Safari365 visits Kapama Southern Camp in Kruger
“On our trip to the world-famous Kruger National Park, we were lucky enough to visit Kapama Private Game Reserve. Kapama is part of a collection of individual private game reserves which are situated alongside the western border of the stunning national park. The private reserves seek to provide their guests with an unparalleled wilderness experience. Kapama Private Game Reserve, where we spent a night at their Southern Camp, certainly achieved that goal.
We arrived after dark, having driven through from Johannesburg. Before we even entered the reserve, we saw our first member of the Big 5 when a leopard ran across the highway just outside the town of Hoedspruit. According to the ranger who greeted us when we arrived, this kind of exciting event does happen from time to time in the surrounding areas.
When we arrived, we handed over our car keys to the staff who would take care of our bags while we were escorted to dinner in the boma (an area traditionally used to gather animals nowadays used to describe an area where groups gather for meals, gather around the fire or gather to share stories). After a long day, I commented that I could eat a giraffe. With the amount of food that was on offer, I very well could have done justice to my quip. After dinner, I loosened my belt a couple notches and our ranger then escorted us to our room. This was my first time ever in a private reserve, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, and was immediately blown away when the door was opened and we stepped into our large open plan room, complete with private splash pool and outdoor shower. Outdoor showers are one of my favourite parts about life in the bush. There is nothing better than showering under the stars while listening to the hyenas calling in the distance.
The next morning, we were up before the birds for tea and coffee before climbing into our open-topped land rover for our morning game drive. Being May, it was rather freezing, but we were provided with blankets to stay warm and comfortable. Our guide, Roeland, kept a keen eye out for any animals and when he found some, he stopped to provide us with some interesting facts or regale us with a funny tale. The highlight of that morning’s game drive was the hyena den as well as a leopard kill that had been made the previous evening.
Once the game drive was over, we returned to our lodge for a hearty English breakfast before returning to our gorgeous room to while away the afternoon until we got to do it all again on our afternoon game drive.
This was my first experience of Kapama. Thanks to the beautiful lodge, great game drives and warm hospitality, it was definitely an unforgettable one!”
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