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3 Days Luxury Tented Camp Big Five Safari in Kapama Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Kapama Buffalo Camp, Kapama Private Game Reserve, R40, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa

Deluxe Safari in South Africa

Kapama Private Game Reserve has a variety of ways for you to explore their beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Twice-daily game drives and educational bush walks are an essential part of the Kapama experience. Spend your nights high in the treetops, accessible only by elevated wooden walkways. The old-world luxury tents of Buffalo Camp are the closest you’ll get to living alongside Kapama's wildlife. This luxury tented camp is a quiet and intimate lodge where you can unwind in the shade of the trees and simply absorb the surrounding peace. The perfect luxury South African Safari escape.

Key information

  • Private or group safari possible
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: Up to 10 tents
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 16 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Languages: English speaking guides
  • Park fees are not included. It is 126 ZAR per night.

Highlights

  • Daily bushwalk
  • 2 daily game drives
  • High possibility to see The Big Five and 350+ bird species
  • Safari in an open safari vehicle with an experienced ranger and expert tracker
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages
  • 2 nights accommodation in a luxury tent suite
  • Relax at a world-class award-winning spa
  • Close proximity to Eastgate Airport

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 activity days
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Air Force Base Hoedspruit
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Lounge

Luxury tents

Set among tall, shady trees, with a seasonal river below, Buffalo Camp’s suites are ultra-luxurious tents that consistently delight guests. Dark wood and leather finishes add a nostalgic air, while oil lanterns illuminating the walkways at night create a wonderfully romantic ambiance.

Each luxury tent features en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, as well as heated blankets for cooler weather comfort. Tea and Nespresso coffee facilities come standard, along with a fully stocked minibar. For peace of mind, there’s a lock-up safe for your valuables, and for guests from abroad, international plugs for convenience.

Lounge and pool

The intimate Buffalo Camp lounge, nestled under a vaulted, thatched roof, is the perfect place to sink into a comfortable sofa for a spot of birdwatching with a refreshing cocktail in hand, of course. The sun loungers around the elevated rim-flow pool offer excellent views of the surrounding fauna and flora.

  • Accommodation level: Luxury

Facilities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Boma
  • Boutique/curio shop
  • Cellar
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dining veranda
  • Full bar facilities
  • Health/Wellness center
  • Library
  • Lodge swimming pool
  • Lounge
  • Kids facilities
  • Telephone/Fax Facilities
  • Television
  • Parking
  • Business center
  • Backup electricity
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet
  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee making facilities
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Hairdryers
  • In-room dining
  • Lounge area
  • Mini-bars
  • Private patio
  • King size beds
  • Safes
  • Telephone

Program

Game drives

Two game drives a day are offered to all guests. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, you can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species. Since this is a Big Five reserve, encountering lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari.

While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of bird recorded on the reserve. Throughout the day, it’s likely you will see wildlife such as nyala antelope, Vervet monkeys or even a few of the Big Five.

Typical summer morning schedule

  • 05:00 Wake-up call
  • 05:30 Tea, coffee and rusks in the dining room
  • 06:00 Depart
  • 07:30 Stop for hot drinks and snacks
  • 09:00 Return to the lodge for a full breakfast

Typical summer afternoon schedule

  • 16:00 Gather for a decadent high tea
  • 16:30 Depart
  • 19:30 Arrive back at the lodge with time to freshen up before dinner
  • 20:00 Dinner is served

Typical winter morning schedule

  • 05:30 Wake-up call
  • 06:00 Tea, coffee and rusks in the dining room
  • 06:30 Depart
  • 07:30 Stop for hot drinks and snacks
  • 09:00 Return to the lodge for a full breakfast

Typical winter afternoon schedule

  • 15:30 Gather for a decadent high tea
  • 16:00 Depart
  • 19:00 Arrive back at the lodge with time to freshen up before dinner
  • 19:30 Dinner is served

Included excursions

Bushwalks

Experience the African bush on foot under the guidance of a skilled ranger. Your guide will point out medicinal plants, insects, and birdlife along the way, and share traditional tracking skills such as using animal footprints and scat to identify animals. This truly memorable, authentic and intimate encounter with nature and wildlife.

Location

Kapama Private Game Reserve

Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park, in the north-east of South Africa. It spans 13,000 hectares of the magnificent South African bushveld, teeming with wildlife, yet is ideally situated to receive fly-in guests of scheduled flights from the nearby Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit.

Situated in Limpopo province, an area renowned for its wildlife and superb safari destinations, Kapama Private Game Reserve is home to all the big game of Africa, with over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species. This equates to huge natural diversity and includes the famed dangerous Big Five of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. Twice-daily game drives are conducted through the rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests that make up this magnificent African reserve.

Distances

  • Hoedspruit Airport - Eastgate Airport (HDS) - 10 minutes

Food

The package includes English breakfast, light luncheon, and dinner in the open-air boma or thatched dining room, as well as tea, coffee, cakes, pastries and afternoon tea-time snacks. You will also have access to a selection of local alcoholic and premium beverages during your entire stay at no extra charge.

Breakfast and lunch

Tuck into delicate delights from the a la carte menu under traditional thatch, surrounded by natural beauty.

Dinner

Gather around a roaring, open fire in a true African boma as you dine on traditional fare to the soundtrack of a wild African night. Special bush dinners can be arranged at an extra cost.

Kosher

On request, Kapama Buffalo Camp can offer kosher meals. For information on this kosher meal option, please send an inquiry to Kapama Private Game Reserve.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

A night under the stars

A fairytale experience awaits you with the Kapama Romantic Sleepout. Sleep in the open air on a private platform high above the ground, illuminated by a golden ring of lantern light. Begin at your sunset arrival, have dinner in the air from your private chef and fall asleep under a million stars for a romantic experience that is unmatched.

Spa treatments

Included in the price is access to a world-class award-winning spa, which is just a short commute away. Indulge yourself in the finest spa treatments on the continent, work up a sweat with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and steam rooms, or take a plunge in the refreshing pool.

What's included

  • 2 game drives daily in open safari vehicles, accompanied by experienced rangers and expert Shangaan trackers
  • 2 nights stay in a luxury tented camp
  • Daily bush walk
  • 3 meals per day
  • Tea, coffee, cakes, pastries and afternoon tea time snacks
  • A selection of local alcoholic and premium beverages during your entire stay
  • Access to a world-class award-winning spa - short commute away
  • Airport transfers from Hoedspruit airport
  • 2 daily housekeeping service
  • VAT

What's not included

  • Transfers from othyer airports or locations
  • Other personal expenses
  • Conservation fees of 126 ZAR per person per night

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hoedspruit Airport - Eastgate Airport (HDS). Kindly send an inquiry to Kapama Private Game Reserve for airport transfer assistance.

The northern boundary of Kapama Private Game Reserve is a stone’s throw away from Eastgate Airport (also referred to as Hoedspruit Airport). This makes for easy guest transfers to Kapama’s lodges in game viewing vehicles. Airlink, as well as CemAir, operates daily flights from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and regular flights from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) to Eastgate Airport, which is situated near Hoedspruit. For flight schedules and bookings, please visit their websites.

Kapama luxury travel

For the discerning traveler, Kapama Private Game Reserve offers guests the luxury of a direct fly-in option on their own branded PC12 plane. Guests can fly out of Johannesburg or Cape Town directly onto Kapama’s 1.5-kilometer tarred runway.

Driving directions from Johannesburg

  • Take either the N12 or the N4 from Johannesburg to eMalahleni and Middelburg.
  • Turn onto the R540 towards eMakhazeni, Emnotweni and Mashishing.
  • Emnotweni is set on the Highveld and is an ideal point for exploring the region. The village has a quaint atmosphere and is famous for its trout fishing, and is a good halfway or lunch stop on the way to Kapama Private Game Reserve.
  • From Mashishing, proceed on the R36 to Ohrigstad, and through the Strydom Tunnel to Hoedspruit.
  • This scenic drive through Mpumalanga takes in magnificent mountain landscapes and panoramic views – as you drive up the mountain passes onto the high escarpment, you’ll have sweeping vistas of the Lowveld down below.
  • At the Strydom Tunnel, roadside stalls sell ethnic curios from the area.
  • From Hoedspruit, take the R40 to Klaserie and continue until you reach the Kapama Private Game Reserve entrance on the left.

Driving directions from Pretoria

  • Take the N4 from Pretoria via eMalahleni (Witbank) and Middleburg towards Mbombela (Nelspruit).
  • Turn left on the R540 towards eMakhazeni (Belfast).
  • In the center of the town, turn right (there will be a Total garage on your left hand side then) to eMnotweni (Dullstroom) and then on to Mashishing (Lydenburg).
  • Pass-through Mashishing (Lydenburg) taking the R36 to Ohrigstad, through the Strijdom Tunnel to Hoedspruit.
  • Once through Hoedspruit, turn right at the T-junction onto the R40 to Klaserie / Bushbuck Ridge.
  • For Buffalo Camp, continue along the R40 (past the Eastgate Airport, turn off, don’t turn left) until you reach the Buffalo Camp main gate on your left-hand side.

Driving directions from Nelspruit

  • Proceed in the direction of White River on the R537.
  • After White River, take the R40 to Hazyview.
  • Follow this road until you reach a T-junction.
  • Turn left at the T-junction (you are still on the R40), drive through Hazyview.
  • At the four-way stop, continue straight on the R40 past Bosbokrand (Bushbuck Ridge) and Acornhoek.
  • After Acornhoek the R40, continue northwards towards Hoedspruit / Phalaborwa.
  • Approximately one kilometer before Klaserie, the R40 branches off to the right and is clearly marked.
  • Take the turnoff towards your right.
  • You will still be on the R40.
  • For Buffalo Camp, continue along the R40 until you reach the Buffalo Camp main gate on your right-hand side.

Driving directions from Graskop

  • This route takes you to Hoedspruit from Graskop via the Blyde River Canyon and is undoubtedly the most scenic route.
  • After leaving Graskop, proceed on the R532 and follow this road until it ends in a T-junction with the R36.
  • Turn right onto the R36 and continue over the Abel Erasmus Pass towards Hoedspruit.
  • The R36 becomes the R531 and then the R527 shortly before Hoedspruit.
  • Remain on the roads as mentioned.
  • In Hoedspruit, once crossing over a bridge over the railway line, the road stops at a four-way crossing.
  • Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie / Bushbuck Ridge.
  • For Buffalo Camp, continue along the R40 until you reach the Buffalo Camp main gate on your left-hand side.

GPS

  • S24°25’45.08” E31°00’49.01”
Airport: Air Force Base Hoedspruit Airport transfer included: Air Force Base Hoedspruit No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This safari is available all year round. Please select your arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • January 5 to December 19

 

High season
  • December 20 to January 4
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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