At the Outpost, Kruger National Park's newest and most remote lodge, the traditional camp has gone the way of the extinct blue antelope. Rather than settling into thatched-roof or tented suites, guests check into one of 12 clean-lined, open-air "spaces" cantilevered over the bush. Designed by Italian architect Enrico Daffonchio, the guest rooms blur the line between inside and out: wire-and-steel balconies appear to float above the veld, massive bowl-shaped concrete tubs overlook baobab-dotted floodplains, and diaphanous mosquito nets flutter around king-sized beds (a canvas sliding screen can be closed around the suite for privacy). But the austerity ends there. Outside the sleeping quarters, everything—the balsamic-marinated guinea fowl and the 70 South African vintages in the restaurant, the private plane and landing strip—epitomizes indulgence.
The Outpost Kruger National Park, South Africa; 27-11/341-0282; www.theoutpost.co.za; doubles from $734, including meals and game drives.
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