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Big Five Safari in South Africa

Kapama Private Game Reserve invites you to join a 5-day safari at Kapama Game Reserve, South Africa. The iconic and most dangerous wild animals of Africa, the "Big Five", are at home on Kapama, but so too are over 40 other mammal species and 350 different types of birds. You will join game drives and bush walks which offer fascinating encounters with wildlife and explore unique African wildlife experiences. Come and reconnect with the natural world!


  • Daily bush walk
  • 2 daily game drives
  • Daily tea, coffee, and cakes
  • Soft drinks during evening game drive
  • Daily pastries & afternoon tea time snacks
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer


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Kapama River Lodge

Within the expansive Kapama Private Game Reserve, Kapama River Lodge epitomises a 5-star safari accommodation. The majestic northern Drakensberg Mountains form the backdrop to the 64-suite river lodge which is positioned along a bend of the seasonal Kapama River. It’s the largest luxury game lodge at the Greater Kruger National Park area and is stylishly furnished to ensure an unforgettable African safari experience.


Kapama River Lodge’s 40 spacious air-conditioned suites have uninterrupted views over the "Big Five" game reserve from private patios and all feature full, en-suite bathrooms with lavish amenities replenished daily. The suites are decorated to reflect old Africa in a luxury game lodge setting. Beverage stations for early morning coffee in the suite and minibars for sundowners on your private patio are standard in all rooms.

Family rooms

The family rooms, positioned a little way from the lodge, have triple balconies along with spacious bedrooms that can accommodate an additional two beds for children sharing with their parents. The rooms, measuring over 70 square meters with the balconies, are also ideal for couples wanting the additional comfort of an oversized bedroom.

Kapama Southern Camp

Kapama Southern Camp is the proud new addition to the Kapama Private Game Reserve family and is situated in the south of the "Big Five" game reserve. It offers luxury game lodge accommodation, warm hospitality, and friendly service in a tranquil setting that will be savoured by even the most discerning nature lover.

  • Standard suite: 4,500 ZAR (low season) and 5,100 ZAR (high season)
  • Luxury suite: 7,500 ZAR (low season) and 8,600 ZAR (high season)

Notes: These prices are based on per person per night sharing.

Kapama Buffalo Camp

Reminiscent of a traditional African safari camp from a bygone era, Kapama Buffalo Camp offers the ultimate luxurious tented accommodation experience. Built from natural stone and wood, the luxury game lodge has an olde worlde atmosphere while being completely contemporary. All comforts are catered for in the plush tented suites and throughout this carefully appointed luxury safari lodge with décor accent colours of burnt red and gold.

  • Tent: 5,000 ZAR (low season) 5,750 ZAR (high season)

Notes: These prices are based on per person per night sharing.

Kapama Karula

Set on the banks of the perennial Klaserie River is the reserve’s most secluded and prestigious lodge, Kapama Karula. Meaning ‘place of peace’ in the local language, Kapama Karula exudes calmness and depicts the pinnacle of a luxury 5-star safari accommodation. The meandering river running through the camp enhances the sense of tranquillity at this elegant and luxurious safari lodge.

  • Superior suite: 10,500 ZAR (low season) and 12,000 ZAR (high season)

Notes: These prices are based on per person per night sharing.


Game drive

Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, guests can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since this is a "Big Five" reserve, seeing lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos is possible during your safari with Kapama Private Game Reserve.

The day starts with an early wake-up call between 05:00 and 05:3. Tea, coffee, and rusks are enjoyed together before heading out at first light. While seeing a 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 birds recorded on the reserve.

Halfway through the game drive, there’s a stop for hot drinks and snacks before returning to the lodge at around 09:00 for a full breakfast. Throughout the day, it’s likely that you will see wildlife around the lodge - nyala antelopes and vervet monkeys are frequent visitors, though seeing some of the "Big Five" is also not uncommon.

At around 15:30, everyone gathers for a decadent high tea before heading out with your ranger and tracker for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. En route, you’ll stop for a sundowner drink and will have a chance to stretch your legs as you watch the sun set over the distant peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains.

As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. The skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Arrival at the lodge is usually around 19:00 allowing time to freshen up before enjoying a sumptuous dinner.

Bush walk

Feel Africa underfoot on a guided bush walk with a highly trained game ranger. The experience offers an intimate encounter with nature and wildlife, as well as medicinal and other plants are identified en route.

Rangers also teach walkers to track wildlife in the traditional way using animal footprints and scat. Expert trackers are able to tell the gender of many animals just from their footprints.

Large and dangerous animals are avoided on walks, but many other species can be viewed from a safe distance at ground level. A bush walk through Kapama Private Game Reserve is a truly memorable and authentic encounter.


Kapama Private Game Reserve is an African Eden. Sweeping across 13,000 hectares of savannah and riverine forest, Kapama represents a piece of Africa as it used to be. With the mighty Drakensberg Mountains in the distance and iconic Kruger National Park to the east, Kapama has distilled the finest wildlife safari offerings for the enjoyment of guests.

As part of the greater Kruger area, vast herds of buffalo, elephant, and antelope are resident on Kapama along with plentiful predators. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd, a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world.

Nearby places

  • Air Force Base Hoedspruit (HDS) - 10 minutes by car


As in classic old Africa, evening meals are often enjoyed seated around a roaring fire in the Rhino Boma. Here, buffet meals are served under open-sided thatch and showcase pan-African dishes prepared from fresh local ingredients. Traditional venison dishes also feature on this authentic African menu.

Romantic dining is epitomized by dinner set in the dry riverbed in front of the lodge under a star-studded African night sky. The experience adds enchantment to any African safari experience. The Siyatla Lounge is purpose-built as an enclosed dining area where breakfasts and lunches are served. It has its own bar and lounge with two large fireplaces while glass stack doors open up the lounge to the surrounding bushveld.

All cuisine at Kapama Private Game Reserve is prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients and herbs grown in the lodge gardens. Traditional South African dishes and accompaniments, such as mealie pap (African-style polenta) and chakalaka (a hot, spicy relish) further enhance the game lodge experience by giving a taste of real Africa.

Menus include warthog stew, kudu casserole, impala sausages, and oxtail curry. Vegetarians, vegans, and various other dietary requirements are easily catered for. Tea, coffee, cakes, pastries, and afternoon tea time snacks will be served daily and a selection of soft drinks and water is included on the daily evening game drive on a sundowner stop.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Elephant interaction
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Photographic safaris
  • Visit Hoedspruit Centre

Spa treatments

During this safari, you can pamper yourself at River Lodge Spa at an additional cost. Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the River Lodge Spa has 6 sumptuous treatment rooms in a setting surrounded by stillness and sweeping bushveld. Arranged around a generous central lap pool the spa evokes a sense of calm.

Highly trained and experienced beauty therapists offer the trendiest global body and beauty treatments with a uniquely African twist. Soak up the signature four-hour Marula Miracle Moments which includes a body wrap, facial, massage and more, opt for other enticingly named treatments such as the Kapama Pinotage Bliss which uses vine-infused products or the Marula Sensual Steam Treatment.

What's included

  • 2 daily housekeeping service
  • 2 game drives daily in open safari vehicles accompanied by experienced rangers and expert Shangaan trackers
  • A selection of soft drinks and water on the evening game drive
  • Airport transfer
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily bush walk
  • Tea, coffee, cakes, pastries, and afternoon tea time snacks

What's not included

  • Personal bar account
  • Room mini-bar consumables
  • Shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Sundowner drinks
  • Telephone calls

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Air Force Base Hoedspruit (HDS). Kapama Private Game Reserve will pick you up from the airport. The pick up is included in the price.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
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