Located in the Greater Kruger National Park, Kapama River Lodge is the largest private game lodge in this region and offers the most spectacular views of the northern Drakensberg mountains which flank the lodge.
Named after the curve of the Kapama River in which it makes its home, Kapama River Lodge is a stylish 5-star lodge providing uninterrupted views of the African bush and fantastic wildlife sightings.
River Lodge boasts 40 spacious air-conditioned Suites that offer uninterrupted views of the Big Five game reserve from their private patios. Each suite also features en-suite bathrooms with luxury amenities, coffee and tea making stations, and minibars.
The 20 Spa Suites are positioned a little way from the lodge to ensure guest privacy and are closest to the lodge spa. The expansive glass doors and picture windows throughout the suite offer unrivaled bush views. Each suite is also equipped with a minibar, coffee and tea-making facilities, as well as a in-room safe, hairdryer and international plugs.
Located with the spa suites, the spacious Spa Family Suites have triple balconies, large bedrooms that can accommodate an additional two beds for children sharing with their parents or for couples wanting the additional comfort of an oversized bedroom.
River Lodge has two Royal Suites that offer a substantial amount of space and features an en-suite bathroom with bath and double shower, a separate lounge, and extended balcony.
The lodge facilities include a comfortable lounge area, three different dining venues, bar, wine cellar, media room, boutique shop, wellness center, library, swimming pool, kids facilities, business center, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The 13 000 hectare Kapama Game Reserve is home to over 40 different mammal species, including the most dangerous Big Five of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhinoceros. Approximately 350 bird species and a myriad smaller species can also be seen here in their natural environment. Twice-daily game drives through the reserve, accompanied by expert guides and trackers, ensure unforgettable wildlife encounters in the African bush.
Other activities offered on the reserve include bush walks, elephant interactions, hot air ballooning, and romantic sleep-out experiences in the bush.
Kapama River Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples, and families looking to experience an unforgettable safari.
From $ 269
Includes: Accommodation, all meals, All local & select premium drinks, teas & snacks, two daily safari activities, bush walks and
|Dates||Rates (PPS)||Rates (SINGLE)|
|20 Dec 2020 — 31 May 2021||$ 269||$ 403|
From $ 367
Inclusions: Accommodation, all meals, teas and snacks, all local and select premium drinks, two daily safari activities, bush walks, return transfers to/from Eastgate Airport (HDS) for scheduled flights only and VAT.
Post Covid recovery rates 01 October 2020 - 31 May 2021
Exclusions: Conservation levy of R140.00 nett per person per night for bookings up to 19 December 2020 and R150.00 nett per person per night for bookings 20 December 2020 to 31 May 2021, laundry and items of a personal nature.
|Dates||Rates (PPS)||Rates (SINGLE)|
|01 Oct 2020 — 31 May 2021||$ 367||$ 551|
|01 Jun 2021 — 19 Dec 2021||$ 524||$ 787|
From $ 647
Includes: Accommodation, all meals, teas & snacks, two daily safari activities with soft drinks, local drinks and waters on these activities and
|Dates||Rates (PPS)||Rates (SINGLE)|
|05 Jan 2021 — 19 Dec 2021||$ 647||$ 971|
"A very nice place , excellent service , professional people , friendly staff , very clean , they know how to make your holiday, make you fill welcome. My Family loved it. Good Food. Excellence all the way."
- Tumelo Phooko
"Kapama, what and exceptional destination with staff that know the true meaning of Service Excellence. Wayne and Petrus needs special mentioning by going the extra mile in showing us the Big 5 twice in three days!"
- Anton Lombard
"On arrival the staff were friendly and organized, after the long drive to get there a refreshing cool clothe by a smiling ranger given made me feel as though I had just stepped into first class SAA. The rangers are extremely knowledgeable and after many drives over the years my husband and I though there would not be new experiences and information that we would have. To our surprise our Ranger taught us several new things about the wild and surprisingly enough the stars. We were both very impressed!!!!!I can give accolades to Robert and Magnum our Ranger and Tracker. Well Done Kapama, there is always something new to learn."
- Viv Murray
"Professional with everything, the safaris were highlights of cours. Food and drinking excellent. Very well organized. Thank you!"
- Ake persson
"Overall had a great stay at Kapama. Spa Suite room was perfect, staff friendly and the food fantastic (a lot of food).Game drives were the best I have ever been on. The ranger Michael and tracker Magnum was super. Got to see what we called the Great 8. Big 5 plus Cheetah, Hippo & Hyena. The Leopard tracking was outrageous.Thanks a million for a fantastic weekend!"
- Uys Koen
"Our time at Kapama River Lodge and Kapama Buffalo was a great surprise for us. Everything was perfect. Thanks to our rangers Peter and Jacques, you are great. It was a wonderful dream for us."
- Simone Peron Maciel Gomes
"This was my favorite lodge/hotel room we stayed at on our entire South Africa vacation. The rooms were big & clean. The bathrooms had a tub and a shower with great water pressure and fancy bathroom amenities. The walkway between lodges were beautiful and interesting as you never knew what you might see along the walkway. But best of all is the spa! The spa was the best experience I have ever had. My pedicure massage was so good, I immediately booked a facial for the next day. Oh, and the food was tremendous as well. This place did not disappoint."
"We have a spacious and well appointed room looking out onto the bush. The facilities and in particular the excellent spa are top class. The food is wonderful and generous and the staff welcoming and helpful. The game ranger is well informed and knowledgeable and we have seen lion close to their kill, buffalo and rhino (plus many others) on our first day. Wonderful holiday."
"My husband and me had an amazing experience at this safari lodge. Staff were very friendly and from the very start we were made to feel as a part of the family. Rooms were very spacious, comfortable with a huge bathroom and shower. Overall a wonderful stay and by the end of stay had made some good friends."
"I was a bit hesitant about Kapama River Lodge, given the large no of rooms, but I was pleasantly surprised. The lodge has large spacious areas, and it never feels like you are in a big crowd. The spa and gym area is To Die For. The staff are incredibly polite and willing to assist. Extra plus for the chef, who without any fuss dealt with various food allergies and provided these guests with some of the best meals of their holiday! The rangers are knowledgeable and friendly, but for me the fact that there is no off-roading for elephants is a big minus... On the whole, Kapama is a perfect upmarket safari alternative for groups."
- Kat Macama
"Hi it is excellent too many people for me .love the rangers love the trackers extremely accommodating staff and rooms stunning and clean and neat at all times."
"We stayed at three Lodges while in South Africa just this month, well, in fact just a few days ago. Originally we wanted four nights at the Buffalo Camp but it was booked so we did two and two. I must say the staff at the River Lodge eased us right in to the setting and therefore we were not disappointed in the least. The welcome to the lodge was amazing, as if we were the only ones there. The room (Spa Suite) was huge and away from the main buildings, perfect. One can see most of the big five at the watering hole which is just beyond the swimming pool. The food is served buffet style so that you can pick and choose just what to eat and how much. It was really yummy and hard to make choices. On the drives (we had four while at this lodge), we had the perfect sighting of the elusive leopard. My photos are fabulous. The last morning we opted for the elephant safari which was amazing in itself. A perfect coda to a perfect trip. Yes, I recommend the River Lodge highly and with no reservations. It was a dream trip and I am glad that the River Lodge was part of it."
- Michel Jane
"My 3rd visit to the Kruger National Park and the first visit here. My partner and I were treated extremely well during our 3 night stay; the level of service was faultless and the experiences in the wild were just amazing. Our room was perfect and we will be making another visit, as soon as we can. If you love wildlife and safari, you will not be disappointed!"
"What an amazing place. Everything you hoped it would be and more. The rooms are terrific, immaculately clean, well decorated with huge bathrooms. Free wifi, coffee service and a refrigerator. The toiletries are made in South Africa and smell amazing, they are available for sale in the gift shop for a unique souvenir. The food was good, if not often spectacular. The real reason you are here is for the Game Drives and they are stellar. Twice a day for almost three hours you are out in the bush with your tracker and guide. The big 5 spotted the first night, lions, leopards,cape buffalo, elephants, and rhino. It is just the best place ever."
- Roslyn Pines
"What a lodge, great rooms with beautiful decorations and plenty of space around for the whole family. Great located with great view of the nature from rooms and restaurant. Great friendly staff helps you with your every need. Pricey but well worth it"
- Peter Silvian
"My husband and I stayed at Kapama on a recommendation from a friend, and we were so glad we did. Kapama is a private reserve right next to the airport, so it's very convenient. Private reserves are better than the national parks (like Kruger) because they have less rules and the guides are able to "off road" to find the animals. And off road we did! We loved our guide, Harry, and his tracker (and brother), Noel and we saw each of the Big 5! Harry was very informative and knowledgeable, having grown up in the bush, so he was the perfect guide. His obsession with finding a leopard paid off--apparently leopards are very hard to track down! The lodge itself was luxurious. The rooms were very comfortable (we stayed in one of the spa suites), the food was delicious, and the spa was amazing. We were there in winter, so we really couldn't enjoy the pools, but the pools are gorgeous and I'm sure very refreshing in the summer. Although the following may be the same with all safari experiences, there are a couple of things to keep in mind: 1) The drives are 3 hours long and, of course, nature is the only available bathroom. This wouldn't be so bad if not for the fact that when the guide stops, he likes to stop in an open area so that lions can't sneak up on you and eat you. So, especially if you're a woman, you might not feel comfortable relieving yourself within eye-and-earshot of your group. :) My advice would be to not drink during the tea/coffee time they have right before each drive. Basically, you need to dehydrate yourself. My husband and I drank a ton of water when we left the reserve and I think our bodies were confused. :) 2) It's freaking cold in the winter when you're driving in an open-top truck. Especially in the morning. We didn't believe that we would really need a winter hat, gloves, coat, etc. because, hey, the LOW was only going to be in the 50s. Well, you do need those things, so bring them. I think going in the winter is a good option because the bush is more "open" (i.e., no leaves on the trees), so it's easier to search for and spot animals, and there really isn't any rain, but you do need to keep in mind that it's cold and pack accordingly. In the day, it would be in the mid-70s and perfect for laying out by the pool. I would definitely recommend Kapama to anyone looking for an awesome and luxurious safari!"
"Kapama River Lodge is absolutely brilliant. The setting and rooms are beautiful, the staff and game rangers friendly and the service and food fantastic! This is the ultimate luxury experience in the bush. Unfortunately our stay was limited to one night only.(Our only disappointment was the lack of warm bath water on a cold evening)."
- Sonja Niedermann
"I would like to say that we had the most AMAZING trip and experience at Kapama. The staff, location, service and quality of the food and hotel were first class and exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Kalie was incredible, he provide an adventure everyday, was extremely knowledgeable on every aspect of the safari and I would highly recommend to anyone considering SA for a safari. We have both traveled the world staying in some of the finest resorts and Kapama River Lodge are equal to the very best. Regards Michael & Amy"
"Great place, luxurious rooms, great service, lavish food spread, love the ambience, thrilling game safaris .... at one point we were surrounded by almost 2 dozen wild African elephants ... saw them from as close as 5 feet .. one of them even sniffed us ... saw 5 lions playing with each other by the lake from 10 feet ... missed seeing all the BIG 5 though ... all in all a great experience ... where else can you have giraffes roaming at a few feet while you swim or get a massage done .... did not feel we were not in the main Kruger park ... am not sure, is Kruger really better than this? One suggestion, with so many tourists, there should be an ATM machine or an option to change US dollars and other major currencies nearby ... this became a bit of an issue for us"
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