We visited the greater Kruger National Park during December 2013 / January 2014. We stayed at four lodges, 4 nights at The Outpost.
Firstly, the reservation office manager, Richard, was outstanding. He attended to all our questions and queries in a most professional, yet relaxed and friendly manner.
The managing couple at the lodge, Aaron and Beatrice, are an asset to the company. They are good hosts, friendly and efficient. The staff members are well trained - some obviously better than others, but all good at what they do.
The food is excellent and the chef went to a lot of trouble to attended to our gluten free dietary requests.
The rooms are modern in a bush setting - a surprising sight at first, but very pleasing. The rooms don't have walls - only canvas screens that roll up electrically - if they are all up, the "room" is open on three sides, which is spectacular in good weather. This does not mean they are not private - each room is situated in such a way that it is safe from prying eyes.
Unfortunately we had inclement weather on two days of our stay, meaning we had to keep the screens down. When the screens are down, one cannot enjoy the great view from the room. The rooms are in need of some basic maintenance. However, it is obvious that Aaron and Beatrice have started attending to this (they had only been there for approximately three months).
The Outpost is situated within a concession area in Kruger National Park. It is rich in diversity and many bird species occur here, not to be found in the rest of the park. Our guide Alweet was excellent and went to a lot of effort, sometimes doing three drives a day to accommodate the different needs of different guests. It was a special treat seeing Pel's Fishing Owl on the 1st of January after Alweet had timed his evening drive perfectly!
All four lodges we visited are within the same price category. The Outpost easily beat two other lodges in terms of standard and experience. However, the competition is stiff and I rank it in the joint first place with one of the other lodges on our trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Outpost lies in the Makuleke Contractual Park, a vast and remote wilderness area bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique.The Big 5 Makuleke Contractual Park measures some 26 500 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, an antelope which is not easily found in the more southern regions of the park, and over 350 recorded bird species. 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Outpost Hotel Kruger National Park