The African bush has long inspired artists who have painted and photographed its wonders, filmed its raw beauty and written books that capture the sights, sounds and feelings of its splendid wilderness. Channel your wanderlust with a few great reads that will prepare you for an African safari and inspire you to start planning your next getaway to the bush.
Samuel Japane is our resident birdwatching expert here at The Outpost and one of the best birding specialists in South Africa. He has been with us since 2014 and his knowledge and passion for birding is truly second to none. We chatted to him about what makes the Makuleke region so special and his recently released book, ‘The Unlikely Birdman’.
We feel lucky to have Executive Chef Kristine Moodie overseeing the dining experience at The Old Rectory and Kay and Monty Vineyards. Her cuisine emphasises fresh, organic ingredients and creative concepts, and she is dedicated to ensuring that every meal is unforgettable. We chatted to her about her new role and culinary background, her approach to food and her plans for our Plettenberg Bay properties.
We are lucky to call the Garden Route home to three of our beautiful Rare Earth Retreats properties - our Country House, Kay and Monty Vineyards and The Old Rectory - and so we were delighted with the news that the Garden Route has been recently named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This world-renowned status shines a light on the region's importance in South Africa and its rich coastal, marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
We were honoured to host talented lifestyle and travel blogger Natalie Roos, of Tails of a Mermaid, earlier this year at three of our luxury lodges - The Outpost, Pel's Post and Ekuthuleni Lodge - and are in awe of what beautiful scenes she captured in our special corners of this world. We chatted to her about her love for travel, her standout safari moments from her stay and her golden safari tips.
We are delighted to welcome The Old Rectory to our Rare Earth Retreats portfolio. Located in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, one of South Africa’s best-loved coastal towns on the Garden Route, The Old Rectory is an immaculately restored national monument, re-imagined into an intimate boutique hotel. Take a quick look inside...
Rare Earth, in partnership with Federal Airlines, is excited to announce direct flights to The Outpost and Pel’s Post Lodge from the 1st October 2017. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, our flight will take off from OR Tambo International, Johannesburg, and land in the Pafuri Concession, Kruger National Park. You will now have access to remote northern Kruger in under two hours.
If you have visited us at The Outpost before, you may have met Matt Plaistowe, one of our amazing field guides. He's been with us for three years and our guests are constantly singing his praises. We chatted to him about how he became a guide, a typical day in the bush and his top tip for first-time safari goers.
Kay and Monty is an award-winning, boutique wine farm outside Plettenberg Bay with just five hectares under grape. Our intention is to keep production small, allowing our winemakers to continually innovate and deliver unique, hand-crafted wines. Read on to find out how we made our delicious 2015 SAV, along with our tasting notes and food pairing suggestions for this fresh, crisp white wine.
Welgevonden Private Game Reserve is a 38,200ha reserve in the Waterberg District, Limpopo, South Africa. It's home to two of our lodges, Ekuthuleni Lodge and Tshwene Lodge and it has a warm, semi-arid climate making it a wonderful destination to visit all year around. However, each season offers something unique for visitors to enjoy and it's important to do a bit of research ahead of your trip to ensure you get the experience you are looking for.
Our two luxury lodges, The Outpost Lodge and Pel's Post are situated in the northernmost part of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. This region is bisected by the tropic of Capricorn and boasts a hot, subtropical climate that makes it a worthy destination to visit all year round. However, when planning your safari getaway it's wise to do a bit of research on when to go to get the experience you are looking for as each season offers something unique.
Terri and Anton's elegant wineland celebration had tons of sophisticated touches that paired so well with the charming, rustic barn venue. We loved the hanging greenery and long, candle-lit tables that enhanced the romantic ambience of the evening. We chatted to the happy couple about their big day, the standout moments and their wedding planning tips.