We had a wonderful stay at Kapama. From the pick up to drop off at Hoedspruit (across the street, literally) we were thrilled. These folks had thought of all the extras.
We went at a very cold snap, with temps at -1 in the morning. Layer up in July. The staff had hot water bottles waiting for us for each morning drive, and fleeces to keep the wind off. Our driver was knowledgeable and legitimately cared about us having a great experience. The viewing was very private and considerate of the animals, allowing only 1-2 vehicles when a good spot was made. No random tourists. We were right in the middle of a herd of elephants, we watched lions eating (no kill this time), and managed to find a leopard. We got the african buffalo and rhinos as well. We took a walking tour to learn more (beware- if your guide looks at lots of stool, then handles edible leaves and you eat it, you may have the runs the next day). Managed to come face to face with a rhino, but felt very safe with our capable guide. The meals were all well portioned and tasty. Had a nice supper on the last night out in the big fire pit area, with a huge spread. I thought I did a job of raiding the bar also, but my tab was surprisingly small!
The tents were warm and spacious. Again we found hot water bottles at night to warm our feet. Shower was hot. Views of the wildlife were great. I think there was a jacuzzi tub too! Couldn't believe the luxury in the heart of wilderness.
This was a fantastic 2 days. Should have spent one more to take some time to ride the elephants, but if you're strapped for time 2 was enough. Hope to go again some day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reminiscent of a traditional African safari camp, Kapama Buffalo Camp offers a unique and intimate experience in the African bush. It is ideal for discovering big game Africa in true safari tented style without compromising on comfort.Ten luxury newly build canvas tents, each sleeping two, are set on wooden decks built on stilts over a steep-sided riverbank. Wooden walkways interconnect the rooms, which are all in the upper reaches of tall riverine trees. The river below rarely flows and antelopes are seen daily walking along the sandy riverbed. Each tented room has all the usual comforts of electricity, en-suite bathroom, safe, writing table, wardrobe, low impact climate control, mini-bar and tea/coffee facilities.The communal areas of Buffalo Camp are on the riverbank, where gardens of succulent aloes and euphorbia are tended around the thatched bar, dining room, pool terrace and campfire. But the thick African bush is just a glance away, inhabited by animals like lion, hyena and jackal whose calls can be heard in the dead of night. Lanterns, rather than electric lights, glow at night under the trees, creating a special intimate ambience particular to Buffalo Camp.With a maximum of 20 guests at Buffalo Camp, special attention is paid to personal service and the staff become like friends. Kapama Buffalo Camp is a truly authentic way to experience the African bush. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kapama Buffalo Camp Hotel Kapama Private Game Reserve
- Kapama Buffalo Camp Kapama Private Game Reserve, South Africa