With its light, airy, open spaces and views from every angle, Karula is truly the pride of Kapama Private Game Reserve as our flagship lodge. Effortlessly elegant and stylish, Karula will steal the breath of even the most seasoned traveller. This luxury safari accommodation lodge near the Kruger National Park is every discerning traveller’s perfect escape.
Our superior villas feature wrap-around glass sliding doors that open onto an outside deck area with stunning views of the Klaserie River. Enjoy something refreshing from your minibar while lazing around in your heated pool or relaxing on the patio.
After a day in the bush, you can take a spectacular shower under the stars in your outdoor shower or, if the weather’s a bit chillier, cuddle up in your opulent villa while sipping champagne or any of our selection of fine wines available to you.
Aircon in the suites ensures you’ll always be comfortable and a Nespresso coffee machine means you can wake up to the smell of your favourite roast, warm and aromatic. For peace of mind, we’ve provided a lock-up safe for your valuables, and the suites are equipped with tech creature comforts – wi-fi and international adapters for your convenience.
SUPERIOR FAMILY VILLAS
Karula’s superior family villas have expansive open-plan living rooms. Grab yourself something to drink from the minibar, or choose something more indulgent from our selection of fine wines and champagne.
Open the floor-to-ceiling doors and you can step out onto your private deck, then take a dip in your heated swimming pool or relax in a lounger as you take in the views.
Each bedroom is en-suite and spacious enough to offer privacy. If you’re travelling with the kids, you’ll be glad to know the second bedroom is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a selection of movies and a Wii game console.
POOL & BAR
An additional lunch dining option can be experienced at the bar and viewing deck or around the Kapama Karula fire pit deck area. The perfect place to soak up the surrounding scenery and watch as antelope graze in front of you. Each of the superior luxury villas has its own heated pool.
LOUNGE & LIBRARY
The lounge area leading onto the viewing deck is an excellent vantage spot from which to game view. The friendly barman is on duty all day to entice you with tantalising cocktails.
The superbly decorated library, adorned with relaxing loungers and couches is the perfect spot for a game of chess or to curl up with a good book and escape to a place away from time. Step out onto the viewing deck to watch the Klasserie River flow below you and be on the lookout for wildlife coming to the water for a drink.
After a day out in the wild, there’s nothing more welcome than a pampering treatment in our award-winning luxurious spa. But if you’re in need of something more energetic, our state-of-the-art fitness centre may be for you. For those who aren’t quite sure, there’s always the steam room or spa pool – and even a curio shop where you can find that perfect gift for a loved one back home.
With four deluxe treatment rooms and a range of revitalising health and beauty treatments, this spa uses only the finest quality products, including the new range of BABOR professional skincare.
For those who aren’t quite sure, there’s always the Spa pool with built-in loungers and underwater jets or the hydrotherapy room with a steam room and ice plunge – and even a curio shop where you can find that perfect gift for a loved one back home.
For a body workout, the fitness centre is equipped with state-of-the-art cardio and weight-lifting equipment from Technogym – the global experts of exercise, be it for fitness, health or sports.
Enjoy a morning run or walk on the stylish Jog Forma treadmill, experience the innovative SKILLROW indoor rowing solution or cycle on the new Technogym SKILLBIKE™, the first exercise bike with gears. The patented REAL GEAR SHIFT enables the rider to simulate the dynamics of a climb, recreating all the sensations of cycling on the road.
Kapama Karula offers free Wi-Fi, so you can connect to Strava, Zwift or The Mywellness App to continue with your workout regime, even when on safari. As an additional option to compliment your wellness experience guided yoga and meditation sessions can be arranged.
To find peace in paradise look no further than the ultra-luxurious Kapama Karula Spa and Wellness Centre. This African oasis provides a sanctuary for travellers seeking to add another dimension to their luxury safari adventure.
Whether you are looking for a holistic shift in wellness, a fitness-focused fusion or a deluxe pampering indulgence, let one of our unique custom-made 3-day Karula experiences whisk you off to a place away from time.
Early morning and early evening are the best time of day for game viewing. Spotting an elusive bat-eared fox retiring for the day, a dazzle of zebras starting their day or hearing the call of guineafowl as the day comes to an end means two game drives are never the same and offer different experiences at different times. What you see in the morning, afternoon or evening will be different from season to season and day to day.
Under the guidance of a skilled guide and assistant guide, small groups (up to 8 guests) are taken into the reserve and shown how to look for animals using traditional tracking skills such as footprints, spoor patterns and scent marking.
Our guides’ knowledge and experience extend to pointing out various plants that are used for their medicinal value. Look down and marvel at the world that is underfoot with the abundance of insects and creatures so often overlooked. A private bush walk can be arranged for couples celebrating an occasion and we are proud to have played a part in setting up many a proposal.
Let Kapama’s Romantic Sleepout platform submerge you in the abundant wilderness that spans over 15,000 hectares of pristine bushveld. The sleep-out venue is a raised platform built deep in the reserve where guests can spend the night under the stars. A giant four-poster bed swathed in billowing mosquito netting gives guests an uninterrupted view of the stars.
The platform is private and secluded. Arrive at dusk and watch the golden light of the sunset across the African horizon while sipping on a sundowner. Nature’s sounds set the soundtrack for the peaceful evening to come.
As you wind your way up the spiral stairs to the elevated platform, be welcomed with refreshing cocktails and a mesmerizing 360’ view. The African bush fairy-tale continues with a five-course dinner served by your personal chef at an intimate table for two.
The venue is encircled by a ring of golden lantern light and the stars above bathe the night sky. A favourite for honeymooners. The platform and luxury bathroom beneath it are both animal-proof with a solid wooden gate, lock and a two-way radio and cellular phone supplied for additional peace of mind to keep in touch with the lodge if need be.
With a hot shower, and his and hers basins, the bathroom comes with all the 5-star comforts you can expect from Kapama. Your guide will await your call the next morning and escort you safely back to the lodge. The sleep-out venue is offered all year round but is weather dependent.
Interested in a photographic safari? World-class photographic training by leading South African wildlife photographers is aimed at beginner and intermediate photographers. Bringing together like-minded people who enjoy both nature and photography, the workshop covers everything from operating a camera to how to compose and spot evocative images.
Whether you’ve never picked up a camera before or just want to learn to use the one you have better, the emphasis of the weekend is on learning both the technical and artistic sides of photography in a relaxing, natural environment.
All appropriate genres of photography will be discussed, and the theoretical aspects will be taught during the sessions hosted in the lodge conference room. Game drives, accompanied by Albie, allow you to put your knowledge into practice.
Groups are kept small to ensure personal attention and to ensure all participants have ‘window’ seats. Private game viewing vehicles are allocated to host six photographers and one professional photographer guide per vehicle.
A FLIGHT TO KAPAMA
Kapama realizes that discerning travellers require something even more exclusive, luxurious, stylish and relaxing to kick-start their safari when arriving at ORTIA or Cape Town International.
Kapama is proud to offer our guests next-level luxury with the use of our privately owned Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Stylish, seamless and luxury are synonymous with the Kapama brand. Start your safari off with a short flight on our aircraft and arrive on Kapama’s doorstep in true style.
Arrival at the 1.5-kilometre airstrip in the Swiss-manufactured aircraft gets you there safely, reliably and most importantly, comfortably. The 8-seater aircraft’s cabin interior was designed by BMW Designworks and features executive seats with full recline, seated headroom, fine European leather, and custom hand-stitching – you name it, this high-end aircraft ticks all the boxes!
The flight service operates between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International exclusively for Kapama guests on request. Kapama has partnered with Fireblade Aviation and makes use of its terminal services at ORTIA.
Guests can freshen up in the restrooms before boarding the Kapama aircraft or make use of the facilities on their return in the comfortable hospitality suites before moving on to their next destination.
Fireblade has its own customs and immigration facility so there are no queues, no fuss and no time-wasting in getting to your destination. The facilities utilised for this luxury travel option at Cape Town International are provided by Signature Flight services
The flight time from ORTIA to Kapama is just under an hour and from Cape Town International it is approximately 3 hours. Before-sunrise and after-sunset flights can be accommodated as there are full runway lights on the airstrip.
On arrival at the Kapama airstrip, you will be welcomed by a dedicated ranger and driven directly to the reserve in a less-than-ten-minute drive and your safari can begin!