Nestled in the wilderness close to the Drakensberg Mountains and close to Kruger National Park, Kapama Game Reserve is filled with dense wilderness backdropped by the Drakensberg Mountains looming in the distance. There’s a focus on eco-tourism which includes recycling, water purification and solar heating as well as conservation efforts to protect the biodiversity of the local area. It’s no surprise that the wildlife viewing is excellent with a concentration of vast herds of buffalo, elephant and antelope that are found in abundance. The reserve is home to around 350 bird species and over 40 different mammals including bucket-list favourites, the Big Five (lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo). Guests can look out for some of Africa’s most majestic creatures on twice-daily game drives accompanied by an expert guide and tracker. You can also navigate the land on foot and learn about the local flora and fauna on a guided bush walk.
Kapama’s gorgeous accommodation is scattered around the reserve’s 32000 acres amid the wilds of the African bush and seasonal rivers. Its lodges and camps regularly receive glowing reviews, thanks to the combination of beautiful accommodation and attention to detail. Each has its own communal lounge area and traditional boma, and there’s air-conditioning in every suite for complete comfort. Dining takes place by the fire of a boma, at the accommodation’s lounge or in a unique setting outdoors such as a dry riverbed. Choose from luxury safari tents at the intimate Kapama Buffalo Camp or stay in polished, villa-style accommodation at Kapama Southern Lodge. At Kapama River Lodge, there’s more opportunity to socialise with fellow guests with 64 suites and a range of facilities including the impressive River Lodge Spa.