Kapama Game Reserve


Kapama Game Reserve is a private game reserve with various lodges and range of activities for a fun-filled safari trip.Visitors can enjoy elephant-back safaris and interact with them for a true wildlife experience. The big five are in abundance in Kapama Game Reserve.

Why Go:

  • Elephant back and balloon safaris are offered
  • Game drives both, during the night and day
  • Excellent wellness center
  • River boat cruises and guided bush walks are available
  • Amazing game viewing experience, including the Big Five
  • Several luxury lodges with different styles and atmosphere


Wide species of animals, including the big five for an extensive game viewing experience. The reserve was a cattle ranch previously, and was a natural habitat for most of the animals found at Kapama Game Reserve. The reserve is completely fenced, which ensures privacy but might take away the wildlife safari appeal.

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The region is mostly green with grasslands, riverine bushes, and woodlands. There are many dams and waterholes that ensure water supply throughout the year.

Best Time to Visit

The best time for game viewing is during the winter-dry season, as the vegetation shrinks back and water sources are low, attracting a cluster of animals towards the waterholes. During rainy seasons, activities are often interrupted due to a heavy pour.

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Weather & Climate

The Kapama Game Reserve is mostly hot during summers (October to April) that can be uncomfortable for visitors not conditioned to withstand rising temperatures. Summers is also the rainy season that can result in occasional puddles and restrict trekking. Winters are more comfortable (May to September) where temperatures remain close to 27 degree Celsius with little rainfall.

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Wildlife & Animals

Kapama Game Reserve is situated in the Limpopo Province in South Africa, an area famous for its fantastic safari vacations. This small reserve consists of 13000 hectares of pristine African bushveld, yet it offers all the game found in bigger reserves, including 42 mammal species and approximately 350 species of bird.
Abundant Common Occasional Rare None
  • Elephant


  • Giraffe


  • Hippo


  • Buffalo


  • Zebra


  • Wildebeest


  • White Rhino

    White Rhino

  • Black Rhino

    Black Rhino

  • Lion


  • Leopard


  • Cheetah


  • Hyena


  • Wild Dog

    Wild Dog


Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Kapama Game Reserve is during the dry season (winters). As vegetation shrinks back during this time, the animals gather towards the limited water sources, which makes waterholes a great spot for animal viewing.
  • Best Time to GoMay to September
    (Dry season)
  • High SeasonOctober to March
    (Few crowds)
  • May to September

    Dry season

  • October to March

    Few crowds

  • April to September

    Great time for wildlife viewing

  • April to May

    Temperate with little rain

  • September to October

    Temperate with little rain

  • June to August

    Mornings and nights are chilly

  • December to February

    Hot and humid

May to September
- Dry Season - Winter
  • Low risk of Malaria
October - April
- Wet Season - Summer
  • Less crowded

Weather & Climate

Winter and summer seasons in Kapama occur at opposite times to Europe and North America. The hot and humid summer is known as the Wet season, from October through April. The dry and mild winter months, from May to September, are the Dry season. It is necessary to pack warm clothing if visiting during the winter as early morning game drives tend to be chilly.
Climate Chart
- 405-569m / 1,329-1,867ft
Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.
Dry Season
- May to September – Winter

With less rainfall and low humidity, animals have a hard time finding water, which means they congregate near permanent water sources.

Wet Season
- October to April – Summer

October to April is the wet summer season and temperatures can increase to uncomfortable levels.

Getting There

Most people fly into Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and from there take a flight to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit. This airport is just minutes from the reserve, and Kapama includes free airport transfers to any of the lodges in the reserve.

Airlines and Tickets

To book your International and local flights, it is best to discuss options with our agents. They will be able to secure best tariffs and match it with your safari dates.

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Getting to the Kapama Game Reserve by road

Driving to the park from Johannesburg is also possible. Kapama is on the R40 near Hoedspruit west of Kruger National Park. The 450km/279mi drive takes around 4½ hours.

• Take either the N12 or the N4 highways from Johannesburg to Witbank and Middelburg then turn onto the R540 going to Belfast, Dullstroom and Lydenburg.
• From Lydenburg continue on the R36 to Orighstad then through the Strydom Tunnel to Hoedspruit.
• At Hoedspruit, take the R40 to Klaserie.
• Continue on the R40 and turn left at the Eastgate Airport turning and drive on for 15km (9 miles). At the Guernsey turn-off, go right and continue on the gravel road for another 10km (6 miles). Kapama Lodge’s entrance will be on the left.

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