Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Outpost

Rates per night from$904.04

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (ZAR12,695.65), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Wild thing

Setting

Vast, remote Makulele

Kruger National Park has always been breathtaking – but now it has added wow-factor thanks to The Outpost: an architecturally arresting hideaway surrounded by South African wilderness. Accessed via a remote rocky road, this steel-and-concrete vision invites guests to unwind and relax amid Mother Nature. There’s a relaxed sense of fluidity to the open-plan layout – rooms don’t have windows; doors don’t have locks – and the great outdoors has never looked greater. Don’t expect reliable WiFi or phone signal; do expect David Attenborough-worthy wildlife.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A full-body massage each and a bottle of South African sparkling wine; if you bed down in Pel's Post, you’ll get a bush-dining experience and a branded gift instead

Facilities

Photos The Outpost facilities

Need to know

Rooms

12 suites.

Check–Out

11am; earliest check-in, noon. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $904.04 (ZAR12,696), excluding tax at 15 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of ZAR150.00 per person on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast (pick from Continental, full English and à la carte options).

Also

In-room spa and beauty treatments can be arranged on request. Italian architect Enrico Daffonchio is responsible for the stunning contemporary design: a vision of clean lines, steel, concrete and canvas.

At the hotel

Kruger wilderness; mini boutique. In rooms: desk, shaving mirror, minibar, free bottled water, kettle, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Moya bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each of the suites is pretty breathtaking – but for the very best views in the house, pick a Luxury or Honeymoon Space.

Poolside

There’s a family-friendly alfresco pool near the lobby. Dunk yourselves in it like bathing wildebeests.

Packing tips

Bring camo threads to help you blend in with the setting, and keen eyes for wildlife-spotting.

Also

The River View Suites are stair free and have bathrooms with roll-in showers (no grab rails, though). The step-free main areas are also suitable for wheelchair users.

Children

Over-10s can come, too – but this hotel is really designed for adults. An extra bed (50 per cent of the nightly all inclusive rate) can be added to any suite on request.

Eco‐friendly

The restaurant’s produce hails from local farms; cleaning and bath products are eco-friendly.

Food and Drink

Photos The Outpost food and drink

Top Table

There’s a pretty poolside area for alfresco meals, and a covered area put to use when conditions are less clement. Staff will also happily set up a table for you at your preferred spot within the lodge’s grounds.

Dress Code

Safari seduction: sand and khaki hues; metal accents; cashmere and cologne by night.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Juan rustles up international cuisine with African influences; local produce plays a star role on his seasonal menu. Previous crowd-pleasers include beef vindaloo, broccoli and almond soup, pork belly, vegetable tian and steamed marmalade pudding. Don’t miss the high tea – biscuits, savoury snacks, iced tea and coffee – served daily, before the afternoon game drive.

Last orders

Pleasingly laidback timings apply here – breakfast is served until 2pm, for example. The kitchen closes around 10pm.

Room service

Suites close enough to the kitchen can order in-room restaurant menu options during the kitchen’s opening hours.

Location

Photos The Outpost location
Address
The Outpost
Kruger National Park
Pafuri
South Africa

Planes

Polokwane Airport is a four-hour drive away; Smith24 can arrange your flights if you like.

Automobiles

You’ll be taken out on twice-daily games drives, so wheels are by no means essential.

Other

The hotel has its own airstrip and can arrange direct flights to the lodge.

Worth getting out of bed for

Start with Kruger National Park: its your very own beastly backyard while you stay here. There are two daily game drives: one in the morning and one in the evening. (Set off armed with binoculars.) Make the most of your big stone bath tub, or take a cooling dip in the pool. Hop out of bed earlier than usual to see sunrise over Lanner Gorge, accompanied by your trusty ranger. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this rugged hotel in Northern Kruger and unpacked their Rooibos tea and ikat fabrics, a full account of their luxury safari break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Outpost in Kruger National Park

The Outpost delivers a masterclass in animal attraction: there’s never been a better-looking setting in which to unleash your inner lion/lioness. (No wonder it’s such a hit with honeymooners.) Just arriving is an adventure: the hotel’s eight seductive suites are accessed via a remote rocky road, lending stays here that pleasing ‘where-the-heck-are-we?’ feel. This first impression of exotic unfamiliarity is enhanced by the bold, dazzling design of the sleeping quarters, perched like giant resting birds of prey on the hillside. Incredible Kruger views await at every turn – and the hotel’s pretty pool and cosy dining areas merit their own mini photo shoots, too. There’s even a safari-style South African take on high tea. When in Kruger…

 

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