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Escape to a place away from time, and indulge in one of the finest safari lodges near the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Spanning 15 000 hectares of the pristine South African bush, Kapama offers the perfect sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife. Here, over 40 different species of mammals including the Big 5 – elephant, lion, leopard, African buffalo and rhinoceros – as well as 350 bird species, thrive in their natural habitat. Visitors get the opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in the wild with twice-daily guided game drives and nature walks.

Kapama’s four luxury lodges each have a charm of their own – Buffalo Camp delights with its old-world feel, Southern Camp offers warmth and hospitality, River Lodge is vibrant year-round, and Karula is breathtakingly elegant. Kapama safari lodges offer an authentic South African safari experience. The more adventurous can also choose to spend a night under the stars at our romantic sleep-out platform.

33 deluxe suites

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River Lodge’s spacious air-conditioned deluxe suites have uninterrupted views over the Big Five game reserve from any area of the room or private patio. The 60m2 suite is a perfect balance of rustic elegance, modern industrial and solid oak craftsmanship finish and up-to-date room technology. The full, en-suite bathroom comprises natural stone finishes, an open rain shower as well as a deep soaking bath with views of the Africa Bush and lavish amenities.

16 spa suites

Tucked away in the privacy of the russet bushwillow trees surrounding our African spa, these suites feature magnificent floor-to-ceiling glass doors and frameless windows that offer expansive views of the reserve – even from your bathroom.

For those looking to find their zen, the spa suites come highly recommended, as does a spot of yoga from the privacy of your patio while overlooking the magnificence of the bush. Each suite is equipped with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, coffee and tea-making facilities, a minibar, as well as a lock-up safe and international plugs.


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Perfect for big family getaways or holidays, these rooms are wonderfully expansive, allowing for loads of extra space to spread out or to comfortably add extra beds for your little ones. With triple balconies, there is more than enough space and opportunity to bask in the quiet of the bush.

An en-suite bathroom offers privacy and each suite is fitted with air conditioning to enhance you and your family’s comfort. Tea and coffee facilities are available, along with a minibar. For peace of mind, there’s a lock-up safe for your valuables and for our guests from abroad, international plugs for convenience.


Relax and unwind in the lap of luxury when you choose one of our Royal Suites. Wake up in the opulence of your bedroom before wandering down to your private lounge to make a hot cup of tea or coffee to enjoy from a recliner couch on the spacious patio. You can continue to revel in your beautiful surroundings from the giant windows of the bathroom as you get ready for your day, as these suites boast en-suite bathrooms with dual showers overlooking the surrounding bush and resident wildlife.

A fully stocked minibar is available to you, along with international plugs and a lock-up safe. Air conditioning throughout the spacious suite will ensure you are always comfortable.



River Lodge’s air-conditioned courtyard facing suites 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 and minibars for sundowners on your private patio are standard in all rooms.



Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the River Lodge Spa is a firm favourite with all our guests. Lounge by the spa pool or get a quick workout in before you hand yourself over to our highly trained and experienced beauty therapists for one of our distinctly African treatments.

The Lounge


Relax beside a roaring fire in our African themed lounge or stroll over to River bar for a cocktail to sip alongside the sparkling rim-flow pool, all the while keeping an eye out for thirsty elephants taking a sedate stroll to the nearby watering hole.

Pool & Cocktail Bar

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For something more indulgent, make your way to the new 12m x 12m pool & cocktail bar. Whether it is a craft gin or classic cocktail in hand, relax on a poolside lounger, or escape the South African sun under a shaded alcove, as you take in the sounds of nature around you.


Explore and enjoy our authentic African cuisine around a roaring fire in the open-sided thatch Rhino Boma or the new dining experience Xitsumbeni.  In this lavish and expansive dining area, guests can enjoy breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Xitsumbeni has its own bar with numerous lounge areas and fireplaces. With two large firepits, guests can star gaze while enjoying pre-dinner cocktails. Floor to ceiling glass stack doors open the lounge up to the surrounding bushveld where the sounds of nature can be enjoyed.

All dietary requirements are easily catered for.


Set in a dry riverbed in front of the lodge, dine under a star-studded African night sky.


On request, Kapama River Lodge can offer kosher meals.


Our illustrious wine cellar is stocked with over 600 of the finest South African wines.

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