THE HISTORY OF THE MAKULEKE & THE OUTPOST
The Makuleke Contractual Park (formally known as The Pafuri) was occupied by the Makuleke Community for some 140 years prior to their forced removal in 1969 under the apartheid policies of the previous government. After South Africa returned to democracy in the 1990’s, the Makuleke’s lodged a successful land claim resulting in the return of their land. This return was conditional on the land being used only for ecotourism and subject to the environmental management of Kruger National Park.
The Makuleke Community then awarded a 30 year concession to The Outpost. A true community lodge, The Outpost was built with a labour force provided by the Community. The Outpost now operates with staff drawn almost entirely from the Community.
The Outpost pays 8% of its turnover to the Community as a concession rental and a further 2% of its turnover is paid to a Trust formed for the benefit and welfare of the Community. At the end of the 30 year period, the entire lodge is returned to the Community, the objective being for community members to have obtained the necessary skills to operate The Outpost for their own benefit.
This arrangement represents one of the most advanced integrated conservation and sustainable development models in the world and provides real ownership and control to the Makuleke Community.
SOME OF OUR FRIENDLY MAKULEKE STAFF
- MAKULEKE CONTRACTUAL PARK
FROM OUR GUEST BOOK
All members of the Makuleke
Community who are the
ultimate owners of this
spectacular property, treated
us like honoured guests and
nothing was too much trouble.
Service was excellent.
PAFURI (a Shangaan name)
is named after Venda chieftains.
The MPHAPHULI, and the LUVUVHU
RIVER is named after a
Combretum tree (Venda: muvuvhu)
growing on its banks.