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overview

This unreservedly luxurious lodge lies in a private reserve close to the Kruger National Park. Set on the banks of a river in classic Big 5 country and boasting stupendous views, there is little else you could ask for in a safari lodge.

Suitable for honeymooners, families and wildlife enthusiasts alike, the lodge offers thrilling wildlife encounters on game drives but a wide range of activities means there is much on offer at Kapama Karula.

Enjoy an elephant-back safari that will take you closer to nature than ever before; go on guided walks with expert guides; visit the nearby Centre for Endangered Species for close-up encounters with rare animals; take to the sky on a hot air balloon adventure or take a break from all the big game drama and revitalise mind, body and spirit in the Kapama Wellness Centre.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 - Top 25 Hotels in Africa - Number 7

highlights

  • Set in a private reserve close to the Kruger Park
  • Year-round Big 5 game viewing & birding
  • The most luxurious accommodation in the reserve
  • Excellent honeymoon or romantic destination
  • Attentive service & excellent cuisine
  • 170m² family suites available

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Facilities

This beautifully designed contemporary lodge sits on the banks of the Klaserie River. Its lazy flowing waters impart a sense of tranquility as you stand on the lodge's deck, chilled glass in hand, admiring the stupendous views. And what views: augmented by floor to ceiling windows in the lounge and dining area as well as skylights, there is an atmosphere of intimacy with the surrounding environment.

Take a dip in the inviting pool to beat the midday heat or update your online travel diary while browsing through the library’s extensive book collection.

The Kapama Wellness Centre has a wide range of health, beauty and wellness treatments to smooth out the creases after a day in a safari vehicle, or you may just want to simply relax and indulge your senses at a spa that is considered one of the finest of its kind in Africa.

General Facilities

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    Bar
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    Beauty or wellness therapist
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    Gym
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    Restaurant
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    Spa
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    Swimming Pool

Dining

The delicious aroma of fresh pastries and coffee at the breakfast buffet before your game drive softens the jagged edges of an early morning start. Upon your return, a wholesome and hearty menu selection for brunch will have you agonizing over what to choose.

Later in the afternoon, gather at the main lodge before your second game drive to sample a choice of delicacies from the high tea display. After sundowner drinks on your game drive, start the evening off with a cocktail at the bar before indulging in a sumptuous multi-course meal from the a la carte menu, served by your personal waiter.

Luxury Tent

Accommodation at Kapama Karula comprises five Suites, seven Superior Suites including two that are family units, and two Luxury Tents.

Throw open the windows and allow the scent of Africa to wash over you as you soak in the luxurious bathtub, sip a glass of champagne as you take in the glorious view from your verandah. On cooler evenings, snuggle by the fireplace in the tastefully appointed lounge.  

Luxury Tent AMENITIES

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    Air-conditioning
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    En-suite bath only
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    Mini Bar
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    Outdoor shower
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    Safe
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    Tea & coffee-making facilities

Activities

  • Animal tracking experience
  • Elephant interactive experience
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Local village visits
  • Nature drives
  • Photographic safaris
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 20 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015 $390 Full Board
  • 06 Jan 2015 - 30 Nov 2015 $335 Full Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Suite,Luxury,Superior Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Thank you again for your recommendation. I rate my experience 5 stars, and am only sorry that I could not spend another day there. Everything went right, perhaps because I did not know what to expect. When I arrived (and transfers are great from hoedspruit and add to the adventure) Sharon the manager on duty greeted me and went over my schedule and told me I had been upgraded to a suite – which was gorgeous and beautifully designed overlooking the river. She went over my schedule and told me that the elephant interaction might be repetitive with the actual safari ride and offered to refund my money or look at alternatives such as the spa or the endangered species. I chose the endangered species centre and am very happy that I did so- I learned so much! (I chose to distribute my refund among the staff who had taken such good care of me.) She went over my diet preferences and asked if it were satisfactory to have fish cooked in aluminium foil at the boma that night, which it was. My suite was gorgeous- I had an assigned butler, Lewis, but the entire staff looked after me. The second night, the cook came out to check that everyone was enjoying their meals. I skipped high tea but enjoyed the coffee breaks and sundowners on the safari. My safari drives were superb and provided the big 5 and 3 of the little five- the buffalo weaver, the leopard tortoise and the rhinoceros beetle (actually that showed up at the boma!) The ranger was Julius and the tracker was Nicholas, and I cannot imagine a better team to introduce me to the wonders of the bushveld. Julius explained that we were assigned a different sector each ride, and so we never knew what we would discover. He and Nicholas would confer over tracks they saw, and I admired their teamwork. We had wonderful encounters with giraffes and zebras and water buffalos and rhinos and those incredible elephants. Our team taught us the patience to watch a lion so that we could watch him wake, walk and then roar his dominance over his territory. The view of different herbivores grazing peacefully in the same area. My second night safari brought the glimpse and pursuit of a leopard, hippos on land, and a trio of lionesses crossing the road in front of the lodge gate. I thank Kapama for making my safari magical. I must add that I was fortunate that the couple with whom I shared the vehicle were delightful, and I ate several meals with them. The elephant back safari is wonderful-and I loved riding on Lundi and watching her mischievous son Mambo taking shortcuts. Camp Jabulani provided that extra depth to my adventure. I did not mind the fences or the power lines- if it didn’t bother the animals why should it bother me. My fellow guests and I joked that the sound of the ‘go away bird’ that stayed by the entrance was so inappropriate, since we felt so welcome. I would go back in a heartbeat.

    Barbara Shore, November 2014
  • Each lodge, although very different was an awesome experience. Kapama was the ultimate in contemporary luxury....the guides were great, the staff was very friendly and the food was delicious.

    Gary Meltzer, August 2014
  • Kapama Karula took our collective breath away. the elephant encounter and the cheetah rehab, those are 2 experiences that will stay with all of us forever and continue to feed our appreciation for wildlife. The food was 5-star it was exquisite. Game viewing was exceptional.

    Clive Lubner, August 2014
  • Our trip went extremely well. Thank you for arranging the accommodation for us. We enjoyed Kapama, Table Bay and Spier a lot. South Africa is such a beautiful country - both the safari trip and the Cape Town visit far exceeded our expectation.

    Ling Wang, December 2013
  • About the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. The room was simply exquisite. Staff friendly and helpful. Food superb. Our Ranger, Don, was knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and fun. He is one of the highlights of the trip. Loved the evening cocktail on the afternoon drive. Animal sightings incredible and many, many more that I ever imagined. Nature walk a special event.

    Polly Ogden, October 2013
  • Kapama Karula - Extremely luxurious. Our Ranger Don was outstanding, he rushed us around the reserve to try to get to all of the best sightings. Don went above and beyond, even taking us on bush walks despite bush walks not being explicitly offered by the lodge. The food here was extremely fancy - the presentations was always 5-star, but we wouldve liked it to be a little simpler, we didnt want to eat extremely rich sauces and purees for every meal. That being said, it was still quite good. I think we thought Karula felt more modern, posh, and luxurious. As far as the reserves and sightings, we thought Kapama had a lot more animals,we saw tons of giraffes and antelope (as well as lions, elephants, etc) at Kapama

    Marion Said, October 2013
  • Many thanks for helping us with Kapama, we had a great time!

    Marina Draghici, March 2013
  • Fantastic experience at Kapama Karula. The safaris were amazing, the place was beautiful, the food wonderful and the service was awesome too.

    Janaina Maranh, January 2013

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Jehan Begg

Jehan Begg

Africa Safari Expert

"This beautiful camp evoked a sense of contentment inside of me - its understated elegance is the perfect compliment to the sound of the Klaserie River and the Big 5 outside."

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Fantastic experience at Kapama Karula. The safaris were amazing, the place was beautiful, the food wonderful and the service was awesome too.

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