Set on the banks of the perennial Klaserie River is the reserve’s most secluded and prestigious lodge: Kapama Karula. Meaning ‘place of peace’ in the local language, Kapama Karula exudes calmness and depicts the pinnacle of luxury five-star safari accommodation. The meandering river running through the camp enhances the sense of tranquillity at this elegant and luxurious safari lodge.
Five spacious suites are offered at Kapama Karula. An ample 85 m² in size, these suites have indoor and outdoor showers, his and hers basins and a bath in the en-suite bathrooms. Standard in each suite are minibars with an extensive selection of wines and champagne, Nespresso coffee machines, safes and wall-mounted international adaptors. There are also telephones, overhead fans, air conditioners and gas-heated fireplaces in the suites.
For connectivity and entertainment, there is Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station. Huge glass sliding doors open out onto the Klaserie River and magnificent bushveld views beyond.
Kapama Karula has five superior suites, each exquisitely decorated and with generous private space. These suites measure 130 m² each, with an opulent en-suite bathroom featuring indoor and outdoor showers, his and hers basins, and a bath. Standard in each superior suite 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 suites are wrapped by glass sliding doors, which enable seamless views over the Klaserie River. Each suite also has its own outside deck area, with a full-size heated swimming pool and sun loungers for relaxation.
Two of the superior suites, each measuring 170 m², are purpose-built for families. These family suites have an open-plan living room, replete with fireplace, which flows into the master bedroom with its en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom also 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 standard to the superior suites 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 suite also has a private outside deck and a large swimming pool, which is heated in the chillier months for year-round swimming.
Kapama Karula Tents
For an experience that’s closer to nature and authentically African, Kapama Karula offers guests the opportunity to sleep in one of two traditional Meru tents. Secluded and with panoramic bush views, sleeping under canvas is an evocative experience. There’s no compromise to comfort though, and the tents have all the amenities of a luxury game lodge. En suite with his and hers basins, a bath and private outdoor shower, the tents both have air conditioning, telephones and Wi-Fi, fully stocked minibars, Nespresso coffee machines and lock-up safes. Relaxing on the private wooden deck gives a sense of a closer connection with nature and the magnificent surrounding environment.
Lounge and Bar
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 meandering Klaserie River. Spotting leopard from the Kapama Karula dining room is not uncommon.
A new addition to Kapama Karula, the multipurpose library is equipped with audiovisual equipment. Two Internet stations with complimentary Wi-Fi are available to lodge guests wanting to connect to home. A romantic fireside dinner for two can be enjoyed in the library, with prior arrangement.