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Kapama Karula

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R40, Kapama Private Game Reserve | Kruger Park, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Kapama Karula
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We heard about Kapama Karula via word of mouth and decided to make a booking for our anniversary. I will split the holiday into the main components and review it critically: Game drives: Amazing and can't be faltered at all!! Great guides, great experience... one area of improvement is probably the fact that work vehicles should not be allowed to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first destination on our 15 day South African adventure set the tone & raised the bar for the rest of the trip. This beautiful Private Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park did not disappoint! On arrival at Hoedspruit airport, we were greeted by our ranger, Christo, who was assigned to us for our entire stay. This was typical... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lodge is really as good as the reviews say. The safari experience was my first but I cannot imagine it getting any better elsewhere. We had seen the big 5 after 2 sessions but went on to see some stunning animals and have some very intimate encounters with them over the further 6 sessions we had. The day revolves... More 

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Rio Verde, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My husband and I stayed for 5 nights in late October and had a truly memorable vacation. Every aspect of the venue was perfect; wonderful service from the moment you are greeted on arrival through every meal and service thereafter. Our superior suite was huge and spectacular with a private pool heated to 86 degrees on the deck above the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Kapama Karula is a very special lodge and the Kapama game reserve does not disappoint! We saw the “big 5” in 24 hours – and saw 2 leopards, quite rare. The public areas and the rooms are all lovely and minimalistic/modern, the Kapama website showcases this. We spent one night in a tent and one night in a superior suite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We stayed four nights and absolutely loved every minute of it. Our superior suite was beautiful, extremely large and had its own pool. The food was very good and well prepared, our waiter Johan deserves a special mention for his kindness and attentiveness. Our rangers Christo and Vuzi were also great, always helpful and accommodating. They made our safari experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Absolutely fabulous! The rooms were magnificent and were serviced every time we left the room, even down to fluffing our duvet cover if we had sat on it. The meals were outstanding as well as the attentive service we received. All the small details didn't go unnoticed like mentioned above that housekeeping came into the room every time we left... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

Our family stayed there for 4 nights and we can't say enough about how much we loved our experience. The pick up at the Hoedspruit airport was seamless, checkin was flawless and the evening safari was perfectly executed... and this was only the first day! We pretty much saw the big 5 during the first safari and we were promptly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We do not have one negative or even average comment, everything was just perfect!!! One of the best experiences of our lives... Food, service, safari rides, spa wellness center, room, view, nature, comfort, luxury, everything!!!! Just perfect...

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Cairo, Egypt
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Went for 2 days had a wonderful time & wish we stayed longer! Beautiful lodge with amazing suites. Food & service were great. Game drives were a lot of fun. Between our first 2 game drives saw the big 5 and many more. Well worth it!

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