Overview

Location: South Africa-->Kruger National Park-->Kapama Game Reserve
Accommodation Type: Lodge

Good For: Solo, Couple/Romantic |

South Africa's wild Limpopo Province is home to the fantastic Kapama Private Game Reserve - 13 000 hectares of wilderness, authentic and rugged, with the mammoth Drakensburg mountain range to the West and the world famous Kruger National Park to the East, this is also a place of luxury. Relaxing five star accommodation, professionally guided trips out into the bush aboard open 4 x 4s, and impossibly large populations of birds, impala and blue wildebeest combine with the relief of warm afternoon rains to create an atmosphere not easily found anywhere else.

Stylised and traditional, warm and inviting - Kapama Buffalo Camp is a quaint and exciting accommodation experience, five star luxury tented rooms, and intimately lit pathways, strategically placed help to create a romantic atmosphere of sepia glows and warmth.

Kapama Buffalo Camp is infused with the character of a serene destination with all the colour and wonder of the bush making you feel at home.

Accommodation

The 10 spacious suites that comprise Buffalo Camp are set on stilted wooden decks built on an elevated riverbank. Wooden walkways connect the suites to each other and the main lodge area. Buffalo Camp is set among tall shady trees, with a seasonal river below. In the dry season, antelope use the river course as a natural pathway to search for grazing.

Buffalo Camp’s suites are ultra-luxurious tents that evoke the feeling of old Africa. Each en-suite tent can accommodate two people, in either a double or twin beds dressed in white cotton linen and African design throws. There’s air conditioning for summer and heated under blankets to keep the cold at bay on winter nights. Everything and more than you’d expect in a luxury safari lodge is here - including a well-stocked minibar, Nespresso coffee machine and lock-up safe. Wooden floors, leather and dark wood finishes give the tents a nostalgic air.

Wildlife

One of the biggest reserves in Limpopo, Kapama plays host to all the 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 younger than twelve can not be accommodated at Kapama Buffalo Camp


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

Directions

Self-dive instructions: 
Take either the N12 or the N4 from Johannesburg to eMalahleni and Middelburg. Turn onto the R540 towards eMakhazeni, Emnotweni and Mashishing. Emnotweni is set on the Highveld, and is an ideal point for exploring the region. The village has a quaint atmosphere and is famous for its trout fishing, and is a good halfway or lunch stop on the way to Kapama Private Game Reserve. From Mashishing, proceed on the R36 to Ohrigstad, and through the Strydom Tunnel to Hoedspruit.

This scenic drive through Mpumalanga takes in magnificent mountain landscapes and panoramic views - as you drive up the mountain passes onto the high escarpment, you’ll have sweeping vistas of the Lowveld down below. At the Strydom Tunnel, roadside stalls sell ethnic curios from the area.
From Hoedspruit, take the R40 to Klaserie and continue until you reach the Kapama Private Game Reserve entrance on the left.

GPS coordinates:
S24°25’45.08” E31°00’49.01”

 

Reviews


Thank you for an outstanding experience: everything felt like 10 stars from the welcoming staff to magnificent accommodation. The food was excellent beautifully presented with dietary restrictions conscientiously prepared. Jeffrey was the best ranger/driver the most knowledgeable should be promoted to head ranger. Douglas was an excellent tracker too. Special thanks to Claire & Patricia for your great service too. Thank you Bjorn for your expertise in booking our trip & always returning my e mails & calls so promptly & efficiently. I will definitely recommend krugerpark.com & Kapama Buffalo Camp to everyone.

Rosemary Kitay

We had the best time at Kapama Buffalo Camp! The staff and service was impeccable. We were lucky to have Joe and Foster as our game ride driver and spotter, they really made our drives a once in a lifetime experience! We will recommend Buffalo Camp to all of our friends!

Christine

We had an awesome experience at Kapama. The service and the food was excellent. We will be back.

Romy

Buffalo Safari Camp was wonderful. The staff were so friendly and the atmosphere at the lodge was great. Accommodation, food and game rangers were all of good quality.We loved our stay.

Rose McGaw

We're a couple from Sydney Australia who honeymooned at Buffalo Camp for three nights in late January 2014.This place is terrific and was much more than we had expected!The 'tents' don't feel like tents at all - just beautiful inside. Only downside (unavoidable) is monkeys on the roof making noise at night.The food is very impressive and there's plenty of choice too. The service was very good - we particularly liked Sandy and Jabu.Our game drives were great. Colin is very knowledgeable and likable. What a gentlemen is Herbert! We saw all the animals we wanted to except for a leopard.The Camp is great value for money. We would recommend it to anyone.

Tim

This camp is ridiculously nice! The rooms you stay in are technically tents but they're small buildings on stilts...think the huts in the ocean in Bali, etc. These tents have the most comfortable beds in Africa (but Americans still will find it a long way from a Denver Mattress) and a soaking tub in the room to get rid of the grime of the game drives.The shaded decks off of your room that overlook the riverbed are perfect for napping and checking out wildlife. There is also a Nespresso machine!!!! In the bush!!!We went in mid March and it was about 30 Celsius (90-ish Fahrenheit) during the day. I did not buy safari gear and instead wore jeans, a cameo, lightweight cardigan and loafers that were headed for the trash (you only get out of the truck to have a drink or snack so hiking boots are not necessary) on the evening drive. In the a.m. I wore the same but with a sweatshirt instead. The dinners and lunches I was fine with a cotton sundress and flip flops.This camp does not cram you onto the trucks with 15 of your closest friends but instead makes smaller groups for a better experience.Saw more animals than I thought possible and the staff were more than accommodating, Loved it!!

Alexandra

We stayed at the Buffolo Camp for 4 nights just after Easter. From the warm welcome by guide Jeffrey who was waiting for us at the airport, to our sad departure again with Jeffrey, our stay was absolutely delightful. This was our first African Safari and it delivered in every sense. The food was great and plentiful, the tents comfortable, the staff attentive and considerate. But my BIG credit has to goes to our guide Jeffrey. Without his patience, experience and humour (he pulled my leg unmercifully) I'm sure we wouldn't have seen such a large number of animals, learned so much and laughed so much while doing it. His company at dinner each night was a huge plus. What more can I say....magical memories.

John

We were at Kapama for a total of 5 nights, with the first 3 nights at the buffalo camp. It was incredible, not only for the location and amenities, but also for the service and friendliness of the staff. Being up on a tented platform was a phenomenal experience, and we had monkeys running across our balcony two of the mornings we stayed there. The inside of the tents was the luxury you would expect from a five star resort, with all the comforts of home (A/C most importantly to us).The meals were exceptional, with the dinners around the boma feeling quite special. We got to know the staff, especially Jabu, who told us stories about his own experiences in South Africa and Kapama. All of the staff knew your names, and took real pride in helping you with anything you needed.But the real reason anyone goes to South Africa is for the safari game drives, which were truly amazing. Now I will say that it was our first time on safari, and being that Kamapa was a private game reserve, I thought it was the perfect place for first timers like ourselves. Our guides were Joe and Foster, who went above and beyond to show us not only the big five, but also any other wildlife in the area. They were so knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. I could not recommend these two highly enough.One of the truly special things about having Joe as your guide is that he is only one of a handful of guides at Kapama that can do game walks with the big five. He took us off of the vehicle (with his rifle, of course), and we walked through the bush up to the animals. During our visit we not only saw the big five from the vehicle, but we also got to see three of them (rhino, elephant, & cape buffalo) on three separate bush walks with Joe! It was amazing! We were literally 100 yards away from a group of 5 rhinos. A once in a lifetime experience.I could not recommend the Buffalo Camp highly enough. We also stayed at the Southern Camp, which was also great, but the Buffalo Camp was so much more intimate.

Harrison

As a relatively experienced "game lodger" I must recommend Kapama Buffalo Camp ! For me the food is as important as the game viewing... maybe my Belgian roots... I have lived in Johannesburg for 23 years and take business and family visitors and also myself to mostly private game lodges in South Africa. Dinner and lunch at Kapama was fantastic and sophisticated.. Breakfast was also really good but can improve - maybe to serve some freshly bakes different breads... not only the SA toast .... and Continental Europeans don't eat eggs every morning unlike our Anglo-Saxon brothers.... the game viewing was fantastic ... lions having dinner..... the works ... spotted the big four and looked hard for the elusive leopard ...rooms are really fantastic with each room having their own Wi-Fi.... superb !! staff excellent - so I'd give it a 8.5 to 9/10 - one other matter (and the lodge can do nothing about it ) is the relatively close proximity to the main road (and railway) and if the wind blows the wrong way you can hear traffic rushing by... but then again totally out of the lodge's control !! Well done to Kapama team there ! The Swedes loved and raved about it !

Bob

The three days at Camp Kapama were beyond spectacular. Absolutely the highlight of our trip to South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. We saw animals of every type and so close to our vehicle; right in the center of a herd of 33 elephants, watching lions have breakfast, so many memories. Ranger Joe and Tracker Foster were the best and I truly felt they were there just for me! The "tent" was better than the hotels and the staff was 5 star. i cannot recommend them enough. They are so knowledgeable but don't overload you with facts, great sense of humor, personable, on and on.... Go in July for no bugs and no rain.

Martha

Location: South Africa-->Kruger National Park-->Kapama Game Reserve
Accommodation Type: Lodge

Good For: Solo, Couple/Romantic |

South Africa's wild Limpopo Province is home to the fantastic Kapama Private Game Reserve - 13 000 hectares of wilderness, authentic and rugged, with the mammoth Drakensburg mountain range to the West and the world famous Kruger National Park to the East, this is also a place of luxury. Relaxing five star accommodation, professionally guided trips out into the bush aboard open 4 x 4s, and impossibly large populations of birds, impala and blue wildebeest combine with the relief of warm afternoon rains to create an atmosphere not easily found anywhere else.

Stylised and traditional, warm and inviting - Kapama Buffalo Camp is a quaint and exciting accommodation experience, five star luxury tented rooms, and intimately lit pathways, strategically placed help to create a romantic atmosphere of sepia glows and warmth.

Kapama Buffalo Camp is infused with the character of a serene destination with all the colour and wonder of the bush making you feel at home.

The 10 spacious suites that comprise Buffalo Camp are set on stilted wooden decks built on an elevated riverbank. Wooden walkways connect the suites to each other and the main lodge area. Buffalo Camp is set among tall shady trees, with a seasonal river below. In the dry season, antelope use the river course as a natural pathway to search for grazing.

Buffalo Camp’s suites are ultra-luxurious tents that evoke the feeling of old Africa. Each en-suite tent can accommodate two people, in either a double or twin beds dressed in white cotton linen and African design throws. There’s air conditioning for summer and heated under blankets to keep the cold at bay on winter nights. Everything and more than you’d expect in a luxury safari lodge is here - including a well-stocked minibar, Nespresso coffee machine and lock-up safe. Wooden floors, leather and dark wood finishes give the tents a nostalgic air.

One of the biggest reserves in Limpopo, Kapama plays host to all the 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 younger than twelve can not be accommodated at Kapama Buffalo Camp


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

Self-dive instructions: 
Take either the N12 or the N4 from Johannesburg to eMalahleni and Middelburg. Turn onto the R540 towards eMakhazeni, Emnotweni and Mashishing. Emnotweni is set on the Highveld, and is an ideal point for exploring the region. The village has a quaint atmosphere and is famous for its trout fishing, and is a good halfway or lunch stop on the way to Kapama Private Game Reserve. From Mashishing, proceed on the R36 to Ohrigstad, and through the Strydom Tunnel to Hoedspruit.

This scenic drive through Mpumalanga takes in magnificent mountain landscapes and panoramic views - as you drive up the mountain passes onto the high escarpment, you’ll have sweeping vistas of the Lowveld down below. At the Strydom Tunnel, roadside stalls sell ethnic curios from the area.
From Hoedspruit, take the R40 to Klaserie and continue until you reach the Kapama Private Game Reserve entrance on the left.

GPS coordinates:
S24°25’45.08” E31°00’49.01”

 

Thank you for an outstanding experience: everything felt like 10 stars from the welcoming staff to magnificent accommodation. The food was excellent beautifully presented with dietary restrictions conscientiously prepared. Jeffrey was the best ranger/driver the most knowledgeable should be promoted to head ranger. Douglas was an excellent tracker too. Special thanks to Claire & Patricia for your great service too. Thank you Bjorn for your expertise in booking our trip & always returning my e mails & calls so promptly & efficiently. I will definitely recommend krugerpark.com & Kapama Buffalo Camp to everyone.

Rosemary Kitay

We had the best time at Kapama Buffalo Camp! The staff and service was impeccable. We were lucky to have Joe and Foster as our game ride driver and spotter, they really made our drives a once in a lifetime experience! We will recommend Buffalo Camp to all of our friends!

Christine

We had an awesome experience at Kapama. The service and the food was excellent. We will be back.

Romy

Buffalo Safari Camp was wonderful. The staff were so friendly and the atmosphere at the lodge was great. Accommodation, food and game rangers were all of good quality.We loved our stay.

Rose McGaw

We're a couple from Sydney Australia who honeymooned at Buffalo Camp for three nights in late January 2014.This place is terrific and was much more than we had expected!The 'tents' don't feel like tents at all - just beautiful inside. Only downside (unavoidable) is monkeys on the roof making noise at night.The food is very impressive and there's plenty of choice too. The service was very good - we particularly liked Sandy and Jabu.Our game drives were great. Colin is very knowledgeable and likable. What a gentlemen is Herbert! We saw all the animals we wanted to except for a leopard.The Camp is great value for money. We would recommend it to anyone.

Tim

This camp is ridiculously nice! The rooms you stay in are technically tents but they're small buildings on stilts...think the huts in the ocean in Bali, etc. These tents have the most comfortable beds in Africa (but Americans still will find it a long way from a Denver Mattress) and a soaking tub in the room to get rid of the grime of the game drives.The shaded decks off of your room that overlook the riverbed are perfect for napping and checking out wildlife. There is also a Nespresso machine!!!! In the bush!!!We went in mid March and it was about 30 Celsius (90-ish Fahrenheit) during the day. I did not buy safari gear and instead wore jeans, a cameo, lightweight cardigan and loafers that were headed for the trash (you only get out of the truck to have a drink or snack so hiking boots are not necessary) on the evening drive. In the a.m. I wore the same but with a sweatshirt instead. The dinners and lunches I was fine with a cotton sundress and flip flops.This camp does not cram you onto the trucks with 15 of your closest friends but instead makes smaller groups for a better experience.Saw more animals than I thought possible and the staff were more than accommodating, Loved it!!

Alexandra

We stayed at the Buffolo Camp for 4 nights just after Easter. From the warm welcome by guide Jeffrey who was waiting for us at the airport, to our sad departure again with Jeffrey, our stay was absolutely delightful. This was our first African Safari and it delivered in every sense. The food was great and plentiful, the tents comfortable, the staff attentive and considerate. But my BIG credit has to goes to our guide Jeffrey. Without his patience, experience and humour (he pulled my leg unmercifully) I'm sure we wouldn't have seen such a large number of animals, learned so much and laughed so much while doing it. His company at dinner each night was a huge plus. What more can I say....magical memories.

John

We were at Kapama for a total of 5 nights, with the first 3 nights at the buffalo camp. It was incredible, not only for the location and amenities, but also for the service and friendliness of the staff. Being up on a tented platform was a phenomenal experience, and we had monkeys running across our balcony two of the mornings we stayed there. The inside of the tents was the luxury you would expect from a five star resort, with all the comforts of home (A/C most importantly to us).The meals were exceptional, with the dinners around the boma feeling quite special. We got to know the staff, especially Jabu, who told us stories about his own experiences in South Africa and Kapama. All of the staff knew your names, and took real pride in helping you with anything you needed.But the real reason anyone goes to South Africa is for the safari game drives, which were truly amazing. Now I will say that it was our first time on safari, and being that Kamapa was a private game reserve, I thought it was the perfect place for first timers like ourselves. Our guides were Joe and Foster, who went above and beyond to show us not only the big five, but also any other wildlife in the area. They were so knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. I could not recommend these two highly enough.One of the truly special things about having Joe as your guide is that he is only one of a handful of guides at Kapama that can do game walks with the big five. He took us off of the vehicle (with his rifle, of course), and we walked through the bush up to the animals. During our visit we not only saw the big five from the vehicle, but we also got to see three of them (rhino, elephant, & cape buffalo) on three separate bush walks with Joe! It was amazing! We were literally 100 yards away from a group of 5 rhinos. A once in a lifetime experience.I could not recommend the Buffalo Camp highly enough. We also stayed at the Southern Camp, which was also great, but the Buffalo Camp was so much more intimate.

Harrison

As a relatively experienced "game lodger" I must recommend Kapama Buffalo Camp ! For me the food is as important as the game viewing... maybe my Belgian roots... I have lived in Johannesburg for 23 years and take business and family visitors and also myself to mostly private game lodges in South Africa. Dinner and lunch at Kapama was fantastic and sophisticated.. Breakfast was also really good but can improve - maybe to serve some freshly bakes different breads... not only the SA toast .... and Continental Europeans don't eat eggs every morning unlike our Anglo-Saxon brothers.... the game viewing was fantastic ... lions having dinner..... the works ... spotted the big four and looked hard for the elusive leopard ...rooms are really fantastic with each room having their own Wi-Fi.... superb !! staff excellent - so I'd give it a 8.5 to 9/10 - one other matter (and the lodge can do nothing about it ) is the relatively close proximity to the main road (and railway) and if the wind blows the wrong way you can hear traffic rushing by... but then again totally out of the lodge's control !! Well done to Kapama team there ! The Swedes loved and raved about it !

Bob

The three days at Camp Kapama were beyond spectacular. Absolutely the highlight of our trip to South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. We saw animals of every type and so close to our vehicle; right in the center of a herd of 33 elephants, watching lions have breakfast, so many memories. Ranger Joe and Tracker Foster were the best and I truly felt they were there just for me! The "tent" was better than the hotels and the staff was 5 star. i cannot recommend them enough. They are so knowledgeable but don't overload you with facts, great sense of humor, personable, on and on.... Go in July for no bugs and no rain.

Martha

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Dates PPS Single Unit Sleep
06 Jan 2017 — 30 Nov 2017 R 5,000 R 7,500 2 people
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Inclusions:  
Accommodation, all meals, teas & snacks, two daily safari activities with local drinks, soft drinks and waters on these activities and return transfers from Eastgate Airport (HDS) on scheduled flights only.


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

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