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Kapama Buffalo Camp

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Reminiscent of a traditional African safari camp, Kapama Buffalo Camp offers a unique and intimate experience in the African bush. It is ideal for discovering big game Africa in true safari tented style without compromising on comfort. Ten luxury build canvas en-suite tents, each sleeping two, are set on wooden decks built on stilts over a steep-sided riverbank. Wooden walkways interconnect the rooms, which are all in the upper reaches of tall riverine trees. But the thick African bush is just a glance away, inhabited by animals like lion, hyena and jackal whose calls can be heard in the dead of night making Kapama Buffalo Camp a truly authentic way to experience the African bush.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Fishing
Free airport transportation
Spa
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Airport transportation
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
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Bottled water
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

Location

R40 Kapama Private Kruger Park, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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Melissa C wrote a review Aug 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I had the most INCREDIBLE experience at Kapama Buffalo Camp. From start to finish every detail is perfectly planned. The food is absolutely out of this world. The treehouse / tent room was beautiful. The safari drives were once in a lifetime ! Have to shout out our guide Ben who gave us the best experience we could have asked for. Every staff member was so friendly and kind and the service was amazing. I cannot say enough good things about this place and if I could rate it higher I would!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KatyLBowman wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom11 contributions5 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything about Kapama and Buffalo Camp is mind blowing. We stayed for 4 days and from the moment we were picked up from the airport to the moment we were dropped back there we felt completely privileged. Not just because the service at Buffalo Camp is absolutely first class in every way but because you are completely immersed in the magic of the bush - the reserve itself is breathtaking.
Buffalo Camp have got everything right. The staff cannot do more and are so genuinely friendly, the food is absolutely world class and the wine selection is well thought out.
The lodge itself retains the charm of a traditional safari lodge,decorated in tasteful stylish decor but with every modern comfort you could imagine. The rooms are spacious yet cozy and in their unique position in the trees you really do feel like you are part of the bush. The attention to detail in the room makes you feel special and spoilt.
As for the game drives. It is hard to put into words how special they are. I have been lucky enough to go on safari twice before and Rassie our ranger was by far the most knowledgeable, experienced and passionate ranger we have ever had. Coupled with Foster with his 21 years experience tracking, we felt like we had the dream team. The fact that it was just us and our two friends in the vehicle and we had Rassie and Foster for all the 8 drives just made the safari experience completely unique to us. The open vehicle was also an added bonus, it makes viewing so much better.
We saw all of the big 5 on more than one occasion, including a brilliant sighting of a leopard almost making a kill (but failing). We saw lots of babies (elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos) - we couldn’t have asked for more. We also learnt so much every day and have left enriched and with a greater understanding of the environment and natural world.
Even when the game drives were quieter, we just loved driving around, appreciating the trees, grass, water, sky and sounds.
I titled this review a once in a lifetime experience, but I sincerely hope I am lucky enough to return one day.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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BitisArietans wrote a review Aug 2021
Sandton, South Africa15 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the third time that we are going to Kapama Buffalo Camp, and it has again exceeded our expectations.
The people are very professional, friendly and go out of their way to make your stay as fantastic as possible
Receptions is efficient and friendly, the room is spotless, beautiful and very comfortable and you get a hot water bottle in the evening in the bed ☺
The food is absolutely top class and prepared with great love and attention to details
The Guide and tracker who we had this time round was Geoff and Foster and they had incredible knowledge of the plants, animals, environment etc. and went out of their way to make sure that we saw everything that we could, taking note that wild animals don’t always play the game with you and are very elusive They really did a fantastic job and we saw two lionesses with 7 cubs and the interactions between plus lots, and lots of other animals
A absolutely fanatic 3 nights and 4 days spent at Kapama Buffalo camp looking forward to the next visit
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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hannahleonistahl wrote a review Apr 2022
Hamburg, Germany1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the most amazing time at Kapama Buffalo Camp. The design of the lodgings are very special: each room ist a sort of tree house with tent walls but a very luxury type of treehouse tent. Very spacious with a comfy bed, large sanitary facilities (lovely shower) and a large and beautiful balcony which sort of "hangs in the trees" so that when chilling on the balcony you feel like sitting in a tree yourself. The food was very good (loads but never too much, I liked the small portions), loads of fruit all the time (great bonus), friendly and attentive staff and the most amazing Ranger and Tracker! Thanks to their good humour, expertise and interesting and funny stories the Game Drives were the highlight of our stay!
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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JuneH wrote a review Oct 2023
25 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
WOW!
This camp is excellent in every way.
The 'tents' are spacious and have their own balcony and are sited so that they are not overlooked. The facilities are excellent.
Housekeeping is carried out x2 per day whilst you are out on game drives.
All the staff are extremely friendly and helpful and really want guests to have a memorable experience!
Be prepared to eat loads-we have healthy appetites and could not cope with all the food. The food is also of a high standard( not always to my taste) and even the breakfast menu changes constantly.
The wines are good too and the serving staff will offer recommendations
As for the drives-totally unbelievable. The jeeps are open and rarely carry more than 6 people. There are 2x drives per day each lasting approx 3 hours. The drivers and trackers are so knowledgeable and really go beyond their duty to ensure guests see as many animals as possible and at close range.
An amazing place which I would highly recommend
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BitisArietans wrote a review Oct 2022
Sandton, South Africa15 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our 5th visit to Kapama and 4th to Buffalo camp. At buffalo camp we had the best reception, the room was clean and beautiful with its deck on which you can sit and relax and listen to the bush noises and take in its perfume.
We saw all the big 5, great interaction between 3 rhinos (mother, son, and large male) fantastic sighting of large male leopard once on road and second time with kill. Saw a beautiful young female leopard with kill and calling for her babies, we saw elephants in action, plenty, saw lions sort of active, but looking great as they slept on their backs like large kittens. We saw civet cat, genet, dwarf mongoose, banded mongoose, baby hyena, large ones, giraffes with baby suckling, the prince of the bush a very large black mamba, we interacted with a baboon spider, saw buffalo, vultures, plenty of birds, identified trees and plants, saw eland, very rare, yes and impala plenty, plus kudo, nyala, bushbuck duiker, waterbuck, Saw tortoises, dung beetles plus plenty of other small and large insects. Our Guide Hancho and tracker Release were as always full of information and patient in showing us everything and the game drives were never quiet and boring. :)
The food as always was top class with a selection of meat, fish, and vegetarian to satisfy the pickiest of eater, they have a broad selection of south African wines, good brandies, and whiskeys so nobody will be disappointed.
The staff are always very professional, friendly, looking after all of your needs
Thank you, guys, for again giving us a fantastic relaxing and regenerating three nights with you
Looking forward to our next stay with you
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Ellen B wrote a review Jan 2020
Thornhill, Canada24 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the moment we arrived at the airport until the moment we left, we were treated with friendly, helpful staff. All servers, bartenders, management, trackers and guides added to our fantastic experience. The knowledge of the guide Ben and tracker Collen and their desire to make sure all our game drives exceeded our expectations was present every time we entered the Jeep. The kitchen made sure that all our allergies and special requests were attended to at all times. We had a fabulous time at Kapama and would highly recommend this to everyone.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BitisArietans wrote a review Apr 2021
Sandton, South Africa15 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When we arrived, the reception was very friendly, and it was lovely to see the people with whom we had a great time the previous time that we came here.
We had the most fantastic breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for 3 days. The kitchen did everything in its power to satisfy the group's needs from vegetarian to garlic intolerance.
Then on the game drives, we had all of the experiences from looking at the smallest of animals to the largest, we saw rhino, giraffes, buffalo, hippo, lion, hyena, chameleon, lots of different spiders, 102 different birds, genet, honey badgers, elephants, porcupine, warthogs, impala, wildebeest, bushbucks, duiker, steenbuck, zebra, dung beetles, bushbaby, leopard, we had 4X4 driving, sunset drinks and sunrise brofees with dip ‘n Oma.
So yes that was the highlights of 3 absolutely fantastic days at Kapama Buffalo Camp
I can say that all the staff was absolutely great.
From Claire, Chantelle, and Langu, who took us through the rules, took our temperatures, sorted out all of the admin be it at arrival and after leaving, getting equipment that we had forgotten behind to us, in the most patient and pleasant way
Hancho our guide who has an incredible knowledge of the bush from the birds to the mammals and the insects. Vusi our assistant guide had the plant species sorted plus the tracking.
Chris who took us on a game walk we had a great time and learned a lot from
The Ladies in the kitchen were fantastic, Vasti and Rose, supplied us with the best meals out and made sure that everybody from the vegetarians to the garlic intolerant people was accommodated. The food was cooked to perfection, the presentation was beautiful and the flavours delicious.
The barmen, waiters, Ben, Rassie, Hancho, Chris, Langu, and Kaletso made sure that we were never dry and that everything ran smoothly during meals.
Thank you all for making our three days with you absolutely fantastic
Looking forward to come back again
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Date of stay: April 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Jay F wrote a review Jul 2021
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from Kapama and South Africa. After several days in Cape Town, we spent four nights at Buffalo Camp. Our ranger (Chris) and tracker (Safary-he promised that was his real name!) were second to none. We saw the Big Five (actually twice over) during our game drives, which were full of incredible encounters and tons of great educational information provided by Chris. The tents at Buffalo Camp are immaculate and gorgeous, with views of the African bush just outside the back windows and porch. The food was impeccable and impeccably served. All of the staff were hospitable and accommodating. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Lynne S wrote a review Sept 2022
Bangkok137 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We all loved Kapama Buffalo Camp, a small lodge with a very personal sense of attention. The tents are incredible, other than the wind blowing on the canvas you would not believe you were in a tent. Huge, king-size bed, bath, shower, double sinks, balcony overlooking the trees.
The restaurant and lounge areas are beautiful and comfortable. The food is very good. The staff are very attentive and helpful.
Our game ranger Joas was outstanding; his knowledge, humour, driving skills incredible. Our spotter Temba was delightful and very skillful.
Kapama as a reserve is excellent. We had superb sightings: huge herds of elephant and plains animals, lions galore, leopard, hyena and cubs, superb Birdlife - almost 200 species seen.
Highly recommend this camp.
Do take hat, gloves and layers as early morning drives and last bit at night are very chilly!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Answer from Lynne S
Bangkok137 contributions50 helpful votes
January is summer in SA so very nice weather, but early morning game drives and night drives can be chilly so take some warm clothes.
Answer from Nicole W
Hoedspruit, South Africa14 contributions
Good day, thanks for the message. There are wooden walkways that join the tents to the main area with very little stairs. The incline is not steep at all so we are sure your mom will have no issues. Kapama is regarded as a low malaria area. Kind regards
brooklyn01 asked a question Jul 2019
New York City, New York15 contributions
How cold does it get? DO I need a light jacket or a heavy jacket? I am going in 3 weeks
Answer from Nicole W
Hoedspruit, South Africa14 contributions
Good day, August temperatures range from 55 - 82°F We suggest a light, yet warm jacket as early mornings and after sunset drives can still be a bit chilly. We look forward to welcoming you. Kind regards, The Kapama Team
Answer from Magicfan2301
New Smyrna Beach, Florida498 contributions138 helpful votes
You see a variety of animals from the grounds, monkeys and baboons are the most common, there are a couple resident red dear that wander around, mongoose are fairly plentiful, we could hear lions and hyenas while in the room & occasionally an elephant rumble, there is no penned off areas or a place see the savanna from the room or hotel grounds, it’s an amazing place to visit, we were there in May & just rebooked another visit.
Answer from Texast3
North Richland Hills, Texas91 contributions50 helpful votes
Hi, We stayed for 3 nights back in May and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I do think 3 or 4 nights is enough and then you can move on to try someplace different. We did not try the balloon ride but did the Elephant interaction at Jabulani. It was fantastic! As far as comparing the Camps, I believe Buffalo Camp is the smallest and we liked that. Quiet and intimate, very relaxing. Two points to possibly consider; 1 - Buffalo Camp has an electrified fence surrounding the living areas so an escort is not needed after dark. 2 - We only had 4 people at the most on our safari game drives and noticed some of the vehicles from the other camps were more crowded. Maybe we were just lucky but being a small camp might be a good thing. Enjoy
FERNANDA L wrote a tip Feb 2024
Sao Paulo, SP152 contributions70 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just enjoy"
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ksivers93 wrote a tip Oct 2023
United Kingdom2 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Must visit spa at river lodge and Karula. Worth every penny!"
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Ana & Javi wrote a tip Oct 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"At the beginning you would see that waking up at 5:00 is too early, but it's worthy at the end. You'll see."
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Anita wrote a tip Jul 2023
65 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The perfect safari experience happened here! "
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Nickole A wrote a tip Jun 2023
Tucson, Arizona2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dress in layers for both the evening and morning safaris. Have your camera ready at all times. Enjoy every moment!"
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$1,514 - $2,057 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kapama Buffalo Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Kapama Buffalo Camp?
Nearby attractions include Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (5.1 km) and Nyani Cultural Village (4.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kapama Buffalo Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Kapama Buffalo Camp?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Kapama Buffalo Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kapama Buffalo Camp?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kapama Buffalo Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Kapama Buffalo Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kapama Buffalo Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Kapama Buffalo Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Kapama Buffalo Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kapama Buffalo Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Is Kapama Buffalo Camp accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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