Kapama Private Game Reserve

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

The hotel

Among the 'Big Five' that roam this private 16,000 hectare reserve, you'll find a collection of unique safari retreats. You could stay in a glass-wrapped pool villa at Karula; in a luxury treetop tent at intimate Buffalo Camp; or in the welcoming suites and pool villas of Southern Camp, where picture windows and private patios ensure you're never far from unfolding safari scenes. The camps' boma dining, swimming pools and Karula’s Spa and Wellness centre make Kapama the perfect African safari destination. But it's the 'Big Five' experiences that make Kapama Private Game Reserve unforgettable, with twice daily game-drives, bush walks and lantern-lit romantic sleepouts on a raised platform.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access

Where is it

Situated in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa.

Hotel information

Choice of 3 bush camps and lodges. Southern Camp is situated on the southern most section of the Kapama Game Reserve and caters for families with 15 standard Suites, 7 Luxury Villas and 3 Family Luxury Villas. Each luxury-thatched suite has air-conditioning, personal bar, tea facilities, Lavazza coffee machines and safe. Suites have a private patio and good views, sleeping maximum 2 adults. Villas and Family Villas offer more space and have a private pool and outdoor shower.

All Inclusive of: 3 meals a day, tea/coffee, local alcoholic and premium beverages. Two game-drives daily.

Accessible by elevated wooden walkways, Buffalo Camp offers a traditional old African safari camp experience and has 10 tents on stilts. Each tent sleeps 2 adults and has an en-suite bathroom with standalone bath and shower.

Karula offers 10 Superior Villas and 2 Superior Family Villas, either located along the Klaserie River or hidden among the surrounding riverine bushveld. Both villas offer a private lap pool and views of Klaserie River. Superior Villas sleep maximum 2 adults and the Family Villas sleep 2 adults and 2 children.

Choice of camps and lodges, each with swimming pool, bar, boma, thatched dining room, lounge, reception and curio shop. Special bush dinners*. Karula Spa* with fitness centre, steam room and spa pool. Game-drives, bush walks. Photographic workshops*. Romantic Sleepout*.

* Denotes local charge.

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Sep 14, 2020 dgbrotman Johannesburg, South Africa

This was my first out-of-town trip in over six months, and we decided to go due to Kapama's current rates, which are very heavily discounted for locals, due to the restriction on international tourists from entering the country. The service was world-class, it it almost exclusively caters for international travellers who pay R15 000+ per person,… Read more
This was my first out-of-town trip in over six months, and we decided to go due to Kapama's current rates, which are very heavily discounted for locals, due to the restriction on international tourists from entering the country. The service was world-class, it it almost exclusively caters for international travellers who pay R15 000+ per person, per night. The food was incredible, with the menu changing every day, and chef Deon was very accommodating of our many dietary requirements. Our guides Moshe and Henry were very knowledgable, and we saw the Great Five and much more during our twice-a-day game drives. The library is decked out in contemporary African decor, and you can sign-up to use the gym at Karula. I thought it would be years until I could afford to do a luxury safari experience like this, and feel fortunate to have been able to go at such a heavily discounted rate. It was worth every penny! Read less
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Sep 14, 2020 ashanti2020 Bela Bela, South Africa

We had the most wonderful time within a relaxed atmosphere and the staff was looking after us ensuring that we had everything we need even long after bedtime (Princess). The establishment itself is beautifully designed and of the highest quality decor within the rooms as well the various public areas. The rangers (John and Dumi) was… Read more
We had the most wonderful time within a relaxed atmosphere and the staff was looking after us ensuring that we had everything we need even long after bedtime (Princess). The establishment itself is beautifully designed and of the highest quality decor within the rooms as well the various public areas. The rangers (John and Dumi) was knowledgeable and informative on all aspects and went the extra mile to find some of the not so common animals ensuring that we will have something to remember our time spend at Kapama. Read less
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Sep 13, 2020 clane370287 White River, South Africa

Coming from hospitality, fighting hard to get to reopen we were disappointed that the Covid-19 regulations were not always observed. Specifically on game drives and dining area. Room was very beautiful and had everything you needed plus some. Our guide was a bit abrupt and rude. Our game drive was interrupted due to having to drop guests back at… Read more
Coming from hospitality, fighting hard to get to reopen we were disappointed that the Covid-19 regulations were not always observed. Specifically on game drives and dining area. Room was very beautiful and had everything you needed plus some. Our guide was a bit abrupt and rude. Our game drive was interrupted due to having to drop guests back at hotel, after it started late, we came back first. A bit sad. I’ve been to Kapama before and had the same expectations (if not more because we upgraded to the “better” camp), but unfortunately left a bit disappointed. Small maintenance issues in the room, but nothing that affects your comfort completely. Read less
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Sep 13, 2020 drykhl283270 Johannesburg, South Africa

High qualified rangers, facilities are very neat and beautiful. We spent amazing 6 night vacation with Kapama and we’re very happy about it! We saw the Big 5 just in couple of days. It was really something we did not expect. During COVID-19 Kapama staff followed all the precautions and we were please and felt safe. Thx, Kapama!
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Sep 7, 2020 hacawood2019 Nelspruit, South Africa

Absolutely by far the most amazing weekend in the bush under the African sun. We will defiantly be back we absolutely enjoyed our stay and will highly recommend it to any South African that's in need of a African safari experience of high quality. Everything is just perfect !