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Reviewed 17 May 2013

The rooms, called spaces, are really very spacious and the whole front can be opened so that you can have the feeling of sleeping outside! Wow! Of course you have mosquito nets over the beds!
What makes The Outpost so unique is that you can actually do bush walks among the big five with your guide. And we actually saw two hyenas chowing on a dead buffalo from about 80 metres.
The food is excellent and the staff very friendly.

Room Tip: Space 11 or 12 are the ones to be in with a spectacular view. Space 1 and 2 do not have the view but the animals walking past directly in front of the space.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Following the construction of The Outpost some years back, I was not disappointed when we arrived there and experienced the incredible synergy between the lodge location and the physical structures. The rooms or rather spaces create an emotion of wanting to exhale, of just "being". The artful minimalism used in the whole lodge is perfect - the only decor really needed, is the wide expanse of vistas that keeps you spellbound. We were there when there was a full moon that added an almost surreal atmosphere to the whole experience. Added to this, all personnel were professional yet exuding warmth and genuine interest in the guests and their well-being. The service from the very well trained staff is efficient yet relaxed - very refreshing! Being in an area of great natural beauty and also a very unique biome in Kruger National Park, the game drives through a diverse landscape added to a wonderful experience. Our guide's knowledge of the area, the animals, birding as well flora was outstanding! From a birding perspective this area has a rich deposit of special species that can be found here - thus a must for serious birders!
If you do not mind walking, units 7 to 12 have the most spectacular views, unit 4 is closer to the lounge/dining area and certainly does not lack in views either.
The food served at the lodge was delicious but with such a beautiful lodge I expected something a bit more sassy - nothing wrong with the taste - perhaps a bit more effort with presentation would do the trick?
The lodge's housekeeping is excellent, but I was a bit surprised to find the large bath sheets and face towels scratchy - I am aware this lodge runs on a very high ecological standard and they probably using natural sun to dry their linen, but the towels was such a turn down to the whole incredible bath-with-a-view-to-forever experience...
But alas...we will return to this place of peace and tangible silence.
The lodge's architecture is in a sensuous embrace with Mama Africa - a place where nature makes music...where you can get lost in the endless horizons. Go. Breathe. Be.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 -4 are closer to the lounge/dining/pool area if you do not enjoy walking. For a following trip, rooms 8 - 12 would be on my list in terms of exploring the valley vistas from a different angle.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank SantivN
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

we had a very nice stay in this lodge. the bungalows are situated "up the hill" and the views are fantastic. more than the half of the bungalow is open !!
people are friendly, service is very good. wildlife no to much, but the landscape is beautiful.
as we do not like to drive always we joined a foot-safari several times with a very good guid.
so our recommendation is high rated

Room Tip: something different in kruger, not overcrowded like the southern part
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Peter W
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

My husband and I stayed at The Outpost for three nights in October 2012. It was hands down the most unique bush lodge we have ever stayed at. The experience was truly 5 star from start to finish.

Our room was just gorgeous. As you'll see on the lodge website, the rooms are described as "spaces" and are essentially covered platforms nestled on the hillside above the Luvuvhu river valley with no walls. The view was incredible and the sunrise in the morning was magical. Everything about the room was very luxurious, especially the "bath with a view" and the outside shower. We slept with the shutters open every night to hear the sounds of the bush as we fell asleep..... stunning. Other fellow guests from outside South Africa did mention to us they were too nervous to sleep with the blinds open so the openness might not suit everyone. It is perfectly safe though, no animals can reach the room as it's elevated on a platform.

The food was delicious. We had breakfast and lunch with other fellow guests and a private dinner every night. Everything was beautifully prepared with very fresh ingredients.... quite amazing really at such a remote location. I still have dreams about the homemade peanut butter ice cream!

The highlight of our stay though was the bush experience. We have spent alot of time in the bush in various parts of southern Africa. This was our first time to Northern Kruger though and we were blown away by the landscape and topography. The fever tree forest was just beautiful, baobab trees are around every corner and Lanner gorge was fabulous. You won't find alot of big game in this part of the park as you do down south. But if you're a real bush lover, you'll probably enjoy this more. It's remote and the wildlife is breathtaking. If you're looking for the big five, this part of the park might not be for you. Having said that, we did have some amazing Buffalo and Elephant sightings.

The staff at the lodge couldn't have been nicer. Our guide, Danniella, was so knowledgeable on the area and was really passionate about the wildlife. This really added to our experience. The staff at the bar and restaurant were all lovely.

All in all, we would highly recommend The Outpost to anyone who is looking for a luxurious but unique experience in the bush. We can't wait to go back sometime.

Room Tip: The rooms furthest away from the main lodge on the right hand side have the most spectacular views..... you can clearly see the river from rooms 10 to 13. Room 13 is at the very end and the view is an amazing 180 degress.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

Our second stay at The Outpost, and nicely timed for the January 2013 floods. The management and staff were fantastic. They did so much for not only their own guests, but for everyone else in the area which was cut off due to all roads out being closed. We cannot thank them enough.

It's true that there are less big animals in this region. But if you enjoy nature, you will love it here. It is so friendly and laid back, and this part of the park is so quiet. The Outpost is stunning, but it's a quirky kind of luxury, a bit raw at the same time. Anyone wanting fluffy luxury might find it a bit challenging, especially at night when you most notice that there aren't any real walls. But it's an experience like no other, and we absolutely love it.

We have had excellent guides both times we have stayed here.

Room Tip: All rooms are the same, but different views, privacy and walking distance. We have always been very happy with room we have been given, they seem to choose the one they think is best that is available.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank SSnJS
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TheOutpost, Director of Sales at The Outpost, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2013

Dear SSnJS

Thank you so much for your comprehensive feedback and for visiting us again. I believe it was a little wet when you visited to say the least. It's great to hear how well the staff handled the situation. Fortunately things have dried up now to a large extent. Being where we are on the hill damage was fortunately minimal.

The good news is that the pans have all filled up now and the birdlife is just incredible. I last visited The Outpost in November and the area was as dry as a bone so the extensive rain was definitely a blessing.

I hope it's not too long before we welcome you back at The Outpost.


Best regards


Richard de la Rey

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