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“One of the Highlights of our South Africa holiday”
Review of Kapama Karula

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Kapama Karula
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Reviewed May 13, 2011

Had 2 nights at Karula in tent 7 (Deadwood) - this was part tent, part chalet and extremely well presented.

Kapama Reserve is split into several camps, for example; Buffalo Camp, River Lodge, etc and the entrance to Karula is at the main gate on the R40, where you are greeted by a guard and sign some paperwork. We had a short wait here as the guard took a personnal call on his cell phone, before the gates were opened and we made our way along the well sign-posted dirt road to Karula. Here you are treated to a mini-safari as the animals roam free enroute to the camp

On arrival at camp we were greeted by Sarah who showed us to our accommodation and made us feel very welcome. Lunch was available on arrival, although it was only 45 minutes to afternoon tea, so we declined, opting to return for the afternoon tea before the p.m. game drive.

The tent was extremely spacious with AC and heating (as required), a mini bar fridge, king bed, seating area and writing desk in the tented area - with large dressing area, double wardrobe with slippers and robe, hairdryer and safe, opening on to the bathroom with huge bath, 2 sink units and outdoor shower in the chalet area. Just beautiful.
Out side was a decked area over looking the river with seating area. Here the monkeys roamed free, such a delight.

Wake up calls at 5.30am start your day, as you make your way to the breakfast area for coffee, fruit, muffins, etc. prior to the 3 hour game drive. On return a buffet/menu breakfast is served before leaving you free til lunch at 1-2pm. Afternoon tea then starts at 3.30pm followed by your 2nd game drive taking you into the evening and back to camp around 7pm. Dinner i think was served about 7.30/8pm

The camp is the epitome of luxury and one of the highlights of our 2 week holiday. Although I was not impressed with Kruger NP itself, as we have been spoilt by several amazing visits to Etosha NP in Namibia, the experience and luxury at Karula was amazing. Our only critisism would be the game drives as we felt when any animals were found after tracking (particulary the cats), there was an order you had to follow with the vehicles and prior to this we felt like we were just driving round killing time.

Other than that the camp is small and exclusive, with a get away from it all feel, tasty food and wonderful communal areas. Somewhere anyone would want to return.
Thank you for a great time.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

My husband and I spend two nights at Kapama Karula the first week of November 2010 after spending a week in Cape Town. We also spent two nights in the Kapama Buffalo Lodge before flying back to NYC.

Our time at Kapama Karula was unforgettable! Every detail of our stay was enjoyable. We flew into Hoedspruit airport from Jo-burg and were picked up in the open-air vehicle by our guide. Check in was so personalized; we were greeted by name with a cold towel and drink by our personal receptionist. Our "luxury tent" on stilts was so modern and beautifully decorated. The air conditioning was a really great touch, and the outdoor shower was our favorite part of the room.

All the food was gourmet and amazing... service was incredible; the plunge pool was fantastic, and best of all the safari drives were AMAZING!! The sights, sounds, and smells of driving around the bush are forever in my heart. We saw all big 5 by the first two drives, and we even spotted baby leopards with their mother. Overall this lodge was perfect for the adventure honeymoon that we imagined. It has luxury paired with wonderful wildlife. We did the elephant safari at camp Jambulani as well- it was really cool. Buffalo lodge was also a really great experience- great food and service and great safari drives. It just has a more rustic / less luxury feel than Karula.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

We stayed 4 days at the Kapama Karula and it was perfect. Prices include all meals, an excelent luxury tent as our room and 2 daily game drives, everything perfect. The hotel makes you slow down and, considering you are in a private resort, get to see all the animals. Staff is very friendly and caring. We had the honeymoon we deserved...
Days there were to remember...

Room Tip: For a couple, get the tent
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2011

From the stunning architecture of the public buildings to the lux tents and gorgeous grounds by the river, this place makes you just want to sit and enjoy. Of course, stopping frequently for 5-star food. But then you remember that you are on safari. Our guide Moses wonderfully guided us through the Kapama grounds seeing 4 of the big 5 plus many other animals. And the lodge staff starting with the Asst. Manager (Bill I believe?) were quietly brilliant in taking care of everyone.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

We had 3 nights at Kapama Karula, and it was the best experience ever. Our ranger Moses and tracker Tenber were so experienced and friendly, they made our stay so enjoyable ! We managed to see all of the BIG 5 and many more animals, on our last game drive Moses tracked down the elusive leopard. The staff at Kapama Karula are excellent and the food is delicious ! All in all a 5 STAR HOLIDAY

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

I stayed in Kapama Karula for six nights with my ten year old grandson . It was his first time in Africa. He loved it! He cried when we left. Kapama Karula was everything I expected and more. Everyone made our stay very comfortable and our guide/ranger Cameron and trucker Vusi went above and beyond their duty to make us welcome. They were fantastic with my grandson answering all his questions. The tent accommodation was fantastic and very private. I really don't have anything negative to say about Kapama Karula apart from......we had to leave.

I would recommend Kapama to anyone that has a love of the bush and also likes some creature comforts.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

Wow, what an incredible experience. We stayed here for 4 nights as part of our honeymoon and it lived up to every expectation we had. The rooms are exquisite (we stayed in both the tents and the chalets and I definitely recommend spending the extra cash for the chalets as they are fantastic). The staff can't do enough for you and the game drives are awesome. We saw 4 out of the big 5 and had an incredible experience witnessing the interaction between a family of lions and some rhino's. AWESOME! I also recommend the day spa - the treatments a regreat but the location is right on a watering hole and you can watch the animals come to drink as you are having a massage. Simply stunning. A perfect venue. I couldn't have asked for a better start to our honeymoon.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: R40 | Hoedspruit, 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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Kapama Private Game Reserve
Price Range: $1,580 - $3,324 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kapama Karula 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set 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. The 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 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". Kapama Karula has twelve superior suites, each exquisitely decorated and with generous private space. Two of the superior suites are purpose-built for families. Each suite also has a private outside deck and a large swimming pool, which is heated in the chillier months for year-round swimming. The luxury Karula spa offers a range of health and beauty treatments in four deluxe treatment rooms. For a body workout, the fitness centre is equipped with state-of-the-art cardio and weight-lifting equipment, or you can run or walk on the treadmill or cycle on the Wattbike. After working up a sweat, visit the steam room, or relax in the pool. You can also browse through the curio shop for those special gifts to take home. Then head out on an exciting game drive. ... more   less 
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