside or under the Baobabs.
Dinner is either eaten in the enclosed courtyard under the stars
or on the deck next to the pool.
The region measures some 24 000 hectares and is home to large
herds of elephant and buffalo. The mountainous terrain is attractive
to leopard and the region has resident prides of lion. Rhino were
recently reintroduced and guests visiting The Outpost are likely
to see Nyala, Sharpe’s Grysbok and a variety of other antelope
which are not easily found elsewhere in the Kruger National Park.
The diverse terrain of the region includes mopane woodlands, fever
tree forests, acacia thickets and some of the largest and oldest
Guests are offered
2 game drives daily, one in the early morning and one in the late
afternoon stretching into the early evening. Game drives are conducted
by qualified and experienced guides in open-air four wheel-drive
vehicles. Game excursions are not restricted to public roads in
Kruger National Park and mostly make use of tracks formerly reserved
for the use of Park officials. Limited off road driving is permitted.
Hiking and Birding
would like to experience the bush on foot may do so after breakfast
or as an alternative to a game drive in the early mornings and
late afternoons. Walks must be booked at the time of making your
reservation and are subject to availability. Walks are conducted
in parts of the region inaccessible to vehicles including the
spectacular Lanner Gorge. The Makuleke Region is renowned for
its birding and guests may be able to see scarlet-chested sunbirds,
broadbilled rollers, redheaded weavers, wattle-eyed flycatchers
and owls such as the Pel's fishing owl, the scops, white-faced,
pearl-spotted and giant eagle owl.
rich historical and cultural heritage can be explored by guided
visits to Crooks Corner and the Thulamela archaeological site
overlooking the Luvuvhu River. Artifacts dating from 1460 to 1640
have been found tying them to the last phase of the Zimbabwe culture.
In the late 19th century, the historic Ivory Route passed alongside
the Luvuvhu River to Crooks corner at the confluence of the Limpopo
and Luvuvhu rivers and the border of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and
South Africa. A visit to Thulamela is a half day excursion.
Visit The Makuleke Village
The Outpost celebrates
its relationship with the Makuleke Community. The creation 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. A visit to the Makuleke Village is
a full day excursion.