The Makuleke concession in the far north of Kruger National Park is one of the finest walking safari destinations in Africa. Its rich subtropical biodiversity, dramatic sandstone gorges and forests of fever trees are a unique combination.
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Between the Limpopo and Luvhuvhu rivers in the north of Kruger National Park, the Makuleke area has the most concentrated biodiversity of the park. Thanks to its tropical climate, its especially known for its prolific birdlife, and both Southern African and tropical zone species to be found.
The most luxurious accommodation option in the area, which is also known as the Pafuri Triangle, is Rare Earth's Outpost Lodge. Twelve open-plan suites are nestled on a hillside, each open to bushveld with 180º views. They are connected to the central lodge area by 500m of walkaways of Zimbabwean teak, making the unfenced camp safe to navigate.
The Outpost is close to the spectacular Lanner Gorge, where the red sandstone cliffs are an important nesting habitat. The river valleys are rich in plant life, including baobab, fever trees, ana trees and sycamore figs. During a stay at The Outpost, it's possible to choose a walk in place of a game drive. The walks are accessed by game viewing vehicle, with a contrasting choice of destinations that range from walking barefoot in the Luvuvhu to exploring the open understory of the fever tree forests in the floodplain, and wildlife spotting at some of the areas many sodic pans.
Rare Earth also offer a smaller four-unit lodge in the same area, ideal for booking exclusively for family and friends. Pel's Post has the same high level of comfort and ecologically friendly design, and guided walks are are recommended part of the experience.
To access The Outpost by road, Pafuri Gate is the nearest Kruger National Park entry point. It is also possible to enter via Punda Maria Gate (allow 2,5hrs driving to the lodge) or Phalaborwa Gate (allow 6hrs).
The Pafuri Airstrip is close by and is served by daily flights from Grand Central Airport in Johannesburg.
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