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Kapama Karula
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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122 reviews
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“Once in a life time experience”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

Staff: Super friendly staff and excellent customer service. The staff is always there whenever you need something. That said, there was one exception: the first night we were there there was no hot water at night. We contacted the staff at 10pm but no one answered the phone. We had to take a cold shower. If it were not for this incident, I might have given the hotel a five-star.

Food: By my standard, the food was okay. I am very picky though. Breakfast is the best - plenty of items to choose from. Lunch menu is the same every day so after a few days, it gets boring. Dinner menu is different every day It's not gourmet, but it's above what I have experienced for an all-inclusive type of hotel. They do feed you a lot -by our count, they feed you 7 times a day.

Safari: Best part of this trip of course. We saw all the big fives, although not much hippo since he was always under water.... We literally observed the animal behavior in the wild. We learned so much about these animals. Our ranger is really good at finding animals we want to see and explaining to us their behaviors.

Resort Amenity: I love the decor and ambiance. The main area of the resort and the library is super cozy and very inviting. The only complain I have is that they don't have a gym and spa on site.

Room: We had a superior suite, I think that's how they call it. It was very nice - - we had our own infinity pool, own deck, outdoor shower, etc. There are bug repellent and bug spray in the room, a very nice touch. At night, there are a lot of bugs, not mosquitoes, but scorpions, large flying I don't know what bugs, ants, cockroach looking like bugs, and many others. What can I say, we are out in the wild...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Just returned from a 3 days at Kapama Karula. The property, the game reserve and the staff are all exceptional! Was upgraded to suite upon arrival was a great surprise. The suite was amazing, huge and spacious. Everything was to die for. Extremely comfortable and relaxing.

The food was superb! Although if you stay for more than 4-5 days you might find it repeating.

The game drives were great, although it was our first time on a safari and I have no comparison. On almost every drive we was 3-4 of the big five and a TON of general game. Their leopards are still shy, so if you see one - consider yourself very, very lucky. This is because they have been operating for only a few years, while Sabi Sabi for 35 years. This is the only weak link, you might not see the leopard. The game drives were great with Collen and Roy. Amazing experience. The sundowner drinks were so much fun.

The front desk and the manager were exceptional - very courteous and professional. On day 1 when I realised we forgot our sunblock, they immediately arranged one from the spa and brought it to me on the next morning. They should definitely stock this in their gift shop.

The housekeeping and the other staff were great, always greeted with a smile. We felt amazing.

Overall, I would return in a heartbeat and would recommend to anyone. For the price paid we got tremendous value for the money.

A true 5* experience!

Room Tip: All rooms a great, I would skip the suites with the pools. They would be impossible to keep clean du...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Our group of 11 blended family members were treated fabulously by all staff at the camp. This was beyond all expectations. From arrival to departure the service was exceptional. Even after departure several lost items were delivered to us. The game drives were always an adventure. Game Rangers Colin and Geoffrey are outstanding knowledgable and very entertaining. The South African Sundowner experience is delightful. The food and drink is top quality. An exeptional value most highly recommended

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Curacao, Caribbean
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

We stayed during our South Africa trip in several luxurious accommodations, but Kapama Karula was for us the top. The suite was large and perfectly maintained with a beautiful view on the
wilderness. We arrived with our own car, which was already a mini safari, as it is approx. 11 km. from the front gate. We have seen a lot of animals and for our ranger Trevor it did not matter if it was raining or not. We were impressed about the very high service level of the safari's and the hotel. The quality of the meals was also perfect. We'll be back !!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

We got to see lots of animals - missed the leopard, but did see an elusive cheetah. Elephants, wart hogs and giraffes right as we entered the reserve, a short drive from the Hoodspruit airport. Baboons, monkeys, and antelopes viewed from our balcony. On a night drive, 11 curious lions surrounded our jeep - a bit scary but fun! Thanks to our excellent guide Trevor and to the friendly and efficient hotel staff - with only a dozen cottages and tents, they get to know you quickly. Stayed 3 nights and had drinks on the savannah with our ranger, and meals outside near the pool, a bbq pit and in the open-air lodge area. If you can, do the walking safari, not hard at all and great encounters with water buffalo.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

My husband and I loved our stay. We got the luxury tent and it was really nice with a big comfortable bed, a huge jacuzzi tub, etc. My husband even saw buffalo, impala and monkeys in front of our tent. If you have a fear of bugs, I would highly recommend staying in a suite though because at night the bugs do come into the tent. Thankfully, the staff will come clear them, but they will still get in. The lodge is beautiful, the cuisine is five stars, and the rangers are really great (Rex was ours and he is so good at finding the animals). Because it was our honeymoon the lodge put sparkling wine in our room after we came back for one of our afternoon drives, which was a nice surprise. Some words of advice: (1) book your spa treatments and extra excursions before you arrive because they fill up; (2) do the full day spa treatment (from 11am-3:30pm) - it is amazing - best spa I have ever been to; and (3) request to go to the gym well in advance because the rangers have to coordinate pick up and drop offs (it's about a 20 minute drive).

All in all, great time. I will write something longer on my blog, CourtneyMara.com, very soon so keep an eye out if you want more information!

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Marseille, France
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

Perfection , care , value guest and make details count ! I do recommend and wish to come back as soon as possible! We stayed in Suite 6 , which is just close (but not too close) from the pool and dining room. Our stay was delightful.

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Property: Kapama Karula
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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