Kapama River Lodge (Kapama
Private Game Reserve) South Africa
Kapama Private Game Reserve, with its portfolio of
luxurious safari lodges, occupies a vast area between the
northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger
National Park and is the largest single-owned game reserve
in the region.
The adjacent Eastgate airport (Hoedspruit) is
perfectly situated to receive guests flying in from either
Johannesburg or Cape Town, and Kapama includes free transfers
in open safari vehicles directly to any of our four lodges
on Kapama namely River Lodge, Buffalo Camp, Karula and
Southern Camp. These camps and lodges can accommodate a
total number of 222 guests.
South Africa's Limpopo province in which Kapama is
situated is renowned for its wildlife and includes areas
such as the well known Kruger National Park. Our reserve
with its 13000 hectares of pristine wilderness shares a
large number of biomes with the Kruger Park and therefore
are able to host all animals including the Big 5: Elephant,
Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhinoceros, to name but a few of
the approximately 42 different mammal species calling Kapama
Approximately 350 bird species and a myriad of smaller
species can also be seen in their natural environment. Game
drives are conducted twice daily with expert guides and
trackers who will eagerly share their bush experiences and
knowledge with you whilst driving through some of the most
beautiful savannah woodlands, grassland and riverine bush
which makes up the Kapama Game Reserve.
Kapama River Lodge is a luxury safari lodge situated
within the Kapama Game Reserve, and presents the perfect
blend between luxurious safari accommodation and a very
generous bed capacity of 64 bedrooms. The northern
Drakensberg mountain range provides a majestic backdrop to
this, the largest lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park
region. Although large, it is stylishly furnished and
beautifully positioned along a dry riverbed. The ambience of
nature is captured perfectly and guests fall in love with
River Lodge the moment they arrive.
Each spacious room at Kapama River Lodge features a full
en-suite bathroom and patio with uninterrupted views into
the leafy-green game reserve. The central guest
entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool
with sun umbrellas and recliners for those lazy afternoons.
The long L-shaped 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
The Rhino Boma dining area with tables tastefully
arranged under a low thatch in a horseshoe shape has a
central open area where a roaring fire gives a brilliant
glow to evening meals. Buffet-style meals introduce Pan
African flavors and dishes using fresh local ingredients and
specialty dishes featuring venison like Kudu and Impala.
Kapama River Lodge is so named because it lies in a bend
of the Kapama River, which is usually dry, but can from time
to time flood with the water reaching the steps of the lodge
swimming pool. A small permanent waterhole lies just beyond
the River Lodge perimeter attracting animals like antelopes,
Elephant and Buffalo. Watch this truly African spectacle
from the balmy blue water of the rim flow swimming pool, or
just relax in the shade of an umbrella on loungers around
the pool with a delicious cocktail waiting for you a mere
couple of meters away.
For those occasions when you need to catch up on world news
on cable TV, watch a sports game or entertain the children
with a wildlife DVD, head down to the River Lodge Media
Room. This area can also be easily converted into a small
and intimate conference facility seating 20 delegates or less
with an overhead projector and audio system. Right next door
is a guest internet facility to re-connect with family and
African pots, stools and artifacts grace the illuminated
recessed alcoves in the lounges and bar of Kapama River
lodge. Chairs are softly upholstered in reds and golds and
the high yellow thatch reflects a warm light back into the
beamed lounges. A wide chimney divides each lounge area, and
the dual-facing fireplaces throws light and warmth into all
Wooden-framed glass concertina doors and modern blinds
can be pulled closed to keep it cozy on those chilly winter
evenings or opened up completely for views beyond the
rim-flow pool into the sandy riverbed. A special feature of
River Lodge is the straw clad walls, helping to seamlessly
merge the inside with the outside and making you feel one
Kapama River Lodge extends itself with three different
The Rhino Boma is the most popular buffet dinner venue
where a delicious variety of dishes are enjoyed under an
open-sided thatch, around a crackling fire.
The Riverbed is a romantic place to dine, with a
star-studded African night sky above you and the sand of the
dry riverbed beneath you.
Siyatla Lounge is purposely built and perfect for larger
groups, formal functions, product launches and conferences.
It has its own bar and lounge with two large fireplaces and
chimneys extending up through the thatched roof. Massive
Leadwood trunks create a truly African feature within the
centre and concertina glass panel doors open the space
completely to let in all the sounds and smells of Africa.
Dishes are prepared with seasonal local produce and fresh
herbs grown at Kapama River Lodge. Ethnic dishes and
accompaniments like mealy pap (African-style polenta) and
chakalaka (a hot and spicy relish) are used to give the
taste of Africa, but more familiar food is also on the menu.
Safari game drives have the habit of giving you a raging
appetite so forget the diet and indulge into specialist
dishes like Warthog stew and Kudu casserole, Impala sausages
or mild oxtail curries. Vegetarians, vegans and all other
dietary types are well catered for with only the best
quality ingredients and fresh produce.
Kapama River lodge boasts a magnificent wine cellar where
we stock only the best South African wines in a perfectly
big plate glass windows allow
you to look into the cellar which houses more than 600
bottles of fine wine. Apart from some French Champagne, all
the wines and Cap Classique's sparkling are from South
Africa's finest Cape vineyards.
Kapama River Lodge features 40 spacious air-conditioned
suites, with modern yet distinctly African furnishings and
log-beam ceilings. Step onto your private balcony with a
cool drink from your mini bar, and while away free time,
gazing lazily into the bush for animals that may pass by, or
have your early morning coffee in your room, watching the
bush come alive with sound as the first rays fall.
Bathrooms are all en-suite with his and hers basins, bath
and shower and complimentary amenities which are replenished
The 20 Spa suites, completed in November 2008, are
positioned close to the Spa on a private setting away from
the rest of the lodge, and all rooms have magnificent views
into the reserve from your balcony. The earthy colors and
the use of frameless glass panels in the bathroom as well as
the high doors make it possible to fully enjoy the splendid
views from virtually every corner of the room. The room
includes all other luxuries such as a minibar and coffee and
tea making facilities, hair dryer, safe box and also a built
in international plug that can accommodate most electric
power plug configurations.
The Family Rooms is situated with the Spa suites and
includes three balconies and separate areas with two beds
for younger children should guests want their children to be
accommodated in the same room. This room is in excess of 70
m² including the balconies and is also ideal for guests who
just enjoy the comfort a larger room offers.
Pamper yourself in one of the two River Lodge Royal
Suites. These suites are bigger in every way and have a
separate lounge and extended balcony with recliner couches.
Your en-suite bathroom has a bath and a dual shower cubicle
looking towards the bush. Magnificent views into the reserve
are possible from two sides, and as always also the
opportunity to spot that rare animal passing in close
Accommodation Rates:- From $300 per
person per night. Please contact us for a quote and