Kapama Private Game Reserve

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Kapama in South Africa covers fourteen thousand hectares of the pristine African bushveld. The reserve is well known for its lodges and in particular the Kapama River Lodge. Occupying an enormous area on the edge of the mountain and the more massive Kruger Park. A river flows through the Kapama Reserve and is much liked by the leopard. It is home to all the Big-Five with animals in abundance: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, White & Black Rhino. The reserves natural environment and vibrant veld ecosystem provide visitors with the unique opportunity of close encounters with Africans untamed wildlife.

The Kapama Game Reserve covers the region from the R40 on the west to the Thornybush Reserve boundary to the east, and from the Eastgate Airport road to the north to the Klaserie Dam on the south. The Klaserie River flows through the Kapama Game Reserve and is much liked by the leopard. The Kapama Game Reserve in South Africa is home to all the "Big Five" African animals in abundance: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. The reserves natural environment and Sweetveld ecosystem provide visitors with the unique opportunity of close encounters with Africa's untamed wildlife.

Accommodation at the Kapama Game Reserve, South Africa

The Kapama Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park of South Africa features four-game lodges and camps which guests can choose during their stay: Kapama Southern Camp, Kapama Buffalo Camp, Kapama River Lodge and Kapama Karula Lodge.

Kapama Southern Camp

Kapama Southern Camp is the newest addition to the Kapama Game Reserve. Offering 10 standard rooms and 15 luxury suites, the Kapama Southern Camp provides luxury safari accommodation, warm hospitality and friendly service in a tranquil setting.

  • 10 standard rooms and 15 luxury suites
  • air-conditioned, insect screens
  • hot beverage facilities
  • boma
  • open dining room
  • lounge
  • swimming pool
  • wine cellar.

Kapama Buffalo Camp

Reminiscent of an East African safari camp, the Buffalo Camp at the Kapama Game Reserve in South Africa offers guests a unique and unforgettable African bush experience. It is ideally suited to guests who wish to discover the bush without compromising on comfort.

Ten luxury canvas tents, each accommodating a maximum of two guests, nestle on stilts amongst the canopies of ancient trees. Each of the en suite tents at Kapama Buffalo Camp are interconnected with wooden walkways, which run high above the buffalo bed. The entertainment facilities at the Kapama Buffalo Camp, which include lounge, dining room and boma, are surrounded by an indigenous garden. A tranquil swimming pool lies tucked away and provides the perfect spot to while away idle moments between morning and evening game drives. Bush walks and exciting elephant-back safaris are also available to guests staying at the Kapama Buffalo Camp. Each tented room has all the usual comforts of electricity, en-suite bathroom, safe, writing table, wardrobe, suitcase stand and tea/coffee facilities.

Kapama River Lodge

The River Lodge at the Kapama Game Reserve presents the perfect combination of luxurious African safari accommodation and a generous bed capacity of 64 bedrooms. Although large, the Kapama River Lodge is so stylish and beautifully positioned along a dry riverbed, that it provides for an extraordinary safari getaway. Each spacious room at the Kapama River Lodge features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace with uninterrupted views into the Big 5 Kapama game reserve.

The central guest entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners for lazy afternoons. The long L-shaped relaxation lounge and bar under a double-volume thatch, curves around the pool and on either side is a huge double-sided fireplace creating a wondrous open-plan yet cosy atmosphere.

Kapama Karula Lodge

This extraordinary African safari camp lies on the Gwalagwala site which is one of the finest camps in many respects. Kapama Karula Lodge consists of two luxury air-conditioned tents which are the epitome of luxury, five luxury suites and five superior suites. Each chalet features his and her basin, inside and outside showers and unrestricted views onto one of the most sought after locations - the Klaserie river.

Set on the banks of the Klaserie river which flows throughout the year, the Kapama Karula Lodge, translated as "the place of peace", is very unique. The river glides smoothly forming sparkling swimming pools that attract smaller riverine animals and a myriad of birds in every season.  The lounge, dining room, bar, swimming pool and pool deck, as well as other guest entertainment areas, invite guests for true relaxation and enjoyment. 

Game Drives, Bush Walks and Elephant Back Safaris

Game Drives: Guests staying at the Kapama Game Reserve may participate in daily game drives accompanied by professional rangers and trackers. Besides the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo), the Kapama Game Reserve is also home to many other species, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colourful birds. Bush Walks: Visitors are invited to get some African soil under their feet with a bush walk after breakfast. This allows them to explore the environment with their ranger, learn about the curative properties of plants and identify animals from their footprints and dung. Large game is avoided when on foot but animals can often be seen from a safe distance.

Elephant Back Safaris: Guests staying at the Kapama Game Reserve have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride on the back of an African elephant. Guests meet the herd in the early morning or late afternoon and learn how to get onto the back of an elephant and move to its rhythm as they walk through the bush. Elephants need to feed for many hours a day, therefore they pull down branches and grabbing a trunk full of grass as they walk. After walking for about an hour, the elephants return to the elephant boma.

Additional activities at the Kapama Game Reserve

  • Elephant Back Safaris 
  • Game Drives, bush walks & bird watching
  • Visit Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre 
  • Picnics and bush braais (barbeques) 
  • Boat trips: birding and sundowner cruises and white-water rafting
  • Panorama mountain tours.

Family Safari at the Kapama Game Reserve, South Africa

The Kapama Game Reserve welcomes families and the staff goes out of their way to make sure children enjoy their unforgettable stay while the parents may participate in the safari experience.

  • The Kapama Lodge family safari suite has been specially designed to ensure that parents and children are accommodated in adjoining suites. This provides parents and children with their own privacy within close proximity of each other.
  • There is no need to share a bathroom as both rooms in the family safari suite have en-suite facilities.
  • The Lodge also offers families their own exclusive game drives, in addition to the regular program.
  • Child-friendly food and child snack packs keep children happy and dinners can even be served on the guest's own private deck.
  • The Kapama Lodge has a large sand-floor playground and jungle gym with walls brightly painted with animal murals creating a safe place for children to play.
  • Rangers can facilitate specialist activities like bark rubbings, footprint casting and other exciting bush experiences.
  • Children at Kapama from 3 to 8 year old
  • Small children can play in the wonderful sand play area with jungle gym climbing frame, chalkboards and play stations surrounded by bright murals of African animals.
  • Watch wildlife DVD's or help bake biscuits in the kitchen.
  • Short interpretive walks around the lodge garden empower the children with bird, tree and insect identification skills.
  • Take part in supervised games and art activities like making collages with seeds and bark.

Kapama Wellness Centre 
The luxurious wellness centre at Kapama exquisitely nestles in the African bush. It is a piece of paradise designed to uplift one's mind, body and soul. Complete with a state of the art gym, equipped with cardio and weight training facilities, the Kapama wellness centre energizes and uplifts in the healing presence of

Spa treatments include facial, body and beauty treatments. Two signature treatments romantically merge the needs of couples. The Marula Rasul Steam Treatment is a sensual experience for two. Merging the wisdom of the Orient with the raw energy of Africa, this magical treatment balances the elements of water, fire, earth and air within the body. Another unique treatment for couples is the Kapama Pinotage Bliss; combining a deep body massage with an aromatic bathing experience in a detoxifying vine extract. Professional beauty technicians remain up to date with global treatments whilst ensuring the flow of African wisdom into the pampering experience. Stepping from one invigorating treatment to the next, a lap pool welcomes guests at Kapama to lie back and relax under a breathtaking bushveld sky.

Dining at the Kapama Game Reserve, South Africa

Dining at the Kapama Southern Camp

Breakfast and lunches are normally served in the open dining room while dinner is served in the traditional outside Boma. Nature forms the backdrop for all meals and a starlit sky overhead creates the perfect setting. A fully equipped wine cellar stocks only the finest wines from top South African vineyards.
Dining at the Kapama Buffalo Camp

The African camp atmosphere is perpetuated at mealtimes with serve-yourself choices presented in heavy African cooking pots over a gentle flame. Hot and cold breakfast and lunch options are spread out across the servery, while dinner is prepared in the kitchen or cooked on the grill and served around an open fire in the circular traditional outdoor boma. Dining at the Kapama Buffalo Camp provides for an exceptional and memorable experience.
Dining at the Kapama River Lodge
The Rhino Boma is the most popular buffet dinner venue at the River Lodge where a delicious variety of dishes are served under an open-sided thatch around a crackling fire. The Riverbed at the Kapama River Lodge is a romantic place to dine, with a star-studded African night sky above and the sand of the dry riverbed beneath you.

The lounge is suitable for large groups, formal functions, product launches and conferences. It has its own bar and lounge with two huge fireplaces with chimneys extending up to the open-beam thatched roof. Huge wizened leadwood trunks create a truly African feature inside the hall. Concertina glass panel doors open the space completely to let the sounds and smells of Africa in


  • Air Conditioning
  • Balconies
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Facilities Available at Kapama Private Game Reserve

  • Boma
  • Conference venue
  • Gym
  • Hotel Bar
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wine cellar

More Information on Kapama Private Game Reserve

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Kapama Standard Rate

With this package receive a R1000.00 discount off the rack rate per night for accommodation at the Table Bay Hotel in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town before or after your stay at the Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals per day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2 Daily game drives in open safari vehicle.  
  • All teas, coffees and pastries.
  • Return transfers between Eastgate Airport and the camps for scheduled flights only
  • Buffalo Camp: local and select premium drinks
  • Southern Camp: local and select premium drinks
  • River Lodge: Soft drinks and water during sundowners
  • Karula Lodge: local and select premium drinks
  • Kapama Conservation levy

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • subject to availability

14 Day prior Last Minute Special

Enjoy last minute savings when booking your stay at the Kapama Game Reserve within 14 days of the travel date. Stay for the low price of only R3,614.00 per person sharing per night at River Lodge in a Standard Suite.

This includes all meals and two game drives per day.

Included in the rate:

  •  Accommodation in Standard Suites at River Lodge - All meals - Coffee, teas and snacks - 2 Safari activities with soft drinks and waters - Return transfer to Eastgate Airport (scheduled flights)


Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages
  • Conservation levy of R126.00 per person per day, all other drinks, mini bar,  laundry and items of a personal nature are excluded

Terms and Conditions:

  • Rates applicable for River Lodge Standard Suites only
  • Must book within 14 days of travel to qualify
  • Single supplement - 50% of the per person sharing rate
  • Guests must travel between 01 May & 30 June 2019
  • Normal cancellation policy applies