We spent 3 nights at Kapama Karula two in a tent and one in room. The complex is very easy to get to if you are in a hire car. The welcome was very friendly and our tent was luxurious with a bath as well as an outside shower, which was great. The tent was set away from the main rooms and had a nice balcony from which one could view the local waterbuck and a mongoose family. Although not camping in the boy scout sense of the word it did make you feel nearer to the animals. In contrast the room was really large and luxurious with a huge balcony overlooking the river. All the staff were extremely friendly and did their best to make you feel welcome. The lounge and dining areas were like those in a top notch hotel and the food was very good and included some unusual dishes like crocodile carpaccio. There were other excellent facilities like and decent sized pool but as we had lots of exciting game drives we really needed an extra day or two to make use of these. The only problem was that because we stayed out late on several of the evening drives we had very little time to have a drink in the bar before dinner and to compare our day's experiences with other guests.
The game drives were the highlight of our stay, our ranger Ryan and tracker Vusi were both among the best we've had. Their respect for the animals and their ability to spot them was exceptional, especially after dark. Ryan really encouraged us to take an interest not just in the big five but also in smaller animals, reptiles and insects. One of the most memorable moments being to see a column of Matabele ants off on a foraging expedition, but best of all was the rare sighting of a pangolin, we really were lucky.
Even when animals were being elusive it was a pleasure to see how the ranger/tracker team set about trying to find game, and even though on one drive we were not having much success just the fact that stopped for our coffee along with some impala, warthogs and zebra surrounding us was a pleasure and gave us the chance to observe them close to.
Overall the experience was fantastic and we had an unforgetable experience.
Di and Pete
- Also Known As:
- Kapama Karula Hotel Kapama Private Game Reserve
- Kapama Karula Hotel
- Kapama Karula Kapama Private Game Reserve, South Africa
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kapama KarulaSet on the banks of the perennial Klaserie River is one of Kapama’s most secluded and prestigious safari camps named Karula. Karula means "place of peace" in the native tongue, and soon after your arrival you will know exactly why this name is just so perfect for this magnificent luxury safari camp. Peace is but one of the many emotions that will encompass your soul as you look at the serene waterway meandering gently past your doorstep and the age old saying "water is life" will begin to have a whole new meaning for you.Karula Lounge and BarThe open plan lounge and bar area, with floor to ceiling glass doors illustrates the perfect balance with elegant light colors. This modern building with its whitewashed wooden structure, skylights and open air bar, creates a cozy feel to the lounge and makes it a day time favorite to enjoy a drink or just sit back and enjoy the sights Karula has to offer. The contemporary yet African feel to the camp will satisfy and exceed the expectations of even the most discerning connoisseurs. The outside wooden deck overlooking the Klaserie river gives you the opportunity to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and magnificent vistas the camp has to offer.Karula Library & Media RoomA brilliant new addition and multi-purpose room that was built after the floods in January 2012. The library and media room boasts some of the best audio visual equipment but doubles as a library where you can read a good book in a breathtaking environment, or just take in nature’s views through the massive sliding windows. Keep in touch with family and loved ones at one of the two dedicated guest internet stations with WiFi on tap and free of charge. A private, romantic fireplace dinner can also be arranged with the camp personnel, and in a modern romantic setting like this, the answer can only be "Yes". ... more less