South African Lodges
Kapama Game Reserve
Greater Kruger National Park
South Africa
Lodge Type
Spa, Tented Camp, Big Five

Karula translated from the local language as a haven of peace, the in the Big Five Kapama Private Game Reserve offers travellers five-star safari accommodation in a most magnificent setting. The meandering river which runs through this camp further contributes to the tranquillity and natural ambience of this elegant safari lodge.

An authentic Luxury Tents include en-suite bathrooms, king size beds as well as air conditioning, are the ideal accommodation choice for travellers who appreciate the African outdoor safari feeling. In addition to the Luxury Tents, Karula Lodge offers guests the spacious Suites as well as the Superior Suites. Two of the lodge's Superior Suites are Family Suites which accommodate families travelling with children in two bedrooms.

Room types:

  • Luxury Tents
  • Suites
  • Superior Suites.

Unique features of the Suites are the outdoor as well as indoor showers which offer a unique African safari atmosphere. The Superior Suites provided the added benefit of a private outdoor swimming pool as well as the sun loungers from where the surrounding bushveld and its different noises can be enjoyed. The Luxury Tents are complete with private decks, coffee and tea making facilities as well as mini bar fridges which are available in all room types.

Luxury Tent features:

  • King size beds
  • En-suite bathroom (bath and shower)
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Mini bar fridge
  • Mini safes
  • Private deck.

Suites feature in addition to the above:

  • Outdoor and indoor showers
  • Lounge area.

Superior Suites feature in addition to the above:

  • Private lap swimming pool
  • Sun lounges.

Family Superior Suites feature in addition to the above:

  • Second bedroom for two children
  • Private lap swimming pool
  • Sun lounges.


The use of modern whitewashed wood combined with glass and a natural colour palette provide this Lodge with a contemporary African feel. The multipurpose library features audiovisual equipment. Two Internet stations offering complimentary WiFi are available to guests. By prior arrangements, a romantic dinner by the fire for two can be enjoyed in the library.


  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Multipurpose library (WiFi)
  • Bars and wine cellar
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Health and beauty spa (at River Lodge)
  • Swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Outdoor patios.


Guest may participate in the early morning as well as the late afternoon & evening game drives which are guided by professional game rangers and trackers through the Big Five reserve. Also, Elephant Back Safaris, Elephant Interaction Tours as well as thrilling Hot Air Balloon Safaris can be booked.

For guests in search of relaxation, the sundeck at the swimming pool as well as the Wellness Center, where rejuvenating health and beauty spa treatments await, are ideal choices.


  • Morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Elephant interaction program
  • Swimming
  • Health and beauty spa treatments.


Children of all ages are welcome to stay at this Lodge but kids under the age of sixteen years are to be accompanied by a responsible adult during the game drives as well as the bush walks. Children are permitted on the game drives, and bush walks at the sole discretion of the ranger. Accommodation for families travelling with children is in the two Family Superior Suites which offer a second bedroom to accommodate two children.

Below detailed information about the Kapama Karula Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Beverage Maker in Room
  • Direct dial telephone
  • DVD player
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Espresso coffee maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater in Room
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Indoor Outdoor Showers
  • International electrical adapters
  • iPod docking station
  • Mini bar
  • Mosquito net
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck



Guests may experience the best of fine dining at the lodge restaurant.  Weather permitting, great dinners are served around the fire-lit boma in a traditional style setting with the bright, star-studded sky above.


The swimming pool at the Kapama Karula Lodge is surrounded by a wooden deck which offers guests the perfect location from where to enjoy the warm afternoon sunshine in between game viewing activities.

Game Viewing

Twice a day, guests have the opportunity to embark on thrilling safaris which are guided through the 'Big Five' Kapama Private Game Reserve.  Home to lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes as well as many other animals, travellers also enjoy magnificent bird watching opportunities.

  • Curio Shop
  • Hotel Bar
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Nearby Gym
  • Nearby Spa
  • Open Air Boma
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Waterhole for wildlife

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity in all rooms and public areas
  • Doctor on call
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Laundry services
  • Porters
  • Safety deposit box
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Children Policy
  • All children cal stay at the Kapama Karula Lodge.  Kids under the age of sixteen years are to be accompanied by a responsible adult during the game drives as well as the bush walks. Children can go on the game drives and bush walk at the sole discretion of the ranger.  Accommodation for families travelling with the kids is provided in the two Family Superior Suites which offer a second bedroom to accommodate two children.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

The Superior suites are exquisitely decorated offering generous, private space in a most exclusive setting.  Measuring 130 square meters each, the Superior Suites at Kapama Karula are complete with opulent en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, his and hers basins as well as a bath tub.

Surrounded by magnificent glass sliding doors, which allow for uninterrupted views over the Klaserie River, each of the Superior Suites also offers its outside deck where a full-size heated swimming pool, as well as sun loungers for relaxation.

 Superior Suite features:

  • Full-size heated a swimming pool
  • Sun loungers
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Indoor and outdoor showers
  • His and hers basins
  • Bathtub
  • Mini bar( fine wines and champagne)
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Lock-up safe
  • International adaptor
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • iPod docking station
  • Telephone
  • Overhead fan
  • Air conditioning
  • Gas-heated fireplace.

Family Villa

Two of Karula's Superior Suites, each of which measures 170 square meters, are ideal for families travelling with children.  These family suites provide an open-plan living room which leads into the master bedroom with its en-suite bathroom.  The  Family Suite's second bedroom also leads off the living room and is accessible through an interleading door as well as a private entrance.

Kapama Karula Lodge Specials

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

Discerning travellers can now – on request – fly directly between Cape Town International or OR Tambo International and Kapama’s private airfield. Guests making use of this service will have access to the exclusive Fireblade facilities at ORTIA that includes a gym, day rooms, boardrooms, and more. Similarly, guests flying in from Cape Town will have access to Signature Flight Services’ facilities. Flights from Johannesburg take only 50 minutes, and flights from Cape Town around 2 hours 45 minutes. Kapama have therefore developed and built its own tarred runway for their own Kapama PC12 aircraft. This Kapama aircraft is brand new and had its first flight in December 2017. Pilatus is a Swiss aircraft manufacturer with an astounded reputation for quality and safety. The Pilatus PC12 has an outstanding safety history and is known as one of the most reliable aircrafts in the world. This new Kapama owned and branded aircraft is now operating between ORTIA and Cape Town International for Kapama guests exclusively on request. To add to this extremely luxurious travel option Kapama have partnered with Fireblade Aviation and will be using the exclusive Fireblade terminal services at ORTIA for guests making use of the Kapama luxury travel option to Kapama.

The road trip to Kapama Karula is less than 10 minutes through the Kapama reserve and guests are booked into their Superior Villa at Kapama Karula. With its light, airy, open spaces and views from every angle, Karula is truly the pride of Kapama as our flagship lodge. Effortlessly elegant and stylish, Karula will steal the breath of even the most seasoned traveller. Kapama Karula has ten Superior Villas, each exquisitely decorated and with generous private space. These suites measure at least 90m² each, with an opulent en-suite bathroom featuring indoor and outdoor showers, his and hers basins, and a bath. Standard in each Superior Villa is a minibar stocked with a selection of fine wines and champagne, a Nespresso coffee machine, a lock-up safe, an international adaptor, a Wi-Fi connection and an iPod docking station. For guest comfort and convenience, each suite has a telephone, overhead fan and air conditioning, as well as a gas-heated fireplace for cool winter nights. The Superior Villas are wrapped by glass sliding doors, allowing seamless views over the Klaserie River. Each Villa has its own outside deck area, full-sized heated swimming pool and sun loungers for relaxation.

The Kapama Luxury Fly-in Packages will consist of three standard options that all at Karula and will fly between Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA), Cape Town International Airport (CPT) and Kapama’s Airstrip (KAP) as follows:

2 pax for 3 nights

  • ORTIA to KAP to ORTIA: R 178,000.00
  • ORTIA to KAP to CPT: R 245,000.00
  • CPT to KAP to CPT: R 336,000.00

Family of 4 for 3 nights (based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12 in a Family Villa)

  • ORTIA to KAP to ORTIA: R 221,000.00
  • ORTIA to KAP to CPT: R 288,000.00
  • CPT to KAP to CPT: R 379,000.00

Included: 3 nights accommodation in Superior Villas at Karula, all meals, teas and snacks, local and premium drinks, daily safari activities, transfers to and from Kapama Airstrip, use of the Fireblade (JHB) or Signature (CPT) lounges and private use of the aircraft.

Exclusions: conservation levy of R115.00 nett per person per day, items of a personal nature and additional flight routes on request.

Included in the rate:

  • 3 nights accommodation in Superior Villas at Karula, all meals, teas and snacks, local and premium drinks, daily safari activities, transfers to and from Kapama Airstrip, use of the Fireblade (JHB) or Signature (CPT) lounges and private use of the aircraft.

Excluded from the rate:

  • Exclusions: conservation levy of R115.00 per person per day, items of a personal nature and additional flight routes on request.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Flight options available:
  • ORTIA to KAP to CPT
  • CPT to KAP to CPT
  • Prices valid for 2018.

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.427746

Longitude: 31.026900


Directions to Johannesburg to the Kapama Karula Lodge:

Take either the N12 or the N4 from Johannesburg to eMalahleni and Middelburg.
Turn onto the R540 towards eMakhazeni, Emnotweni and Mashishing. Emnotweni is set on the Highveld, and is an ideal point for exploring the region.
The village has a quaint atmosphere and is famous for its trout fishing, and is a good halfway or lunch stop on the way to Kapama Private Game Reserve.
From Mashishing, proceed on the R36 to Ohrigstad, and through the Strydom Tunnel to Hoedspruit.
This scenic drive through Mpumalanga takes in magnificent mountain landscapes and panoramic views - as you drive up the mountain passes onto the high escarpment, you will have sweeping vistas of the Lowveld down below. At the Strydom Tunnel, roadside stalls sell ethnic curios from the area.
From Hoedspruit, take the R40 to Klaserie and continue until you reach the Kapama Private Game Reserve entrance on the left.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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