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Kapama Southern Camp
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

My 12yr old daughter just loved our stay at Kapama Southern Camp. We had such as fantastic time and would definitely recommend to anyone. Muxe (Guide) and Kenny (Tracker) were amazing and lots of fun. We saw some terrific wildlife which included close up experiences with the Big 5.

Room Tip: The Luxury Suites are well worth it!
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

We were lucky and saw all of the Big 5 including four leopards, thanks to our tracker Orise and ranger Lucia. Lucia is passionate and knowledgable about her work, her enthusiasm helped to make our visit special.
Game drives leave early every morning but it is so exciting that getting up early wasn't a problem! Three nights seemed like the perfect stay length.
Food was plentiful, breakfast and lunch seemed better than the dinners.
We had luxury suite #10 (which had an odd odor) with its own plunge pool. The pool water was a little too cold to use but we loved lounging by the pool and enjoyed the animals that hung around our pool deck.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

We knew the concept to see the animals, but found the guides to be more informative then we expected, and our expectations were not low!! Our guide (and most others) sat with us at dinner and we were able to get some candid local views.
And then the FOOD was Great. Maybe it was being outside a of and keeping busy, but....
Morning coffee and pastries, 6AM then the Safari ride.
Full Breakfast buffet with an Omelet bar 9AM
Lunch Buffet with some kind a 'custom' entree at 1PM
High Tea with Pastries 3PM before Safari Ride
Dinner buffet with multiple meats cooked and cut in front of you. 7PM with some entertainment from the staff most evenings......
AND on each Safari ride, you took a break, more tea and finger food in the AM and HAPPY HOUR and Finger food on the evening Ride.

Friendly staff. GREAT Spa with the only negative that it was at another camp (there were 4 I believe) but then of course saw more animals on the ride between camps!
SIGN up for a Ranger led WALK. You actually get to walk through the bush (yes they carry a rifle.....) with more information then you will ever remember....
AND the rooms were spacious with a Large walk in shower and dual sinks at the vanity. Maybe it was the time of the year we went but barely saw a bug, except maybe the Dung Beetle pushing its prize (got some great pictures, think nature Channel)....

Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mikiehead
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Stayed for 4 days and 3 nights between trips to Cape Town and Victoria Falls. Had a great time. The Game drives were fun and we saw the big Five plus many more. Carlos and Jacob were exceptional tracker and guide. Loved the made for order omelettes at breakfast. Lunch was good. The dinner was not impressive, but OK for buffet. You will not go hungry here as you are fed about 6 six times. Charged for drinks, but not excessive and juices were included for breakfast. We were in a standard suite and size was fine. Bed Comfortable. Only issue is walls are not insulated and we could hear people a couple of times, but really was fine. The Service and Staff went out of the way to make it enjoyable. Would definitely return.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

This was our first African safari, and it was great. The Southern Camp entrance is directly opposite the airport so you are immediately in safari mode, animals nearby, on the 20 min drive to the camp. The routines are good, two drives a day, leaving time for visiting the elephant and endangered species centres, the lovely spa. Staff are very friendly and helpful, the food is (overly) plentiful and generally very good. We saw plenty of animals - the leopards were elusive, but all other Big 5 were there, as well as many others. A great experience from the animal viewing to mixing with other travellers in a very beautiful setting.
Down side: I booked a 30 min total body exfoliation: only 20 mins of treatment time and the therapist did not do the backs of my legs. I followed this with an hour long massage, which finished 10 minutes early - very disappointing.
Avoid Room 19 - it stinks. Notice another reviewer had the same experience. Our room cleaner said she would fix the drain. It isn't the drain, the water cascades out of the shower to the end of the bathroom, collects and smells terribly damp. I told reception and she said, ah yes, we think we might reconfigure the whole room. No-one should stay in it until they do, felt very disappointed as we paid good money to stay there. I have rated the overall experience 4, but the room would be a 0 if I could

Room Tip: Definitely not 19 - it stinks!
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Address: | Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa (Formerly Hongonyi Private Game Lodge)
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Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Kapama Private Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Kapama Private Game Reserve
Price Range: R9 276 - R29 961 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kapama Southern Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kapama Southern Camp is the proud new addition to our Kapama Game Reserve family and is situated on the southern most section of the Kapama Private Game Reserve. It offers luxury safari accommodation, warm hospitality and friendly service in a tranquil setting which will satisfy even the most discerning nature lovers' taste. Relax in the lounge with a good book or just sit back and indulge in the breathtaking beauty of mother nature in all her splendour. Alternatively you can lazily lounge around our magnificent pool and deck area and stare into the vast African yonder, hopefully spotting some of the many animals that often pass in close proximity. If the African sun becomes too much to endure, a dip in the refreshing swimming pool will bring immediate relief, and the friendly barman will be on hand to spoil you with a tantalising cocktail.DiningBreakfast and lunches are normally served in the dining room with open sides, so you will always have nature just a few meters away while enjoying tasteful culinary creations from our qualified chefs . Dinner is served in the traditional outside Boma, again with nature as the backdrop and a starlit sky overhead creating the perfect setting.Southern Camp also boasts a fully equipped wine cellar where we stock only the finest wines from top South African vineyards in a perfectly humidified environment. All 15 standard suites at Southern Camp have full en-suite bathrooms with picture windows to enjoy the surrounding scenery and birdlife. Air conditioning, minibars and tea and coffee stations are standard in all suites of this five-star safari accommodation. Private patios offer the opportunity to enjoy relaxing sundowners, while game watching at the same time. Kapama Southern Camp also has 7 luxury suites. These 95 ㎡ luxury suites have their own private lap pool, inside and outside showers, large minibar, espresso machine and a romantic fireplace open to the bath and bedroom. Southern Camp offers 3 luxury Family Suites each with a lap pool and a separate connected bedroom for children with its own bath, shower, double vanity and outside patio. ... more   less 
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