• Kapama River Lodge

Kapama River Lodge

Kapama is one of South Africa’s largest privately owned game reserves, perfectly positioned in the Limpopo Province safari area, renowned for its high density of big game animals. A game drive in Kapama Game Reserve, with a qualified ranger and expert tracker, reveals Africa’s big game and many secrets of the other marvels of the African bush. River Lodge offers generous capacity, ideally suited to groups and incentives, whilst retaining intimate spaces for individuals.

The lodge also features multiple dining areas including, the boma, the river bed and a state-of the-art multifunctional venue, ideal for events of all types. The sophisticated spa and wellness centre includes multiple treatment rooms for both individuals and couples, a lap pool, and an equipped gym amongst other facilities.

At a glance

  • Generous capacity
  • Several dining areas
  • Sate-of-the-art multifunctional venue
  • Sophisticated wellness centre
  • Big 5 Safaris in open vehicles
  • Bush walks
Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
Details 5 Jan 2019 to 19 Dec 2019
Standard Suites (40) per person sharing R5 090
Royal Suites (2) per person sharing R8 160
Family Suite (4) - 2 adults & 2 kids R18 145
Spa Suite (16) per person sharing R24 480
Details 20 Dec 2019 to 4 Jan 2020
Standard Suites (40) per person sharing R6 720
Royal Suites (2) per person sharing R11 520
Spa Suites (16) per person sharing R8 160
Family Spa Suite (4) per night (2 adults & 2 children) R24 480
Details 5 Jan 2020 to 19 Dec 2020
Standard Suites (40) per person sharing R5 450
Royal Suites (2) per person sharing R9 600
Spa Suites (16) per person sharing R6 575
Family Spa Suite (4) per night (2 adults & 2 children) R19 730


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Last Minute Specials

Valid until 6 Jan 2018 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.

The central guest entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners for lazy afternoons. The long L-shaped relaxation lounge and bar under a double-volume thatch, curves around the pool and on either side is a huge double-sided fireplace creating a wondrous open-plan yet cosy atmosphere. The Rhino Boma dining area with tables arranged under a low thatch in a horseshoe curve, has a central open space where a roaring outdoor fire gives a glow to evening meals. Buffet-style meals introduce African flavours with Pan African dishes using fresh local ingredients and specialist dishes featuring venison like kudu and impala.


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.

Wine Cellar

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 Méthode Cap Classiques are from choice South African vineyards.

Media Room

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.

Spirit of Africa
The largest of our camps, River Lodge’s wide, open spaces and airy design are a constant reminder that you’re sleeping under the African sky. River Lodge is more festive and social than our smaller, quieter camps, which is why young couples and groups of friends are often among our guests.


rooms: 40 • size: 35m2
Let yourself drift away in a suite reminiscent of Hemingway’s Africa, or take in the beauty of the reserve from the privacy of your patio.

Spa Suites

rooms: 16 • size: 50m2
Tucked away in the privacy of the russet bush willow 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.

Family Suites

rooms: 4 • size: 70m2
Perfect for big family getaways or holidays with friends, 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.

En-suite bathrooms offer privacy, and each suite is fitted with air conditioning to enhance your, 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.

Royal Suites

rooms: 2 • size: 40m2
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 own 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.

Lounge, Pool & Cocktail Bar

Relax beside a roaring fire in our African themed lounge or saunter over to the 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.

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.

Dining & Wine Cellar


  • Explore our authentic African buffet around a roaring fire in the open-sided thatch Rhino Boma.

Romantic Dining

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

Breakfast and Lunch
The Siyadla Lounge boasts its own bar and lounge along with two magnificent fireplaces and glass stack doors that can be opened up to the surrounding bushveld.
All dietary requirements are easily catered for.

On request, Kapama River Lodge can offer kosher meals. For information on our kosher meal options email our reservations team and they will be happy to assist.

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

River Lodge Spa

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.

Single supplement – 50% of the per person sharing rate.


Rate inclusions: inclusions: Accommodation, all meals, teas and snacks, two daily safari activities with soft drinks and waters on activities, bush walks, return transfers to/from Eastgate Airport (HDS) for scheduled flights only and VAT.

Rate exclusions:  Conservation levy of  (2019) R150.00  (2020) R140 per person per day, all drinks, laundry and items of a personal nature.


CHILDREN: Children of all ages are welcome at Kapama River Lodge. All children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by a responsible adult during game drives and bush walks. Children under the age of 12 are permitted on safari at the sole discretion of the manager or guide. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on safari.


Always verify FULL terms & conditions with reservations department prior to booking confirmation or on pro-forma invoice.
All direct bookings require the following deposits in order to secure a booking:

Days prior to arrival 0 - 30 30 - 90 90 - 365 365+
Deposits 100% 25% 10% 5%
Cancellation fees 75% 25% 10% 5%


Days prior to arrival 0 - 60 60 - 90 90 - 365
Deposits 100% 25% 10%
Cancellation fees 75% 25% 10%

Cancellation fees applicable as a % equal to the accommodation value, will be levied if a confirmed booking is cancelled within the above time frames
All deposits are non-refundable.


  • Children under the age of 12 years are welcome at Kapama River Lodge.
  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult during game drives and bush walks.
  • Children under 12 are permitted on safari at the sole discretion of the manager or guide.
  • Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on safari, and where possible, a kiddie’s safari will be arranged between normal safari times.
  • Babysitting can be arranged at the lodge at an additional charge.

The Lodge reserves the right to restrict one night weekend or peak period bookings.


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Business Hours:
Mon - Fri (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
E-mail: Reservations
E-mail: Safaris

Why Book With Us?

  • Personal inter-action
  • Lodges with high standards
  • Stay in control of your booking
  • Most special deals by far
  • Secure payment process (SSL)
  • South African based
  • Superior knowledge
  • Expert advice
  • No booking fees

What sets us Apart !

  • Effortless road and air access
  • Ideal for family or small groups
  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Large elephant population
  • Over 530 bird species
  • Big 5 Game Animals

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