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“Exceeded high expectations in every way” 5 of 5 stars
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R40, Kapama Private Game Reserve, | Kruger Park, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa   |  
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“Exceeded high expectations in every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

It was our first time on safari and I really fail to see how it would ever be better the second time around! We nearly went to the massive Kruger park but so glad we went to Kampama (specifically the cosy Buffalo Camp) instead.

As other reviews have mentioned below, the 'tents' are by far the most glamarous tents we've ever seen. All open plan, free standing bath, shower that looks out onto the nature reserve and balcony where you can (if you're lucky) view game in your pj's!

Collen (driver) and Foster (tracker) were absolutely outstanding and really took it upon themselves that we were having the best time possible and didn't miss anything. Even going as far as an extra drive that pleasently interuppted our lunch to go and spot a rare leopard.

I mentioned before the Buffalo Camp is the best lodging in the Kapama. This is because its the most intimate (with only about 10 tents). You hav the option of dining each evening with your driver and fellow safari co-horts by the light of a big bonfire BBQ. Amazing food and great company.

Can't recommend it highly enough. The sundowner drinks in the safari park each day are a real treat too.

Room Tip: All tents are fantastic
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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 February 7, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for two nights in late January 2013. The "tents" are luxurious, with a balcony that overhangs the open game reserve (a nyala was grazing a few minutes after I walked in). The water is potable, and I had no worries drinking it. The game is plentiful and varied, and the vehicles are excellent for photography (they have bean bags on Bogen brackets). The food is excellent, and there is a fine bar and good wine list. Highly recommended.

Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

On a recommendation I stayed here recently with my partner. We stayed in the buffallo camp which are luxury "tents". Our experience was first rate. The "tent" is a luxurious lodge with all amenities you would expect of a five star hotel. Food, atmosphere, staff, swimming pool, transport, service, safaris were out of this world. Ask for Collum and Foster for the drives if you are in buffalo. The best experience one could ask for. We saw all big 5 except for leopards.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We came here for our honeymoon and were not disappointed! The staff was very accommodating and even left a bottle of bubbly for us to enjoy in our 'tent'. The safari rides were absolutely incredible and our ranger & tracker very knowledgeable of the land and the animals. This is definitely a trip of a lifetime & I would recommend Kapama Buffalo Camp to anyone visiting the area.

  • Stayed April 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Spent 2 nights in Buffalo Camp and 1 night in Southern Camp in Dec 2012

Overall, the key difference between the two was that the former is more for couples (also more pricey, because of more fancy accommodation and more fancy food) while the latter caters more to families.

What I really liked about Buffalo Camp was our accommodation. We stayed in a "tent" but it was really a fully equipped hotel room, except that the walls and the roof are made of canvas instead of concrete. You feel like you're outdoors when the wind hits the canvas, but at the same time these are extremely luxurious and comfortable settings.

Food was also amazing, both in terms of quantity and quality -- we were fed multiple times a day, and our waistlines suffered.

But what you travel to Kruger for is the safari experience. In that respect, we were not disappointed. Top marks to Collen our ranger and Foster our tracker for their dedication to helping us have as many experiences with the animals as possible, often heading out for more than our designated 3-hour game drive. We appreciated Collen's company and sharing at dinner as well.

All in all, an unforgettable experience with Kapama =)

  • Stayed December 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had a great time at Kapama. The accomodation was great, the food was wonderful. The staff was wonderful, we had an excellent guide, who went out of his way to look for a leopard. All in all a great experience, would highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

A great resort! Top shelf staff, food, safari rides and location. We had a great vacation with no hesitation to refer anyone to spend time here. We spent 5 nights and had a great time. Geoffrey was our guide and went out of his way to allow us to see a leopard with a fresh kill in a tree as well as a cheetah will a impala kill

Room Tip: Any of the 10 tents would be great
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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Address: R40, Kapama Private Game Reserve, | Kruger Park, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Kapama Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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 
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Kapama Buffalo Camp Kapama Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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