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WHAT OUR GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT OUR LODGE

MOST REVIEWS TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM TRIP ADVISOR

100% ATTENTION TO DETAIL, ATTENTIVE STAFF AND OUTSTANDING ACCOMMODATION *****

The Outpost completely trumped my expectations of what a 5-star bush lodge should be. We arrived to friendly faces and a warm welcome. We were then taken to our room, which was beyond amazing. With the canvas walls that completely lift with the touch of a button exposing you to a view like no other and allowing you to feel like you are literally sitting in the bush.

The food from beginning to end was completely delicious and staff accommodate any dietry requirements that one might have by providing a selection of options, especially for dinner.

The game drives were fantastic with rangers who really do know their 'stuff'. We were lucky enough to see a leopard which performed for us for almost an hour, along with elephant, buffalo, a huge variety of rare birds that you would not see elsewhere.

Thank you to the lodge, their staff and of course the head office employees who made our honeymoon as amazing as it was. We will definitely be back!

WILL DEFINITELY RETURN! *****

Amazing architecture - No photo can do the "spaces" or views justice. We woke up every night with hyena calling and no walls around... The staff are lovely and not once did we notice any staff member not smiling and not willing to assist - They attend to every need from arrival right to the moment you drive off again. And we definitely ate too much! Thank you to our guide Matt for his enthusiasm and great game drives - We will never forget the Fever Tree Forest in our lives. The Pafuri area is a paradise for fantastic bird spotting. We agreed on our (sad) departure, that we could not have chosen a better break and we will most definitely visit the Outpost again. Highly recommended!

WE ARE GETTING MARRIED! *****

Just over a year ago - we won a trip to the Outpost, through On All Terrain. This was the beginning of the end. Shortly after our stay, Matthew and I got engaged. Our wedding date is 26 September! !!! This trip was a watershed in our relationship, and something neither of us will forget. The attached photo was take at the Outpost by our host and game ranger. It is now our wedding invite cover. Thank you again for the amazing experience - we will never forget it, thank you so much!!!

BEAUTIFUL PLACE! *****

What an amazing experience we had! It’s a very special place with friendly staff, delicious food, great birding and views that take your breath away!

Our game ranger, Nick, was very knowledgeable and he takes your game-viewing experience to another level. He was very engaging and he showed us things that you normally drive pass in the bush. Very interesting.

Thank you for a beautiful stay- we will definitely be back!

ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL PLACE I HAVE EVER STAYED IF NOT THE MOST WONDERFUL!! *****

Perfect in every way! We have been fortunate to have travelled the world. In fact we have been to over 50 countries in the past 30 years and the Outpost is certainly one of the most wonderful places we have ever stayed. We absolutely loved it. The rooms are out of this world. The service was outstanding. The staff were amazing and the food was on par with any top London restaurant.

Being in the most northern part of the Kruger the game is not as plentiful as the south, so if you are looking for lots of game or the big 5, the Outpost is not for you. But if you are looking for a different experience - being in one of the most remote places in the world, with no light pollution and seeing the most amazing stars, with no one else to spoil your game viewing, seeing lots of birds that are not seen in other areas, staying in the most amazing accommodation with fantastic food and breath taking views – go to the Outpost.

We arranged to go on a walking safari on one of our days which was great. They went out of their way to arrange this at short notice. A big thank you to everyone at the Outpost. You deserve every award / accolade you have won - you certainly are among the best of the best and I am so so pleased to have experienced it. Thank you.

OUTSTANDING, OUTSTANDING OUTSTANDING *****

I am lucky enough to be able to travel often around Southern Africa and visit many of the best properties, some are as expected, some are underwhelming. The Outpost exceeded all my expectations and then some.

Starting with the staff and management who were wonderful. All members of the Makuleke community who are the ultimate owners of this spectacular property, they treated us like honoured guests and nothing was too much trouble. Service was excellent.

The rooms are incredible. Spacious and comfortable and simply furnished with the most magnificent views over the Luvuvhu River. Utter peace and tranquility.

Food was very good. Not haute cuisine but mostly delicious and certainly plentiful even for someone with a very healthy appetite (like me...)

The game viewing.... well I’ve seen the Big 5 a hundred times, so I could care less if I saw a pride or lions or not (we didn’t). This is not for the folks who are doing a one week trip to Africa and are never coming back. The huge attraction of the area is that it is relatively untouched and unexploited and so there is a true feeling of “wilderness” which is so often hard to get in many other parts of South Africa. If however you have been to the bush a few times and are looking for something special and different, or incredibly romantic, then this is it.

There are huge baobab trees (all looking like extras from Lord of the Rings) and magical fever tree forests. There are lovely rivers and deep canyons. So much magnificent scenery - thinking back on the trip now it feels almost dreamlike.

We did see buffalo and elephant and some fabulous birds and lots of the usual antelope species and one or two smaller creatures too. Our ranger / field guide Byron was superb. Always interesting, knowledgeable and chatty. Who knew butterflies could be so interesting!

Bottom line, I left wishing desperately that I could have stayed another couple of days. This is a very special place indeed. Thank you Thomas and team!


GO TO WALK AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THE NORTHERN BUSH... THIS IS NOT SABI SANDS *****

We spent three days at the Outpost and did 5 walking safaris. We walked into elephants, buffalo, warthogs, nyala, kudu. impala, hippos, crocs and jackals on foot... we tracked lions and leopards. IT was such a trilling experience to walk for hours without the rover and hear and feel nature. While yes, there is less big game up North, the topography is stunning, the fever trees, the baobab trees, the gorge. We also spent three days in Idube and while we saw big game all over the place, it is not nearly the same experience as walking. Both compliment each other.

The rooms are stunning. Staff amazng and our food was excellent. We were catered to hand and food. I would recommend this place to anyone. It is magical.


GREAT SAFARI EXPERIENCE *****

We stayed there in January 2012 for two nights in space 12. This was the most impressive “hotel” room I had in my life. Don’t expect to see the big five everyday (in 4 rides we saw a leopard on a baobab, elephants and buffalos) but expect a real safari as you won’t meet many cars and it is not organised as a zoo park like in many parts of Kruger. Rooms were very clean, Food was ok, and the ranger not extremely experimented but we had a fantastic time at the outpost.


LUXURY IN THE BUSH, GOOD FOOD AND GREAT COMFORT *****

We spent three glorious nights here. this was our second visit and it did not disappoint. the food is fantastic, staff are attentive and very well trained. the game drives are exciting (not a lot of game in the area at this time of the year though - but the bush is lush and dense and the bird life is great). sundowners overlooking gorges and breakfast in the fever tree forest made this a fantastic break. the rooms are like giant caves set back in the rock with the whole front open to the trees. with a huge bath under the stars and a day bed and king size bed and outside lounger. it is magnificent


AWESOME SHOT FOR SAFARI JUNKIES *****

What can I say about our 5 days at the Outpost last July? That is was an epic, awesome and massive experience? Yes, that it was. Or that the twice a day safari’s were addictive to the max? Yes, that they were. Or that the people managing the lodge went our of their way to make our stay something never to forget. Yes, they did. That our guide was not only extremely well educated and knew the Kruger like the back of his hand, but also was a stand-up comedian with a smashing smile. Yes, he was like that. But if I tell you all this, I would forget the wonderful contemporary design of the lodge. The perfect mix of concrete, steel and wood that blend into the Kruger wonderfully. The views from our ‘space’ where baobab trees, elephants, monkeys, eagles, hyenas and all that other wonderful wildlife and scenery was literally at our feet or at the base of our bathtub. And did I mention the food?

For us it was one of the most unique places we have ever visited and we have been all over this little blue ball we live on quite a lot. And yes, sometimes things did not go as expected but hey, we are only human.


ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING EXPERIENCES ABROAD EVER *****

In our review of the year 2011 our stay in “The Outpost“ definetely was THE highlight! Our time there in April was really stunning and one of the most exciting experiences abroad ever.

The combination of the innovative architecture in the middle of this fascinating bushlands is really breathtaking! We were overwhelmed by the friendly service provided by Thomas and his team (although we hadn’t a good start as we arrived late the first day) and it was quite a privilege to experience The Outpost as only guests for half of the time. Please send our warmest regards to Byron who gave us so competent and interesting insights in an area unknown to us. It was really a pleasure to make the Game Drives with him in the surrounding areas where all of us were rewarded by discovering two female lions with four cubs which we called “The Outpost 6” as they were never seen before. As far as we are concerned we can’t agree that the northern part of the Kruger Park wouldn’t offer that amount and variety of animals. We were happy to see lions, elephants, buffalos, zebras, baboons, impalas, nialas, kudus, genets and loads of birds that only Byron knows :-)

We really enjoyed the unbelievable open air feeling in our space above the world of the northern Kruger Park and the intimate atmosphere of a candle dinner for two. If you ever want to experience an unforgettable stay, choose “The Outpost“!


ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL PLACE I HAVE EVER STAYED IF NOT THE MOST WONDERFUL!! *****

Perfect in every way! We have been fortunate to have travelled the world. In fact we have been to over 50 countries in the past 30 years and the Outpost is certainly one of the most wonderful places we have ever stayed. We absolutely loved it. The rooms are out of this world. The service was outstanding. The staff were amazing and the food was on par with any top London restaurant.

Being in the most northern part of the Kruger the game is not as plentiful as the south, so if you are looking for lots of game or the big 5, the Outpost is not for you. But if you are looking for a different experience - being in one of the most remote places in the world, with no light pollution and seeing the most amazing stars, with no one else to spoil your game viewing, seeing lots of birds that are not seen in other areas, staying in the most amazing accommodation with fantastic food and breath taking views – go to the Outpost.

We arranged to go on a walking safari on one of our days which was great. They went out of their way to arrange this at short notice. A big thank you to everyone at the Outpost. You deserve every award / accolade you have won - you certainly are among the best of the best and I am so so pleased to have experienced it. Thank you.


A MUST SEE *****

This lodge is a must see; a very special and modern design. Your room basically has just one wall to the back and a roof; the rest is open (curtains can be closed), which provides an amazing atmosphere. If you skip one game drive in the morning you can enjoy an unmatched sunrise right from your bed. If the wheather is windy, it can be quite noisy, which we didn’t mind. Service quality is absolutely outstanding and all stuff are just lovable. With a limited number of rooms (15?), its very family like. Lodge is isolated, which gives it its special character and is hence very peaceful. Food quality is outstanding and served at a large table jointly with all guests and your ranger (unless you prefer your privacy). Spend 2-3 days that you will never forget.


BEST HOLIDAY EVER *****

I’m a bit surprised to read the recent negative reviews. My husband and I spent four nights there in June 2009 and had an amazing experience. Everything - from the food to the service to the game rides - was five star. As mentioned by a previous reviewer, The Outpost doesn’t have its own guide, but contracts them from Ecotraining nearby, and their guides are really well trained - our guide was exceptionally knowledgable, and had no trouble finding game (and was also very young - I say this in response to the review below that criticized a guide for his youth). On our last day, when we were the only people at the lodge, the guide took us out for an extra-long drive. The service overall was impeccable, and we even received a complementary upgrade to their best unit. And the food was simply amazing. The setting is simply stunning, and one of the best aspects of this part of Kruger is the few number of people you’ll encounter on game drives - it’s as if you have the park to yourself. I thought The Outpost was really good value for money compared to other private lodges near Kruger.


A VERY SPECIAL PLACE TO STAY *****

The Outpost is simply one of the most stunning places I’ve ever stayed.

The rooms are utterly unique – 3 walls have been removed and replaced with floor to ceiling electric blinds which when opened (and we hardly ever had them closed) allow 180 degree views of the incredibly beautiful Luvuvhu river valley and the wildlife below. Bring your binos and enjoy game viewing from the comfort of your daybed or bath!

The lodge has been very thoughtfully designed and sits very well in its environment nestled into the side of a steep hill – it reminded me quite a lot of Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia. Though super-stylish there is absolutely nothing pretentious about The Outpost and we found the atmosphere and staff really relaxed and friendly. Some of the other posts mention negative experiences because a change of ownership and management. We’re glad to report that these issues appear to have been ironed out. We found the guide, staff and management very competent and professional without being pretentious.

We’ve been on safari quite a few times before, but never in the Northern Kruger and we absolutely loved the very different landscape and vegetation we experienced there. It’s a paradise for walkers and birders and though we aren’t the latter we couldn’t but help get enthused by our superb guide, Pierre - the birdlife is prolific, very unique to the area and his knowledge was seriously impressive! However, Northern Kruger is not packed with big 5 mammal - if this is your first and only safari, you may want to head further south or combine the Outpost with other safari options.

Experiencing the landscape, flora and fauna on foot is an absolute must – we’ve done walking safaris elsewhere, but they just didn’t compare with the beauty of the area surrounding The Outpost. Whilst they didn’t have a permanent walking guide on site when we visited (end Oct), they expect to do so very soon and in the meantime walks can be arranged if sufficient notice is given.

This place is a real find.


GREAT TIME AT THE OUTPOST

The standard of the lodge is excellent in every respect, especially the beautiful location and minimalistic design which offered every comfort. Our only discomfort was, that with the first night’s spectacular lightning storm came fairly strong winds which kept us awake most of the night owing to noisy banging from loose roof sheets. Nobody else seemed to have had this problem, so it may be worthwhile for the lodge maintenance team to check out Bungalow No. 7.

Cannot complain about the service – it was excellent!!

The same goes for the quality of the food and we enjoyed the fact that there was great flexibility with meal times. For instance, we were served a delicious, fresh lunch on our first day, despite the fact that we only managed to get there at 3:30pm. Thereafter meals were served whenever we wanted them, which we much prefer to the rigidity of most hotels. Though too much food was consumed by all.

We enjoyed the early morning drives, late breakfasts and being left to our own devices during the day. The late afternoon drives were very sensible to avoid the heat of the day (though from the second day onwards, we had wonderful overcast weather – just perfect) and went well into the evenings – always enjoyed a bit of night driving which you generally cannot do in most parks.

The area of The Outpost is of course, sublime with surprising and spectacular scenery. Although game seems to be generally more sparse up north, the area is far less populated with people, so we were able to enjoy our game viewing without fighting a traffic jam. Having said that, we were lucky enough to see all of the big five in one day with a most exciting and amazing close up viewing of no less than three beautiful leopards all together at one time and later that evening on our drive back to the lodge, three lions alongside the road. This, together with a lucky sighting of four rhinos, huge herds of buff and many ellies. A lovely (or incredibly ugly) huge male hyena also raised his head in acknowledgement of our presence which just made for a fabulous day’s viewing. Thank you to our very knowledgeable guides, Sarah and Cara (who we went out with one afternoon). We were also fortunate enough to come across a very active pack of wild dogs about 5km from the Phalaborwa gate on our way up north. So could not have asked for more!

Generally – just great and the northern part of the park is definitely on the cards for us in future. Just incidentally, as luck would have it, the Limpopo decided to fill itself with a wave of water during our weekend visit. Friends of our guide, Sarah, very unwisely decided to camp in the middle of the dry river bed that night and were all but swept away with the sudden influx of water. No major mishaps other than a rather expensive loss of camera equipment and general gear. Must have been a spectacular sight.


“MAKULELE WONDERLAND - This could be you!”

Jakob and Alice from Copenhagen decided to come and experience the best of what South Africa has to offer by flying all the way down JUST to spend 5 days in Makuleke!

The safari started in Phalaborwa and that meant we took the long drive up to reach the far northern reaches of the Park on the Zimbabwean and Mozambican borders. The 250km journey took a whopping 8hrs because of all the sightings we had en route.

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