Kapama Karula: a Sleek Safari Experience

Like for Sabi Sabi, I recommend to spend at least 2 nights at Kapama Karula for a better overall experience (no rush) and to grow your chances to see as many different animals as possible. Sabi Sands game reserve has a common open border with the gigantic Kruger national park (meaning animals can migrate freely), whereas Kapama is a fenced game reserve. I know, at first it doesn’t sound appealing (I mean, I am totally against zoos)… But when you enter the reserve and drive many miles on dirt roads without seeing a single fence, you realize how huge this reserve really is. You will note the same during your safari drives: many hours of driving, no fences in view.

Where Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp is intimate and authentic, Kapama Karula is sleek and modern. I would recommend to try both, but if I had to choose I would probably pick Kapama Karula. Why? For a similar safari experience, it comes with a lighter price tag (Sabi Sabi may be a bit overpriced because of its reputation). Plus the villas with big private pools and terraces are to die for…! The safari experience itself depends a lot on your ranger and how full the lodge is during your stay. I had the chance to have the whole open-air safari jeep for myself and my spouse, and an experienced ranger totally passionate about his job (Chris). During 3 different game drives (2 mornings and 1 evening) we went from bush walk among mud-bathing rhinos, sundowners in front of gracefully moving giraffes backed by one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen, to catching a python bare hand in the night and gazing at a starlit sky with zero light pollution. Unforgettable. Despite all Chris’ efforts, we didn’t manage to see a leopard (the most difficult Big 5 animal to spot) and he was even more disappointed by that than we were.

What I Preferred at Kapama Karula:

  • the size of the private villa and its pool
  • the modern design of the property in general
  • the curio shop on-site
  • the passionate and experienced ranger Chris
Private plunge pool and afternoon drinks (air temperature +40C), Kapama Karula
Private plunge pool and afternoon drinks overlooking the bush (air temperature +40C)

Sunrise over your private deck, Kapama Karula
Sunrise over your private deck

 

Inside your private villa, Kapama Karula
Inside your private villa

 

Living room, Kapama Karula
Living room

 

Bathroom, Kapama Karula
Bathroom

 

 Dining place or "Boma", Kapama Karula
Dining place or “Boma”

 

Breakfast room, Kapama Karula
Breakfast room

 

Private villa at night, Kapama Karula
Private villa at night

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