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#1 of 4 hotels in Kapama Private Game Reserve
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2022 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
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. 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.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Fishing
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free airport transportation
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Waxing services
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
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Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Minibar
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
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whamilt0n wrote a review 09 Aug
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Fantastic overall experience and highly recommended. Game viewing excellent, staff very friendly and efficient. Accommodation very nice, food very good and service excellent. Drinks choice very wide. Game guides very friendly and knowledgeable.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Yvette Neuhoff wrote a review Jan 2021
Pretoria, South Africa3 contributions1 helpful vote
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We enjoyed our stay at Kapama River Lodge - it was truly a luxury bush experience. The staff made us feel at home, our room was luxurious and private, the food and service was fantastic. We were also very impressed with the service and bush knowledge of the game rangers and assistant game rangers - we spotted amazing wild life, birds and plant life. Visiting Kapama River Lodge was truly a relaxing experience and we will return again.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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mbathalungi08 wrote a review 01 Aug
Johannesburg South, South Africa1 contribution
We stayed at the River Lodge for 3 nights and it was an unforgettable experience. Each party of guests is assigned their own dedicated team of a game ranger, housekeeper and wait staff in the restaurant. The rooms were stunning and clean and we had visits from various animals like giraffes and impala while sitting on our balcony. The staff are all friendly and the food in the restaurant is just magnificent! Our ranger on the game drives, Vulan, was very attentive and interactive and he went out of his way to ensure we saw all the animals we asked to see. Within the first 2 days of our trip, we had seen the entire big 5 and then my mother mentioned that she hoped to see a lion kill before we left and he made sure that she was able to experience that. Overall, it was an excellent experience and we hope to visit again soon!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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gidgetcindy wrote a review Jul 2022
San Diego, California177 contributions92 helpful votes
Kapama is lovely. We stayed in the family spa suite 110. Large room with a king for me and two twins for my kids. Beautiful balcony right onto the meadow, saw and heard several animals from our room. The down side to the room was that all of the beds were outrageously hard. I asked about it at the front desk, and they promised to bring extra padding, but never did. The service staff at the lodge was very friendly, but slow and often got orders wrong. The other downside is that the early morning coffee before going out on drive should either be completely indoors or at least have the fireplaces going. It was freezing miserably cold. Other than that, Kapama is amazing. The eco-friendly structures, the yummy food, the pretty spa, were all great. By far the best part of the experience was our game drives. Justice and Godsave were phenomenal- friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, and great at getting us to see what we wanted to see. I can't say enough good things about them!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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StefanoffJ wrote a review Jul 2022
Antwerp, Belgium1 contribution
What was this?, absolutely blown away by pure beauty, we couldn't have wished for anything else. The accomodation & food were superb, incredible room and refined cuisine. Special thanks to our fixed guide Petrus and ranger Tabo, there knowledge of the bush and game was impressive. if you think about making the trip to Kapama definitely ask for this duo to accompany you on your game drive experience. we will come back!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Drieske wrote a review Jul 2022
belgium57 contributions38 helpful votes
We went to Kapama River Lodge for a game drive with high tea and dinner. We were not overnight guests so I cannot tell anything about the rooms. The lodge is modern, stylish and big. We experienced it as a boutique hotel rather than a cosy lodge with that typical African bush feel. Dinner is served in a big and a bit noisy restaurant. Service is good, staff is friendly. Food is nice. We were lucky on our drive as we unexpectedly bumped into a pride of lion when searching for the ellies which we also found in the end. Nice sighting of two porcupines to top off the drive. The guide was very enthusiastic and went out of his way to please the guests. We found the tracker less knowledgeable as the driver often needed to point things out to him instead of the other way around. We payed very little for this nice experience [R750 pp for the whole package]. Drinks at dinner were not included and we payed R380 for three glasses of wine, tip included. Overall a good afternoon/evening. Do not go if you are not into mass tourism and [over?] commercialized settings. After all this lodge comes at a price. This review is my point of view on this type of lodge, I realize that some people love this setting and grandeur.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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PRATIKl wrote a review Jul 2022
Mumbai, India26 contributions44 helpful votes
Say Kapama!!! At Kapama, there is no request a bit too much. You ask for it, they will do it. We asked for vegetarian food(Indian for some, and Jain for a couple in our group of 10) and Chef Henry cooked it up for us. We asked for some of our prepacked food to be prepared, and chef Henry did it. Complementing Chef Henry was our server Charles. Charles managed to get individual specific demands of our group right everytime, and never said no. I dont think I have heard a No from anyone at Kapama during our 3 day stay. Rooms: Very well done. Newly renovated and appointed with a very jungle charm. Spacious with a very good vibe. 10 on 10 there. The game drive: We were lucky to have a couple of amazing sightings on our game drive with a giraffe hunted by a pride of lions and later fed on by hyenas. It was just surreal. And such viewings were possible because Kapama is a private reserve. I doubt that the crowds at Kruger would let such sightings possible. Our Rangers on the two cars, 'Never' and 'Nevermind' and 'Gold' and 'Pedros' made sure that we sighted the big five, took us through some amazing spots and saw to our comfort on each of the drives. Cherry on top was a complementary fishing trip they arranged for the kids in the group right in the middle of the forest. So special thanks for that to the four of them. Special shout out to the rest of the team ensuring we had an amazing time at Kapama during our 3 day trip.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: There are 4 different lodges in this private reserve with movement restrictions in the reserve...
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Kathleen C wrote a review Jul 2022
krclegg20 contributions3 helpful votes
Our stay at Kapama River Lodge was all that we hoped it would be and so much more. The staff greeted us at the airport and that began the most pampering we have ever experienced. We stepped into our room and were so happy with the furnishings and comfort, walked out on the balcony and were immediately greeted by a warthog!! Lunch in the dining room was better than we expected and it was just the beginning. There was so much food offered, so pace yourself. We went on our evening safari drive with TK and Bernard and really lucked out. They were such great guides and so much fun to spend time with. They showed us so many animals, including the BIG 5, over our time at Kapama. Overall, we can highly recommend the Kapama River Lodge and would love to return someday.
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Flavia G wrote a review Jul 2022
Sao Paulo, SP93 contributions31 helpful votes
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Amazing!! A whole complete Experience With a great staff! Our guides Sonia and Jefrey made out Safari unforgettable. Food and drinks amazing , amazing spa, great architeture (the rooms are breathtaking). We had a tub facing the savana ! I will come back
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Cara D wrote a review Jul 2022
Baltimore, Maryland12 contributions15 helpful votes
I came to Kapama River Lodge as part of an Adventures by Disney trip to South Africa. Our accommodation was gorgeous, our game drives were incredible (we saw all of the Big 5 in the very first drive!), and our tracker and guide, Bernard and Justice, were the absolute best. I'm vegan and the lodge went out of its way to provide me with MANY delicious options for all meals and sundowners. And the spa. . .holy moly. My calabash massage was the best massage I've ever had. . .all while cape buffalo walked right past the window. I hope to one day come back here with a big group of friends!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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US$170 - US$829 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kapama River Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Kapama River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kapama River Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Kapama River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kapama River Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kapama River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does Kapama River Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Kapama River Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Kapama River Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Kapama Private Game Reserve.
Are pets allowed at Kapama River Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Kapama River Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kapama River Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Kapama River Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.