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  • Expansive luxury lodge offering 64 suites in the middle of a Big 5 wilderness
  • Gorgeous views of game and nature from the riverbank setting
  • Exceptional service, facilities and furnishings

Kapama River Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

20km from Hoedspruit


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The largest lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park area, Kapama River Lodge is the epitome of African-style luxury, and pulls out all the stops to ensure that guests are treated to royal service and an unforgettable stay in the wild bushveld.

All of the lodge’s 64 thatched suites are lavishly furnished and offer uninterrupted views of the bush from wide private decks. Standard facilities include tea and coffee stations, mini bar fridges, safes, hairdryers and climate controlled air conditioning, while the full en-suite bathrooms have the addition of dreamy outdoor showers. The indulgent bathroom amenities are replenished daily, while guests can comfortably unpack their luggage into large dressing rooms. Opulent lounges allow for ample indoor relaxation.

Located at the main lodge, the 40 luxury suites are spacious and decorated to reflect all there is to love about Africa, while being immensely comfortable. Positioned slightly away from the lodge, close to the spa, the spa suites are designed to offer a little more privacy and space. Massive glass doors and windows ensure that guests are treated to beautiful bushveld views from every room, including the bathroom.

Several of the spa suites are much larger and can accommodate families. Parents will enjoy the generously-sized main bedroom, while kids can sleep on two sleeper couches in the lounge. Spacious triple balconies are a special feature of these suites. Those who want to be truly spoilt can choose to stay in the vast royal suites, which have a huge lounge and deck where guests can watch wildlife wandering by from the comfort of recliner couches. Wildlife can also be seen from the double shower and cavernous bath tub.

Facilities available for the use of guests include lounges with opulent furnishings, tastefully decorated in the colours of Africa’s earth and fitted with double-sided fireplaces. To escape the heat of midday, guests can plunge into the rim-flow pool or relax under the umbrellas while looking out for wildlife (including Big Five species) coming down to the waterhole to drink. 

The lodge boasts three dining venues which all offer different experiences but the same superb pan-African cuisine. Guests can choose to enjoy the authentically African feel of dinner at the campfire or romantic dry riverbed suppers under the stars, while sumptuous breakfasts and lunches are served in the Siyatla Lounge.

Meals can be accompanied by one of the wines from the cellar, which stocks over 600 bottles of South African wine and French champagne.     

Two daily game drives are included in the rates at Kapama, and the 13 000 hectare reserve is home to all members of the Big Five and a myriad of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Guided walks, during which participants can learn all about the lesser-known nuances of the bush, are also included. 

At an additional cost, guests can have the unforgettable experience of riding an African elephant through the bush and closely interacting with these gentle giants.

Guests who want to make a romantic occasion particularly special can opt to sleep out at a luxurious outdoor deck in the middle of the bush, equipped with an over-sized bed and bathroom with toilet, shower and double basins. To make the experience even more romantic, couples are treated to a delectable five course dinner and a bottle of wine.

The Kapama Wellness Centre is regarded as one of the finest safari spas in Africa, offering five unique African-inspired treatments and a varied range of other treatments, to be enjoyed in the tranquillity of quiet rooms around a lap pool. The adjoining gym is equipped with state-of-the-art cardio and weight-lifting equipment.

Rates & Summary

42 Standard Suites

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Private deck with bushveld views

16 Spa Suites

Positioned close to the spa
Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Private deck with bushveld views

4 Family Spa Suites

Positioned close to the spa
Each sleeps 2 adults in twin beds
2 children on sleeper couches
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Lounge area
Triple balconies with bushveld views

2 Royal Suites

Largest rooms
Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath, double shower and outdoor shower
Large lounge area
Extended deck with recliner couches


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Full Board


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The stylish Kapama River Lodge, set along the banks of a river in the Greater Kruger National Park, offers luxurious full-board accommodation in 64 magnificently appointed suites, with game drives and bush walks included in the rates. A luxury game lodge of the highest calibre, Kapama River Lodge boasts incredible Big Five game viewing, exceptional service and a host of facilities to give guests the most comfortable, memorable safari experience possible. Elephant-back safaris and interactions are a particularly special experience.


  • Expansive luxury lodge offering 64 suites in the middle of a Big 5 wilderness
  • Gorgeous views of game and nature from the riverbank setting
  • Exceptional service, facilities and furnishings

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, mosquito repellent, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is in good condition and suitable for all vehicles. Guests should drive slowly while looking out for wildlife.

Activities & Attractions

  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Photographic safari
  • Elephant-back safari and interaction
  • Romantic outdoor sleep-out
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa and gym
  • Nearby: The Three Rondawels, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, waterfalls, wildlife rehabilitation centres, boat cruises, river rafting, tubing, quad biking, horse trails, hot air ballooning, reptile park, silk farm.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe







The Mopani region is a heady mix of mountain and bushveld, history and culture. Mopani includes the towns of Tzaneen, Giyani, Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. It also includes sections of the northern Drakensberg mountains, parts of the Kruger National Park and an eastern chunk of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. Think dramatic mountain scenery, ancient rivers and unspoiled wilderness reserves.

Mopani is named after an edible worm, of all things. The best way to discover the delights of the region is by exploring the Valley of the Olifants self-drive tourism route. This takes you through wilderness areas with excellent mountain views. It is this combination of mountain and bush that gives the Mopani region its special charm.

The route is named after the Olifants (Lepelle) River, which cuts its way through steep mountains and then flows through the Kruger National Park to join the Limpopo River.

From the quaint hamlet of Haenertsburg, north-east of Polokwane, the panoramic 40km-long Magoebaskloof Pass descends 600m in a series of dizzying bends to the subtropical town of Tzaneen. Every bend greets you with a different surprise: waterfalls, historic bluegum trees, lookout points, nurseries and roadside stalls.

Surrounded by blue-green mountains, Tzaneen is a laid-back centre of agriculture and farming. From here you can explore wilderness and mountains, visit the realm of the legendary Rain Queen, and see the country’s biggest baobab tree.

From Tzaneen it’s a pleasant drive through scenic bushveld to the towns of Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. Phalaborwa was established in 1958 after the discovery of huge mineral deposits. It is the central gateway to the Kruger National Park via the Phalaborwa Gate. It’s a small but busy town that reaches scorching summer temperatures.

Apart from having the biggest opencast mine in the world, Phalaborwa’s other claim to fame is that it’s the closest town to the Kruger National Park. It’s a five-minute drive from the centre of town to the Phalaborwa Gate. Residents are used to the ‘Hippo Crossing’ signs and the odd warthog trundling down the high street.

Hoedspruit is a centre for surrounding wildlife reserves, private reserves, game reserves and conservation centres. The town is known for its bushveld beauty and conservation ethos and is a stepping stone to assorted bush adventures. These include game viewing, birding, hiking, river rafting and mountain climbing.

The Mopani region also includes the eastern part of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, offering the essential ‘Kruger to Canyon’ experience that combines mountains and bush. Travellers from Mpumalanga to Hoedspruit will arrive via the scenic Abel Erasmus Pass, which descends 800m in its 24km length.

The highlight is the 133,5m-long Strijdom Tunnel where you emerge from cool darkness into bright sunlight nearly a thousand metres above the Olifants River valley.

Look out for

The northern Drakensberg & Wolkberg wilderness areas - he mountainous heart of Mopani is the Wolkberg Wilderness and Magoebaskloof. This is hiking, birding, fishing, strolling, rambling and botanising territory. If you’re into extreme stuff and adrenalin rushes, you can take a canopy tour, go kloofing, abseiling, river rafting, white water tubing and mountain biking.

The Realm of the Rain Queen - This is set in the village of Modjadji, in mountain foothills, near Tzaneen. It is said that Queen Modjadji settled here after fleeing Zimbabwe in the late 17th century. She brought with her special rain summoning powers, and started the matriarchal Bolobedu tribe. Modjadji is also home to the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, which has thousands of species of the rare endemic cycad (Transvenosus encephalartos) that dates back to the time of the dinosaur.

The country’s biggest baobab - The Sunland Baobab, as it’s officially known, is named after the farm where it has grown for over 4 000 years. This gentle giant is 22m high and has a 47m circumference. Get up close and personal with this giant at Sunland Farm, near Tzaneen. You’ll discover why the surreal baobab is a source of great legend, and the symbol of Limpopo province.

Kruger to canyon trip - The Mopani region’s hallmark is the combination of mountain and bush. The area between the central Kruger National Park and the eastern reaches of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon offers amazing nature and adventure opportunities. These include gentle sundowner cruises and tranquil bushveld walks, adrenalin-charged river rafting and gorge swinging. This part of Mopani has excellent views of lichen-clad cliff faces and dramatic kloofs and canyons.

The Lowveld and the Kruger Park - The Mopani region offers direct access to the central and northern parts of the Kruger National Park. It also leads to the Mpumalanga Lowveld, famed for its game-rich reserves. Just inside the Phalaborwa Gate is the Masorini Museum, a Late Iron Age archaeological site showing smelting furnaces, homesteads and historic implements. Another highlight is the Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp, which is an easy drive from Phalaborwa. Letaba is a pretty camp overlooking the river, where elephant sightings are practically guaranteed. In the northern Kruger Park, near Punda Maria, is Thulamela National Heritage Site. A significant archaeological site, with hillsides that are filled with stone ruins that tell the story of an ancient culture that settled here in the 15th century.

Bush to beach - It is now possible to take this route from the Phalaborwa gate all the way to the beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. Travellers drive through the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which includes the Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. The border post is a Giriyondo, near the Massingir Dam.

Kruger to Canyon Birding Route - This route starts at the beginning of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon at God’s Window. It follows Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route and enters Limpopo via the dramatic Abel Erasmus Pass. From there it leads to Hoedspruit and into the central Kruger Park.

Hans Merensky Golf Course - Undoubtedly the best golfing experience in Mopani. This famous course, designed by Bob Grimsdell, is adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It offers players a unique opportunity to tee off amongst the wildlife.

Wildlife and conservation - Apart from being part of a massive transfrontier park, the Mopani region offers incredible opportunities for viewing wildlife. It’s also a conservation centre. In and around Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa are a variety of wildlife breeding and rehabilitation centres. There are also ranger training camps and guided wilderness experiences.

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