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“The way to stay in the bush!”

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Kapula Private Camp
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Lusaka
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9 reviews
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“The way to stay in the bush!”
Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

What an amazing stay. My family and I took my wife's folks and aunt and uncle to Kapula for 3 nights last week, and what a beautiful spot!

As much as it is the wrong time to go for game viewing, it was still well worth the visit for the setting, the facilities and of course the "resident" elephants. The lodge is really beautiful and is in an amazing setting. The facilities cater for everything you may need and the "rooms" as GREAT! Luxurious yet practical. The view from your bed in the morning is one that will be hard to beat anywhere in the world. We had an elephant drinking outside our tent 2 of the three nights, it's so close that you hear everything! Truly an in the bush experience even though you have the elephant fence to keep just the big boys out of the camp.

Tents 3 and 4 are closest to the main lodge area and more practical for people, whilst tent 1 is furtherest away and a little dodgy to get to after dark, as everything except elephant has access to the camp at all times. Which is reinforced when we heard lions roaring every night.

The experience was great and my only regret is that I have to wait until later in the year to see the camp in the dry/game viewing season!

We met the owner whilst we were the and his outlook on the camp and bush lend a commitment to Kapula remaining a great destination for a long time to come.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Bulawayo
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Our whole family spent a night in early January and found the camp to be really restful and the facilities were amazing. After several days of camping in remote areas and having to put up with the bad weather - Kapula was a welcome relief. Self catering doesn't get much better. The tents are luxurious and the staff are really willing to help and very pleasant. Waterbuck slept under our deck which was lovely. We will go back again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Bulawayo
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

My husband and I visited the camp to "look see" back in August. We were both really impressed and found the staff very informative and helpful. Hoping to stay there in the New year when our whole family do a camping trip around Zimbabwe..

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Almere, The Netherlands
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

If you're looking for quiteness, peaceful surroundings and a great place to stay go and visit Kapula Camp. You dont have to leave the Camp to see many animals passing by. Just sit on the deck, relax and make yourself some food.
Very helpfull personel and nice and clean tents.
We had a great time and we hope to be back one day.

Room Tip: All tents have their own great view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Vic Falls
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Being a cynical Zimbo I was thoroughly taken a back never have I seen a self catering place like this the staff are there to help but do not encroach on your space the tents are really spacious with in door and out door showers . I main area is well thought out and very comfy. The fire pit / cooking area has been designed by someone who has spent time in the bush and knows what they need next to the braai/firepit ie utensils etc.
The Sinamatella area is just magical and you dont have to drive for hours to get here about two and a half from Vic Falls.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

South Africans are in quite a predicament when we travel up into our neighbouring countries and their national parks. Either you drop $300 a night at a posh lodge, or you slum it in the campsites with ablution blocks, if you are lucky, with hyenas stealing your pots and pans.

At Kapula you get all the amenities of a 5-star game lodge, at quarter the price. It's self catering, but in the evening you can still sit on the deck, overlooking the bush, G&T in hand and dine at a 12-seater table. The decor is tasteful without being overwhelming.
The staff is friendly and the service great, each night we were consulted on what time we would be up so they can have warm water for the shower and boiling water for our coffee ready. Dirty dishes are also taken care of.

The safari tents are huge, also with four poster beds, mosquito net draping, lovely linens, en-suite bathrooms and a outdoor shower. And you are right in the centre of things, the camp was passed by huge herds of elephant and buffalo during our stay and one night it sounded like elephants were right outside of our tent. You get the action of being in the bush, without the vulnerability of being trapped in a small tent.

The wildlife and birdlife are also spectacular. We saw lion, wild dog, huge herds of elephant and buffalo, sable and roan, just to name a few. At the camped we were visited by Meyer's Parrots, Jameson's fire finches, cardinal woodpeckers and many more birds. I ticked of at least 15 species on my bird watching list.
Book now, because this new gem in Hwange is bound to fill up fast.

Room Tip: Book tents 3 and 4, they are closer to the main deck.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Middelburg, South Africa
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

An absolute must! Somewhere in the middle of nowhere is this fantastic luxury little place surrounded by wild animals. Watch the elephants breaking branches while taking a hot outside shower, have sundowners on our own deck with the most magnificent sunset while game gaze around. Sit around the boma and just listen to the night and smell the scent of the buchveld. Sleep with a breeze through the room on the most comfortable clean beds while the lions roar and the hyena's laugh all through the night. The welcome and assistance of the staff was 1st class and they have a fully equipped brand new communal kitchen with the relaxing area on the deck. I strongly recommend Kapula to anyone! Well done you guy's!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Kapula Private Camp
Address: Hwange national park, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Hwange National Park
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Ranked #9 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Hwange National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kapula is a game viewing paradise during the dry season where guests can see vast herds of elephant and buffalo in addition to plain game, and hear the lions roar at night. The Kapula concession consists of two camps: North Camp with four 2-bed luxury safari tents on raised wooden decks with en-suite bathrooms and additional outside showers, self-catering; and South Camp with four 2-bed safari tents, on concrete slabs on the ground with en-suite bathrooms, self-catering. We prefer to keep the camps small and intimate. There is no 24 hour standby electricity at Kapula and all rooms’ electrical requirements are solar-generated. Guests are therefore not able to use hairdryers, kettles etc. in the rooms. The communal main building does have facilities for charging camera batteries, cell phone batteries etc. Both camps have a kitchen equipped with all the necessities. ... more   less 

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