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Overview

Kapama Karula Lodge - resting on the banks of the rushing Klaserie River, and comprised of a exclusive suites, is named "the place of peace", owing to its riverine atmosphere and soothing accommodation. Facilities here are uniformly five star, luxurious, and blessed with exquisite views of the vistas that make this area famous. With fine dining, daily excursions out into the wild, and a range of entertainment options for days when relaxing around the Lodge wins out against the excitement of the bush.

As part of the greater Kruger area, vast herds of buffalo, elephant and antelope are resident on Kapama, along with plentiful predators. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world.

Accommodation

Exclusive suites are equipped with luxury bathrooms, glass sliding doors that wrap around the suite for a unrestricted view of the Klaserie River. His and hers basins, indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioning, lounge and dining room, pooldeck and private pool, private bar, and tea and coffee making facilities.

There are two purpose-built superior suites for families. At 170m², these family suites have an open-plan living room, replete with fireplace, which flows into the master bedroom with its en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom leads off the living room and can be accessed through an interleading door or its own entrance. This children’s bedroom is also en-suite and is equipped with a flat-screen TV, selection of movies and a Wii game console. All other amenities are included - from well-stocked minibars including a selection of wines and champagne, to Nespresso coffee machines, air conditioning, overhead fans, telephones, Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station. Each family suite has a private outside deck and a large heated swimming pool for year-round swimming.

To find peace in paradise look no further than the ultra-luxurious Kapama Karula Lodge and Spa, where tranquillity resides.

Surrounded by glass, this stunning newly built spa has an intimate connection with the bushveld scenery. Impalas can often be seen grazing beyond the glistening glass. As the flagship spa, every aspect of the spectacular design and décor invites you to pamper yourself.


 

Wildlife

One of the biggest reserves in Limpopo, Kapama plays home to all members of the Big Five, lions, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, and buffalos safari heavy hitters, as well as leopards, wild dogs,  along with numerous other mammals, and more than 350 species of bird.

Extra Info

Children
• Children of all ages are welcome and will be accommodated.
•  All children under the age of sixteen years must be accompanied by a responsible adult during game drives and bush walks
• Children under the age of 12 are permitted on safari at the sole discretion of the manager or guide​
• Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on safari.  


Excludes:
Conservation Levy of R114 per person per night (excluding VAT) 
 

 

 

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Directions

Self-dive instructions: 
Take either the N12 or the N4 from Johannesburg to Witbank and Middelburg.,turn onto the R540 towards Belfast, Dullstroom and Lydenburg.
From Lydenburg proceed on the R36 to Orighstad, through the Strydom Tunnel to Hoedspruit,at Hoedspruit, take the R40 to Klaserie.For Kapama Reserve, continue on the R40 and turn left at the Eastgate Airport turn-off and continue for 15 km
Turn right at the Guernsey turn off and continue on the gravel road for another 10 km,the Kapama Reserve entrance will be on your left-hand side.

Please note: you will need to pay a gate entrance fee of R160 per vehicle and R40 per person. The entrance fee can only be confirmed at the time of making your reservation. (Prices are subject to change)
GPS: -24.4662 (latitude), 31.1002 (longitude)

Reviews


We were amazed at how beautiful Karula lodge is. The suites are out of this world! The staff, service, and food were all excellent. We wished we could have stayed longer!

Christine

What a stunning place. Will go back any time. Fantastic stay. Were treated like kings and queens with such friendly staff. Beautiful luxurious set up with tasteful decor and finishes. Well done to all we loved it. To James the agent, thanks for making this experience so easy and for all your arrangements and effort you put it to helping us plan the holiday! Well done to you too!!!

Sunet

Kapama Karula offered us true luxury, as well as superb game viewing and the most knowledgeable guide of our 3 week multi-country trip. We booked a Superior Suite, and boy, was it ever! I wanted to move in and stay forever. With an airy, spacious feel, beautiful natural decor a luxurious bath (indoor/outdoor shower & soaking tub) and our own private pool. That alone would have made me happy but add to that a gracious, friendly, attentive staff; elegant, delicious meals (so much so that we never had lunch - too full from the scrumptious breakfast) and a guide and tracker that couldn't be beat. Juluka, our guide, was thoroughly professional, educational, informative and just a delightful man to be around. Each game drive seemed to bring a new, special, experience. Thanks, Juluka, and the whole staff at Kapama Karula!

Nanciose

From the moment we arrived at the airport at Hoedspruit, everything was arranged by Kapama Karula to perfection. The staff were very friendly without being interfering. Andreis was very professional and helpful - as were all of the staff. There was not a single thing which I would say could be improved. Internet was slow but who cares when you are in such an amazing place with so much to see and do. The morning and evening game drives were very exciting and varied and we only wished that we could have stayed longer. Treated ourselves to day spa treatments twice which was wonderful. Only comment - food was too good and hard to resist. Great place for families, honeymooners, anyone who wants to be spoilt. Friends have visited 3 times previously - now I know why. Thanks Kapama Karula staff - we will see you again.

Tanya

Very nice lodge with 10 houses and 2 tents, we had family room 1 and it was great. Room is definitely 5 star including heated swimming pool. Food and drinks are top quality, and staff is very friendly and helpful. Game drives are great and their rangers are top quality. Single drawback is that there are many electricity posts going through the area, so you lose the feeling of being in the bush, but largely compensated with great gzme viewing, we saw leopard, cheetah and lion. Rhino and elephants viewing was superb

Rik

Our Kapama Karula experience was one we will remember for a long time. The camp itself is modern yet blended into the bush. The luxury room was HUGE, beautifully decorated and included a private infinity pool. The entire river facing glass facade could be opened which made the room feel part of the natural surroundings. We were allocated a friendly and knowledgeable game driver and tracker for our morning and evening game drives (in the 3 days we were there we managed to see all the animals there were to see except leopard). We were also allocated a server for the rest of our stay. The food that was served 3 times a day was top quality as well as the service. Kapama Karula is a gem and a true 5 star experience, we were treated like gold during our stay.

Steve

All the excellent reviews are true. The staff are the friendliest people on earth. Your every need is cared for. The suites are spacious and very tasteful. The food is excellent. The is a LOT of game to see. What more can I say?

Richard

My family had three nights at the Kapama Karula park and thoroughly enjoyed the professionalism and the attention to detail afforded during our stay. We were rewarded with not only sensational safari outings, but beautifully presented meals and nicely appointed accommodation. We would return again perhaps during a different season as the end of 'winter' afforded little colour, otherwise was a very comfortable temperature both day and evenings.

Janelle

Coming from Asia, we heard only about the great national parks in Kruger and always dreamed about going there. As it turns out when we started planning the trip to visit the great safari, we ended up Kapama and it made a world of difference.The facilities in our camp were brand new and in fact when we were there in May they were still doing the landscaping and the wifi wasn't great (* we asians need our wifi!). That aside the hospitality, food and rooms were amazing.As for the game watching, we saw all the Big 5 except for the elusive leopard and were duly rewarded to have a cheetah nonchalantly walking by us while we were having our mid-way drinks! The guide informed us that the upside with private reserves is that they limit the trucks that visit each sector of the park and that way when you spot a game it will often be just yourselves and not crowded by dozens of others which is an experience-downer. Highly recommended and cant wait to come back!

Ronald

My husband and I stayed at Kapama Karula in July 2014, to celebrate my forthcoming 50th birthday. We were there for 2 nights/3 days, as part of a 14 day South African trip. What can I say about this wonderful paradise, other than "perfect". Nothing really needs to be addressed, upgraded or changed. Let's see, where do I begin? A) Accommodation This is brilliant. Brand new lodges (whether standard, superior or family), that are state of the art in modern design, fixtures, fittings and furnishings - and completely in sync with the surroundings. All light and bright and airy, with a great balcony too, enabling you to watch the wildlife coming down to the riverbank to drink! Neutral tones, comfort and a homely feel. It's a shame you won't spend more time in them, because you'll be on safari for most of your stay. There are also two "5 star" tents at Karula (which we didn't stay in) that are set back from the river (so no views of the wildlife from their balconies) but are also decorated and fitted out to the same standard. B) Food What a wow factor here. Your own personal waiter to greet you at every meal (for the duration of your stay) - sensational service, and fabulous food. If you can't see what you like on the menu (and there is plenty to choose from) just ask for a variation, or something else. Nothing is too hard. We found the food first class, and often too much of it! There's a "pre-breakfast" before you go on safari, a cooked breakfast afterwards, 3 course lunch, afternoon "high tea" and then a 3 course dinner. All gourmet stuff you'd get in any high-end restaurant and all inclusive in your stay. Thank you Cliff for looking after us so well! C) Safari Let's face it - this is why people really come, and you won't be disappointed. Again, your own personal guide and tracker for the duration of your stay so you can. Safari vehicles are open (no roof or sides) and cater for 9 guests, so you could have company depending on your group size. They offer 2 safaris each day - a morning drive (leaving 6.30-7am) and a twilight drive (leaving 4-4.30pm). Both go for around 2.5-3hrs. You'll stop for a break mid safari, with refreshments on offer. Given Kapama is a private game reserve, you can get up very close and personal with the wildlife. Their vehicles are allowed to venture off road to get you a better view. This was the main difference we felt, between the private game reserves, and Kruger National Park (which we also went to, on safari). In the public/national parks all vehicles are required to have a roof and remain on the main roads - so going on safari in a private park, has 2 huge advantages (open vehicle and go anywhere). Yes - we saw the big 5 in the 2 days we were there (4 on our first trip out!) but we were amazed at all the other animals we saw too, some of which were quite rare. The guides are very knowledgeable, and will commentate or answer your questions, and then some. We had Edwin and Reckson - who were delightful! On the cold morning safaris, we were provided blankets and hot water bottles so we were toasty and warm whilst watching the amazing wildlife, and the sun come up. I don't recommend you sleep in and miss these morning drives! This is when most animals are out and about. 4) Staff The people at Karula are sensational and are the key to their success. Every one of them will remember your name, and everything else you divulge about yourself. They have a great sense of humour, a strong commitment to conservation and plenty of knowledge and experience in Safari Tours & luxury holidays. You really feel like someone special, with very personalised attention from the moment you arrive, until the time you very sadly have to depart.I only have 2 very very small criticisms : 1) The massage and relaxation options on offer, are not available at Kapama Karula. You need to travel to another location to engage in these. These are offered at one of their "sister" properties, Kapama River Lodge. In very minor inconvenience. 2) Periodically, they put on a BBQ night, which is held outdoors in their "bomber" dining area. What an amazing outdoor dining area this is! Magnificent! However, despite the 5 star food we experienced for the entire trip, the BBQ food was not up to scratch. Being Australian (the kings of BBQs), we were disappointed. Meats were either too raw, or overdone (irrespective of how you requested them to be cooked). Plenty of variety though, and I would suggest you try the more exotic game on offer, such as ostrich, crocodile, kudu, buffalo etc as these were very tasty (perhaps just not at the BBQ night!) So two very minor negatives (neither of which impacted the fabulous time we had).This is an AWESOME place, where you are guaranteed an awesome experience!! I desperately want to go back!

Lisa

Kapama Karula Lodge - resting on the banks of the rushing Klaserie River, and comprised of a exclusive suites, is named "the place of peace", owing to its riverine atmosphere and soothing accommodation. Facilities here are uniformly five star, luxurious, and blessed with exquisite views of the vistas that make this area famous. With fine dining, daily excursions out into the wild, and a range of entertainment options for days when relaxing around the Lodge wins out against the excitement of the bush.

As part of the greater Kruger area, vast herds of buffalo, elephant and antelope are resident on Kapama, along with plentiful predators. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world.

Exclusive suites are equipped with luxury bathrooms, glass sliding doors that wrap around the suite for a unrestricted view of the Klaserie River. His and hers basins, indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioning, lounge and dining room, pooldeck and private pool, private bar, and tea and coffee making facilities.

There are two purpose-built superior suites for families. At 170m², these family suites have an open-plan living room, replete with fireplace, which flows into the master bedroom with its en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom leads off the living room and can be accessed through an interleading door or its own entrance. This children’s bedroom is also en-suite and is equipped with a flat-screen TV, selection of movies and a Wii game console. All other amenities are included - from well-stocked minibars including a selection of wines and champagne, to Nespresso coffee machines, air conditioning, overhead fans, telephones, Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station. Each family suite has a private outside deck and a large heated swimming pool for year-round swimming.

To find peace in paradise look no further than the ultra-luxurious Kapama Karula Lodge and Spa, where tranquillity resides.

Surrounded by glass, this stunning newly built spa has an intimate connection with the bushveld scenery. Impalas can often be seen grazing beyond the glistening glass. As the flagship spa, every aspect of the spectacular design and décor invites you to pamper yourself.


 

One of the biggest reserves in Limpopo, Kapama plays home to all members of the Big Five, lions, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, and buffalos safari heavy hitters, as well as leopards, wild dogs,  along with numerous other mammals, and more than 350 species of bird.

Children
• Children of all ages are welcome and will be accommodated.
•  All children under the age of sixteen years must be accompanied by a responsible adult during game drives and bush walks
• Children under the age of 12 are permitted on safari at the sole discretion of the manager or guide​
• Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on safari.  


Excludes:
Conservation Levy of R114 per person per night (excluding VAT) 
 

 

 

.

Self-dive instructions: 
Take either the N12 or the N4 from Johannesburg to Witbank and Middelburg.,turn onto the R540 towards Belfast, Dullstroom and Lydenburg.
From Lydenburg proceed on the R36 to Orighstad, through the Strydom Tunnel to Hoedspruit,at Hoedspruit, take the R40 to Klaserie.For Kapama Reserve, continue on the R40 and turn left at the Eastgate Airport turn-off and continue for 15 km
Turn right at the Guernsey turn off and continue on the gravel road for another 10 km,the Kapama Reserve entrance will be on your left-hand side.

Please note: you will need to pay a gate entrance fee of R160 per vehicle and R40 per person. The entrance fee can only be confirmed at the time of making your reservation. (Prices are subject to change)
GPS: -24.4662 (latitude), 31.1002 (longitude)

We were amazed at how beautiful Karula lodge is. The suites are out of this world! The staff, service, and food were all excellent. We wished we could have stayed longer!

Christine

What a stunning place. Will go back any time. Fantastic stay. Were treated like kings and queens with such friendly staff. Beautiful luxurious set up with tasteful decor and finishes. Well done to all we loved it. To James the agent, thanks for making this experience so easy and for all your arrangements and effort you put it to helping us plan the holiday! Well done to you too!!!

Sunet

Kapama Karula offered us true luxury, as well as superb game viewing and the most knowledgeable guide of our 3 week multi-country trip. We booked a Superior Suite, and boy, was it ever! I wanted to move in and stay forever. With an airy, spacious feel, beautiful natural decor a luxurious bath (indoor/outdoor shower & soaking tub) and our own private pool. That alone would have made me happy but add to that a gracious, friendly, attentive staff; elegant, delicious meals (so much so that we never had lunch - too full from the scrumptious breakfast) and a guide and tracker that couldn't be beat. Juluka, our guide, was thoroughly professional, educational, informative and just a delightful man to be around. Each game drive seemed to bring a new, special, experience. Thanks, Juluka, and the whole staff at Kapama Karula!

Nanciose

From the moment we arrived at the airport at Hoedspruit, everything was arranged by Kapama Karula to perfection. The staff were very friendly without being interfering. Andreis was very professional and helpful - as were all of the staff. There was not a single thing which I would say could be improved. Internet was slow but who cares when you are in such an amazing place with so much to see and do. The morning and evening game drives were very exciting and varied and we only wished that we could have stayed longer. Treated ourselves to day spa treatments twice which was wonderful. Only comment - food was too good and hard to resist. Great place for families, honeymooners, anyone who wants to be spoilt. Friends have visited 3 times previously - now I know why. Thanks Kapama Karula staff - we will see you again.

Tanya

Very nice lodge with 10 houses and 2 tents, we had family room 1 and it was great. Room is definitely 5 star including heated swimming pool. Food and drinks are top quality, and staff is very friendly and helpful. Game drives are great and their rangers are top quality. Single drawback is that there are many electricity posts going through the area, so you lose the feeling of being in the bush, but largely compensated with great gzme viewing, we saw leopard, cheetah and lion. Rhino and elephants viewing was superb

Rik

Our Kapama Karula experience was one we will remember for a long time. The camp itself is modern yet blended into the bush. The luxury room was HUGE, beautifully decorated and included a private infinity pool. The entire river facing glass facade could be opened which made the room feel part of the natural surroundings. We were allocated a friendly and knowledgeable game driver and tracker for our morning and evening game drives (in the 3 days we were there we managed to see all the animals there were to see except leopard). We were also allocated a server for the rest of our stay. The food that was served 3 times a day was top quality as well as the service. Kapama Karula is a gem and a true 5 star experience, we were treated like gold during our stay.

Steve

All the excellent reviews are true. The staff are the friendliest people on earth. Your every need is cared for. The suites are spacious and very tasteful. The food is excellent. The is a LOT of game to see. What more can I say?

Richard

My family had three nights at the Kapama Karula park and thoroughly enjoyed the professionalism and the attention to detail afforded during our stay. We were rewarded with not only sensational safari outings, but beautifully presented meals and nicely appointed accommodation. We would return again perhaps during a different season as the end of 'winter' afforded little colour, otherwise was a very comfortable temperature both day and evenings.

Janelle

Coming from Asia, we heard only about the great national parks in Kruger and always dreamed about going there. As it turns out when we started planning the trip to visit the great safari, we ended up Kapama and it made a world of difference.The facilities in our camp were brand new and in fact when we were there in May they were still doing the landscaping and the wifi wasn't great (* we asians need our wifi!). That aside the hospitality, food and rooms were amazing.As for the game watching, we saw all the Big 5 except for the elusive leopard and were duly rewarded to have a cheetah nonchalantly walking by us while we were having our mid-way drinks! The guide informed us that the upside with private reserves is that they limit the trucks that visit each sector of the park and that way when you spot a game it will often be just yourselves and not crowded by dozens of others which is an experience-downer. Highly recommended and cant wait to come back!

Ronald

My husband and I stayed at Kapama Karula in July 2014, to celebrate my forthcoming 50th birthday. We were there for 2 nights/3 days, as part of a 14 day South African trip. What can I say about this wonderful paradise, other than "perfect". Nothing really needs to be addressed, upgraded or changed. Let's see, where do I begin? A) Accommodation This is brilliant. Brand new lodges (whether standard, superior or family), that are state of the art in modern design, fixtures, fittings and furnishings - and completely in sync with the surroundings. All light and bright and airy, with a great balcony too, enabling you to watch the wildlife coming down to the riverbank to drink! Neutral tones, comfort and a homely feel. It's a shame you won't spend more time in them, because you'll be on safari for most of your stay. There are also two "5 star" tents at Karula (which we didn't stay in) that are set back from the river (so no views of the wildlife from their balconies) but are also decorated and fitted out to the same standard. B) Food What a wow factor here. Your own personal waiter to greet you at every meal (for the duration of your stay) - sensational service, and fabulous food. If you can't see what you like on the menu (and there is plenty to choose from) just ask for a variation, or something else. Nothing is too hard. We found the food first class, and often too much of it! There's a "pre-breakfast" before you go on safari, a cooked breakfast afterwards, 3 course lunch, afternoon "high tea" and then a 3 course dinner. All gourmet stuff you'd get in any high-end restaurant and all inclusive in your stay. Thank you Cliff for looking after us so well! C) Safari Let's face it - this is why people really come, and you won't be disappointed. Again, your own personal guide and tracker for the duration of your stay so you can. Safari vehicles are open (no roof or sides) and cater for 9 guests, so you could have company depending on your group size. They offer 2 safaris each day - a morning drive (leaving 6.30-7am) and a twilight drive (leaving 4-4.30pm). Both go for around 2.5-3hrs. You'll stop for a break mid safari, with refreshments on offer. Given Kapama is a private game reserve, you can get up very close and personal with the wildlife. Their vehicles are allowed to venture off road to get you a better view. This was the main difference we felt, between the private game reserves, and Kruger National Park (which we also went to, on safari). In the public/national parks all vehicles are required to have a roof and remain on the main roads - so going on safari in a private park, has 2 huge advantages (open vehicle and go anywhere). Yes - we saw the big 5 in the 2 days we were there (4 on our first trip out!) but we were amazed at all the other animals we saw too, some of which were quite rare. The guides are very knowledgeable, and will commentate or answer your questions, and then some. We had Edwin and Reckson - who were delightful! On the cold morning safaris, we were provided blankets and hot water bottles so we were toasty and warm whilst watching the amazing wildlife, and the sun come up. I don't recommend you sleep in and miss these morning drives! This is when most animals are out and about. 4) Staff The people at Karula are sensational and are the key to their success. Every one of them will remember your name, and everything else you divulge about yourself. They have a great sense of humour, a strong commitment to conservation and plenty of knowledge and experience in Safari Tours & luxury holidays. You really feel like someone special, with very personalised attention from the moment you arrive, until the time you very sadly have to depart.I only have 2 very very small criticisms : 1) The massage and relaxation options on offer, are not available at Kapama Karula. You need to travel to another location to engage in these. These are offered at one of their "sister" properties, Kapama River Lodge. In very minor inconvenience. 2) Periodically, they put on a BBQ night, which is held outdoors in their "bomber" dining area. What an amazing outdoor dining area this is! Magnificent! However, despite the 5 star food we experienced for the entire trip, the BBQ food was not up to scratch. Being Australian (the kings of BBQs), we were disappointed. Meats were either too raw, or overdone (irrespective of how you requested them to be cooked). Plenty of variety though, and I would suggest you try the more exotic game on offer, such as ostrich, crocodile, kudu, buffalo etc as these were very tasty (perhaps just not at the BBQ night!) So two very minor negatives (neither of which impacted the fabulous time we had).This is an AWESOME place, where you are guaranteed an awesome experience!! I desperately want to go back!

Lisa

Accommodation options

Superior Villas

Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
05 Jan 2019 — 19 Dec 2019 $ 1,204 $ 1,806 2 people
20 Dec 2019 — 04 Jan 2020 $ 1,364 $ 2,047 2 people
05 Jan 2020 — 19 Dec 2020 $ 1,228 $ 1,842 2 people
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Includes :  Accommodation, all meals, teas & snacks, two daily safari activities, local drinks and return transfers from Eastgate Airport (HDS) on scheduled flights only.


Superior Family Villas

Dates Base rate Extra adult Extra child Unit Sleep
05 Jan 2019 — 19 Dec 2019 $ 3,958 - - 4 people
20 Dec 2019 — 04 Jan 2020 $ 4,777 - - 4 people
05 Jan 2020 — 19 Dec 2020 $ 4,094 - - 4 people
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Includes :  Accommodation, all meals, teas & snacks, two daily safari activities, local drinks and return transfers from Eastgate Airport (HDS) on scheduled flights only.

Please note: The rate displayed is only applicable to two adults and two children under the age of 12 years. Children will pay an additional 50% of the per person sharing rate when sharing with two adults in the Family Superior Suite.