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“A great resort” 5 of 5 stars
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Kapama River Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   R40, Kapama Private Game Reserve, | Kruger Park, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa   |  
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Teddington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A great resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

My future husband and I just got back from a trip here, we stayed 4 nights at the River lodge and had a great time. The room was lovely, with a great stylish bathroom, balcony and amazing views of the reserve from our bath.
The resort was lovely and included a gorgeous spa and great outdoor eating areas. We would highly recommend the food, service and spa. We had a great driver called Clive and a great spotter called Freddy who took us for great game drives. We were sad to leave.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

What I loved with this lodge is its spa; it was brilliant, relaxing and peaceful. The food was plentiful and delicious. We found the staff to be very friendly and very attentive. Our ranger and tracker were great company. Very skilled and knowledgable. we were so lucky to see so many animals. The Outreach program for Cheetahs was an eye opener. I recommend future visitors be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime. Thanks a lot to everyone at the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

Though it is not a small private game lodge but a mid sized hotel for 100 people, we had a luxury stay and great guided safaris for the money. We saw the big five and a cheetah within our two day stay thanks to John, our super local guide. Food was buffet but good. Rooms were as elegant as one might expect for the price.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stayed two nights at this fabulous lodge in August 2012. Staff was great, guides, trackers got us our big five! Very close looks at lions cheetah and leopard. The elephants are so much fun! Very clean and organized rooms with a back porch that looks out on the reserve. Wish we could have stayed longer. Buffet was good, my 17 yr old niece had no complaints. No bugs this time of year. Vehicles were good on the dirt roads and off road looking for the leopard. We saw lions eating a kill. A couple of our group did the elephant ride which was fun because the babies come along, one was chasing a warthog! Extra$$$ but niece wanted to do it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Great Lodge + great staff and guides!!!!
We had only good moments at Kapama, the safari is full of surprises... The rangers really know what they are doing, they presented the Big Five... very close to the animals...
I strongly recommend Kapama RIver Lodge.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed here for one night. The River Lodge itself is very nice, it's huge and they cater to a LOT of people so be prepared. The food was OK, nothing spectacular. They do buffet service. The room we stayed in was nice, we took a nice relaxing bath and it was great because we had a great view of the reserve. What was really amazing about this place is the game viewing. We saw 4 of the big five during our one night stay--it was fantastic! We were so thrilled to see a pride of 13 lions with their cubs. our guide was informative but wasn't as talkative as other guides we had in other game reserves--he didn't really volunteer much information to us which was a shame because I, personally, wouldve been intereseted in learning more..

This lodge does have a very commercial feel so be prepared. If you want something less commercial, maybe try their smaller lodges or try another smaller lodge aside from Kapama.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

The lodge is showing signs of aging. Service is avg. Staff should ask clients if they want drinks when lounging at the pool area. Big fly problem, I know it is summer, but please invest in a few nets. Especially during high tea.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: R40, Kapama Private Game Reserve, | Kruger Park, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Kapama Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Kapama Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Kapama River Lodge 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kapama River Lodge is situated within Kapama Game Reserve, and presents the perfect blend between luxurious safari accommodation and a generous bed capacity of 64 bedrooms. Although large, it is so stylish and roomy and beautifully positioned along a dry riverbed, that guests fall in love with it.Each spacious room at Kapama River Lodge features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace with uninterrupted views into the leafy-green Big 5 game reserve. The central guest entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners for lazy afternoons. The long L-shaped relaxation lounge and bar under a double-volume thatch, curves around the pool and on either side is a huge double-sided fireplace creating a wondrous open-plan yet cosy atmosphere. The Rhino Boma dining area with tables arranged under a low thatch in a horseshoe curve, has a central open space where a roaring outdoor fire gives a glow to evening meals. Buffet-style meals introduce African flavours with Pan African dishes using fresh local ingredients and specialist dishes. ... more   less 
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Kapama River Lodge Kapama Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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