Reminiscent of a traditional African safari camp from a bygone era, 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.

The 10 spacious suites that comprise Buffalo Camp are set on stilted wooden decks built on an elevated riverbank. Wooden walkways connect the suites to each other and the main lodge area. Buffalo Camp is set among tall shady trees, with a seasonal river below. In the dry season, antelope use the river course as a natural pathway to search for grazing.

Buffalo Camp’s suites are ultra-luxurious tents that evoke the feeling of old Africa. Each en-suite tent can accommodate two people, in either a double or twin beds dressed in white cotton linen and African design throws. There’s air conditioning for summer and heated underblankets to keep the cold at bay on winter nights. Everything and more than you’d expect in a luxury safari lodge is here – including a well-stocked minibar, Nespresso coffee machine and lock-up safe. Wooden floors, leather and dark wood finishes give the tents a nostalgic air.

At night, oil lanterns illuminate the walkways to create subtle light and ambience. Just 20 guests can be accommodated at Buffalo Camp, and the focus is on personal attention, superb service and complete comfort.

The communal areas of Buffalo Camp are also built on the riverbank, and are surrounded by wild gardens of aloe and euphorbia. An intimate lounge nestles under a vaulted thatched roof with ceiling fans, which create a welcome breeze in summer. It’s the perfect place to sink into a comfortable sofa and bird watch, while enjoying refreshments from the Buffalo Bar.

The olde worlde-Africa atmosphere is carried through to meals, which are à la carte. Breakfast and lunch are served under a canopy of thatch, while dinner is usually enjoyed in the rustic outdoor boma, around a roaring open fire (depending on the weather, dinner may also be served indoors). This is true African-style dining in a luxury safari lodge setting, with the roar of lions and the calls of jackals and hyenas as natural background music.

To cool off at Buffalo Camp, slip into the sleek, elevated rim-flow pool with views directly into the forest canopy. Then sun-dry on the loungers before taking a lazy nap in the shade under a wide canvas umbrella.

Valid from 20-12-2019 to 19-12-2020

Room Type Peak Season
(20 Dec 2020 – 04 Jan 2021)
Year Rate excl. Peak Season 
(5 Jan 2020 – 19 Dec  2020)
10 Luxury Tents  R 10 000  R 8 500

*All rates are per person per night sharing

Rooms – 10 Tents
Child Policy – No children under 16 years accepted
Spa – Not on site, located at Kapama River Lodge
Malaria Area – Low Risk
Conference – Not on site, located at Kapama River Lodge
Big 5 Area – Yes
Location – Kapama Private Game Reserve – Hoedspruit – Limpopo
Drive Time – 5.5 hour drive from Johannesburg, alternately daily flights from Cape Town International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport directly to Eastgate (HDS) Airport

Kapama has realized that the discerning traveller requires something even more exclusive and relaxing and wants to start their vacation when arriving at ORTIA or Cape Town International.

Kapama has therefore developed and built its own tarred runway for their own Kapama PC12 aircraft. This Kapama aircraft is brand new and had its first flight in December 2017. Pilatus is a Swiss aircraft manufacturer with an astounding reputation for quality and safety. The Pilatus PC12 has an outstanding safety history and is known as one of the most reliable aircraft in the world. This new Kapama owned and branded aircraft is now operating between ORTIA and Cape Town International for Kapama guests exclusively on request.

To add to this extremely luxurious travel option Kapama have partnered with Fireblade Aviation and will be using the exclusive Fireblade terminal services at ORTIA for guests making use of the Kapama luxury travel option to Kapama. The Fireblade facility includes among others a gym, day rooms, boardrooms etc. where guests to Kapama can freshen up before they board the Kapama aircraft or when they return from Kapama and need a comfortable area and setting before returning to their destination. A 50-minute flight takes guests to the Kapama tarred airstrip where guests are welcomed by their dedicated ranger. The road trip to Kapama Karula is less than 10 minutes through the Kapama reserve.

The facilities utilized for this luxury travel option at Cape Town International will be those of Signature Flight services that provide similar facilities. The flight from Cape Town International will be approximate 3hours 20 minutes to Kapama.

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COVID-19 Preventative Measures

Safaris/ Activities/ Transfers offered on site:

  • The number of guests per safari vehicle will not exceed 6 people
  • Alcohol-based sanitizer (70%) will be available on all game vehicles and in public spaces

Sanitization facilities of Suites/ Tents & Public areas:

  • Extensive and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be carried out in all rooms and shared spaces
  • On check out, rooms will be completely deep cleaned, disinfected and sanitized

Dining facilities & Kitchen:

  • Social distancing protocols will be implemented in the dining areas with tables set apart from each other
  • Most meals, including snacks before game drives and high tea, will be individually prepared and plated under strict hygiene standards
  • All meals and snacks for in-room dining will be individually packed, plated & delivered right to our guests’ door

Guests – Monitoring & Protection:

  • All guests will have to sign an affidavit confirming their clean health status and confirmation of no contact with COVID-19 infected individuals. Hand-held temperature screening and the recording of that data will be conducted daily, in the most unobtrusive way, with all guests
  • Should a guest show signs of COVID-19 infection, all lodge management staff are trained on what to do in accordance from SA Government & the W.H.O

Staff – Monitoring, Training & Protection:

  • Daily detailed health checks and screening, as well as temperature checks, will be implemented for all staff and all data stored
  • Back of house spaces occupied by staff – such as kitchens, offices etc. – will be equipped with educational material to keep staff aware of hygiene protocols
  • Supplementary training relevant to the current situation will be conducted for all supervisors
  • All four Lodges will have at least one person trained as a Hygiene Manager, responsible for ensuring each Lodge adheres to the new operational guidelines
  • These protocols will be monitored and overseen by the Risk Management Manager
  • Thermal imaging cameras will be used at entry points for all staff members

Wellness centre/Fitness:

  • Our fitness centres will be limited to 4 individuals at a time
  • Extensive and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be carried out on fitness centre equipment surfaces and frequently touched surfaces

Covid-19 Support Services:

  • Should a guest show signs or be flagged as a potential COVID-19 case, we have direct access to a doctor on call
  • Separate isolation rooms will be made available for suspect cases
  • The necessary course of action to follow for a suspect case will be guided by our emergency medical partners
  • Healthcare facilities are easily accessible from Kapama Private Game Reserve should a guest need to be hospitalised

Kapama PC -12 Aircraft:

  • Kapama’s PC-12 is available for guests looking for an alternative to utilising commercial flights
  • Aircraft sanitization will be in accordance to the WHO recommendations

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