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“Luxury in the bush”
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Kapama River Lodge
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Luxury in the bush”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

We only had one night at Kapama River Lodge but what an experience. After 4 days in Kruger (staying in great but basic accommodation - including a tent) this was a real treat. On our arrival the staff made us feel so very welcome. Pieter our game driver guide was brilliant and really knew a lot about the bush and animals. He made the night drive experience a great one.

Our room was brilliant. We stayed in a spa suite and it really was very luxurious. Laying in the bath looking out into the bush was brilliant, even when the kudu wandered by and decided to stop for a good look!!! The meals were excellent too. You certainly do not go hungry.

We opted to do the elephant safari instead of the morning game drive. it was absolutely the best thing. If you get the opportunity, I highly suggest you do it.

I would recommend a stay at Kapama Lodge to anyone. Thank you everyone for making our stay a great one.

Room Tip: Spa suites were great
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

We have just completed our 4 night safari adventure at Kapama River Lodge.

Safari - Firstly our guide Rassie and tracker Keswell made our safari memorable. They are a great team, and between them they gave us the greatest bush experience. Rassie was knowledgable in all areas and could answer any questions we asked. Keswell has the eyes of a hawk and can spot animals (no matter how small) from a mile off, as well as being excellent with spotting tracks. We had great fun following the animals off road, no trees or bushes got in our way!
It was chilly in the early morning and sunset drives, so wrap up warm! If you can request these 2 guides do it! We saw all of the big game relatively quickly, however, the illusive cheetah was the only animal we didn't see. We had a great encounter with the leopard tho!

Food/accommodation - The accommodation was superb. We stayed in the spa suites and the room was a great size with excellent facilities and to top it off a great view from the bath of the bush. The food choices throughout the day were first class, catering to all kinds of eaters.
The lodge has a wonderful setting and the wellness centre was amazing.

In all a once in a life time experience and we would recommend it to both couples, families and individuals.

Thank you Kapama River Lodge - Laura and Callum

Room Tip: Spa suites have a great view over the bush
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

Amazing place to stay. Great restaurant, nice staff. The games are amazing even in the rain.
The walking game is totally worth to go.
Totally recommend!!! Thank you Kapama for the great stay. Hope be back soon!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

So the accommodation lacks, not quite 5 star in my opinion, rooms basic,and let the grading down.. spa room is a nice size, nice bath, but very below average bed and bedding. All the buttons broken off the very thin cheap duvet, pillows average, very cold at night and have to request hot water bottles. Food all buffet, so if you don't enjoy buffet, you are going to have a problem...
On an exceptional note, our ranger Clement was awesome, educational, and went out of his way, our spotter "allot" was phenomenal. What a team...I have had the privilege to go on many game drives and this was by far the best game viewing with the best guides. However....not a booze cruise- if you tracking, there is no time to stop and drink and suddenly it's 3 hours later and you are back at the lodge.
Kids very welcome, my 10 year old loved it, so very worth a family holiday. And the spa is beautiful!
Lots to do in the day, if you love wildlife.
Thanks Elijah great restaurant service, thanks Clement and Allot....the best guides.
The rest....I never met.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Our stay at Kapama was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Everything is top class - service, food, accommodation, and lodge. The game drives are twice a day for about 3 hours each. We saw lots of wildlife. Our guide and tracker, Kim and Rodgers, were great. Kim has 40 years of experience doing this and always went above and beyond to track down the animals for us. You will not go hungry, as there are three huge meals a day with anything you could possibly be craving available. Before the game drives, there are snacks and drinks available, as well. The room is very clean and comfortable with turn-down service each night. It was truly a treat to stay here. I highly recommend staying here at Kapama!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

This review needs to be in two parts. Firstly the accommodation in the lodge. Fabulous. A beautiful room overlooking the game reserve. We enjoyed lunch and dinner in the restaurant and the food was excellent. Now for the game drive. Our guide was disappointing and we found some of the behaviour (like pretending to stick your finger in dung and then sticking same finger in your mouth) condescending. We were told we'd 'enjoy sunset cocktails' and only after they were served we were asked our room number.... it is a reasonable expectation that when you're told it's part of the trip you expect it is inclusive, not an add on. Our initial game drive was close to boring and only saved by the pride of lions we found sleeping in a hollow. Our second game drive, the following morning was much better and the animal spotting unforgettable when we came across a cheetah and her young cub. All in all a pleasant experience but the guides could think about how they treat their paying customers.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

An AMAZING experience. The facilities and cuisine are top class which is to be expected of a establishment of this caliber. The game drives could not be faulted and Pieter our Ranger was professional in every respect.
We managed to capture the most impressive images of the big 5 and more.
We could not have chosen a better setting for our annual shareholders meeting

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Kapama River Lodge
Address: R40 | Kruger Park, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Kapama Private Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Kapama River Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. Although large, it is so stylish, roomy and beautifully positioned along a dry riverbed, that guests fall in love with it. 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. The Rhino Boma dining area with tables arranged under a low thatch in a horseshoe curve, has a central open space where a roaring outdoor fire gives a glow to evening meals. Buffet-style meals introduce African flavours with Pan African dishes using fresh local ingredients and specialist dishes. ... more   less 
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