Overview of Kapama Karula

This unreservedly luxurious lodge lies in a private reserve close to the Kruger National Park. Set on the banks of the perrenial Klaserie 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. 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.

Kapama Karula means ‘place of peace’ and you and your family are sure to find tranquility in the very large family suites, which each have two bedrooms, a fireplace in the living room and little extras like an iPod docking station. All suites, including those for couples, have heated pools for year-round swimming.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Set in a private reserve close to the Kruger Park
  • Year-round Big 5 game viewing & birding
  • The most luxurious accommodation in the reserve
  • All suites have heated swimming pools
  • Attentive service & excellent cuisine
  • Very large family suites available

Animal tracking experience

Elephant interactive experience

Game drives

Guided walks

Local village visits

Nature drives

Photographic safaris

Rooms at Kapama Karula

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Family Villa

    There are also two family suites that clock in at 170m / 558ft each. In addition to all the attractive features of the Superior Suites, the Family Suites each have a children’s bedroom that is equipped with a flat-screen television, a selection of age-appropriate movies and a Wii game console.

    Other room type

    There are 12 fully air conditioned Superior Suites, each measuring at least a whopping 90 metres / 295 foot. The en suite bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers, twin vanities and bathtubs. The mini-bar is stocked with fine wines, a selection of champagnes and a Nespresso machine, and the living room has an iPod docking station and a gas fireplace. The crowning glory of every suite is a wrap-around deck that leads to a full-sized heated swimming pool!

    The interiors of all suites are airy but cosy, with white-washed woods, neutral colour palettes and large sheets of glass that invite both the sunshine and moonlight inside. Furnishings and décor take their cues from both mid-century design, and the organic curves and tactile textures of the African bush.

    General 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 drink 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 Center 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.


    The delicious aroma of fresh pastries and coffee at the breakfast buffet before your game drive makes the early morning start even more worth it. On 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 sun downer 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.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Emma Hill

    Emma Hill

    African Safari Expert

    I was quite impressed with Karula, they have gorgeous rooms looking over the Klaserie river, offering an intimate setting and a backdoor to the Big 5. Game-viewing was quite impressive, great property for romantics!

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