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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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A gorgeous gorgeous modern rustic luxury lodge that far exceeded expectations. Good location facing the river, so open facing with a breeze blowing through. The superior suite was huge and stylish yet was exceedingly functional. Pity we didn't use the pool as it was a bit too cold. Service was very attentive. Special shout out to our tracker, Roy (who... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In our previous trip to South Africa, we did a few day trips for the game rides. But not a stay in the natural reserve. Hence staying in a natural reserve is a first for us from 29 May to 1 June 2015. Upon entering the Kamapa Karula private reserve (2 minute ride from the airport), we were greeted by... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

The location, accommodation, dining, service, and overall attention to detail exceeded our expectations. Easily accessed by air (the reserve entrance is next to Hoedspruit airport, from where you are collected). We had a superior suite with heated private pool - large and luxurious, it was even better than the pictures - there was nothing we could fault. The room was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

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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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

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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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

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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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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
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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Great Neck, New York
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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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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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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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