Your standard suite at Kapama River Lodge features a private balcony with excellent bush views. The fully air-conditioned suite also offers modern African furnishings, log-beam ceilings with thatch and other authentic touches. Your ensuite bathroom includes dual basins, baths and showers, lush white towels and complimentary toiletries. You don’t miss out on luxury when you choose a standard suite.
When you choose one of the 20 spa suites, your accommodations are a little way from the main lodge for added privacy and to put your closer to the spa facility where unique African spa treatments are offered. Expect glass doors and frameless windows that provide unobstructed views of the bush, including from your bathroom. Your suite features coffee and tea facilities, a minibar, a safe, a hairdryer and other touches to add to your enjoyment.
Situated near the spa suites, the family rooms include three balconies, large bedrooms with space for additional beds and more. The generously sized rooms are great for families, of course, but they’re also perfect for couples who want an oversized bedroom. Family rooms features their own bathrooms and other expected amenities, including fine African furnishings and full air conditioning.
More luxurious than you might expect from any African safari lodge, Kapama River Lodge features two royal suites with grand rooms, separate lounge, huge balcony and more. The royal suites each include a recliner couch and an opulent and generously sized ensuite bathroom with bath and dual showers that look out onto the bush and the reserve’s wildlife. One of these suites is surely right for you if you want the most possible from your experience at the River Lodge.
Kapama River Lodge
Offering five-star accommodations in the amazingly scenic Greater Kruger National Park, the Kapama River Lodge offers places to stay that are right for you, including regular suites, secluded spa suites, spacious family suites and luxurious royal suites. And perhaps it goes without saying that wildlife sightings are plentiful no matter what kind of accommodations you choose.Situated perfectly in the Kapama Game Reserve, which is part of Kruger, this lodge focuses on providing an exceptional array of activities for guests. You can enjoy game drives, bush walks, elephant-back safaris and more. We love the diversity of options and the fact that there’s always something to do – if the luxury of the lodge isn’t enough to excite you.
One special feature of Kapama River Lodge is the wine cellar stocked with some of the best South African wines. The excellent dining options at the lodge are another fine feature, with most options prepared using in-season local produce and fresh herbs carefully grown at the lodge. Plus, there’s the Siyatla Lounge, a new dining location that helps make this lodge perfect for conferences, family gatherings and more.
You may also like the excellent wellness center, which you’ll find is more than a spa. There’s a gym, lap pool and more – as well as professional spa treatments.
With 64 suites located along a river and against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, luxurious and peaceful Kapama River Lodge is exactly what you’d hope for in an African safari lodge. Why not make it the destination for your first African trip – or your next?
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Amenities of Kapama River Lodge
At Kapama River Lodge, everything you need for an excellent experience is at hand. The lodge is also the base from which you can explore the great outdoors of Africa. Simply take in the natural views, relax outside the lodge or experience a fun excursion. Everything you need is either provided or available, so there's nothing to worry about. Kapama River Lodge features a fitness center, outdoor pool and restaurant. A bar and lounge area is available on-site as well. A free breakfast is provided every morning. All public areas offer free high-speed wifi for added convenience. Additionally, there are spa services available to you as well as a library and terrace. Free on-site self-parking is available if needed, and there are designated smoking areas.
- 24-hour front desk
- Air Conditioning
- Babysitting/child services
- Breakfast in the room
- Daily maid service
- Designated smoking area
- Laundry Service
- Lounge Area
- Meeting/banquet facilities
- Outdoor pool
- Room service
- Safety deposit box
- Spa and wellness centre
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Frequently Asked QuestionsWe've compiled a list of answers to questions that guests often ask to better help you with your planning. Take a look at these frequently asked questions below and feel free to contact us if you have other queries.
It isn't an African word with a specific meaning like many other lodges; it's the name of a Shangaan chief who used to live in the area.
Kapama is a privately owned reserve on the outskirts of the Greater Kruger-area and therefore falls outside of the governmentally owned Kruger National Park.
It does! We also have a vast array of other animals, plants and birds, some of which are endangered. Kapama's guides do their best to show you as many as possible.
Kapama has been a wildlife reserve for 27 years and the first camp, Buffalo Camp, opened its doors to the public 19 years ago.
No. We strive to have as little contact as possible with our wild animals so that they continue to behave as wild animals should. Many have become accustomed to the game viewing vehicles and are comfortable with the shape of the vehicle with seated guests. This is why guides request guests stay seated in the vehicles at all times. Wild animals that have had too much direct contact with humans become dangerous, as was the case with the hand-reared lion that attacked a woman in a lion park near Lanseria earlier this year.
It is the Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range, which includes Mariepskop Peak (6378 ft above sea level), that is visible from Kapama.
It is left to break down naturally and fertilise plant life when the rainy season starts. It also is a valuable food source for birds, such as hornbills, starlings and rollers, and part of the reproductive cycle of many insects, such as the dung beetle. It is a natural part of the Kapama ecosystem.
Yes, we do. Many of our staff live with their families in the local community.
No, Kapama does not allow self-drive guests. All guests must be accompanied by a guide when game viewing. Only the clearly marked roads leading to Kapama's camps are safe to travel on without a guide, and these are regularly maintained for guest vehicles. Some guests have seen some great sightings on these roads in and out of the reserve.
Eat 7 times a day! You'll never want to miss out on what we serve up! Trust your guide. They know every nook, cranny and hiding place like the back of their hands, giving you the best chance to find all the animals your dying to see. Do at least one activity. You might not have time for them all, but make time for at least one. Chat to the staff. They are curious about you too!
You won't find a wider range of available activities than at Kapama River Lodge. Enjoy the excellent cuisine, the Siyatla Lounge for formal events and conferences and more. Take advantage of game drives offered twice per day and up-close bush walks designed to enhance your game viewing opportunities while visiting this African safari lodge. An elephant-back safari is an excellent and unique experience as well. Take time to relax at the wellness center with full spa treatments and a gym. A well-stocked wine cellar further enhances the experience. Plus, a media center makes watching sports, playing games or viewing a DVD easy.
Game Drive (Included in Tariff)
Across all of Kapama’s lodges, two daily game drives are offered and are included in the tariff. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, guests can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since this is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo isMORE
Bush Walks (Included in Tariff)
Feel Africa underfoot on a guided bush walk with a highly trained game ranger. The experience offers an intimate encounter with nature and wildlife, and medicinal and other plants are identified en route. Rangers also teach walkers to track wildlife in the traditional way, using animal footprints and scat. Expert trackers are able to tellMORE
Romantic Sleep-Out on Kapama Private Game Reserve
The Kapama Romantic Sleep-out offers a million-star overnight experience. Sleeping in the open air on the reserve, elevated high above the ground under the African night sky, is a uniquely romantic experience. A raised platform is evocatively furnished with an oversized bed festooned in white linen and billowing mosquito netting. It’s completely safe, while beingMORE
Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species
To see rare wildlife up close, take a late morning trip – after the game drive and breakfast – to the nearby Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species. Here cheetah, wild dog, serval, caracal and various other species are rehabilitated and can be safely viewed from close range. Rare king cheetah can also be seen here.MORE
Many guests purport the elephant interaction opportunity offered at Kapama to be life-changing. This activity takes place between the morning and afternoon game drives and is scheduled after breakfast. After the experience, you will be returned to your lodge in time for lunch and a little relaxation, before high tea and the afternoon game drive.MORE
A closer encounter with an African elephant is not possible. Riding high on the back of an African elephant is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will never be forgotten. A video of your unique outing can be recorded as a keepsake, for an additional fee. Instead of going on the early morning game drive, you willMORE
Surrounded by stillness and sweeping bushveld, the Kapama Wellness Centre takes safari spa treatments to new heights. Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the six sumptuous treatment rooms are arranged around a generous central lap pool that evokes a sense of calm. While Dermalogica and Matisse products are used in the spa,MORE
Hot Air Ballooning
The giant candy-striped balloons lift off at first light and drift at the mercy of the wind for about an hour. The hot air balloon landing can be bumpy, so hold on tight then celebrate with a glass of bubbly. This memorable experience is highly recommended. R3,249.00 per person (Adult) .MORE
Kapama Private Game Reserve is delighted to host world-class photographic training by a leading South African wildlife photographer – hands-on in the African bush. Kapama Private Game Reserve is offering this three-night photographic workshop package at its four diverse luxurious safari lodges. Hosted by professional wildlife photographer Albie Venter, the workshop is aimed at beginnerMORE