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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!Outpost_2

Activities on safari:                                     

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

Accommodation:

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.

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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.

Photographic & Game Viewing Safaris

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Covering an area of about 20000 square kilometres and boasting with incredible wildlife diversity, just think 520 bird, 119 reptile and 147 mammal species, Kruger National Park offers the visitor a unique safari experience rivalled only by few other great parks in Africa.

The 3000 km of road, lots of beautiful and peaceful rest camps, lovely picnic sites and very knowledgeable field guides, makes an ideal combination to ensure a great game viewing safari with ample opportunity for taking photographs and spotting the Big 5!

We conduct our safaris throughout the park and accommodate in all of the different rest camps. If you do not know which camps to choose, relax, we have lots of experience in the park and let us do it for you!

Accommodation:

Option 1 - Camping out in comfortable canvas dome tents within the rest camps. To get that ultimate safari feeling, we recommend camping out with us under the African skies whilst immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush.

Option 2 - Alternatively, you can also book the chalets/bungalows if camping out is not for you! Most have en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning / ceiling fans.

NB!!! Accommodation in Kruger is very popular and must be booked well in advance to secure your place and avoid disappointment... so let us know early and we can start planning your safari!

On Safari:

Game drives are done in closed, air conditioned vehicles with a high ground clearance to allow for optimal game viewing and keeping you and your expensive camera equipment dry when rainy and yourself cool when hot!

We also recommend booking a private vehicle if you want to focus on photography on safari, this is just to avoid conflicting interests and making the most of the opportunities presented whilst on drives.

Activities like night drives and bush walks can be booked at camp at extra cost.

Food & Beverage:

  • Included in the costs are two meals daily, brunch (breakfast/lunch) and dinner. Also included are all morning and afternoon snacks, coffees & teas and complimentary wines and juice served with meals. Meals are prepared “South African style” at camp or picnic sites. Think BRAAI!
  • Additional drinks can be bought at camp.
  • If you would like to arrange for specific drinks whilst relaxing around the campfire at night, just let us know and we can arrange that for you! (Extra cost)
  • Meals at restaurants/cafeterias in camp and additional drinks/food can be bought at extra cost to the guest.
  • Please note that we only cater for normal dietary meals, but we unfortunately DO NOT cater for vegetarian, kosher or vegan etc. on these safaris.

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Example daily itinerary:

05:00 am - Wake up time!

05:15 am - Coffee, tea and rusks before morning drive

05:40 am - Morning game drive. (Times differ according to season)

                 We usually stop at lookout points, waterholes and picnic stops along the way.

10:00 am - Brunch is usually at a nice picnic spot!

11:30 am - Back at camp.

                You can swim, take a siesta or just whatever you feel like wanting to do!

14:45 pm - Afternoon drinks and snacks.

15:00 pm - Afternoon game drive.

17:30 pm - Back at camp. (Times differ according to season)

20:00 pm - Dinner

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Important Info:

Transfers

  • We do pick-ups from Nelspruit KMIA (airport) or any of the Kruger National Park gates only. It is your responsibility to arrange for transfers and flights to or from these points where we collect and drop off our guests.
  • NB! We do not do any pick-ups entering the Kruger National Park that will result in arriving at whichever camp on or later than the camp gate closing times.

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Restrictions on safari

  • There will be a maximum number of 6 guests per vehicle.
  • Any one between the ages of 12 - 65 is welcome on these vehicle based safaris. A private/exclusive safari has to be booked if you have children younger than 12.
  • Everyone has to adhere to the rules set out by the Kruger National Park. (Click here for rules)
  • Everybody has to complete an indemnity form before embarking on safari.
  • Guests depend on the Field Guide for their safety and for guidance. The guide should therefore be obeyed at all times and failure to co-operate in this respect could lead to the immediate cancellation of the safari.
  • Excessive consumption of liquor is strongly discouraged and can lead to the immediate cancellation of that person’s safari.
  • Malaria Prophylactics are essential. Please consult your doctor. Guests should bring their own medication and please inform us on anything important that we must be aware of. All of the areas where we conduct our safaris are known malaria areas and guests should please consult their physician/chemist before going on safari.
  • Please contact your travel agent/tour operator regarding luggage weight restrictions if you did your booking through them. Remember that large bags etc. will only make it difficult for you especially when camping out.
  • Guests are responsible for their own travel insurance.
  • Please check with your local foreign embassy or your travel agent to see if you require a visa. Most international passports require a visa.

Example what to pack

  • shorts
  • long sleeved shirts (for sun protection as well as warmth).
  • 1 light sweater or sweatshirt
  • 1 lightweight, waterproof windbreaker
  • short-sleeved shirts or T-shirts
  • underwear and socks
  • hat or cap
  • Toilet kit including shampoo and soap
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera and film or memory card plus batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Bird and animal checklist
  • Sun block

 

 

 

Walking Safaris

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