- Communal area - cow hide cube seating
- Communal area indoors and outdoors
- Lodge open plan bedroom
- Cast concrete bath
- A bed 'neath the net
- The savannah
- A "living space"
- A neighbour!
- The stilted structure of the lodge
- An African sunset
- Communal area swimming pool
- Cliff lodges from safari track
Developed with the intention of providing a sustainable income for the indigenous Makuleke people, The Outpost is a fantastic example of modern safari lodge design, complete with glamorous living spaces.
Italian-born Enrico Daffonchio’s buildings demonstrate his commitment to sustainability. His materials and graphics all show an awareness of energy resources, integrating the stylish and the sustainable.
The land intended for The Outpost presented quite a challenge for the builders, forming a narrow ridge and dropping down to a plain with a river running through it. Its location in Kruger National Park offers a natural grandeur, while playing a key role in South Africa’s eco-tourism at the same time. It is part of a unique partnership with the Makuleke tribe, who will eventually take over ownership, benefiting meanwhile from a percentage of its profits.
Simple lines alongside steel and concrete in open spaces provide a contemporary feel that complements its surroundings. The architect’s brief was to incorporate modern elements into a functional design, making the best use of the expansive views offered by the site. The bedrooms boast retractable screens, offering a 180-degree view of the Luvuvhu river. The Lodge has had limited impact on the site on which it was built, due to the use of raised walkways, decking, stilts and the concealment of all service lines. The result is a stylish and environmentally sympathetic creation with a social conscience.
The Outpost is a member of Design Hotels.