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Tuesday 23 May 2017

Testing one of South Africa's most exclusive game lodges

It is de rigueur for anyone visiting South Africa to spend a day or two exploring one of the many game reserves. 

The Kruger National Park is one of the most famous in the world, the Pilanesberg National Park, just two hours north-west of Johannesburg perhaps the easiest to access. 

For those with limited time and a taste for life's luxuries, I would suggest Kapama Private Game Reserve, one of the most exclusive game lodges in Africa. 

There are four different camps within the reserve, which is home to all of the “big five” wild animals and just a one-hour flight from Johannesburg to the nearby Eastgate/Hoedspruit airstrip. 

At Kapama Karula, monkeys and nyala roam freely and a hippo recently had to be extricated from the resort pool - that's a uniquely African experience.

Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between South Africa’s northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. 
Situated in South Africa’s northernmost province of Limpopo, renowned for its diverse wildlife, Kapama is home to over 40 different mammal species, including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros. There are twice-daily game drives through the reserve, accompanied by expert guides and trackers.

Kapama Karula combines luxurious (and huge) villas with all mod cons including satellite TV in the library, free wifi throughout and stylish accommodation, with wraparound views of the African bush enhancing the sense of tranquillity.
Kapama Karula has 10 superior suites, all at least 90m² each, with en-suite bathrooms 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, and an iPod docking station.

Each suite has a telephone, overhead fan and air-conditioning and the superior suites are wrapped by glass sliding doors, allowing seamless views over the Klaserie River. Each suite has its own outside deck area, heated swimming pool and sun loungers for relaxation. There are also two giant family suites.

An open-plan lounge and bar, with an excellent selection of South African wines (all included in the tariff) is a highlight, while guests can try to spot wildlife from the deck. Other luxuries include the new Karula Spa and Fitness Centre.

Kapama Private Game Reserve, R40, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa.+27 12 368 0600.

South African Airways (SAA) has daily flights from all Australian cities via Perth to Johannesburg with direct connections to 29 African cities including all major airports in South Africa. For more information see

# The writer was a guest of Distell

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