Resting high on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu river valley, you encounter the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park.
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.
The Outpost has been designed using simple, clean lines, combining elements of steel, concrete and open space. The unashamedly contemporary design of The Outpost emphasises its beautiful surroundings but blends into, and preserves the wilderness that is its home.
Accommodation consists of 12 unique and modern stand-alone open plan en-suite Luxury Spaces offering spectacular panoramic views of the river and bush below.
Game drives and outstanding walking safaris are undertaken in what is arguably one of the most scenically beautiful and diverse wilderness areas in the Kruger National Park.
One of the few true wilderness areas left in South Africa, The Makuleke Contractual Park (Pafuri) is steeped in history and boasts vegetation so different to anything else within Kruger that one might be forgiven for thinking they were in central Africa!
The large trees in this area are often almost 50% taller than most baobabs, and, scenically, the area is diverse: with stunning mountains, shady, deep gorges, forests of yellow-tinged fever trees, monolith baobabs, mopane woodland, and open savannah grassland.
Scenery ranges from the beautiful, quietly-flowing Levuvhu River teeming with hippos and crocodiles, shaded by Nyala trees and fever tree forests, to the grand Lanner Gorge, palm-fringed wetlands and rocky outcrops with thousand-year-old baobab trees.
The area is a favourite winter grazing ground for elephant from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Kruger. Leopard love the thick bush environment and prey on the nyala and impala that feed close to the river. There is a large population of hippos and crocs at the confluence of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers at Crooks’ Corner. Among the more unusual sightings in the Makuleke are the eland and Sharpe’s grysbok. The birding in the whole area is exceptional, with specialities being the Pel’s fishing-owl, black-throated wattle-eyed, orange-winged pytilia, African crowned eagle and racket-tailed roller.
You will have your own private 4×4 safari vehicle and a qualified and experienced guide, so can set your own pace on your safari. You can choose to spend the entire day on a game drive, stopping when and where you want.
You can relax and enjoy a picnic in the fever tree forest, under a baobab, on the riverbank… as a matter of fact, anywhere you wish. You could spend half the day driving and the other half walking, or even the whole day experiencing this magnificent bush on foot. Explore parts of the region not accessible to vehicles, including the spectacular Lanner Gorge. This is certainly the ultimate for bird spotting and great for avid photographers.
Perfect for intimate family and friend getaways and celebrations or exclusive small group safaris, Pels Post is completely private and exclusively yours… you will be treated like royalty with every need taken care of.
Should you be looking for a family bush experience we are happy to tailor-make activities to suit your children’s ages, optimising their stay in the bush and creating lasting memories. At Pel’s Post we cater for children of all ages.
The Makuleke Wetlands are an excellent example of a floodplain vlei type, most of which lies within the Kruger National Park, bordered by Zimbabwe and Mozambique to the north and east.
Prominent features include riverine forests, riparian floodplain forests, floodplain grasslands, river channels and flood pans. Flood pans are depressions in the floodplains and are intermittently filled from floods and rains – they are of great importance in this ecosystem as they hold water right into the dry season, and act as a refuge point for wildlife and waterbirds during both winter and summer months, There are 31 of these flood pans found on these floodplains, where pods of hippos are found.
The floodplains attenuate flooding, resulting in reduced flood damage in downstream areas of Mozam-bique, and are important for groundwater recharge, and maintain riparian and floodplain vegetation. In the Makuleke region of the National Park there is an attempt to harmonise biodiversity protection with the interests of rural dwellers through co-operation between the Community Property Association of Makuleke community, South African National Parks Board, and many government departments.