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Just when I thought I had seen it all on Safari, I quickly realized I had seen so little. I have been fortunate enough to spot “The Big Five” more then five times. I’ve felt the thrill of being surrounded by a pride of Lions in Tanzania, Ive viewed a crash of Rhinos at a watering hole in Namibia and most recently witnessed a pair of Leopards with their kill in Masai Mara. While these are priceless memories for me, I do admit the chase can be quite hectic. Fast paced 4×4’s rushing to each sighting with the constant announcements that come blaring from the radio between rangers. It’s easy to lose sight of what drew you to the bush in the first place as you rapidly become immersed in a self curated checklist of African wildlife.

THE SAFARI

The Outpost Lodge offers a completely different experience, a unique, custom-tailored safari for each of their guests which reminds you why you fell in love with the bush in the first place. Located in the most northern region of the Kruger National Park, an area which offers some of the most dramatic and stunning landscapes in the remote wilderness. While it is a “Big Five” territory, it is the diverse landscape, 350+ bird species and intimate encounters with Elephants and Antelopes that give the area it’s charm. Plus, the unforgettable sundowner locations which consisted of stunning African sunsets, great conversation and of course Amarula!

Walking Safaris allow you to experience the bush with an unparalleled perspective. Without the sounds of engines and other visitors, the bush comes to life before your eyes as you walk on the same land as the infamous predators and prey you have come to witness. These bush walks are extremely educational as you learn about the Flora & Fauna, track leopard and Hyena prints in the sand and touch, smell and taste some of the plants that locals have utilized for centuries. The fever tree forest is a scene straight out of a fairy tale, while Crooks Corner allows you to gaze upon the meeting point between South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe whilst learning the history of the area! As our ranger Garry points out, “Safari by vehicle is like watching the movie, but safari on foot is like reading the book.”

THE LODGE

The Outpost is stunningly situated on a hilltop overlooking the Luvuvhu River. With 12 stand alone spaces connected to the main lodge by a 500m Zimbabwean teak walkway. Each space is open concept with clean lines, an award winning bathroom and an incredible 180 degree view of the surrounding area. Watching the sunrise from your pillow is a unique experience to be cherished and the shower – well, that is a memory all on it’s own.

FOOD & DRINK

African inspired dishes are seamlessly fused with traditional favourites, all elegantly plated and served in a variety of locations. Breakfast is served in the dining area while lunch can be arranged as a picnic on safari along the river banks or back at the hotel. Dinner is exceptional in flavour and presentation and can be served in the dining area or courtyard beside the pool and fire pit. A romantic and unforgettable setting is dining under the stars in the bush at the base of a candlelit Baobab tree.

A fully stocked wine cellar is located in the main dining area and offers a large selection of South African wines while the bar offers a variety of cold beers and cocktails.

This is a special place, an accommodation as memorable as the destination itself. The friendly Makuleke staff who welcome you back to the lodge with a smile after every game drive, the most knowledgable guides I have come across in a dozen safaris and accommodations that are as uniquely positioned in a natural setting as possible. I will forever remember my time at The Outpost, though perhaps the fact I chose Lanner Gorge (which is only accessible by staying at the Outpost and one other camp) to pop the question had something to do with it!

THIS IS NOT A PAID ADVERTISEMENT | nadaCliché was invited on a media rate.
As always, the opinion is that of the author.

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  • Caleb

    Wow, so beautiful!! And congratulations! 😉

    • nadaCliche

      Thanks Caleb!

  • Ashley

    Where is Fever Tree forest?? I just gogoled it and it looks so enchanting. Congrats on the engagement Shawn.

    • nadaCliche

      Its not far from the lodge, about a 45 minute drive. Its extremely beautiful, and a very informative and engaging walking safari. We had hoped to see an Elephant in the forest but no luck 😉

  • Alexa

    Such an amazing trip! This place is so magical

    • nadaCliche

      XOXO

  • Daniel M

    Looks extremely beautiful but Pafuri is just TOO FAR! LOL Did you drive or charter?

    • nadaCliche

      Haha it is quite the distance, but well worth it in my opinion!! We wanted remote and we got it. Lanner Gorge for instance would be overrun with tourists if it wasn’t so hard to reach.

  • Viv

    Gosh, that place is stunning! That view from your bed WOW. One question – what is Amarula LOL?

    • nadaCliche

      Amarula is a cream based liqueur made in South Africa and its is AMAZING haha. Very similar to baileys, great with coffee, hot chocolate, straight or on Ice Cream. I’m a big fan and open to sponsorship 😉

  • Paula

    Incredibly beautiful and unique accommodations, that view is superb. Ive always wanted to go on a safari, never realized it was so luxurious 😉 I thought you had to camp.

    • nadaCliche

      Hey Paula, there are a wide variety of accommodations in the bush from basic camping to ultra luxury chalets. There are even luxury camps as well, whatever level of comfort you are looking for you will find. Hope one day you can venture out on a safari. Cheers.

  • Heather

    Just saw your photo on the #TRLT Twitter chat and had to check this place out – the view is spectacular. What a dreamy place to wake up, enjoy.

  • Vic

    That Baobab dinner photo tho…Congrats on the engagement!

    • nadaCliche

      Thanks Vic!!

  • James D

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful! The food presentation is splendid, scenery breathtaking and wildlife is always a thrill. Very nice sir.

  • Ian M

    Saw your Baobab photo on Rare earth, very nicely done. Looks so romantic and enchanting. Hope to visit one day. Cheers.

  • Mumi

    The fever tree forest looks splendid and the food delicious. Most wonderful place to stay

  • Tif

    My lord take me to that room now! Congrats on the engagement 😉