Kapama Private Game Reserve is situated in the Limpopo Province and was proclaimed a private nature reserve in December 1993.
Accommodation is provided in luxury game lodges in Kapama Game Reserve such as:
Kapama Buffalo Camp
Kapama River Lodge
Kapama Southern Camp
See more game lodges in the Kapama Game Reserve
Kapama Private Game Reserve is an African Eden. Sweeping across 13 000 hectares of savannah and riverine forest, Kapama represents a piece of Africa as it used to be. With the mighty Drakensberg mountains in the distance and iconic Kruger National Park to the east, Kapama has distilled the finest wildlife safari offerings for the enjoyment of guests. 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.
The iconic and most dangerous wild animals of Africa - the Big Five - are at home on Kapama, but so too are over 40 other mammal species and 350 different types of birds. Game drives and bush walks offer fascinating encounters with wildlife, but Kapama also offers guests unique African wildlife experiences. Guided personal elephant interactions give guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with the elephants and to learn more about their behaviour and natural habitat.
It’s not only the wildlife encounters that are superb at Kapama - so, too, are its four diverse luxurious safari lodges. Vibrant River Lodge, breathtaking Kapama Karula, olde worlde-Africa Buffalo Camp and fantastical, nature-inspired Southern Camp welcome guests from around the globe to experience wild Africa in sumptuous style.
Romantic sleep-outs on the reserve and decadent African spa treatments at the Wellness Centre are other enticing offerings that encourage complete relaxation and enjoyment of the evocative surrounding environment. Yet, even without doing anything at all, Kapama’s air of natural calm will work its magic and renew your body and mind.
Kapama’s complimentary transfers are effortless for fly-in safari guests arriving on scheduled flights from Johannesburg or Cape Town. The region is serviced by Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport, a mere 10-minute drive from the entrance to the reserve, and transferring to the lodge in open vehicles means game viewing right from arrival - so your safari starts even before check-in. All you need to do is sit back, relax and be enchanted by Africa.
Elephant Back Safaris at Camp Jabulani
Guests are seated on comfortable canvas-covered saddles positioned behind an experienced elephant handler. From this vantage point, they are able to view game from close proximity as the elephants move silently and in a single file through the bush.
The unique and memorable experience of interacting with Africa’s gentle giants will be savoured long after guests alight from the patiently kneeling elephants.
A game drive in an open safari vehicle offers guests the opportunity to see the Big Five and a large variety of smaller wildlife. Guest’s set out in the early morning and evening accompanied by highly skilled game rangers, who provide interesting information and anecdotes about the inhabitants of the bush.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Kapama has two clay pigeon machines and one rabbit rolling machine. Clay Pigeon Shooting is arranged on request as it is charged as an extra.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is about an hour’s drive from Kapama Lodge through the bush. The stay at Kapama Private Game Reserve includes a visit to the centre and this is arranged between the guests and the rangers.
Bush walks are arranged by the rangers and include informative talks about the grasses, trees, wild flowers and animals.
Picnics and bush braais (barbeques)
Picnics and bush braais are very informal and highly enjoyable. These can be arranged at various spots around the reserve.
The bird hide is built on the banks of a large dam. Guests have the opportunity to view a large variety of water birds as well as animals coming down to drink.
Birding and sundowner cruises for up to six people at a time are offered. There is also a chance of viewing crocodile and hippo at close range.
Optional extra activities whilst at Kapama Private Game Reserve includes a visit to Nyani Tribal Village, Traditional dancing, White-water rafting, Microlight trips, Hot-air balloon trips, Helicopter flips, buying African curios at the Strijdom Tunnel, Golf, Panorama mountain tours and Quad bikes.
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 Lodge 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 Lodge entrance will be on your left-hand side.
For Camp Jabulani and Buffalo Camp, continue on the R40 until you reach the entrance on your left-hand side.
Please be advised that Buffalo Camp does not take children under the age of 16 years.