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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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Garden Grove, California
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“An absolute gem!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

This was my favorite place in south Africa!! This lodge is absolutely beautiful first of all and it is luxury accommodations at its best! The game drives were absolutely amazing! Freedom was our ranger and he was awesome! The staff was wonderful! The spa is so beautiful! While you are getting a spa treatment it is so serene and you will see a beautiful impala or waterbuck walk right by, just beautiful! The meals were amazing! Amazing! You must stay here!!! A special thanks goes to Florence,Rodney,Freedom, and Thomas thanks for making our stay a wonderful and memorable one!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Vadodara, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We were there for 4 nights and the experience was incredible. Our ranger was very helpful and knowledgeable. He patiently answered all our questions, and was very friendly. He made sure that we saw the Big Five before we left the place (though we missed the leopard).
The rooms were huge and the view was incredible. We could see the giraffes, impalas, and other animals from our balcony. In the morning, we would take a break for tea and rusks and in the evening, we would break for drinks while we watch the sunset.
For dinner, we would have our ranger and the safari group dine and mingle. Overall, an excellent experience for a private game reserve.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Caetano do Sul, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This was the second time we had been there! The first time we stayed only two days, but this time we enjoyed more, because we had six nigths and days. Since our arrival to our check out we had all attention and kindness, we could expect. The staff outstanding, food excellant. You could imagine have the dinner under the stars, with a beautiful fire and charming company? We saw all the big fives in the Bush. Even in the second rainy day, that I don' t went to the Safari, I saw animais through the window of the bedroom. Thanks to the staff, especially our nices ranger, J.T. and the tracker, Bhernard and one of the manager, Mr. Thomas.
I hope to be there many other times!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Curitiba, PR
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stay for 2 nights and loved it. The four safari trips were brilliant.The best place for safari is the first seat ,at the first row behind the driver. We only see 4 of the big five during the safari and they stop for drinks outised the jeep but dont adviser us must to pay for the drink.The food is included in the price and are delicious. Remember getting warm clothes for ealy morning and after dusk.

Room Tip: HIgher Floor Are The best,I stay room nunber 42
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Definetly is the best Safari around South Africa. The River Lodge is an amazing hotel and all of staff are outstanding and helpful. Delicious food. The especial moment is during the dinner out. Magnific! You can see the big 5 during the Safari.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We only stayed for one night (it was a one year anniversary celebration) and I think that was the problem. You really need to stay for a few nights to enjoy the experience Kapama has to offer.

The food, safaris, rooms and the pool were absolutely brilliant. An experience of a life time.

Most of the staff were brilliant and went out of their way to make you feel welcome and engage in conversation with you. Some of the female staff weren't as friendly and I felt a little funny when we were paying our bill...her sour face/attitude didn't belong in such a fantastic place.

I loved Kapama and if it wasn't for the family that we were visiting in Phalaborwa we would have stayed longer. I would give it a 9.5 out of 10

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  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Craiova, Dolj, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

One of the most beautiful hotels I've ever been. Everything was at superlativ starting from rooms ending with the staff. The safari trips were incredible. And the prices for spa and other accesories were resonably balanced.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
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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 Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa 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*
Number of rooms: 64
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, 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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