The Outpost: Perched on the Rim of the World

The northern corner of the world-famous Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s most breathtaking areas. Elephant herds wander through ageless fever tree forests, hundreds of buffalo spread like oil across the Limpopo floodplain, and through it all runs the Luvhuvu River, the lifeblood of the region.

Perched on a hill high above the Luvhuvu riverbed, with indescribable views of the African bushveld, sits The Outpost, your gateway into one of the most biodiverse regions in Southern Africa.

The Outpost operates within the 26 500ha Makuleke concession, a unique partnership in the Kruger Park in that the land is owned by the Makuleke people, and the lodges within the concession are staffed almost exclusively by the tribe.
Warm smiles greet visitors to this spectacular corner of Africa (which boasts over 80% of the Kruger National Park’s biodiversity), and guests can explore the bush through guided drives conducted by experienced rangers, or – even better – through immersive bush walks. This is truly the best way to experience the magic of the African wild, as one can get a far greater appreciation for the minutiae of the wilderness by fully grounding oneself on foot.

The Outpost accommodates 24 guests in 12 open plan, en-suite luxury spaces cantilevered on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River. The private, free standing spaces are inter-connected to each other and the central lodge area by 500 metres of Zimbabwean teak walkway. Contemporary architecture makes use of concrete and steel with state-of the-art retractable, remote-controlled screens offering 180º of uninterrupted views.

Ultimately, at The Outpost you are looking at the top lodge in the most spectacular region of South Africa’s most famous national park. The combination is ideal for almost anyone and everyone, from the adventurous to the birders, the walkers or the romantic honeymooners.

There is no one who won’t feel utterly enchanted both with this unique section of South Africa’s greatest wilderness, and this stunning hilltop lodge within it.

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Exploring the Pafuri

Iconic Africa’s director, John Holley has recently visited one of the Kruger National Park’s most untouched areas – The Outpost, Pafuri. This breath-taking wilderness is almost prehistoric. It’s surrounded by high peaks that form a sensational valley, perfect for the walking safari that will show you the beauty, splendour and stillness of the African bushveld. John was lucky enough to spot a black eagle nesting and a Pels fishing owl, but this is no surprise as this birder’s paradise is home to over 350 species. This 26,500ha concession, belonging to the Makuleke people, boasts nearly 80% of the Kruger Park’s biodiversity. Not only does The Outpost pride themselves on awarded architecture, but they also promise fun-filled excursions through the concession, magical walking safaris and game drives that will show the first time safari-goer and avid traveller all the incredible birding, fauna and flora before relaxing with a few sundowners or some stories around the fire.

See some of John’s favourite memories from the trip in his pictures below.