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Kapama River Lodge
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Chicago, Illinois
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“An amazing adventure with all the comforts you could ask for.”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

The Lodge is one of the most amazing places I have ever been. It breaks down into different categories
The Lodge - Clean, comfortable, large rooms, balconies that open up to the reserve !!!!!!!
The "Rides" -- The driver and tracker are experienced and very good at what they do. Without making promises that they cannot keep. They make it their goal to show the big 5 and do a great job.
The Food - FANTASTIC!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Freiburg i. Br.
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We came back to the River Lodge after two years.
And again found it to be a wonderful place to enjoy wildlife in luxury.
Easily reached from East Gate (Hoedspruit) Airport.
And still you feel like you are embedded in the bush.
Little antilopes walking up to the room balcony.
All the Big Five in the Reserve.
Don't miss the optional foot safaris! It can be a unique experience and watching a whole crowd of buffalo bathing is certainly worth a little walking....

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, NY
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We had a fabulous at the Kapama River Lodge. Everyone from German, our waiter to F.W., our outstanding guide and Given, our tracker, was excellent.

We had beautiful rooms and great meals in a wonderful environment, but the safari drives were unvelievable. So many animals to see, giraffes, zebras, elephants, rhinos, hippos, more types of antelopes than I can remember and, the highlight, a pride of 13 lions that we found sleeping and whatch them stretch and wake up and head off on their evening hunt. We saw these lions three different times during our stay.

We also had an exciting pursuit of a leopard, which I just caught a glimpse of. We could not find it again but it was fascinating to watch as F.W. and Given worked together to try and locate the elusive cat.

We had a truly memorable experience at Kapama.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights in June. Absolutely amazing in every way. Service, food, staff & rooms all fantastic and the game drives are something I will remember for the rest of my life. Our ranger was brilliant, very knowledgable and was determined that we would see all The Big 5 (which we did). The spa is also very good. Would highly recommend Kapama to anyone looking to go on Safari in South Africa

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

We spent four days here for safari on the back end of a trip from Capetown up the Garden Route. This was EASILY the highlight of the trip. Your safari begins the minute they pick you up at the nearby airport and you have your first pseudo-game drive as you're entering the property grounds. Our ranger, Ryan, was simply the best. He made sure he got us the big five, all the while offering up incredibly interesting anecdotes and information. On our first night drive he heard from another ranger that there might be a baby leopard in a tree on the other side of the reserve, and without so much as a heads up to those of us in the truck, he floored it and took off breakneck speed on an exhilarating ride through the bush to make sure our small group got to see it. Our first sundowner was so incredible I thought I might actually die. Cocktails while watching giraffes saunter by as the african sun sets into a purple sky and the southern stars begin to pop out...it was one of the most intense experiences of my life.

The lodge itself is beautiful, and the spa experiences were INCREDIBLE. Imagine getting an open-air massage on a deck looking onto the savannah and seeing the wildlife in the distance while someone works out the kinks in your neck. Unbelievable. The spa room itself was gorgeous, with dual walk in showers, deep soaking tub, and spacious balcony overlooking the bush. Not that anyone ever goes on safari for the food, but the lodge's offerings were also unnecessarily top notch. I plan on going back to Africa next year to do a safari in Botswana and definitely plan to return to Kapama for a few days on that trip as well.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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new jersey
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

My friends and I stayed 4 nights at the Kapama River Lodge. The spa suite rooms were very spacious with a terrific view of the animals that paraded past our balcony. We each got spa treatments and so were able to enjoy the very serene spa pool. Kevin, our ranger and Michael, our tracker, did a fabulous job of spotting all the big 5 plus hard to find animals like the cheetah. We did the elephant safari which was a lot of fun. The food was served buffet style and was good and plentiful.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We spent 3 nights here. Everything was incredible. Our guide started showing us animals as soon as we left the airport. On the next six safari drives, our guide and tracker made sure we saw the Big Five and just about everything else. We were lucky to come across a cheetah with her kudu kill and a honey badger. Our room was on the first floor with a patio. The animals (kudu and waterbucks) walk right up and graze next to the patio...incredible experience. The food and service was exceptional. I don't even like venison but the kudu curry was delicious. Our guide would have dinner with us every night so we could discuss our adventures from the morning and evening drives. The 6th and last safari was my favorite. Afterall, we had already seen the Big Five so what was there left to do. Our guide made sure we had a true bush experience. We tracked 3 lions as they slept, played and stalked their next meal. I have to go back some day with my grandchildren so they can experience an incredible bush adventure.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Kapama River Lodge
Address: R40 | 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 ( 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 #4 of 4 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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