Accommodation at Kapama River Lodge
River Lodge’s 40 spacious air-conditioned Standard Suites have uninterrupted views over the Big 5 game reserve from private patios and all feature full, en-suite bathrooms with lavish amenities replenished daily.
The suites are decorated to reflect old Africa in a luxury game lodge setting.
Beverage stations for early morning coffee and minibars for sundowners on your private patio are standard in all rooms.
The 20 Spa Suites are positioned a little way from the lodge to ensure additional privacy and proximity to the spa for unique African spa treatments.
Expansive glass doors and frameless windows allow unobstructed bush views, including from the bathroom.
Each suite is equipped with a minibar, coffee and tea-making facilities as well as a safe, hairdryer and international power plugs.
Located with the spa suites, the Family Rooms have triple balconies, along with spacious bedrooms that can accommodate an additional two beds for children sharing with their parents.
The rooms – measuring over 70 sq.m with the balconies – are also ideal for couples wanting the additional comfort of an oversized bedroom.
Taking luxury game lodge accommodation a step further, River Lodge has two Royal Suites that offer substantial space and include a separate lounge and extended balcony, furnished with recliner couches.
The en-suite bathroom has a bath and a dual shower overlooking the surrounding bush and resident wildlife, while the bedroom is spacious and opulently appointed.
Dining at Kapama River Lodge
In true African luxury safari style, Kapama River Lodge offers guests three different dining venues.
As in classic old Africa, evening meals are often enjoyed seated around a roaring fire in the Rhino Boma.
Here, buffet meals are served under open-sided thatch and showcase Pan-African dishes prepared from fresh local ingredients.
Traditional venison dishes also feature on this authentic African menu.
Romantic dining is epitomised by dinner set in the dry riverbed in front of the lodge, under a star-studded African night sky.
The experience adds enchantment to any African luxury safari experience.
The Siyatla Lounge is purpose-built as an enclosed dining area where breakfasts and lunches are served.
It has its own bar and lounge with two large fireplaces, while glass stack doors open up the lounge to the surrounding bushveld.
All cuisine at Kapama is prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients and herbs grown in the lodge gardens.
Traditional South African dishes and accompaniments, such as mealie pap (African-style polenta) and chakalaka (a hot, spicy relish) further enhance the luxury game lodge experience by giving a taste of real Africa.
Menus include warthog stew, kuku casserole, impala sausages and oxtail curry.
Vegetarians, vegans and various other dietary requirements are easily catered for.
The Wine Cellar at Kapama River Lodge
Kapama River Lodge boasts a magnificent wine cellar, stocked with the finest South African wines.
Over 600 bottles are on hand at any given time, stored in a carefully temperature-controlled and humidified environment.
With the exception of French Champagne, all the wines and sparkling Methode Cap Classique are from choice South African Vineyards.
The Media Room at Kapama River Lodge
To keep in touch with the rest of the world, River Lodge Media Room has satellite TV and a DVD player.
The Media Room can also be transformed into an intimate conference room for up to 20 delegates.
Guest internet facilities are adjacent, should you wish to connect with family and friends back home.
What to bring to Kapama Lodges
When coming on safari to South Africa, what to pack and what to leave behind may be slightly different to conventional holidays abroad.
To ensure you are well prepared, we have compiled a list of useful tips and items to bring along on your South African safari.
During the Summer Months
The summer months extend from September to April, with the hottest period between October to February each year – which is also the time of year when rain is possible.
Rainfall generally takes the form of thunderstorms, which last just for an hour or so, after which the weather clears up again.
Kapama provides rain ponchos for guests use on game drive vehicles and umbrellas for use at all the lodges.
Summers are generally warm to extremely hot, but may still be cool in the early mornings.
Packing a light jacket and warm cap (especially for game drives) is advised.
However, by noon, temperatures in summer are often very hot and suited to cool, short-sleeved shirts and shorts – light cotton fabric is best.
Also pack bathing suits so that you can cool off from the heat with a dip in the pool.
Swimming pool towels are available for your use at the lodge.
African heat can be intense and the sun is very harsh, so always wear a high protection factor sunblock along with a lip balm and sunglasses.
Insect repellent will come in handy, although game drive vehicles do carry repellent on board should you mislay yours.
During the Winter Months
Winter in the Lowveld area of South Africa where Kapama Safari Lodges are based is from May to August with the coldest period being from the end of June and throughout July.
During this time, fleece blankets are provided on vehicles for your use on game drives.
Early mornings and evenings may be very cold, so it is recommended to pack a thick jacket, scarf and cap along with closed shoes and socks.
A pair of warm gloves will be useful, especially on game drives.
Keep clothing colours as neutral and as light as possible so that you can blend in with nature.
Remember to bring malaria prophylaxis medication with you as Kapama Safari Lodges are situated in a malaria area.
Bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Meals are informal, so smart attire is not required.
Electricity at Kapama is 220 volt alternating current system – wall plug units take a round two-prong European plug.
Remember to pack your camera and lenses.
We do have WI-FI at the camps.
Kapama Game Reserve includes the following lodges: Kapama River Lodge, Kapama Buffalo Camp, Kapama Southern Camp & Kapama Karula
Main Gate GPS: 24°25’45.5”S 31°00’50.1”E
Detailed Directions to Kapama Main Gate from Johannesburg
Take either the N12 or the N4 from Johannesburg to eMalahleni and Middelburg.
Turn onto the R540 towards eMakhazeni, Emnotweni and Mashishing.
From Mashishing, proceed on the R36 to Ohrigstad and through the Strydom Tunnel to Hoedspruit.
From Hoedspruit, take the R40 to Klaserie and continue until you reach the Kapama Game Reserve entrance on the left.
Kapama River Lodge is situated with the greater Kapama Private Game Reserve, which in turn, forms a part of the Greater Kruger National Park – the greatest safari destination in South Africa.
The five-star Kapama River Lodge is the largest luxury safari lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park with 64 suites in total and is stylishly furnished to ensure an unforgettable South African safari experience.
Although large in safari terms, Kapama River Lodge is so stylish, roomy and beautifully positioned along a dry riverbed that guests to the lodge fall in love with it as soon as they arrive.
Each spacious room at Kapama River Lodge features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace with uninterrupted views into the leafy green Big 5 Kruger Park Game Reserve.
The central guest entertainment areas at Kapama River Lodge include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners for lazy afternoons.
The large L-shaped relaxation lounge and bar under a double volume thatch, comes around the pool and on either side is a huge double sided fireplace creating a wondrous open-plan yet cosy atmosphere.
The Rhino Boma at River Lodge dining area with tables arranged under a low thatch in a horseshoe curve has a central open space where a roaring fire gives a glow to mouth-watering evening meals.
Kapama River Lodge is so named because it lies in a curve of the Kapama River.
The Kapama River is usually dry but floods from time to time and can reach the steps of the lodge swimming pool.
A small, permanent water source lies just beyond Kapama River Lodge and attracts animals like antelope, elephant and buffalo.
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