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About Kapama

Kapama Private Game Reserve, with its portfolio of luxury game lodges, occupies a vast area between South Africa’s northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. Adjacent to Kapama, Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport is ideally located to receive guests flying to Kapama on scheduled flights from both Johannesburg and Cape Town, and on private charters. Kapama offers courtesy transfers in open game viewing vehicles from Eastgate Airport to our four luxurious safari lodges: River Lodge, Buffalo Camp, Kapama Karula and Southern Camp.

Situated in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, renowned for its prolific and diverse wildlife, Kapama Private Game Reserve is home to over 40 different mammal species, including the most dangerous Big Five of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros. Approximately 350 bird species and a myriad smaller species can also be seen here in their natural environment. Twice-daily game drives through the reserve, accompanied by expert guides and trackers, ensure unforgettable wildlife encounters in the African bush.

Historic Kapama

This renowned South African game reserve was established in 1986, when the late Johann Roode bought a farm called Moria near Hoedspruit. He used it for cattle grazing, but soon more land was needed and Drakensig farm was acquired.

Harsh conditions and predators took their toll on the cattle, and a year later Johann began the transformation of the vast property into an ecotourism business. Named Kapama for the river that runs through the reserve, today Buffalo Camp stands on the original farm and River Lodge on the second farm. Extensive tracts of land have since been acquired and added to Kapama.

Now one of the Africa’s premier ecotourism destinations, Kapama Private Game Reserve is still owner-managed by the Roode family and is the largest private game reserve owned by one family in the area. In addition to luxury game lodge accommodation across four establishments - each with a unique personality - the Roode family also manages the world-renowned Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species. On a visit here, rare wildlife - including king cheetah, wild dog, serval and nocturnal black-footed cat - can be seen up close.

For now, Kapama is complete. River Lodge, Kapama Karula, Buffalo Camp and Southern Camp seamlessly complement each other and together offer a diverse range of luxury game lodge accommodation, along with luxury African spa treatments.

The reserve

Kapama Private Game Reserve comprises 13 000 hectares of sweeping wilderness. Extending from the R40 road in the west to the boundary with Thornybush Reserve in the east, and from the Eastgate Airport road in the north to Klaserie Dam in the south, the reserve hosts teeming wildlife and an enormous variety of African wildlife species that roam the area. Along with the Kapama River, the languid Klaserie River also flows through the reserve. These serve as natural water sources for the resident wildlife, which are regularly seen on guided game drives.

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