• 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 2021 to 19 Dec 2021
Standard Suites (40) per person sharing R6 095
Royal Suites (2) per person sharing R9 500
Spa Suites (16) per person sharing R7 390
Family Spa Suite (4) per night (2 adults & 2 children) R22 175

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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 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.

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

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.

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.

After a day out in the wild, there’s nothing more welcome than a pampering treatment in our award-winning luxurious spa. But if you’re in need of something more energetic, our state-of-the-art fitness centre may be just for you. For those who aren’t quite sure, there’s always the steam room or spa pool – and even a curio shop where you can find that perfect gift for a loved one back home.

River Lodge Price List

marula miracle moments R 4 270 body peel with hydration wrap 60min
R 1 065
SPA THERAPY PACKAGES   body peel with algae detox wrap 60min R 1 065
kapama marula steam treatment (per couple) R 4 500 HAND & FOOT CARE  
unearthed haven R 2 940 kapama manicure 60min R 630
revival retreat R 2 620 kapama pedicure 60min R 750
  R 2 450 heel peel 30min R 450
  R 2 125 mini manicure/mini pedicure 30min R 450
BODY TREATMENTS   african make-up R 265
Kapama wellness massage 60min R 1 060 eyebrow wax R 190
Kapama wellness massage 90min R1 440 lip/chin wax R 190
deluxe aromatherapy massage 90min R1 550 under arm wax R 230
kapama sports massage 60min R1 170 bikini wax R 365
kapama sports massage 90min R 1 550 extended bikini wax R 430
back, neck & shoulder massage 30min R 740 half leg wax R 430
back, neck & shoulder massage 45min R 910 full leg wax R 520
scalp massage 30min R 640 eye lash tinting R 180
foot massage 30min R 450 eye brow tinting R 180
head to toe african ritual 90min R 1 550 KAPAMA SPA KIDS  
african rungu massage 60 min R 1 240 scalp massage 30min R 640
african rungu massage 90min R 1 550 back, neck & shoulder massage 30min R 640
african calabash massage 60min R1 240 mini mani/pedicure 60min R 750
african calabash massage 90min R1 550 DERMALOGICA  
ear candling 45min R 850 scalp massage 30min R 1 280
royal rasul treatment 60min R 1 020 back, neck & shoulder massage 30min R 1 280
hot stone therapy 60min R 1280 mini mani/pedicure 60min R 1 020
hot stone therapy 90min R 1 550    
reflexology 45min R 940    
mum-to-be nurturing massage R 1 060    
full body exfoliation R 725    
hydrobath (per couple) R 1 200    
classic babor facial 60min R 1 020    
babor men's facial 60min R 1 020    

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  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.


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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