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9.1
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Kapama Karula

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Kapama

from R 9975 pp/night sharing

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9.1
Overall

Kapama Karula

South Africa, Greater Kruger, Kapama

from R 9975 pp/night sharing

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One of THE most stylish designs of any game lodge in the country with extensive use of raw wood, a neutral colour palette and modern airy open-plan style!

Our Ratings

9.1
Overall
9.5
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

Our Ratings

9.1
Overall
9.5
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Game Viewing
9.0
Romance

What's Hot

  • We absolutely love the unique style and décor of Karula – in our book it’s definitely one of THE most attractive lodges in South Africa!
  • If you can afford the upgrade to a Superior Suite then do it as you’ll love the heated swimming pool on your private deck, allowing you to take a dip all year round
  • It’s fantastic how successfully Karula blends the ultra-mod (Phillipe Starck chairs, iPod docking stations etc) with earthy organic elements, particularly the extensive use of bleached wood, to create an ultra-contemporary yet soothing environment
  • For a special treat head to the Wellness Centre at nearby River Lodge for a wonderfully relaxing massage
  • Excellent game viewing and guiding as boasted by all of the other Kapama lodges – that’s if you can haul yourself away from the lodge’s gorgeous embrace that is!

What's Not

  • Obviously the priciest of all the Kapama lodges, but what the heck - don’t you deserve to spoil yourself once in a while!
  • The location or outlook of the lodge is perhaps not quite as stunning as the lodge itself
  • Some people may prefer a reserve that’s a little quieter as with 4 sizeable camps there are quite a few vehicles out there traversing the reserve – then again that means that loads of sightings get called in as a result of all the eyes out there
Kapama Karula

Kapama Karulaneutral colours, stunning bleached blonde wood and African décor have been fused with subtle lighting and open spaces, making the most of the natural light and views – it all adds up to one of THE most stylish game lodges in South Africa!

Lodge Profile

One of THE most stylish designs of any game lodge in the country with extensive use of raw wood, a neutral colour palette and modern airy open-plan style!

Quick Overview

Location
Kapama
Drive Time
6 hours drive from Johannesburg
Malaria
Yes - Low Risk Area
Setting
Overlooking a riverbank
Rooms
12 superior suites & 2 family superior suites
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes - and private heated lap pools for all rooms
Spa
No - but guests can use spa at Kapama River
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
Yes - ranger and tracker
Off Road
Yes
Child Policy
All ages

Set on the banks of the perennial Klaserie River lies one of Africa's most prestigious camps - Kapama Karula meaning “the place of peace”. All year round the river glides smoothly past the camp, the sparkling pools attracting a consistent stream of game not to mention countless numbers of birds! This is the top-of-the-range lodge amongst the reserve’s 4 varied lodge options and is squarely targeted at the premium end of the market traveller that demands the very best!

When initially built Karula was virtually split between tented rooms and more conventional suites – flood damage a while ago however has seen Kapama take up the opportunity to replace most of the tents (gorgeously attractive though they are) with more of the upmarket Suites, and at time of writing just 2 of the original tents remain and they are a great option if your budget doesn't quite stretch to the Suites. So what makes the various rooms at Karula so special?
For us it’s the way that the neutral colours, wood and African décor have been fused with subtle lighting and open spaces, making the most of the natural light and views – but what we definitely love most is the stunning, blonde wood which makes up the dominating stylistic fingerprint of the lodge! It’s not a case of all style but no substance either, and the suites and tents are all well equipped with desirable luxurious touches like Nespresso coffee machines, iPod docking station (not in the tents), Wi-Fi, stunning stand-alone baths and air-conditioning.

Breaking things down further, Karula has 5 Superior Suites, each exquisitely decorated and with generous private space (they measure 130 m² each!) – a highlight is the opulent en-suite bathroom featuring indoor and outdoor showers, his and hers basins, and stand-alone bath. The Superior Suites are wrapped by glass sliding doors, which enable seamless views over the Klaserie River. Perhaps our favourite aspect though is the outside deck area, with a full-size heated swimming pool and sun loungers for relaxation and for tanning on those hot summer days!

Two of the superior suites, each measuring 170 m², are purpose-built for families. These Family Suites have an open-plan living room with fireplace which flows into the master bedroom with its en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom also leads off the living room and can be accessed through an inter-leading door or its own entrance – ideal for those teenagers coming in later. It’s perfectly equipped for kids too, with a flat screen TV and Wii console and selection of movies that’ll keep them occupied if they haven’t yet learnt to appreciate the bush! Each family suite also has a private outside deck and a large swimming pool, which is heated in the chillier months for year-round swimming – this exclusivity offers you and your family a hideaway treat where you can relax and spend time together, without worrying about the little ones making too much noise.

If you don’t need all that space then there are 5 Suites – they’re very similar in feel and execution to the bigger Superiors with the main difference being the smaller room area (although at 85 m² they’re still hugely spacious!) and the fact that they lack the private swimming pools. Then for those of you looking for a (more reasonably priced) experience that’s closer to nature and authentically African, Karula still offers you the opportunity to sleep in one of two traditional Meru tents! Don’t be concerned though that this is the type of back-to-basics camping that you remember with horror from long-ago family holidays – in fact the tents are beautiful, luxurious and comfortable with an understated modern charm and similar styling touches to the rest of this very attractive lodge! The tents are secluded and are elevated on wooden decks with panoramic bush views and of the perennial river - here you can chill on your private wooden deck, sit back and relax while connecting and listening to the surrounding nature and wildlife!

If you can drag yourself away from your suite, you'll find a slick, bright and modern lounge area and bar, as well as a chic dining room with vivid and colourful modern art and Phillipe Starck chairs. But it’s the newly built multi-purpose library that perhaps steals the limelight- this gorgeous space has been created on the banks of the Klaserie River and is the perfect place to immerse yourself in a good book in the ultimate tranquil and serene environment (whilst still keeping an eye on passing animals!)

We’ve raved so much about the lodge’s stylish rooms and public areas that we haven’t even got onto the game aspect - well never fear, as a stay here will deliver the same excellent wildlife experience as the rest of the Kapama lodges! Kapama is home to over 40 different mammal species, including the Big Five, as well as approximately 350 different bird species and a variety of smaller species which also call this natural environment home! The reserve comprises of 13 000 hectares of sweeping wilderness and there are twice-daily game drives where you will be accompanied by expert rangers and trackers who will do their best to deliver superb wildlife sightings. So whether you’re soaking up the comfort and style of the lodge, or enjoying the thrill of encountering big game, a stay at Kapama Karula promises to deliver an unforgettable experience!

Pricing

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Booking Notes

  • Single supplement – 50% of the per person sharing rate for luxury tent reservations and 100% of the per person sharing rate for suite and superior suite reservations
  • Subject to availability

Child Policy

  • Children under the age of 12 years – 50% of the per person sharing rate when sharing with two adults in the superior suite only
  • Please note children under the age of 6 years will not be permitted on game drives, except on a specially arranged "bush bumble" safari
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 12 years are permitted on drives at the discretion of the game ranger
  • Whilst every effort is made to accommodate children, Kapama lodges reserve the right to provide alternative meal arrangements for children
  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult during game drives and bush walks