Within the expansive Kapama Private Game Reserve, River Lodge epitomises five-star safari accommodation. The majestic northern Drakensberg mountains form the backdrop to the 64-suite River Lodge, which is positioned along a bend of the seasonal Kapama River. It’s the largest luxury game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park area, and is stylishly furnished to ensure an unforgettable African safari experience.

River Lodge’s 40 spacious air-conditioned Standard Suites have uninterrupted views over the Big Five game reserve from private patios, and all feature full, en-suite bathrooms with lavish amenities replenished daily. The suites are decorated to reflect old Africa in a luxury game lodge setting. Beverage stations for early morning coffee in suite and minibars for sundowners on your private patio are standard in all rooms.

The 20 Spa Suites are positioned a little way from the lodge to ensure additional privacy and proximity to the spa for unique African spa treatments. Expansive glass doors and frameless windows allow unobstructed bush views, including from the bathroom. Each suite is equipped with a minibar, coffee and tea-making facilities, as well as a safe, hairdryer and international plugs.

Located with the Spa Suites, the family rooms have triple balconies, along with spacious bedrooms that can accommodate an additional two beds for children sharing with their parents. The rooms – measuring over 70㎡ with the balconies – are also ideal for couples wanting the additional comfort of an oversized bedroom.

Taking luxury game lodge accommodation a step further, River Lodge has two Royal Suites that offer substantial space and include a separate lounge and extended balcony, furnished with recliner couches. The en-suite bathroom has a bath and a dual shower overlooking the surrounding bush and resident wildlife, while the bedroom is spacious and opulently appointed.

African artefacts adorn the lounges of River Lodge, and a palate of red and gold reflects the colours of Africa’s earth. Glass stack doors open onto the rim-flow pool to create an al fresco experience. The long, L-shaped lounge and bar, under double-volume thatch, follow the line of the pool to create an airy but cosy atmosphere. In winter, a double-sided fireplace provides additional warmth.

Recliners under umbrellas beckon guests to enjoy shady relaxation around the pool, which is also a prime vantage point for game viewing. A small, permanent waterhole lies just beyond the perimeter of River Lodge and attracts various antelope species, elephant and buffalo, so viewing the Big Five – cocktail in hand – is quite usual from here.

In true African luxury safari style, Kapama offers guests three different dining venues.

As in classic old Africa, evening meals are often enjoyed seated around a roaring fire in the Rhino Boma. Here, buffet meals are served under open-sided thatch and showcase pan-African dishes prepared from fresh local ingredients. Traditional venison dishes also feature on this authentic African menu. Romantic dining is epitomised by dinner set in the dry riverbed in front of the lodge, under a star-studded African night sky. The experience adds enchantment to any African luxury safari experience. The Siyatla Lounge is purpose-built as an enclosed dining area, where breakfasts and lunches are served. It has its own bar and lounge with two large fireplaces, while glass stack doors open up the lounge to the surrounding bushveld.

The lodge is also perfectly suited to accommodate corporate events, providing organised entertainment in the boma or bush dinner site.

Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the River Lodge Spa has six sumptuous treatment rooms in a setting surrounded by stillness and sweeping bushveld. Arranged around a generous central lap pool the spa evokes a sense of calm. Highly trained and experienced beauty therapists offer the trendiest global body and beauty treatments with a uniquely African twist.

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 2021 – 19th December 2021
40 Standard Suites  R 7 500  R 6 350
2 Royal Suites  R 9 500  R 9 500
16 Spa Suites  R 9 000  R 7 700
4 Family Spa Suites (2 adults & 2 children)  R 27 000  R 23 100

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

Rooms – 40 Standard Suites, 16 Spa Suites, 4 Family Spa Suites, 2 Royal Suites
Child Policy – All ages accepted
Spa – Yes
Malaria Area – Low Risk
Conference – Yes
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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