Set on the banks of the perennial Klaserie River is the flagship five-star lodge of Kapama Game Reserve: Kapama Karula. Meaning “place of peace”, this ultra-luxurious and prestigious lodge exudes calmness and depicts the pinnacle of elegant safari accommodation, with wraparound views of the African bush enhancing the sense of tranquility at this exclusive safari lodge.

Kapama Karula has ten Superior Villas, each exquisitely decorated and with generous private space. These suites measure at least 90m² each, with an opulent en-suite bathroom featuring indoor and outdoor showers, his and hers basins, and a bath. Standard in each Superior Villa is a minibar stocked with a selection of fine wines and champagne, a Nespresso coffee machine, a lock-up safe, an international adaptor, a Wi-Fi connection and an iPod docking station. For guest comfort and convenience, each suite has a telephone, overhead fan and air conditioning, as well as a gas-heated fireplace for cool winter nights. The Superior Villas are wrapped by glass sliding doors, allowing seamless views over the Klaserie River. Each Villa has its own outside deck area, full-sized heated swimming pool and sun loungers for relaxation.

There are two purpose-built Superior Villas for families. At 170m², these Family Villas have an open-plan living room, replete with fireplace, which flows into the master bedroom with its en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom leads off the living room and can be accessed through an interleading door or its own entrance. This children’s bedroom is also en-suite and is equipped with a flat-screen TV, selection of movies and a Wii game console. All other amenities are included – from well-stocked minibars including a selection of wines and champagne, to Nespresso coffee machines, air conditioning, overhead fans, telephones, Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station. Each Family Villa has a private outside deck and a large heated swimming pool for year-round swimming.

Modern whitewashed wood and vast sections of glass, complemented by a neutral colour palette, give Kapama Karula a contemporary African feel. The open-plan lounge and bar are spacious yet cosy, with skylights drawing in natural daylight and moonshine. Alternatively, enjoy the African sunshine on the outside wooden deck, with views over the Klaserie River. Spotting leopard from the Kapama Karula dining room is not uncommon.


  • Rooms – 10 Superior Villas and 2 Family Villas
  • Child Policy – All ages accepted
  • Spa – Yes
  • Malaria Area – Low Risk
  • Conference – Not on site, located at Kapama River Lodge
  • Big 5 Area – Yes
  • Location – Kapama Private Game Reserve – Hoedspruit – Limpopo
  • Drive Time – 5.5 hour drive from Johannesburg, alternately daily flights from Cape Town International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport directly to Eastgate (HDS) Airport
  • 5 Star Premium Status Award (1 of 18 properties in South Africa)


Dining venues

Indoor dining area where guests can enjoy fine dining and bar with designer wine cellar

For those romantics, a fireside dinner for two can be enjoyed in the library, with prior arrangement

Karula Spa & Wellness centre

The luxury spa offers a range of health and beauty treatments in four deluxe treatment rooms. For a body workout, the fitness centre is equipped with state-of-the-art cardio and weight-lifting equipment, or you can run or walk on the treadmill or cycle on the Wattbike. After working up a sweat, visit the steam room, or relax in the pool.

Multipurpose library

The multipurpose library is equipped with audio-visual equipment and two Internet stations with complimentary Wi-Fi for lodge guests wanting to connect to home.

Curio shop

You can browse through the curio shop for those special gifts for a loved one to take home.

Karula kiddies’ activities

Kiddies at Karula have an abundance of games and educational activities to keep them entertained. Children receive a kiddie’s welcome pack with fun colouring in books, a teddy, educational books of the bush and delicious snacks and juice. There is an array of activities for children to partake in such as cupcake decorating, pizza evenings where children are provided chef uniforms and create their own amazing pizzas under the supervision of our chefs, elephant dung paper making which allows them to create beautiful cards, spoor casting, educational bush bumbles and walks which focus on the smaller things of the bush. Children can also look forward to fishing, picnics and a movie night with popcorn and roasted marshmallows.

Kapama Fly in package

Kapama has realized that the discerning traveller requires something even more exclusive and relaxing and wants to start their vacation when arriving at ORTIA or Cape Town International. Kapama has therefore developed and built its own tarred runway for their own Kapama PC12 aircraft. This Kapama aircraft is brand new and had its first flight in December 2017. Pilatus is a Swiss aircraft manufacturer with an astounding reputation for quality and safety. The Pilatus PC12 has an outstanding safety history and is known as one of the most reliable aircraft in the world. This new Kapama owned and branded aircraft is now operating between ORTIA and Cape Town International for Kapama guests exclusively on request. Kapama can also service other routes on request. 

To add to this extremely luxurious travel option Kapama have partnered with Fireblade Aviation and will be using the exclusive Fireblade terminal services at ORTIA for guests making use of the Kapama luxury travel option to Kapama. The Fireblade facility includes amongst others a gym, day rooms, boardrooms etc, where guests of Kapama can freshen up before they board 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 tarred airstrip where guests are welcomed by their dedicated ranger. The facilities utilized for this luxury travel option at Cape Town International will be those of Signature Flight services that provide similar facilities. The flight from Cape Town International will be approximate 3 hours 20 minutes to Kapama.