River Lodge

Safari Drives

Twice Daily


3 Meals Daily


3 - 5 Days


Kapama Game Reserve is located in close proximity to Eastgate Airport with the lodge providing open vehicle transfers. Kapama’s location in the central Lowveld region creates the perfect base from which to explore the numerous nearby attractions.

The northern Drakensberg mountain range provides a majestic backdrop to this contemporary private game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park region. River Lodge is situated within Kapama Game Reserve and presents the perfect blend between luxurious accommodation and with 64 bedrooms, generous bed capacity.

Each of the spacious rooms features a full en-suite bathroom and enjoy uninterrupted views of this game rich, big 5, reserve. The central guest entertainment areas include a swimming pool, lounge, bar, library, curio shop, multifunctional function venue and boma. Meals are of a buffet style and offer a variety of freshly prepared pan-African dishes.

Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the Spa situated at River Lodge has six sumptuous treatment rooms in a setting surrounded by stillness and sweeping bushveld. Arranged around a generous central lap pool the spa evokes a sense of calm.

Trips are un-scheduled, depart daily, start and finish in Johannesburg and include a pick-up and drop-off from all local airports and hotels. Trips starting and finishing in Cape Town or Nelspruit can also be arranged. All our trips are available as a self-drive option and include a free pre and post hotel stay in either Johannesburg or Cape Town. (offer valid for a limited time only)


You depart OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg by 06:30am and head towards Kapama Game Reserve. Arriving at the Lodge at around 14:00 pm you are checked into your rooms and have time to freshen up before your afternoon safari drive. After the drive you return to the lodge for dinner.


The day starts with an early wake-up call between 5:00 am and 5:30 am. Tea, coffee and rusks are enjoyed together before heading out at first light. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. Halfway through the game drive, there’s a stop for hot drinks and snacks, before returning to the lodge at around 9:00 am for a full breakfast. Throughout the day, it’s likely you will see wildlife around the lodge – nyala antelope and vervet monkeys are frequent visitors, though seeing some of the Big Five is also not uncommon.

At around 3:30 pm, everyone gathers for a decadent high tea, before heading out with your ranger and tracker for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. En route, you’ll stop for a sundowner drink and will have a chance to stretch your legs as you watch the sun set over the distant peaks of the Drakensberg mountains.

As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. The skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight, which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Arrival is at the lodge is usually around 7:00 pm, allowing time to freshen up before enjoying a sumptuous dinner.


The final day of your Safari will see you go on one last safari drive before breakfast is served. After breakfast there is time to pack before checking out. After check out you will be transferred to the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg by 17:00 - 17:30.

Why book this safari?

  • Luxury accommodation
  • Off-road safari drives
  • Up close and personal sightings
  • Limited to 4 vehicles per sighting
  • Spa treatments available
  • Optional activities bookable on site
  • Local beverage on safari drive included
  • 3 DAY KAPAMA LODGE SAFARI - R12799 per person sharing
  • 4 DAY KAPAMA LODGE SAFARI - R 17999 per person sharing
  • 5 DAY KAPAMA LODGE SAFARI - R 22999 per person sharing
  • Extended stays are availabile on request.
  • Return Road transfers from the OR Tambo Airport
  • Morning and Afternoon Safari Drives
  • Breakfast, lunch, & dinners
  • Conservation levy
  • Local beverage on afternoon safari drive
Not Included
  • Alcohol or Beverages not stated
  • Items of personal nature
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