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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.

Situated in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, renowned for its prolific and diverse wildlife, Kapama Private 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.

It is not only about the wildlife, 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 River Lodge epitomises five-star safari accommodation. The majestic northern Drakensberg Mountains form the backdrop to the 64-suite River Lodge, which is positioned along a bend of the seasonal Kapama River. It’s the largest luxury game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park area, and is stylishly furnished to ensure an unforgettable African safari experience.


  • Air-Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Boma
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • International Plug Points
  • Mini Bar
  • On Site Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Private Deck
  • Private Guest Library/Lounge
  • Private Patio
  • Safes
  • Spa
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Wine Cellar

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Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Kapama River Lodge.

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Guest reviews

  • Jon Timothy

    Wow! fabulous accomodation, excellent food, and great service. The safaris were also excellent and varied. We got to see all the big five, and many, many more. The guide and tracker on our vehicle helped to make our experience as good as it could possibly be, and they worked hard to try to ensure we saw all that we wanted to. I can strongly recommend the Kapama River Lodge, and would return there like a shot if the opportunity arises.

    If we were visiting the dining room towards the end of its opening times, the hot food was not always as piping hot as we would have liked.

Kruger National Park (Mpumalanga Game Reserves)

Kruger National Park (Mpumalanga Game Reserves)

The national reserves and parks in Mpumalanga are amongst the premier attractions in South Africa. Probably the most famous of all the national parks is the Kruger National Park, which lies across the provinces of Mpumalanga an Limpopo in the north of South Africa. The Kruger National Park has the largest concentration of game species on earth, and the best developed infrastructure of all Africa’s game parks.

The renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve is one of the oldest and largest proclaimed private reserves in South Africa. It is well known for exciting leopard sightings, this fact alone being testimony to the incredible wildlife experience that this healthy, game rich area has to offer

Also known as the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve and one of the country’s major privately owned conservation areas, Makalali Conservancy is over 22 000 hectares set in the Lowveld region of Limpopo, an hour west of the Phalaborwa gate of the Kruger National Park and roughly 80 kilometres from Hoedspruit Airport

Makalali’s bushveld, in contrast to those reserves directly adjacent to the Kruger, is a series of undulating hills that offer incredible viewpoints and panoramic views across the reserve. Makalali Conservancy, which consists mostly of Lowveld acacia bush and open savannah grassland is intermittently scattered with beautiful examples of marula, knobthorn and jackalberry trees, and through this arid and peaceful space flows the Makhutswi River.

A mixture of wildlife include lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah and rhino, making Makalali home to a rich diversity of animals that include the ‘Big Five’

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