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The Outpost, Kruger National Park
|Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, SOUTH AFRICA.|
Description: The OutpostIn the most remote part of Kruger National Park, in a wilderness area previously uninhabited by visitors to the Park lies the vast concession awarded to The Outpost. This is the first lodge to be built in this vast region.
Acclaimed Italian born architect Enrico Daffonchio designed the lodge using simple, clean lines and combining elements of steel and canvas the unashamedly contemporary design emphasizes its beautiful surrounds but blends and preserves the wilderness that is its home.
Situated in the Makuleke Region in the northernmost part of Kruger National Park, The Outpost rests high on a hill overlooking the flood plains of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers. This region, formerly known as the Pafuri region, is in the northernmost part of Kruger National Park and is bordered to the north by the Limpopo and Zimbabwe and to the East by Crooks Corner and Zimbabwe.
Great Limpopo Peace Park: The Makuleke Region falls in the epicentre of the Great Limpopo Park which comprises Kruger National Park, the Gaza National Park in Mozambique and the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe. This visionary park has become a reality guests will be able to visit the Mozambican and Zimbabwean parts of the Peace Park without requiring visas and without having to exit the Peace Park.
Despite its remote location, the hotel strives to provide excellent cuisine. The style of food reflects its African surroundings. Care is taken to source the best produce whether available locally or whether it is flown in fresh from Johannesburg.
Type of rooms: The OutpostGuests are accommodated in 12 stand-alone en suite rooms that are placed alongside a walkway half way up a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River.
The rooms are essentially of modern design with foldaway canvas screens and frontage offering 180-degree views of the Luvuvhu River Valley. The open feel of the rooms is extended into the bathroom where guests are afforded a view which extends as far as Mozambique.
Additional information: The Outpost
Children over 12 years welcome.
The region measures some 24000 hectares and is well known for its abundant wildlife including less common species not evident in the southern and central regions of the park. Apart from large herds of Elephant and Buffalo, guests will be able to see Nyala and Tsessebe antelope which are not easy to find in the more southern regions of the Park. The diverse terrain of the region includes Mopane woodlands, fever tree forests, acacia thickets as well as some of the largest and oldest Baobab specimens.
Guests will be offered a choice of a long or short game drive in the morning and again in the mid afternoon. Game drives will be conducted by qualified and experienced guides in open-air four wheel drive vehicles. The vehicles are not restricted to public roads in Kruger National Park and will mostly make use of tracks formerly restricted for the use of Park officials.
The region's rich historical and cultural heritage, can be explored by guided visits to Crooks Corner and the Thulamela archeological site overlooking the Luvuvhu River. Articles dating from 1460 to 1640 have been found tying them to the last phase of the Zimbabwe culture. In the late 19th century, the historic Ivory Route passed along the Luvuvhu River to Crooks corner at the confluence of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers and the border of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The Outpost is in a way a partnership between the lodge and the Makuleke people. The event of the lodge is inextricably linked to the history of the Makuleke people, their forced removal from the region under the Apartheid laws of the old South African government and the subsequent return of title to the Makuleke people. The history of the Makuleke people is best explored by a visit to the Makuleke Village in the capable hands of a Makuleke guide.
Guests who would like to experience the bush on foot may do so after breakfast or as an alternative to a game drive in the early mornings and late afternoons. Walks will be conducted in parts of the region not accessible to vehicles including the spectacular Lanner Gorge. The Makuleke Region is renown for its birding and guests may be able to see Scarlett chested sunbirds, Broadbilled rollers, Redheaded weavers, Wattle- eyed flycatchers and owls such as the Pels Fishing Owl, the Scops, Whitefaced, Pearl-Spotted and Giant Eagle Owl.
Number of rooms: 12
Official category: Boutique 5 stars Game Lodge.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 2003.
Period of closure: Open all year.
Languages spoken: English.Smoking policy: Smoking not permitted in all the public areas.
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Mastercard, Visa.
Restaurant closed: Meals served throughout the day.
GPS Coordinates: 22° 26' 24.45'' S 31° 5' 3.22'' E
Nearest airport: Tshikondeni Airstrip - 20 km.
Rates: The Outpost
|1 November 2012 to 31 December 2013||Taxes||Service charge|
|Luxury Suite||4500||incl.||not incl.|
|Honeymoon Suite||5500||incl.||not incl.|
|Breakfast per person||incl.|
|Description of seasons|
Fully serviced, luxury accommodation Breakfast, lunch and dinner, twice daily game drives in open vehicles with sundowners and snacks, transfers to and from the Pafuri landing strip for fly-in guests, teas and coffees.
Regional conservation fees (ZAR 100.00).
Kruger National Park entry fees (ZAR 45.00.
All drinks (to be settled prior to departure).
No children under the age of 10 years.
Full adult rate with a discount for children aged 10 to 15.
Please note that the rooms are open air with open balconies and that the lodge and swimming pool are both unfenced.
Children must be supervised at all times.
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|Booking and cancellation policy|
|Written confirmation accepting terms and conditions is needed.
A 50% deposit is required in order to secure the booking.
Full pre-payment is required 30 days prior to arrival.
Payment can be made by bank transfer, Visa or MasterCard.
Written confirmation for all cancellations (by email or by fax) needed. The following cancellation fees apply:
More than 30 days prior to arrival: a fee of 25% of full amount (i.e. 50% of deposit).
Less than 30 days prior to arrival: a fee of 50% of full amount (i.e. 100% of deposit).
Less than 7 days prior to arrival: a fee of 100% of full amount.
All costs, prices, and policies, including exchange rates and package deals, may change and should be confirmed with the hotel upon booking.
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