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Kapama Buffalo Camp

Kapama Buffalo Camp

$555 per person

Home in the trees. High up in the tree canopy, and only accessible by elevated wooden walkways, a stay in the old-world luxury tents of Kapama Buffalo Camp are the closest you’ll get to living among Africa’s wild creatures. Buffalo Camp is a tranquil and intimate lodge where you can unwind in the shade and simply indulge yourself in the peace of your natural surroundings.

Nestled between the Blyde River Valley and Kruger National Park, Kapama Private Game Reserve’s four individually appointed and luxurious camps offer an escape for nature lovers from across the globe. This untouched part of Africa is home to some of our most endangered, beautiful and fascinating wildlife species.
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Kapama’s four luxury lodges each have a charm of their own – Buffalo Camp delights with its old- worldly feel, Southern Camp offers warmth and hospitality, River Lodge’s ambience is festive year-round, and Karula Lodge’s elegance is simply breathtaking. The more adventurous spirits among us can experience the bush like never before by opting for one of our romantic sleep-outs.

Multiple Global Award Winning 5 Star Safari Lodge in Africa*
‘Something special is happening deep in the heart of the wilderness…’

Spanning 13 000 hectares of pristine African bush, Kapama offers the perfect sanctuary to a wide variety of wildlife. Here, more than 40 different species of mammals, including the BigFive – 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 by means of two guided game drives daily, nature walks, and once-in-a-lifetime elephant encounters. Kapama’s four luxury lodges each have a charm of their own – Buffalo Camp delights with its old- worldly feel, Southern Camp offers warmth and hospitality, River Lodge’s ambiances festive year-round, and Karula’s elegance is simply breathtaking.

The more adventurous spirits among us can experience the bush like never before by opting for one of our romantic sleep-outs. To create the best experience possible for our guests, Kapama now also boasts a private aeroplane and airstrip to receive guests travelling directly from Johannesburg or Cape Town, as well as a courtesy transfer service from Eastgate Airport.

Rated #3 Best Safari Lodge in the World.

Buffalo Camp

Home in the trees. High up in the tree canopy, and only accessible by elevated wooden walkways, a stay in the old-world luxury tents of Kapama Buffalo Camp are the closest you’ll get to living among Africa’s wild creatures. Buffalo Camp is a tranquil and intimate lodge where you can unwind in the shade and simply indulge yourself in the peace of your natural surroundings.

kapama karula spa pool entrance
kapama karula superior villa interior

Set among tall, shady trees, with views of the seasonal river below, these 10 suites are, in fact, ultra-luxurious tents that consistently delight our guests. Dark wood and leather finishes add a nostalgic flair, while the oil lanterns illuminating the walkways at night create a wonderfully romantic ambiance. Each tent has air conditioning and its own en-suite bathroom. Guests are also provided with heated blankets for complete comfort in cooler weather. Tea and Nespresso coffee facilities come standard, together with a fully stocked minibar. These suites also have lock-up safes for your valuables, with international plugs for the convenience of our overseas guests.

Why not treat yourself to a visit to the unspoilt Sabi Sabi? It promises experience in the African bush that will stir your soul and change your psyche forever.

Lounge and Pool area. The intimate Buffalo Camp lounge, under a vaulted, thatched roof, is the perfect spot to settle into a comfortable sofa for a spot of bird watching – refreshing cocktail in hand, of course. Enjoy excellent views of the surrounding fauna and flora from the sun loungers scattered around the elevated rim-flow pool.

kapama karula pool area
kapama karula dining

Breakfast and Lunch – Tuck into delectable delights from our a-la-carte menu served under traditional thatch and surrounded by the unspoilt wilderness.

Dinner – Gather around a crackling, open fire in an authentic African boma to dine on traditional dishes to the sounds of the African bush at night.

Your Safari Schedule


05h00Wake up call
05h30Tea, coffee and rusks in dining room
07h30Stop for hot drinks and snacks
09h00Return to lodge for a full breakfast
16h00Gather for a decadent High Tea
19h30Arrive back at lodge in time to freshen up for dinner
20h00Dinner is served


Question: Best Time to Kapama Private Game Reserve

Answer: May-August and December


Question: Who Owns Kapama Private Game Reserve

Answer: The Roode family


Question: Where is Kapama Private Game Reserve

Answer:  Kapama Private Game Reserve is situated between the Blyde River Valley and Kruger National Park

More About Kapama Buffalo Camp


Johann Roode bought the farm, Moria, in 1986 for his Bonsmara cattle to graze on. He soon needed more land, however, and a second portion, Drakensig, was acquired. Within the next year Johan decided to shift his focus to eco-tourism, a move that gave birth to Kapama Private Game Reserve.



Johann began to develop Kapama into an ecotourism destination dedicated to the celebration and preservation of this breathtaking pristine wilderness, with construction starting in 1989. Buffalo Camp is now located on the land that used to be Moria, and River Lodge stands proudly on the former Drakensig.

Nowadays, Kapama is still owner-managed by the Roode family, making it the largest family-owned reserve in the area. After Johann’s tragic passing in 2002 his wife, Lente Roode, and their two children, Bernard and Adine, took over the management and development of the reserve. Bernard has since further expanded the land through the acquisition of, most significantly, Gwala Gwala and Hongonyi. These two portions of land lent themselves perfectly to the development of the modern Southern Camp and the luxurious Karula.



According to local legend, Shangaan chiefs who demonstrated acts of extreme bravery were honoured by being reborn as lions. Kapama was the name of the last chief of this revered bloodline. It is said that, if you look deep enough into the eyes of one of Kapama’s lions, you will be able to stare past the beast and into the soul of a Shangaan chief. According to local folklore, a solitary lion named Kapama lived on the land. According to the legend, he was no ordinary lion. Not only was he enormous in size, he was also crafty beyond measure. Every young man in the village had pitted their hunting skills against this great beast, but he evaded them at every turn. So proficient was Kapama in thwarting his prey, that the people began to believe he was an ancient king who, through some misdeed, had been condemned to wander the land in the body of an animal. There came a time when the earth saw no rain for many months, and the people and animals suffered greatly. But the great “king” Kapama knew where to find water and would track the fattest game. The young men of the village, who had grown to revere the old “king”, quickly learnt to follow rather than hunt him, enabling them to feed their people. When the rains finally came, it crashed down to the hard earth in torrents, giving birth to a new river, which was named Kapama. According to legend, the “king” had by then paid his dues and was never seen again.

To create the best experience possible for our guests, Kapama now also boasts a private aeroplane and airstrip to receive guests travelling directly from Johannesburg or Cape Town, as well as a courtesy transfer service from Eastgate Airport.

Book your Kapama Buffalo Camp Safari today at the best rates and prices.

  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Boutique purchases
    Departure Taxes
    Entry Fees
    Personal Safari Guide
    Premium Brands and Cellar wines
    Spa treatments and Laundry


Kapama Private Game Reserve, R40, 1380

Inclusions and exclusions

Rates Include:
  • Three meals per day:full English breakfast, light luncheon and dinner in the open-air boma or thatched dining room (Special bush dinners can be arranged at an extra cost).
  • Tea, coffee, cakes, pastries and afternoon teatime snacks.
  • Beverages:
    • Kapama Karula – A selection of local alcoholic and premium beverages are included during your entire stay.
    • Kapama River Lodge – A selection of soft drinks and water is included on the evening game drive sundowner stop
    • Kapama Southern Camp – A selection of local alcoholic and premium beverages are included during your entire stay.
    • Kapama Buffalo Camp – A selection of local alcoholic and premium beverages are included during your entire stay.
  • Two game drives daily in open safari vehicles, accompanied by experienced rangers and expert Shangaan trackers. Private game vehicle are available on request.
  • Complimentary road transfers between your Kapama accommodation and Eastgate Airport.
  • Rates applicable to FIT and GROUP bookings, all rates are subject to change.
  • Twice daily housekeeping service
Rates exclude:
  • Conservation Levy of R115 per person per night. This contribution will go towards the conservation efforts and the work of the Anti-Poaching Unit in their ongoing protection efforts
  • Telephone calls
  • Shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Personal bar account, room mini-bar consumables and sundowner drinks
  • Laundry

Facilities and Amenities at Kapama Buffalo Camp

Description of Facilities / Amenities Karula
Number of suites12
Back up ElectricityYes
Boutique Shop**Yes
Full bar facilitiesYes
Handicapped SuiteNo
Meeting FacilitiesNo
Lodge Swimming PoolYes
Telephone/Fax FacilitiesYes
Wine CellarYes
Air ConditioningYes
En-Suite BathroomsYes
Lounge AreaYes
Swimming Pool Yes
Safes in suiteYes
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines) Yes
King Size BedsYes
Swimming PoolYes


  kampa karula bushwalk Kapama offers a variety of ways in which you can explore our beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Our twice-daily game drives and educational bush walks are integral parts of the comprehensive Kapama experience. Budding photographers can enrol in our two-day photography workshop to hone their skills for that perfect lion shot to mount on your wall back home.  


Guests can enjoy two game drives per day. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, you can expect to encounter a diverse number of animal and bird species. Since this is a Big Five reserve, encountering lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo are highly likely over a two-day safari. While encountering big game is always an exhilarating experience, the many smaller species also make for captivating viewing. Birding enthusiasts will be delighted with the approximately 350 species recorded on the reserve. Throughout the day, you will be able to enjoy sightings of nyala antelope, Vervet monkeys and, very likely even a few of the Big Five. Private game vehicles are available on request. * Unless otherwise specified, rates are valid until 30 November 2018 (except where included in the tariff).
kampa karula spa pool entrance

kampa karula spa pool entrance


A Experience the African bush on foot guided by a skilled ranger. The latter will point out a wide range of medicinal plants, insects and bird species along the way, and share his knowledge of traditional tracking skills such as using animal footprints to identify animals, with the group. This truly memorable, authentic and intimate encounter with nature and our wildlife is included in the tariffs.  


Capacity: 6 people World-class photographic training by leading South African wildlife photographer Albie Venter is aimed at novice and intermediate photographers. Bringing together like-minded individuals who enjoy both nature and photography, the workshop covers everything - from operating a camera to how to identify and compose evocative images. Whether you’ve never picked up a camera before or just want to learn how to use the one you have, the emphasis of the weekend is on teaching both the technical and artistic sides of photography in a relaxing, natural environment. All appropriate genres of photography will be discussed, and the theoretical aspects will be taught during the sessions hosted in the lodge conference room. Albie will accompany the course goers on game drives, which will allow for opportunities to put your knowledge into practice. Groups are kept small to ensure personal attention and a “window’ seat” to all the participants. Private game-viewing vehicles each accommodate six photographers and a professional photographer guide at a time. DETAILS: activities classroom-theory training sessions and on game drives feedback images taken during the weekend will be critiqued by the professional photographers experience all levels – group sizes allow for individual attention. Don’t have all the equipment? The latest camera models and lenses are for hire at Kapama. Contact us for more information regarding your requirements and hire costs.  


Bliss awaits the weary at our wellness centres. Indulge yourself in the best spa treatments on the continent, work up a sweat with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and in the steam rooms, or take a plunge in our refreshing pool.  


After a day out in the bush, there’s nothing more invigorating than a pampering spa treatment. Our luxurious Karula Spa is a haven of relaxation and calm. But if you feel the urge to burn some energy, our state-of-the-art fitness centre may be just for you. For those who aren’t really into vigorous exercise, 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.  


A fairy-tale experience awaits you during the Kapama Romantic Sleep-out. Sleep in the open air on a private elevated platform, illuminated by the golden hues of a ring of lanterns. The adventure begins at your arrival at sunset, when a private chef will serve dinner “in the air”. Satisfied, you can fall asleep under the light of a million stars, creating an unmatched romantic experience. You will arrive before sunset, just in time to watch the changing colours of sky while sipping on a sundowner. The African bush fairy-tale continues with a five-course dinner served to by a personal chef at an intimate table for two on the platform. You can, however, also opt to enjoy a romantic dinner at the lodge, departing for the sleep-out venue afterwards. A ring of lantern will provide soft light during the night. The platform and luxury bathroom underneath it are animal-proof, but a two-way radio and cellular phone are supplied for additional peace of mind. With amenities such as a flush toilet, shower and his and hers basins, the bathroom provides for optimum comfort.  


Discerning travellers can now – on request – fly directly from Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) or Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) to Kapama. Guests making use of this service will have access to the exclusive Fireblade facilities at ORTIA that includes a gym, day rooms, boardrooms, and more. Similarly, guests flying in from Cape Town will have access to Signature Flight Services’ facilities. Flights from Johannesburg take only 50 minutes, and flights from Cape Town around 2 hours 45 minutes.  


International guest to Kapama have the option of using the two commercial airlines namely SA Express and Comair from ORTIA in Johannesburg or Cape Town’s CTIA. These flights depart daily between 11h00 and 13h00 to Eastgate Airport. The latter is a convenient 20-minute flight to most of the KapamaLodges. Guests are collected at the airport by a Kapama game ranger who will take them to their destination lodge at Kapama. Realizing that the discerning traveller appreciate more exclusivity and relaxation, and that their vacation starts upon their arrival in South Africa, Kapama has developed and built its own tarred runway for its own Kapama PC12 aircraft. This aircraft is brand-new and had its maiden flight in December 2017. Pilatus is a Swiss aircraft manufacturer with a stellar reputation for quality and safety. The Pilatus PC12 has an outstanding safety record and is known as one of the most reliable aircraft globally. This new Kapama-owned and branded aircraft now operates from ORTIA and CTIA exclusively at the request of guests to Kapama. To add to this extremely luxurious travel option, Kapama has partnered with Fireblade Aviation for access to the exclusive Fireblade terminal services at ORTIA for our guests making use of the Kapama luxury travel option to Kapama. The Fireblade facilities include, a gym, day rooms, and boardrooms, among others, for our guest to freshen up before boarding or alighting the Kapama aircraft or when they return from Kapama and need a comfortable area and setting before returning to their destination. A 50-minute flight takes guests to the Kapama airstrip where they will be collected by the ranger assigned to them for the duration of their holiday. The road trip to Kapama Karula takes less than 10 minutes through the reserve. and guests are booked into their luxury villa at Kapama Karula. Signature Flight Services at CTIA provide similar facilities to Kapama guests. The duration of the flight from CTIA to Kapama in the PC12 Aircraft is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. The Kapama Luxury travel option comprises three standard options which include: Flights to and from Johannesburg ORTIA to Kapama’s own airport. Depart from ORTIA to Kapama. Three nights’ all-inclusive accommodation with guided safaris Kapama Karula. (This can be extended to more nights). Flights to and from CTIA to Kapama. Depart from CTIA to Kapama. Three nights’ all-inclusive accommodation, with guided safaris at the luxurious Kapama Karula. (This can be extended to more nights) Flights to or from CTIA to Kapama and return to ORTIA or CTIA. Three nights’ all-inclusive accommodation with guided safaris, at the luxurious Kapama Karula. (This can be extended to more nights) Tariffs for the above packages are as follows: Flights to and from ORTIA with 3 nights at Karula: 2 Guests: ZAR178 000 Family (max 5): ZAR221 000   Flight to and from Cape Town with 3 nights at Kapama Karula: 2 Guests: ZAR336 000 Family (max 5): ZAR379 000   Flight to or from Cape Town and/0r ORTIA and Kapama with 3 nights at Kapama Karula: 2 Guests: ZAR245 000 Family (max 5): ZAR288 000 Rates Exclude conservation levies

Kapama Buffalo Lodge Rates  2019 p/p/s


Buffalo CampRates and Tariffs
Tent | per person sharingZAR8 350


  • All rates above are based on a per person sharing per night basis.
  • River Lodge Suites, Spa Suites, Southern Camp Suites, Villas and Buffalo Camp Tents are charged at a 50% single supplement.
  • Karula Villas are charged at a 100% single supplement.
  • Children under the age of 12 years old sharing with two adults are charged less 50% of the per person sharing rate.
  • No children under the age of 12 years old allowed at Buffalo Camp.


  • All rates are in South African Rands and include VAT. (VAT is determined by South African government regulations and is subject to change)
  • The child rate applies to children under the age of 12 years when sharing with two adults.
  • Whilst every effort is made to accommodate children, Kapama lodges reserve the right to provide alternative meal arrangements for children.
  • Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on game drives, except on a specially arranged “bush bumble” safari.
  • Children between the age of 6 and 12 years are permitted on game drives at the sole discretion of the ranger.
  • All guests are required to sign an indemnity form on arrival.


To secure your booking, the following deposit is required*:
deposits cancellation fees days to confirm booking
deposits <30 days prior 100% 75% 2 days
30-90 days prior 25% 25% 7 days
90-365 days prior 10% 10% 14 days
>365 days prior 5% 5% 30 days
* Please note:
  • All deposits made are non-refundable.
  • In the event that the reservation is cancelled, a cancellation fee will be levied equal to the required deposit payments.
  • All cancellations must be sent to Kapama via confirmed telefax or electronic mail.


  • All terms and conditions, whether general or special, shall be interpreted and take effect according to the laws of South Africa. The Courts of South Africa shall have sole jurisdiction in respect of any claims which may arise between the client and Kapama Private Game Reserve.
  • Payments to Kapama Game Reserve shall be at rates specified in the Rate Schedule, or as agreed in writing from time to time.
  • Credit arrangements are on application only. Where no credit facility exists, all reservations shall be settled on a pre-payment basis.
  • Kapama Private Game Reserve shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of any property whether belonging to the client or any of the guests, nor shall Kapama Private Game Reserve be responsible for any personal injury which may be sustained by any guests or by any directors, servants or agents of the client, whether such damage or personal injury be caused by, or arise from the negligence of Kapama Private Game Reserve or its employees or otherwise. The client hereby indemnifies Kapama Private Game Reserve and all its directors, servants or agents of the client in respect of such personal injury, loss or damage.
  • All guests will be required to settle their accounts for extras, telephone calls, beverages, laundry, etc. on departure. This can be done by credit card or local currency notes. Game Check in time 14h00, check out time 11h00.
  • Insurance: We recommend that all guests have sufficient travel insurance to cover injury, medical costs, emergency evacuation, repatriation, loss or damage to personal belongings and cancellation.
  • Guests are required to sign an indemnity form on arrival.
  • No pets are allowed.


  • Children of all ages are welcome at Kapama River Lodge, Southern Camp and Karula.
  • The family unit rate is for a maximum 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.
  • Children under the age of 12 years, sharing with two adults, will pay 50% of the per person rate.
  • No children under the age of 12 can be accommodated at Buffalo Camp.
  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult during game drives and bush walks.
  • Children will be permitted on game drives and walks at the discretion of the ranger.
  • No children under the age of 6 are allowed on game drives.