Kapama River Lodge

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From ZAR 11250

ZAR 15375 per single traveller

Popular Safaris at Kapama River Lodge

Overview

Kapama River Lodge in Kapama Private Game Reserve

 

Nestled in the heart of South Africa’s pristine wilderness, Kapama Game Reserve beckons with the promise of unforgettable safari adventures. Among its crown jewels lies Kapama River Lodge, a sanctuary of luxury and tranquillity amidst the rugged beauty of the African bushveld.

At Kapama River Lodge, guests are treated to an immersive safari experience unlike any other. From the moment you arrive, you’re enveloped in the warm embrace of nature, with the sights and sounds of the wild tantalizing your senses. The lodge itself is a masterpiece of design, seamlessly blending rustic charm with modern elegance to create a sanctuary that feels like home yet exudes a sense of grandeur.

But it’s not just the luxurious accommodation that sets Kapama River Lodge apart – it’s the unparalleled wildlife encounters that await just beyond your doorstep. Step onto the open-air game drive vehicles and embark on a journey through the untamed wilderness, where every turn of the trail brings you face to face with Africa’s iconic Big Five and a menagerie of other fascinating creatures.

Whether you’re watching elephants frolic in the water, witnessing lions on the prowl, or marvelling at the graceful movements of a herd of giraffes, each safari drive is a testament to the raw beauty and primal energy of the African bush.

Back at the lodge, indulge your senses with gourmet meals crafted from the finest local ingredients and served against the backdrop of breathtaking vistas. Unwind with a soothing spa treatment, sip sundowners by the fire pit, or simply bask in the serenity of your private patio as the African sun sets in a blaze of fiery colours.

For families, Kapama River Lodge offers a range of child-friendly activities and accommodations, ensuring that guests of all ages can experience the magic of the bush together. From educational bush walks to interactive wildlife experiences, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had.

In every moment, Kapama River Lodge invites you to surrender to the rhythm of the wild, to reconnect with nature, and to rediscover the wonder of the world around you. So why wait? Come, let Kapama River Lodge be your gateway to the ultimate safari adventure, where dreams are realized, and memories are made to last a lifetime.

Stay in luxury family-friendly accommodation at the largest safari resort in the reserve; starting and ending your day with outstanding Big 5 wildlife sightings on long game drives in beautiful bushveld surrounds.

The private game reserves that make up the Greater Kruger are unfenced, and the wildlife region shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. You’re guaranteed outstanding wildlife sightings while enjoying the peace and tranquillity of one of the most popular Big 5 safari destinations in South Africa.

 

Things to Do at Kapama River Lodge

 

Swimming Pool

 

Take a refreshing dip in the sparkling swimming pool, enjoying scenic views of the surrounding landscape at the same time.

 

Twice-Daily Game Drives

 

Whether at sunrise or sunset, a world of magic awaits on the other side of the entrance to Kapama River Lodge. Join expert guides on exhilarating twice-daily game drives, where every moment brims with the promise of thrilling encounters with Africa’s iconic wildlife.

Feel the thrill of the chase as you track the majestic lion, witness the thunderous stampede of the elephant herd, and marvel at the grace of the elusive leopard as it prowls through the bushveld. With each turn of the wheel, immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of the African wilderness, where every sighting is a testament to nature’s enduring majesty.

 

Bird Watching

 

With over 350 bird species recorded in the reserve, bird enthusiasts can enjoy exceptional birding opportunities within the camp itself.

 

Connect with Nature on Foot

 

Step off the beaten path and into the heart of the bushveld on a guided bush walk that promises an intimate encounter with nature’s hidden treasures. Led by seasoned trackers and expert guides, traverse the untamed landscape with reverence and awe, as you uncover the secrets of the African wilderness.

Feel the pulse of the earth beneath your feet as you tread softly through the undergrowth, your senses heightened to the sights, sounds, and scents of the bush. From the delicate intricacies of a spider’s web to the mighty footprints of the elephant, every step reveals a new chapter in the ancient story of Africa.

 

Capture the Essence of the Wild

 

For shutterbugs and photography enthusiasts alike, Kapama River Lodge can offer the opportunity to hone your skills under the guidance of a seasoned wildlife photographer.

Arrange beforehand for a photography workshop where you’ll learn the art of capturing the essence of the wild.

 

Surrender to Romance Under the Stars

 

For those seeking the ultimate romantic escape, you can also immerse yourself in Kapama Game Reserve’s famous romantic sleepout on a platform beneath a blanket of stars. Nestled amidst the untamed wilderness, this secluded sanctuary beckons lovers to surrender to the enchantment of the night.

Here a sumptuous four-poster bed draped in billowing mosquito netting awaits. As the sun sets on the horizon, toast to love and adventure with a glass of champagne, before retiring to the embrace of nature’s embrace. Fall asleep to the lullaby of the African bush, where dreams are as wild and untamed as the landscape that surrounds you.

 

Travel and Booking Information

 

Best Time to Visit

 

The best time to visit Kapama River Lodge is during the dry season, which typically falls between May and September. During this time, vegetation is sparse, making wildlife easier to spot as they gather around water sources. Additionally, cooler temperatures make for more comfortable game drives and outdoor activities.

 

Entrance Fees

 

A R350 conservation levy per person per night is added per person per night, separate from the daily rate. This fee contributes to the reserve’s conservation efforts.

 

Included in the Rate You Pay

 

  • Accommodation in luxury suites equipped with amenities such as a mini-bar, en-suite bathroom with bath and indoor/outdoor showers
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, two daily safaris, guided bush walks,
  • Two game drives per day, led by experienced guides and trackers who offer insights into the surrounding wildlife and ecosystems.
  • Bush walks for guests interested in exploring the wilderness on foot and gaining a deeper understanding of the smaller wonders of the bush.
  • Selected premium drinks, house wines, local spirits, beers, and soft drinks to enjoy during meals and leisure time.
  • Access to the lodge facilities and wellness centre with spa and gym facilities.
  • Complimentary pick-up transfers from Hoedspruit Airport for fly-in guests.

 

Excluded from the Rate You Pay

 

  • The conservation levy
  • Any additional experiences like the sleepout platform or photography workshops
  • Curio shop purchases for souvenirs and mementoes of your safari experience.
  • Spa treatments
  • Transfers and day excursions outside of the reserve.
  • Private safari vehicle hire for guests seeking a more personalized safari experience.
  • Gratuities for the lodge staff and guides.
  • Some premium spirits, cellar wines, and champagnes for those wishing to enjoy upgraded beverage options.

 

Child Policy

 

Bringing children to Kapama Private Game Reserve is more than just a vacation—it’s a transformative experience that nurtures curiosity, fosters empathy, and creates lifelong memories.

Kapama offers a range of activities tailored to children, from educational game drives to hands-on learning experiences like tracking animal footprints and identifying dung. These immersive activities not only educate but also ignite young imaginations, sparking a deep appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

For families seeking a break from technology, a safari at Kapama provides the perfect opportunity to disconnect from screens and reconnect with each other and nature. From awe-inspiring game drives to cultural activities like traditional craft-making, every moment is a chance for families to bond and create cherished memories together.

 

Tips for Bringing Children on Safari

 

  • Ensure you pack essentials like sunscreen, hats, insect repellent, and comfortable clothing suitable for both warm days and cooler evenings.
  • Safari drives can be long and sometimes unpredictable, so prepare your children for the possibility of waiting patiently to spot wildlife.
  • Before embarking on your safari, educate your children about the animals they may encounter, their behaviours, and the importance of respecting wildlife and their habitats.
  • Be flexible and understanding if they need breaks or become restless during game drives. Consider shorter, child-friendly drives or scheduling downtime at the lodge between activities.
  • Encourage your children to ask questions, observe wildlife, and engage with their surroundings. Allow them to use binoculars and cameras to capture their own safari memories.
  • Remind children to stay seated and quiet during game drives to avoid startling wildlife. Respect the guidance of your experienced safari guide and adhere to any safety instructions provided.

 

What to Pack

 

  • Lightweight, neutral-coloured clothing for hot days and layering options for cooler mornings and evenings.
  • Comfortable walking shoes for bush walks and exploring the lodge grounds.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection during game drives.
  • Insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Binoculars and a camera with a zoom lens for capturing wildlife sightings.
  • Personal toiletries and medications, as well as any necessary travel documents.

 

Etiquette During Game Drives

 

During game drives, it’s essential to observe proper etiquette to ensure a respectful and enjoyable experience for all guests:

  • Listen to your guide’s instructions and follow their lead regarding wildlife viewing and behaviour.
  • Keep noise to a minimum to avoid disturbing the animals and fellow guests.
  • Refrain from standing up or leaning out of the vehicle while it is in motion.
  • Avoid sudden movements or loud noises that could startle the wildlife.
  • Always maintain a safe distance from the animals and never attempt to approach them for a closer look or photo opportunity.
  • Remember to respect the natural environment and leave only footprints behind.

 

Getting to Kapama River Lodge

 

Kapama Private Game Reserve is situated in the Limpopo Province in the northeast of South Africa between the northern Drakensberg Mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park in the magnificent South African bushveld.

The GPS coordinates for Kapama River Lodge are S24°25’45.5” E31°00’50.01”.

 

By Air

 

Kapama Private Game Reserve’s northern limit is just a stone’s throw from Eastgate Airport (also known as Hoedspruit Airport). This allows for easy guest transportation to Kapama’s lodges via game viewing vehicles.

SA Airlink, for example, conducts daily flights from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, as well as regular flights from Cape Town International Airport to Eastgate Airport near Hoedspruit. Please visit their websites to view airline schedules and make reservations.

 

By Road

 

Take the N12 or N4 from Johannesburg to Emalahleni and Middelburg, then the R540 towards Emakhazeni, Emnotweni (Dullstroom), and Mashishing. Emnotweni is located on the high level and is a great place to stop and explore the area. The settlement is an excellent halfway or lunch break on the road to Kapama Private Game Reserve.

From Mashishing, take the R36 to Ohrigstad, then through the Strijdom Tunnel to Hoedspruit.

This picturesque journey across Mpumalanga showcases magnificent mountain vistas and panoramic views. Expect panoramic views of the Lowveld below as you travel up the mountain passes and onto the upper escarpment. At the Strijdom Tunnel, roadside vendors sell local ethnic curios.

From Hoedspruit, take the R40 to Klaserie and continue until you see the Kapama Private Game Reserve entrance on the left.

 

FAQ

 

How many rooms are available at Kapama River Lodge?

 

Kapama River Lodge has 62 rooms in total.

 

Are guests allowed to drive their own vehicles around Kapama Private Game Reserve?

 

No, due to the natural approach of Kapama, all guests must be accompanied by a guide and on a game drive vehicle when viewing animals. Guests may only drive their own vehicles on the roads leading to the camps.

 

Are children of all ages welcome at Kapama River Lodge?

 

Yes, children are welcome at Kapama River Lodge.  Just note that only children 6 years and older will be allowed on the morning and afternoon game drives. For younger children, a guide will arrange a Bumble Drive after breakfast to view animals.

 

Can guests find internet facilities within Kapama River Lodge?

 

Kapama River Lodge has free Wi-Fi connectivity.

 

What are the weather conditions like in winter at Kapama River Lodge?

 

During winter Kapama experiences cool temperatures early morning but it warms up during the day. In late afternoon temperatures drop again. During winter there is hardly ever rain and the bush is not so lush, making game spotting much easier.

Rates

2024

R 11250 per person sharing per night
R 15375 per single traveller per night

2025

R 12000 per person sharing per night
R 18000 per person sharing per night

Facilities

Accommodation at Kapama River Lodge

 

Kapama River Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options to suit every preference and group size.

 

Deluxe Suites

 

With 33 spacious air-conditioned deluxe suites, guests can enjoy uninterrupted views over the Big Five game reserve from any area of the room or private patio. These suites, spanning 60m², strike a perfect balance of rustic elegance and modern industrial design. The full en-suite bathroom features natural stone finishes, an open rain shower, and a deep soaking bath with views of the African Bush. Each suite is equipped with up-to-date room technology and lavish amenities.

 

Spa Suites

 

Tucked away in the privacy of the russet bushwillow trees surrounding the African spa, the 16 spa suites offer magnificent views of the reserve through floor-to-ceiling glass doors and frameless windows. These suites are ideal for guests seeking tranquillity, with the option of enjoying yoga from the privacy of the patio while overlooking the bush. Each suite features en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, coffee and tea-making facilities, a minibar, a lock-up safe, and international plugs.

 

Family Spa Suites

 

The 4 family spa suites are expansive, perfect for big family getaways. With triple balconies, there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the quiet of the bush. Each suite includes an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, a minibar, a lock-up safe, and international plugs. These suites accommodate up to two adults and two children comfortably.

 

Standard Courtyard Suites

 

The 7 air-conditioned courtyard-facing suites reflect old Africa in a luxury game lodge setting. Each suite features a full en-suite bathroom with lavish amenities replenished daily. Guests can enjoy early morning coffee from the beverage stations and sundowners on their private patio with minibars available in all rooms.

 

Royal Suites

 

For those seeking ultimate luxury, the 2 Royal Suites offer opulence and comfort. These suites feature a private lounge, spacious patio, and en-suite bathrooms with dual showers overlooking the surrounding bush and resident wildlife. Fully stocked minibars, international plugs, lock-up safes, and air conditioning ensure guests’ comfort throughout their stay.

 

Facilities at Kapama River Lodge

 

Lounge

 

Relax beside a roaring fire in the African-themed lounge or at the River bar to sip a cocktail alongside the sparkling rim-flow pool, while keeping an eye out for thirsty animals at the nearby watering hole.

 

Pool & Cocktail Bar

 

Don’t forget to make your way to the new 12m x 12m pool & cocktail bar during your visit. Whether it is for an indulgent craft gin or classic cocktail, enjoy it on a poolside lounger, or under a shaded alcove to escape the South African sun.

 

Dining

 

You can enjoy authentic African cuisine by the warmth of a roaring fire at the open-sided thatch Rhino Boma or at the new dining spot called Xitsumbeni.

Xitsumbeni is a spacious dining area where you can have your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It even has its own bar and cosy lounge areas with fireplaces. Plus, there are two big fire pits where you can sip cocktails and gaze at the stars.

The lounge area connects seamlessly with the bushveld through glass doors, so you can soak in the sounds of nature while you dine. And don’t worry about dietary needs – they’ve got you covered.

For a romantic dining experience, picture this: dinner set in a dry riverbed right in front of the lodge, under the twinkling African night sky.

If you have specific dietary requirements like kosher meals, just let the chef know! They’re happy to accommodate your needs. Just shoot an email to the reservations team, and they’ll take care of everything.

And for wine lovers, the lodge’s wine cellar is home to over 600 of the finest South African wines.

 

River Lodge Spa

 

Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the River Lodge Spa is a firm favourite with guests. Lounge by the spa pool or get a quick workout in before you hand yourself over to our highly trained and experienced beauty therapists for one of our distinctly African treatments.

 

  • Bath
  • Free toiletries
  • Shower
  • Bidet
  • Toilet
  • Towels
  • Hairdryer
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safety deposit box
  • Tile/marble floor
  • Private entrance
  • Heating
  • Coffee machine
  • Seating Area
  • Telephone
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Clothes rack
  • Wake-up service

Itinerary

Arrival Day

  • Check into Kapama River Lodge (check in time is from 14:00pm)
  • Afternoon guided open vehicle safari drive
  • Dinner

Days on safari

  • Morning guided open vehicle safari drive
  • Breakfast
  • Optional activities*
  • Light Lunch
  • Afternoon guided open vehicle safari drive
  • Dinner

Departure day

  • Morning guided open vehicle safari drive
  • Breakfast
  • Depart from the Lodge (check out time is up to 10:30am)

*Optional Activities – additional charges apply

  • Guided bush Walk
  • Spa Treatments
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari
  • Guided tour of the Hoedspruit Endanged Specie center
  • Honeymoon Sleep-Out

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kapama River Lodge
  • 3-hour game drives in Kapama Private Game Reserve
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Local beverages on afternoon safari drives

What's Excluded

  • Daily conservation fee of R140.00 per person per night (subject to change)
  • Scheduled flights and transfers to the lodge
  • All purchases of a personal nature
  • Beverages not stated
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Any activity not specified in the itinerary
  • Visa fees if required

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