Kapama Game Reserve safaris, tours & holiday packages

Track the Big Five

The private reserve offers the usual guided game drives and walks, but stands out for its elephant interactions and as the site of Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

Situated near the small town of Hoedspruit, west of the Kruger Park, Kapama Private Game Reserve comprises 130 square kilometres of lowveld bush set aside as a reserve by the Roodt family in 1986. Subsequently restocked with lions, leopards, cheetahs, white rhinos, elephants, buffaloes and a variety of antelope, it supports 40 large mammal species in total, as well as 350 bird species.

Four lodges Kapama River Lodge, Kapama Southern Camp, Kapama Karula, Kapama Buffalo Camp and two spas Kapama River Lodge Spa and Kapama Karula Spa and all offer a fairly standard private reserve package inclusive of game drives in an open 4x4 and guided walks. 

The Hoedspruit Eastgate airport is just 10 minutes’ drive from the reserve entrance, and Kapama offers complimentary transfers for fly-in guests in open game viewing vehicles directly to any of the four luxury game lodges on the reserve.

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A night-time elephant-back safari at Kapama is one of the most memorable and exciting experiences I've had in the bush – not least because ours had to be cut short when we found ourselves in the middle of a stand-off between the elephants carrying us and a bemused-looking pride of lions.  

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Kapama stands out from other private reserves for two reasons. The first is guided personal elephant interactions giving guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with the elephants and to learn more about their behaviour and natural habitat.

The second is the presence of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which provides sanctuary to a number of rare mammals, most notably a king cheetah, a rare morph whose semi-striped coat is linked to a recessive gene. It should be noted that Kapama lies apart from the main block of private reserves sharing open borders with the Kruger Park. It is thus a self-contained unit, fenced in its entirety. So while the Big Five are regularly observed here, game drives tend to feel slightly more contrived and controlled than in the top properties at Sabi Sand or Timbavati. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kapama Private Game Reserve

Which reserves are Malaria-free in South Africa?

All game reserves in Madikwe, the Pilanesberg and the Eastern Cape are malaria-free. go there.

How can I be certain that my valuables will be safe where we are staying in South Africa?

Most lodges and hotels will have safes for your valuables either in your room or at the reception. go there.

What is the local currency and how should we manage carrying our money in South Africa?

The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). There are numerous currency exchange outlets and the main credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners) are normally accepted everywhere. Most petrol stations and toll roads take credit… go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

When is the best time to visit the Kapama Game Reserve?

The dry winter months of May to September is the best time to visit the Kapama Game Reserve. Game viewing is excellent during this period as the flora will thin out. The wildlife will also gather around water sources such as waterholes,… go there.

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