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Luxury Safaris in South Africa

The Outpost - Northern Kruger National Park

The Outpost lies in a vast wilderness area in the northern most 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. The region measures some 28 000 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. Birding is extraordinary with lots of the regions specials!

Activities on safari:                                     

  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Walking trails
  • Visits to archaeological site
  • Spa treatments back at the lodge


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.

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.

 Food & Beverage:

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.

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Getting Here

  • Airstrip: Private charter flights to and from the private airstrip near The Outpost can be booked.
  • Pickup: We can do a pickup at some of the Kruger National Park gates, depending on how much time there is available to reach The Outpost on time.
  • Self drive:
Via Kruger National Park

From Skukuza drive north to Letaba Camp, and then continue onto Shingwedzi and further towards the Pufuri Gate (the most northern gate of the Kruger National Park). Once you have crossed the bridge over the Luvuvhu River, in the far north of the park, drive for approximately 18km and look out for the Outpost sign (which is on the right hand side of the road, and built out of stones). At the sign, turn left and travel on a dirt road for approximately 4km before you reach the camp.

Please take note that although the route is shorter via the Kruger National Park, the speed limit is 50km per hour, making the driving time much longer. Skukuza is situated a total of 380km from Pafuri.

Via Pietersburg (Polokwane) and Louis Trichardt (Makhado)

Follow the N1 north towards Messina (Musina). Just after you have gone through the Baobab Toll Gate, you will find the R525 turn-off to Tshipise and Pafuri. Take this turn-off to your right and you will eventually pass Tshipise on your right. Further along the R525 you will also pass through the Masisi boom (this access boom is approximately 111km from the R525 turn-off from the N1). Approximately 23km further, still on the R525 you will enter through the gate to the Makuya and Kruger National Parks. From this gate travel a further 6.6km until you see the sign for the Outpost. Turn right at the sign and follow the 4km dirt road to the camp.

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