• Kapama Buffalo Camp

Kapama Buffalo Camp

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.
Buffalo Camp preserves the safari experience of a bygone era through well appointed tents, each connected with the other by suspended wooden walkways. The intimate size of the camp ensures a home away from home atmosphere.

At a glance

• Meru-style safari tents
• Positioned along the banks of a river bed
• One of the largest privately owned private game reserves
• Limited capacity
• Big 5 safari in open vehicles
• Bush walks

20 beds 10 tents perested as: Twin bedded inividuals tents

Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability

Description 5 Jan 2020
to 19 Dec 2020
Luxury Tents (10) - Per Person Per Night Sharing R8 160
Description 20 Dec 2020
to 4 Jan 2021
Luxury Tents (10) - Per Person Per Night Sharing R9 600
Description 5 Jan 2021
to 19 Dec 2021
Luxury Tents (10) - Per Person Per Night Sharing R8 450

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ACTIVITY RATES 2021 (valid from 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2021)
Elephant Interaction R 2 050,00 per person
For those who would like to meet the Jabulani Safaris elephants up close and personal, the elephant Interaction is the ideal activity which takes place daily at 06:30 in the morning. A ranger will take the guests to where the Elephants are in order to have a 90 minute interaction which will be presented by a qualified elephant handler. Guests will have the opportunity to touch and feed these magnificent animals, while learning a little more about them as well as enjoying terrific photogrpahic possibilities.
Hot Air
Balloon Safari
R 6 000.00 per person (adult)
This is only done in the very early hours of the mornings and guests are taken to the point of departure just before sunrise. By arrival the balloons will have been prepared for launch and guests will be briefed and then will have to get into the basket. A very scenic trip will follow close to the Drakensberg mountain range which is rated as a very memorable experience to the majority of guests. The landing can be a bit rough but worthwhile for such a wonderful experience.
Exclusive Safari Vehicle
       (Per Day)
R 6 400.00 per vehicle
An option is given to guests to book a private vehicle for those who want to do specific photography or guests just wanting a private game experience. The offer of a private vehicle is subject to availability.
Panoramic Tour R 2 900.00 per person
(min.2 people)
Not only does the Panorama Route offer the most remarkable views over the Lowveld, it is also home to a number of phenomenal geographical features, such as waterfalls, gorges, potholes as well as the 3rd largest, and greenest, canyon in the world – the Blyde River Canyon. Time permitting; your qualified panorama guide will take you to the Three Rondawels to enjoy views the canyon below, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Lisbon and/or Berlin Falls, pinnacle point and God’s Window, where Northern Drakensberg plunges 900m to the Lowveld. Complete the experience with an optional light lunch at the infamous Harries Pancakes in Graskop.
Rate Includes
 Qualified Panorama Guide
All Entry Fees on the panorama route
 Bottled Mineral Water
A Light lunch at Harries Pancakes can be included for an additional charge per person. The day is steeped in exquisite beauty, while your expert guide points out the finest view points and relates the history of the regions hardy pioneers. The old wagon trail from the “highveld” to the “lowveld” can still be seen on the Abel Erasmus pass.
Departs: 09h00 Returns: +/-15h30
Romantic Sleep Out R 8 000,00 Per couple additional to
(Including private meal
and bottle of wine)
On the Romantic Deck, a bush bedroom is set up to accommodate a couple for the night with secure access and as many of the room comforts as are practically possible, mosquito net, mattress, linen, bedside table, toilet & bush vanity table. The guests are given the option to either go out at sunset or after dinner depending on their personal preference. For those leaving at sunset a delicious dinner will be prepared on site, having the opportunity to spend the hours of dusk, relaxing, absorbing the beauty of the African bushveld with the Drakensberg mountains as backdrop as it transforms from day to night. The Romantic Deck is completely private and secluded allowing the guest the unique experience of being completely alone in the wilderness - an experience that few places in the world can truly offer. After the ranger has taken the guests to the Romantic deck and ensured that they are perfectly safe he will return to the Lodge. As dawn breaks the guests will either be able to call the Lodge with their radio or await their collection by the Ranger at the pre-arranged time.
Rates valid from 01 January 2020 to 31 December 2020
Exclusive Private dinner R 1,650 2 guests
Exclusive Private dinner R 8,250 2 to 10 guests
Exclusive Private dinner R 13,800 11 guests or more
Non - Exclusive Bush Dinner / Breakfast R 13,800 10 to 40 guests thereafter R300 per person
Exclusive Bush Dinner / Breakfast R 19,000 10 to 40 guests thereafter R300 per person
Formal Platinum Banquet table set up R 1,100 Per person
Formal Banquet table setup R 550 Per person
Ala Cart supplement R 530 Per person
Halaal Food R 1,200 Per person per day
Kosher Food R 4,600 Per person per day
Lunch Box R275 Per person depending on menu
Non Resident Breakfast & Lunch R 385 Per person
Non Resident Dinner R 980 Per person
Corkage R 275 Per bottle
Tribal Dancing R 11,550 Per performance
Marimba band R 11,550 Per performance
Traditional African Choir R 11,550 Per performance
River Lodge Media Room R 3,300 Per day
River Lodge Conference Venue R 13,200 Per day
Southern Camp Conference Venue R 8,800 Per day
Spa Exclusive Use R 20,350 45x 30min treatments (Per day)
Spa Exclusive Use R 26,400 30x 60min treatments (Per day)
Eco Children Community School Tour R600 Per person
Elephant Interaction R 1,950 Per person
Private vehicle – per day R 6,050 Per day
Romantic Sleep Out R 7,700 Per couple
Amazing Race R 33,000 Per group (max 80 people)
Rhino Darting R 96,250 Only if required by reserve ecology team
Hot air balloon safari R 5,650 Per person
Panoramic Tour R 2,750 Per person

Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park, in the north-east of South Africa. It spans 13 000 hectares of the magnificent South African bushveld, teeming with wildlife, yet is ideally situated to receive fly-in guests of scheduled flights from the nearby Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit.

The best airport to fly into is Eastgate Airport, also know as Hoedspruit Airport, as it is just 10 minutes’ drive from the reserve entrance, and Kapama offers complimentary transfers in open game viewing vehicles directly to any of the four luxury game lodges on the reserve: River Lodge, Buffalo Camp, Kapama Karula and Southern Camp.

Should a travel itinerary include Hendrik van Eck Airport or Kruger Mphumalanga International Airport, guests will need to arrange a private transfer in order to get to Kapama Private Game Reserve. That is why Eastgate / Hoedspruit Airport is highly recommened.

Situated in Limpopo province, an area renowned for its wildlife and superb safari destinations, Kapama Private Game Reserve is home to all the big game of Africa, with over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species. This equates to huge natural diversity and includes the famed dangerous Big Five of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Twice-daily game drives are conducted through the rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests that make up this magnificent African reserve. 

The African camp atmosphere is perpetuated at mealtimes with serve-yourself choices presented in heavy African cooking pots over a gentle flame. Hot and cold breakfast and lunch options are spread out across the servery, while dinner is prepared in the kitchen or cooked on the grill and served around an open fire in the circular traditional outdoor boma.

Buffalo Camp has a cosy lounge on the edge of the riverbank under a vaulted thatch with ceiling fans to help the air flow. The Buffalo Bar serves drinks all day and into the night until the last guest turns in. Upholstered chairs and sofas offer a restful place to sit and listen to birds in the surrounding trees.

Buffalo Camp’s pool terrace is small and intimate like the rest of the lodge. Big enough for a dip rather than a swim, this is the best place to cool off and rest under sun umbrellas on a hot African afternoon.

Kapama Game Reserve is so well positioned, not too far from habitation but still deep in the bush, enabling us to offer a truly superior range of activities. Two game drives per day and an optional bush walk is included in the all-inclusive Kapama safari package. All other activities are not included and will charged as extras.

Here’s a quick guide to what’s on offer, then read on for all the exciting details of each option:

  • Game Drives and Bush Walks
  • Romantic Sleepout
  • Kapama Body & Skin Treatments
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Elephant Back Safari
  • Kapama Thulumahashe Children’s Home
  • Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species
  • Private Dining
  • Golf at Hans Merenski Championship Course

Two game drives a day are offered to all our guests. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, you can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species. Since this is a Big Five reserve, encountering lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari.

While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of bird recorded on the reserve. Throughout the day, it’s likely you will see wildlife such as nyala antelope, Vervet monkeys or even a few of the Big Five.

typical summer morning schedule:
05:00    wake-up call
05:30    tea, coffee and rusks in the dining room
06:00    depart
07:30    stop for hot drinks and snacks
09:00    return to lodge for a full breakfast
typical summer afternoon schedule:
16:00    gather for a decadent high tea
16:30    depart
19:30    arrive back at the lodge with time to freshen up before dinner
20:00    dinner is served
typical winter morning schedule:
05:30    wake-up call
06:00    tea, coffee and rusks in the dining room
06:30    depart
07:30    stop for hot drinks and snacks
09:00    return to the lodge for a full breakfast
typical winter afternoon schedule:
15:30    gather for a decadent high tea
16:00    depart
19:00    arrive back at the lodge with time to freshen up before dinner
19:30    dinner is served

Private game vehicles are available on request

Home in the Trees

High in the treetops, accessible only by elevated wooden walkways, the old-world luxury tents of Buffalo Camp are the closest you’ll get to living alongside our wildlife.

Buffalo is a quiet and intimate lodge where you can unwind in the shade of the trees and simply absorb the surrounding peace.


rooms: 10 • size: 35m2
Set among tall, shady trees, with a seasonal river below, Buffalo Camp’s suites are ultra-luxurious tents that consistently delight our guests. Dark wood and leather finishes add a nostalgic air, while oil lanterns illuminating the walkways at night create a wonderfully romantic ambience.

Each luxury tent features en-suite bathrooms and air con, as well as heated blankets for cooler weather comfort. Tea and Nespresso coffee facilities come standard, along with a fully stocked minibar. For peace of mind, there’s a lock-up safe for your valuables, and for our guests from abroad, international plugs for convenience.

Lounge & Pool

The intimate Buffalo Camp lounge, nestled under a vaulted, thatched roof, is the perfect place to sink into a comfortable sofa for a spot of birdwatching – refreshing cocktail in hand, of course.

The sun loungers around our elevated rim-flow pool offer excellent views of the surrounding fauna and flora.



Breakfast and Lunch
Tuck into delicate delights from our a la carte menu under traditional thatch, surrounded by natural beauty.

Gather around a roaring, open fire in a true African boma as you dine on traditional fare to the soundtrack of a wild African night.

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

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

Children – No children under the age of 16 years are permitted at Buffalo Camp.

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

Rate exclusions: Conservation levy  per person per night, laundry and items of a personal nature.


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% 20% 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.

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


Kapama luxury travel is geared towards offering discerning travellers staying at one of the 4 Kapama Lodges, the ultimate luxury experience. Whether flying into Kapama or onto their next destination with our PC12, Kapama will leave guests with a changed travel expectation through extraordinary luxury and exceptional service.
KAPAMA – CPT R 116 000
KAPAMA – PE R 92 000
ORTIA – KAPAMA – CPT R 124 000
CPT – KAPAMA – CPT R 196 000
CPT – KAPAMA – DBN R 125 000
ORTIA - KAPAMA – PE R 100 000
CPT – KAP – MQP / SABI SANDS R 125 000

Terms and conditions

  • rates are applicable for stays combined with a Kapama Lodge stay only
  • rates are based on exclusive use of Kapama’s PC12 aircraft
  • - up to 8 passengers with luggage restrictions (not exceeding 20kg/44lbs pp)
  • - up to 6 passengers with no luggage restrictions
  • rates are inclusive of all airport taxes and fees, including:
  • - cost of the use of the exclusive aviation terminals
  • - use of Kapama’s exclusive tarred runway
  • return trips are based on a stay at any of the 4 Kapama Lodges
  • rates are subject to change and are only guaranteed on confirmation
  • rates are based on Kapama’s Pilatus PC12 with one pilot only
  • other routes can be quoted on request


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  • 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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