Set on the banks of the perennial Klaserie River is the flagship five-star lodge of Kapama Game Reserve: Kapama Karula. Meaning “place of peace”, this ultra-luxurious and prestigious lodge exudes calmness and depicts the pinnacle of elegant safari accommodation, with wraparound views of the African bush enhancing the sense of tranquillity at this exclusive safari lodge.

Kapama Karula has ten Superior Villas, each exquisitely decorated and with generous private space. These suites measure at least 90m² each, with an opulent en-suite bathroom featuring indoor and outdoor showers, his and hers basins, and a bath. Standard in each Superior Villa is a minibar stocked with a selection of fine wines and champagne, a Nespresso coffee machine, a lock-up safe, an international adaptor, a Wi-Fi connection and an iPod docking station. For guest comfort and convenience, each suite has a telephone, overhead fan and air conditioning, as well as a gas-heated fireplace for cool winter nights. The Superior Villas are wrapped by glass sliding doors, allowing seamless views over the Klaserie River. Each Villa has its own outside deck area, full-sized heated swimming pool and sun loungers for relaxation.

There are two purpose-built Superior Villas for families. At 170m², these Family Villas have an open-plan living room, replete with fireplace, which flows into the master bedroom with its en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom leads off the living room and can be accessed through an interleading door or its own entrance. This children’s bedroom is also en-suite and is equipped with a flat-screen TV, selection of movies and a Wii game console. All other amenities are included – from well-stocked minibars including a selection of wines and champagne, to Nespresso coffee machines, air conditioning, overhead fans, telephones, Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station. Each Family Villa has a private outside deck and a large heated swimming pool for year-round swimming.

Modern whitewashed wood and vast sections of glass, complemented by a neutral colour palette, give Kapama Karula a contemporary African feel. The open-plan lounge and bar are spacious yet cosy, with skylights drawing in natural daylight and moonshine. Alternatively, enjoy the African sunshine on the outside wooden deck, with views over the Klaserie River. Spotting leopard from the Kapama Karula dining room is not uncommon.

The multipurpose library is equipped with audio-visual equipment and two Internet stations with complimentary Wi-Fi for lodge guests wanting to connect to home. A romantic fireside dinner for two can be enjoyed in the library, with prior arrangement.

The luxury spa offers a range of health and beauty treatments in four deluxe treatment rooms. For a body workout, the fitness centre is equipped with state-of-the-art cardio and weight-lifting equipment, or you can run or walk on the treadmill or cycle on the Wattbike. After working up a sweat, visit the steam room, or relax in the pool. You can also browse through the curio shop for those special gifts to take home. Then head out on an exciting game drive.

Kiddies at Karula have an abundance of games and educational activities to keep them entertained. Children receive a kiddies welcome pack with fun colouring in books, a teddy, educational books of the bush and delicious snacks and juice. There is an array of activities for children to partake in such as cupcake decorating, pizza evenings where children are provided chef uniforms and create their own amazing pizzas under the supervision of our chefs, elephant dung paper making which allows them to create beautiful cards, spoor casting, educational bush bumbles and walks which focus on the smaller things of the bush. Children can also look forward to fishing, picnics and a movie night with popcorn and roasted marshmallows.

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

Room Type Peak Season
20th December 2020 – 4th January 2021
Year Rate excl. Peak Season
5th January 2020 – 19th December 2020
10 Superior Villas  R 20 000  R 18 000
2 Family Superior Villas (2 adults &
2 children or 3 adults)
 R 70 000  R 60 000

*All rates are per person per night sharing, except the Family Superior Suites which are charged per suite per night.

Rooms – 10 Superior Villas and 2 Family Villas
Child Policy – All ages accepted
Spa – Yes
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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