Did you know?
The Makuleke concession gets its name from the Makuleke people who have lived alongside the Kruger National Park for hundreds of years.
The Outpost Trail, a wonderful walking safari in the Kruger National Park, is based at The Outpost, a designer eco-lodge famed for its contemporary African bush architecture and wooden walkways linking the buildings.
The Outpost Trail takes you deep into the wild heart of the Kruger National Park, to the Makuleke concession, which lies between the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers. To the north is Pafuri, home to baobabs, ancient royal settlements and huge herds of elephants. To the south is Crook's Corner, on the border of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, a famous escape route for thieves during the gold rush days.
Round up your friends and head for a close encounter with the African wilderness. Wake at sunrise and head out to explore the surrounding area, which includes open bushveld, rocky outcrops, indigenous forests and thickets of baobabs. Enjoy an African style bush picnic at lunchtime, set under a shady grove of trees.
The Outpost Trail is both educational and soulful. Walking on foot through the bush, you are closer to the rhythms of nature, closer to its sounds and smells. Your guide will explain things as you walk, point out interesting trees and animals, telling you about the ancient lore of the African bush and its creatures.
By sundowner time you will be back at The Outpost overlooking the Luvuvhu River. The main building is set against a dramatic hillside, and wooden walkways lead to the different chalets.
Each chalet is designed for maximum privacy and comfort. The rooms are spacious, the beds enormous and, instead of walls, there are retractable remote-controlled screens that slide back so you can get a glorious view of the bush and river. The Outpost also serves excellent fusion cuisine and a sophisticated variety of South African and imported wines.
Travel tips & Planning info
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Best time to visit
The best time for walking is autumn or winter when the weather is a little cooler.
Around the area
The Outpost Trail is set within the Makuleke concession, an area of the Kruger National Park that is known for its exceptional birding. There are over 400 recorded species found here.
Length of stay
The Outpost Trail is a minimum of thee nights for four people; longer trails or larger groups can be arranged.
What to pack
Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, binoculars and a camera.
Where to stay
You will overnight at The Outpost, a luxury eco-lodge in the Kruger National Park.
What to eat
The Outpost has won several awards for its contemporary fusion cuisine.