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ocgirl2021
Costa Mesa, California

Fantastic Game Drives and Accommodations

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 Jul 2021
Kapama Southern Camp is absolutely amazing! The staff is wonderful, the food and accommodations are exceptional and the game drives and guides are off the charts!!! We saw all of the Big 5 game animals at Kapama!
Date of stay: June 2021
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Reviewed 9 July 2021

A must do on everyone's bucket list! Best value for money! All that you have to do is rest and enjoy yourself! Learnt so much on my game viewing trips. From a food and drinks perspective: I think it is impossible to finish all the delicious food on offer! The drinks selection is amazing and it really awesome to know that all drinks are included in the price!

Date of stay: June 2021
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Reviewed 6 July 2021 via mobile

Kapama SC is a lovely base for game drives on the eastern cape. Its main gate is conveniently located just across from Hoedspruit Airport. A ranger met us at the airport and whisked us to KSC (25 minute drive in a safari jeep). Game drives occur at 630 am and again at 4 pm. Snacks, blankets and hot water bottles were much appreciated. Our day drives were much more successful with regard to wildlife, and our tracker and ranger were top notch. The food is EXCELLENT. They took care of me so well, making items that fit my vegetarian lifestyle. Honestly with pre morning drive snacks, morning coffee, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, evening drive drinks and snacks and dinner, you are never hungry! My husband and I stayed in villa 3, which was lovely. The mini bar was stocked, and the modern room was clean and well designed. I always appreciate chairs to relax on rather than only having a bed or desk chair for sitting. Because it was cold, we did not utilize the plunge pool, but it looked inviting. I enjoyed the impala and wart hog visitors, and the staff were ALL amazing. I DO recommend, but note these few issues: Kapama is a private reserve, so the area and animals are fenced, albeit in a vast area. That felt a little bit like cheating, and I did not realize this as my travel agent booked it. The villa's shower is all glass and windows without a door/curtain on the outside or inside. While probably only visible to wildlife, it made me uncomfortable. The shower floor is very slick, without any sort of mat. The room has one door that separates the bed/sitting area from half of the bathroom, but then the same wall is open and without door/partition on the other end, making most of the bathroom exposed and, frankly, cold. Finally, there is a lot of down time in the afternoon with nothing to do between 11 am and 3 pm. In warm weather with the pool or with kids, this might be a bonus, but as two adults who like to "do" during a holiday, we got bored. Neither of us enjoy a spa and the villas do not have tv/movies at all. There was too much time unfilled. While we did take advantage of a visit to the elephant sanctuary at additiinal cost, I wish they had offered some activities during that time such as a cooking class, wine tasting or even a bush walk.

Date of stay: June 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2021

Kapama offers tranquility out of this world. Can’t wait to visit Kapama annually for recharge and rejuvenate. The booking process and hospitality from arrival till departure gives value for money. Big up to the staff at large.

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Reviewed 5 July 2021

I planned a trip for my girlfriend and I to Kapama Private Game Reserve (Southern Camp) in mid-June, 2021. I had planned this trip with the intention of proposing during our stay; however, as I had never visited, I was uncertain of how to go about this or where the best place to do this might be.

After receiving endless help from the staff and rangers (particularly Nelani, Viljoen and Simon) prior to our stay even commencing, we had planned out a spectacular setting at the Romantic Sleep Out - a sleep out under the stars in the reserve's "Lion's Den". The proposal went perfectly and our sleep out was unreal, and what followed was 3 days of celebrating in absolute bush-bliss luxury.

Each day started off with some tea, coffee and pastries at 06h00 before we left for our morning game drive. Our game ranger and tracker, Jaques and Kenny, were brilliant and we would recommend them to anyone. We had the most incredible sightings and each game drive was different from the last; Jaques and Kenny even took particular note of specific animals we were hoping to see and we saw every one on the list.

Back at the camp, every meal - from breakfast, to high-tea, to supper - was superb. Our waiter, Sam, took such good care of us at every sitting and ensured that our glasses were never empty, not even for a minute.

Our room (which was a family villa) was absolutely breathtaking; we had everything we needed and more for a perfect stay in luxury.

Thank you very much Kapama for an unforgettable experience, this truly was a trip of a lifetime. We haven't stopped speaking about it and telling friends and family about it, and we don't think we ever will.

Room tip: We recommend opting for a villa / family villa
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Reviewed 2 July 2021

From the minute we arrived there we were treated to excellent service; from reception to management. The game drives were fantastic and the rangers went the extra mile to ensure we had the complete bush experience, seeing the Big 5.
The food was superb with every dish enhanced by the beautiful surroundings.

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