Kapama (South Africa)

Country

South Africa

Languages

Population

n/a

Area

130km²

Kapama Private Game Reserve is a prime safari location lying between the northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. The game reserve consists of 13 000 hectares of wildlife-filled land, home to all Africa's big game, with 42 mammal species and approximately 350 bird species. The landscape at Kapama is varied and beautiful, with rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests.

The reserve also offers the option to encounter rare wildlife up close. Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species rehabilitates injured animals and orphans, including cheetah, wild dog and small cat species like serval, among others. Hot air balloon rides, elephant interactions, bush walks and photographic safaris are also available at Kapama - all unique and exciting ways to

discover wildlife in the reserve. Couples can take advantage of the romantic sleepout - a lantern-lit, atmospheric four poster bed set atop a platform, featuring beautiful views, sundowners and an intimate 5 course dinner.

The reserve also offers the option to encounter rare wildlife up close. Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species rehabilitates injured animals and orphans, including cheetah, wild dog and small cat species like serval, among others. Hot air balloon rides, elephant interactions, bush walks and photographic safaris are also available at Kapama - all unique and exciting ways to discover wildlife in the reserve. Couples can take advantage of the romantic sleepout - a lantern-lit, atmospheric four poster bed set atop a platform, featuring beautiful views, sundowners and an intimate 5 course dinner.

 

Attractions & Activities

A closer look at what your holiday could be.

Kapama is one of South Africa's finest game reserves, with a selection of fantastic accommodation, excellent value for money and of course the coveted Big 5. Kapama's lodges are also child-friendly (River Lodge in particular) and boast a renowned bush spa. The lodges at Kapama provide enough variety to suit all types of travelers, from couples to families to groups.

The Kapama Private Game Reserve is a 13000 hectare wilderness of over 40 mammal species, 300 bird species and the famous big 5. It is the largest single-owner reserve in Africa, sweeping alongside the Greater Kruger 

National Park and the northern Drakensberg mountain range. Transformed in 1986 from a cattle gazing area into the thriving reserve it is today, Kapama is a leading ecotourism destination and has a wide-ranging selection of luxury game lodges, offering fantastic accommodation options to suit a variety of needs. In addition to its high concentrations of wildlife, one of Kapama’s greatest draws is its elephant-back safaris, an experience that allows a level of environmental interaction between humans and wildlife rarely found.

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The owners of Kapama Game Reserve administer the renowned Hoedspruit Center for Endangered Species, a conservation center situated in the southern region of the reserve. The center focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals, and has expanded to breed African species for reintroduction into the wild. Cheetahs are the center’s main focus, but wild dog and serval can also be visited here.

 

Experienced and knowledgeable guides are available to take visitors hourly to the various enclosures to view cheetah, wild dog, lion, black-footed cat, African wild cat, ground horn-bills, sable antelope and more. This is a rare chance for guests to get up close and personal with the animals, and to participate in activities that help promote conservation. There are various ways to get involved should guests wish to do so.

Situated in wild African bush, the Kapama Wellness Centre was designed to be an uplifting destination for visitors who need their bodies relaxed and their minds reinvigorated. 

Spa treatments include facials, massages, mud bath, hot stones, exercise, and a wide array of beauty treatments. All spa technicians are highly trained and well adept at their chosen craft. 

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When to visit Kapama

Dry winters from May to September are the best time to see animals, as they are more exposed and tend to gather around available rivers and waterholes. Fewer visitors also make this period more peaceful and private.

 

The wet season from October to April play host to many newborns, and the lush vegetation is beautiful. Birders will be especially rewarded during the wet season.

Kapama is in a malaria area, with winters offering lower risk of contraction. Be sure to bring medication no matter which season you are travelling.

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"Kapama is a private game reserve in the greater Kruger Park region that offers exceptional game viewing and great value for money. "

owner & founder - Alexandra von Knorring