Within the expansive Kapama Private Game Reserve, River Lodge epitomises five-star safari accommodation. The majestic northern Drakensberg mountains form the backdrop to the 64-suite River Lodge, which is positioned along a bend of the seasonal Kapama River. It’s the largest luxury game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park area, and is stylishly furnished to ensure an unforgettable African safari experience.
Buffalo Camp: 10 luxury tents – 20 guests
Kapama Karula: 10 superior suites & 2 family superior suites – 28 guests
River Lodge: 64 suites – 128 guests
Southern Camp: 15 suites & 7 luxury suites & 3 family luxury suites – 56 guests
Of the 12 superior suites, 2 have a second bedroom which can accommodate two children under 12 years of age or one additional adult, through a common unit entrance.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Full payment of the balance is due 30 days prior to guests arrival, unless the booking is made within 30 days, in which case full payment will be required to confirm the reservation. A deposit is required to confirm a booking of:
365 + days prior to arrival – 5% deposit is required within 30 days.
364 and 90 days prior to arrival – 10% deposit is required within 14 days.
89 and 30 days prior to arrival – 25% deposit is required within 7 days.
30 and 0 days prior to arrival – 100% deposit is required within 2 days.
The following cancellation terms and conditions will apply to reservations which are cancelled in part or in full as follows;
365 + days prior to arrival – 5% of the total amount will be due.
364 and 90 days prior to arrival – 10% of the total amount will be due.
89 and 30 days prior to arrival – 25% of the total amount will be due.
30 and 0 days prior to arrival – 75% of the total amount will be due.
The Lodge reserves the right to restrict one night weekend or peak period bookings.
Last Minute Specials Valid until 6 Jan 2017 until 30 Nov 2019 Book within 7 days of Travel Single Per Night: on Request Per Person Per Night Sharing: R2 915 Rates valid until further notice unless otherwise specified Subject to availability Rates valid for Standard Rooms Only Specials are subject to standard terms and conditions.
Single supplement – 50% of the per person sharing rate.
Children under the age of 12 years – 50% of the per person sharing rate when sharing with two adults.
Rate inclusions: Accommodation, all meals, teas & snacks, two daily safari activities with soft drinks and waters on these activities and return transfers from Eastgate Airport (HDS) on scheduled flights only.
Rate exclusions: Conservation levy of R135.00 per person per day, all drinks, laundry and items of a personal nature.
Children of all ages are welcome at Kapama River Lodge.
Whilst guests are welcome to arrive in time for lunch, room check in will only be after 13h00 and checkout before 11h00 on day of departure. The child rate applies to children under the age of 12 years when sharing with two adults. Children between the age of 6 and 12 years are permitted on game drives at the sole discretion of the ranger – No children under 6 year allowed on game drives.
River Lodge’s 40 spacious air-conditioned suites have uninterrupted views over the Big Five game reserve from private patios, and all feature full, en-suite bathrooms with lavish amenities replenished daily. The suites are decorated to reflect old Africa in a luxury game lodge setting. Beverage stations for early morning coffee in suite and minibars for sundowners on your private patio are standard in all rooms.
The 20 spa suites are positioned a little way from the lodge to ensure additional privacy and proximity to the spa for unique African spa treatments. Expansive glass doors and frameless windows allow unobstructed bush views, including from the bathroom. Each suite is equipped with a minibar, coffee and tea-making facilities, as well as a safe, hairdryer and international plugs.
Located with the spa suites, the family rooms have triple balconies, along with spacious bedrooms that can accommodate an additional two beds for children sharing with their parents. The rooms - measuring over 70 m� with the balconies - are also ideal for couples wanting the additional comfort of an oversized bedroom.
Taking luxury game lodge accommodation a step further, River Lodge has two royal suites that offer substantial space and include a separate lounge and extended balcony, furnished with recliner couches. The en-suite bathroom has a bath and a dual shower overlooking the surrounding bush and resident wildlife, while the bedroom is spacious and opulently appointed.
African artefacts adorn the lounges of River Lodge, and a palate of red and gold reflects the colours of Africa’s earth. Glass stack doors open onto the rim-flow pool to create an al fresco experience. The long, L-shaped lounge and bar, under double-volume thatch, follow the line of the pool to create an airy but cosy atmosphere. In winter, a double-sided fireplace provides additional warmth.
Recliners under umbrellas beckon guests to enjoy shady relaxation around the pool, which is also a prime vantage point for game viewing. A small, permanent waterhole lies just beyond the perimeter of River Lodge and attracts various antelope species, elephant and buffalo, so viewing the Big Five - cocktail in hand - is quite usual from here.
In true African luxury safari style, Kapama offers guests three different dining venues.
As in classic old Africa, evening meals are often enjoyed seated around a roaring fire in the Rhino Boma. Here, buffet meals are served under open-sided thatch and showcase pan-African dishes prepared from fresh local ingredients. Traditional venison dishes also feature on this authentic African menu.
Romantic dining is epitomised by dinner set in the dry riverbed in front of the lodge, under a star-studded African night sky. The experience adds enchantment to any African luxury safari experience.
The Siyatla Lounge is purpose-built as an enclosed dining area, where breakfasts and lunches are served. It has its own bar and lounge with two large fireplaces, while glass stack doors open up the lounge to the surrounding bushveld.
All cuisine at Kapama is prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients and herbs grown in the lodge gardens. Traditional South African dishes and accompaniments, such as mealie pap (African-style polenta) and chakalaka (a hot, spicy relish) further enhance the luxury game lodge experience by giving a taste of real Africa. Menus include warthog stew, kudu casserole, impala sausages and oxtail curry. Vegetarians, vegans and various other dietary requirements are easily catered for.
Kapama River Lodge boasts a magnificent wine cellar, stocked with the finest South African wines. Over 600 bottles are on hand, stored in a carefully temperature-controlled and humidified environment. With the exception of French champagne, all the wines and sparkling M�thode Cap Classiques are from choice South African vineyards.
To keep in touch with the rest of the world, River Lodge Media Room has satellite television and a DVD player. The Media Room can also easily be transformed into an intimate conference room for 20 delegates. Guest Internet facilities are adjacent, should you wish to connect with family and friends back home.
Closest Airport: Eastgate Airport – Transfers are complimentary and are provided in open vehicles, transfer time is approx 30 minutes.
By road Kapama is approximately 5 hours from Johannesburg.
Kapama Wellness Centre
Surrounded by stillness and sweeping bushveld, the Kapama Wellness Centre takes safari spa treatments to new heights. Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the six sumptuous treatment rooms are arranged around a generous central lap pool that evokes a sense of calm.
While Dermalogica and Matisse products are used in the spa, five uniquely created African-inspired treatments are also on the menu to provide rejuvenation and complete relaxation. Soak up the signature four-hour Marula Miracle Moments - which includes a body wrap, facial, massage and more - or opt for other enticingly named treatments such as the Kapama Pinotage Bliss, which uses vine-infused products, or the Marula Sensual Steam Treatment. Various treatments are also available to couples. The luxury safari spa treatment menu includes a full range of body and beauty treatments.
Highly trained and experienced beauty therapists remain abreast of global treatment trends, while giving them a uniquely African twist for Kapama’s Wellness Centre. After your treatment, take a swim in the lap pool or relax under bushveld skies before heading back to your luxury game lodge accommodation.
Alternatively, if you’d like to work up a sweat, the state-of-the-art mini gym is fully equipped. There is both cardio and weight-lifting equipment, depending on if you want to tone or build muscle. What is guaranteed is that a visit to the Wellness Centre will energise and uplift you for the day.
Game drives (included in the tarrif) Bush walks (included in the tarriff) Kapama Wellness Centre Elephant-back safari Elephant interaction Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species Romantic sleep-out in Kapama Game Reserve Photographic safaris Hot Air Ballooning
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