- The Outpost has been designed using simple, clean lines, combining elements of steel, concrete and open space. The unashamedly contemporary design of The Outpost emphasises its beautiful surroundings but blends into, and preserves the wilderness that is its home within the Northern Kruger National Park.
- Accommodation consists of 12 unique and modern stand-alone open plan en-suite Luxury Spaces offering spectacular panoramic views of the river and bush below.
- Big FiveYes
- Off RoadYes (for Big 5 Sightings only)
- Camp FencedNo
- Child PolicyOnly children 10 years and older
- PoolYes - at the main area only
- SPAIn-room Massages
- Cellphone SignalNo
- Malaria AreaYes (Low Risk Area)
LocationMakuleke Concession within the Northern Kruger National Park
6,5 hours drive from Johannesburg. Daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg/Cape Town to Hoedspruit or Nelspruit Airport. Road or Air transfer options from surrounding areas and airports.
3 x Bush View Suites
8 x River View Suites
1 x Honeymoon Suite
Rates & Special Offers
Deals By Date
- All rates are subject to availability.
- Proof of SA residency may be required at the time of booking or upon check-in at the lodge.
- Surcharges may apply on rates over peak holiday periods and long weekends.
- Special discounted rates for International guests are available on request.
- Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
- Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted special rates for International Residents are available on request.
- Special Rates offered are applicable to Suites/Spaces 1 – 11.
- Kruger National Park gate fees must be settled directly at the gate on entry into the park and are subject to change:
- South African Residents – Adult: ZAR 100 per adult per day & ZAR 50 per child per day.
- SADC Residents – Adult: ZAR 200 per adult per day & ZAR 100 per child per day.
- International Residents – Adult: ZAR 400 per adult per day & ZAR 200 per child per day.
- Kruger National Park gate entry times are as follows:
- Jan, Feb, Nov & Dec 05h30 – 18h30
- Mar & Oct 05h30 – 18h00
- Apr, Aug & Sep 06h00 – 18h00
- May, Jun, Jul 06h00 – 17h30
- All visitors who are 18 years and older, must produce a positive identity document for scanning in order to gain access to the Kruger National Park:
- SA Residents must produce their SA ID document or Driver’s Licence.
- Non SA Residents must produce their passports.
- A General Concessionary Levy for all visitors to the Makuleke Concession in the northern Kruger National Park applies:
- R 180 per person per stay, payable at the lodge direct on departure. (Subject to change)
- Please contact your Bushbreaks consultant for single accommodation rates.
- Regrettably children under the age of 10 years are not permitted.
- Children aged 10 years and older are charged the full adults rates.
- Children must be supervised at all times as the rooms are “open-air” with open balconies and the lodge and swimming pool are both unfenced.
About The Outpost
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.
Italian born architect Enrico Daffonchio designed The Outpost. 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.
The 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 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.
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.
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 Outpost provides an ideal location for your intimate wedding in our African wilderness. There are a number of beautiful areas within the concession from which you can choose the perfect location.
We can arrange all aspects of your wedding including legal requirements, ministers, photographers, flowers, choirs and the like. Please contact us to discuss your personal requirements for your special day.
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 and tsessebe antelope which are not easy to find 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 baobab trees.
Guests will be offered a choice of a long or short game excursion in the 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-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.
Guests who 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 are conducted in parts of the region not accessible 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.
The region’s rich historical and cultural heritage can be explored by guided visits to Crooks Corner and the Thulamela archaeological site overlooking the Luvuvhu River. Artefacts 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.
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
(Approximately 650km / 6 to 7 hours drive)
- From Johannesburg take M1 North to Pretoria via Centurion.
- Drive straight along this highway and follow the Pietersburg / N1 North signs.
- The M1 north eventually becomes the N1 North
- When close to Pietersburg / Polokwane, follow the N1 north signs towards Louis Trichardt / Makhado.
- Follow the N1 North, past the turn-off to Louis Trichardt and proceed towards Musina.
- Proceed along the N1 and approximately 57 kms after the turn-off to Louis Trichardt (when you have just passed through the Baobab Toll Gate), you’ll find the R525 turnoff to Tshipise and Pafuri to your right.
- Take this turn-off to your right and proceed along the R525, straight on past the turn-off to Tshipise.
- Please be careful of stray cattle and wild donkeys and goats on this road.
- Further along the R525 you will also pass through the Masisi boom (this access boom is approx. 111 kms from the R525 turnoff from the N1).
- Enter the Kruger National Park through Pafuri Gate.
- Please tell the gate guard that you are staying at The Outpost and he will reduce your entry fee into the Kruger Park.
- From this gate travel until you see the sign for The Outpost (approx 5,6 kms).
- The sign is built from rocks and is on the left-hand side of the road.
- Turn right at the sign and follow the dirt road for 4 kms.
Please take note, the service station at Tshipise is the last service station along the route so please check your fuel as it is still approx 120 kms to The Outpost from there. There is no fuel pump at Pafuri Gate, so please ensure you have enough fuel for your journey back to Tshipise, or southwards through the Kruger National Park after staying at The Outpost.
The last cellphone reception is at Tshipise, so if you need to make a call, make it then!!