4 Day Kapama Bush Spa Safari - 4day Kapama in Greater Kruger Region Tour + Panorama Route | Hotspots2c
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Kapama Safari + Spa Escape

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Overview

Escape to a remote wildlife reserve, away from the madding crowds on the very outskirts of Kruger National Park in the Greater Kruger region. A peaceful place that exudes the charm of Old Africa, where silence is revered and it’s easy to lose yourself in the bush experience. An arcadia that’s known for the high density of its big game animals and its superior safari experiences as herds of buffalo, elephant and antelope roam free.

Here at the exclusive Kapama Private Game Reserve in the shadow of the Drakensberg Mountain range, luxe camps and nature-inspired lodges provide safari-goers with the luxury of choice, from a romantic star-bed under the sky to prestigious private suites.  

The reserve itself stretches over 13,000 hectares of savannah and riverine forest and daily bush walks amongst tamboti and marula trees turn up surprising encounters with furry and feathered critters. Safari days blend into a heady circle of lilac sunrises, vermillion sunsets and unparalleled animal spotting – with the iconic wild animals of Africa, the Big Five, more than 40 mammal species and more than 350 different types of birds all within arm’s length.

Downtime at Kapama is an equally decadent affair. You can opt to sleep under open skies atop a four-poster bed mounted on a viewing platform in the wild, where a private chef sets the scene for a seduction under the stars. Even a swim in the main pool can turn into a wild affair when giraffes graze mere feet away and elephants wander by for a closer look. Spa time is taken to a new level with the help of traditional massage rituals and exotically-spiced treatments.

After four, soul-stirring days, it’s hard to leave paradise, so we’ve made it a little easier by including a journey, along one of South Africa’s most panoramic of driving routes to the Blyde River Canyon, as a fitting farewell to this part of the world. On your last day in Eden, you’ll visit God’s Window - perched so high above the sub-tropical tree-lined ravines that you can almost touch the clouds; and the famous Bourke’s Luck Potholes that have been sculptured by wild water over centuries.

This connection with nature, once made, is hard to break and when you leave this patch of African paradise, you’re guaranteed to take a lifetime of memories (and a memory card full of photos) with you.

 
 
Start

Greater Kruger Region
End

Greater Kruger Region
 
Distance
±
400
km
Tempo
Relaxed pace
Ideal For
Family
Couple
Friends

Why You'll Love It

  • Views for days as you meader along the Panorama Route - the third largest canyon, and the largest green canyon on earth.

  • Enjoy a touch of English luxe on a Kapama sunset safari.

  • Take a walk on the wild side with a Kapama Ranger.

  • Savour an alfresco feast for the senses at a lantern-lit boma dinner.

  • Indulge in some spa time in the heart of the African bush.

  • Get an early start on a sunrise 4x4 safari.

Itinerary guideline

This tour is not run by Hotspots2c Tours but delivered by external third party suppliers in the Kruger Region. The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order and guides, tour operator or transport will change during the trip.
Day
1-3
Greater Kruger Region

Start with a transfer and pick-up service included from Hoedspruit Airport. Contact us first before booking flights for advice on the best flight times to fit this tour.

On the outskirts of Hoedspruit, in the far east of South Africa's stunning Limpopo Province, you’ll find the Hoedspruit Airport – your gateway to the heartland of private game reserves, the world-famous Kruger National Park, and the surrounding towns and villages. On arrival, you’ll be met by a friendly porter and driver who'll whisk you off on a short thirty-minute drive to your home-away-from-home for the next three nights, the Kapama Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger region.

Today, you’ll have the luxury of time to relax into resort living, and to discover the lay of the land... You don’t even have to venture far to encounter local wildlife; nyala, antelope and vervet monkeys are waiting to 'greet' you along the walkways to your room. Kapama runs two included daily game drives – one early morning and the other at sunset, and the daily bushwalks also take full advantage of the wildlife-rich reserve that stretches over 13,000 hectares of savannah and riverine forest bushveld. After a decadent English-style high tea, head out on your first sunset safari drive in search of Africa’s Big Five and other wildlife. Enroute, you’ll stop for a sundowner drink as you watch the sun set over the distant blue peaks of the Drakensberg mountains. After all the animal spotting excitement, your dinner awaits at the camp's boma restaurant for a dining experience under the stars by candlelight. As in classic Old Africa, evening meal delicacies may feature chakalaka relish, local game - kudu casserole or venison curry with exotic spices. Vegetarian or any other meal options are catered for too.

 

Day 2:

Safari life, by its very nature, means early morning starts… but here, you can’t help but be charmed by the rising sun’s ability to paint a technicolour palette over the South African Lowveld horison. More than 350 bird species, 40+ mammal and 110+ reptile species call this land home and a bushwalk on foot with a local expert safari guide is like being on a Discovery Channel documentary. Every attention is paid to safety as big cats could be up and about after a night of hunting and other big game animals like elephant, rhinoceros and cape buffalo tend to rise early too.  As the walk progresses, other creatures begin to stir and flocks of birds take flight as the bush awakes. Your guide will teach you the medicinal values of some plants, point our smaller wildlife and insects and share knowledge about the intricacies of animal tracking by footprints and by dung.

Kick-start the day with a leisurely breakfast that drips with fresh seasonal ingredients and as the day lengthens, it’s yours to enjoy at will. Explore the lodge surrounds; take a dip in the pool, a popular spot where elephants come to people watch or relax with an optional spa treatment.

After the morning’s activities, a little rest time and a lazy lunch, you’ll be whisked off once again on a sunset safari for yet another chance to find more of the big cats on the reserve. Each day is different and you just may witness the thrill of a predator chase and kill or the simple beauty of baby elephants at play.

The adventure doesn’t have to end as night falls. Why not book an optional couple's Romantic Sleep-out for a chance to be secluded and only surrounded by nature, far from camp and seduced by the stars with a decadent sleeping experience under Africa’s big skies? It’s luxe to the max; complete with your own tailor-made exclusive dinner and a dreamy four-poster bed high on a platform to ensure safety.  A once-in-a-lifetime experience to reconnect to nature and wake up surrounded by the uninterrupted expanse of the wild bush landscape.

 

Day 3:

It's so easy to hit ‘snooze’ and relax back into your cocoon of Egyptian cotton sheets... but an exhilarating safari drive to spot the wild icons of Africa will entice even the sleepiest head away from their bed.  

By now you'll be used to the rhythm of safari-life; eat, safari, sleep and repeat...what a life! Another sunset safari drive is next on the menu and the Kapama chefs will then once again showcase traditional pan-African dishes at dinnertime.  Treat your partner or family with an optional private dinner that can be pre-arranged on request with lantern-lit tables set in a nearby dry riverbed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Day 4
Hazyview Region

As the sun peeks its head over a sleepy horizon, it’s time to rise and enjoy one last game drive in this Garden of Eden. One final chance to tick off your bingo sheet of animal encounters and peer through the underbrush looking for Africa’s most elusive animals. It’s a bittersweet time. Over four short days, the rangers and trackers have become like family and it's sad to bid adieu at safari’s end. Today, we encourage you to switch-off, lay your cameras and smart phones on your lap and just enjoy the safari experience for what it is. You won’t be disappointed! And, after a sumptuous breakfast and a round of goodbyes, you’ll be transferred by your private driver-guide out on the day’s adventure.

Did somebody say road trip?

Today is really about transitioning from the safari oasis you’ve called home for the last few days towards some of the most scenic jewels in South Africa’s stable. You’ll join a well-travelled 300km-long lush route that has been describing by writers as ‘the most beautiful place in the world’ – the Panorama Route and the ultra-scenic Blyde River Canyon - it even rivals Table Mountain in terms of outlook and beauty.

The most popular stretch of the route is the R532 that winds its way towards the unspeakably gorgeous God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes and The Three Rondawels – your destination for today. There simply aren’t enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe the scenes that await.

Mpumalanga’s Blyde River Canyon – one of the largest in the world – cuts a green and rusty swathe through the surrounding countryside. Mighty waterfalls plunge into sub-tropical, tree-lined gorges. And at the heart lies God’s Window, a 360-degree panoramic view of Mother Nature’s finest canyon vista. Intermittent mountain mist adds to the drama.

By sharp contrast, the swirling meeting point of the Treur and Blyde Rivers has resulted in a lunar landscape of coloured potholes and inter-connected rock pools in the bedrock below the river’s surface. These ancient geological formations, known as Bourke’s Luck Potholes, are striking in their simplicity. Metal bridges criss-cross the river and offer bird’s eye views to the swirling eddies below.

Then, as another day turns to afternoon, you’ll make your way to the Nelspruit Airport with plenty of time to complete the airport formalities before your evening flight back to the bright city lights and civilisation.

 
 

End the tour with a transfer and drop-off included at Nelspruit Airport.

 

Included

Safari Tour

The transfers for this trip may run exclusively for you but you may join small groups on safari or activities and day trips.

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.

This tour is not run by Hotspots2c Tours but delivered by external third party suppliers in the Kruger Region. The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order and guides, tour operator or transport will change during the trip.

Transport + Hoedspruit Airport Pickup / Nelspruit Airport Drop-off

Transfers to included highlights of the tour are included.

Airport transfers from Hoedspruit Airport to Lodge and the return transfer from Lodge to Nelspruit Airport are included.

Accommodation

3 nights accommodation according to your stay package selected.

Most Meals

Meals and some local drinks at lodge are included: 3x breakfast, 3x lunch, 3x dinner

Safaris

3x Sunrise Safaris, 2x Bush Walk Safaris, 3x Sunset Safaris

Included Activities & Entry fees
  • Panorama Route Drive
  • Kapama Sunrise Safaris
  • Kapama Bush Walk Safari
  • Kapama Sunset Safaris
  • Kapama Boma Dinner Experience

Excluded

Optionals

Optional activities can be paid and booked during your journey.

  • A Night Under the Kapama Stars
  • Kapama Spa Treatments
Travel Insurance

You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance. 

Flights

Local and international flights are excluded.

Do ask us first before booking flights for assistance to advise the best suitable connection to ensure a smooth transfer service between lodge and airports.

Alcoholic and some other drinks

Some local drinks are included.

FAQ

How can we help you plan your dream tour package?
Hotspots2c is a tour operator based in the Cape Town region.  We offer tour packages that include guided transport + accommodation + day activities. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or to turn your trip wishlist into the tour package of your dreams.

Terms & Conditions

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Payment Policy: 25% deposit to reserve
  • 25% deposit is required to reserve a booking request upon acceptance of the quote for custom tours.
  • Full payment is required for online payments and needs to be paid at least 30 days before the departure date to confirm the reservation.
Cancellation / Refund Policy: Easy cancellation - 30 day 75% refund
  • If you cancel 30 days or more before the scheduled departure, there is a 25% cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 8 and 29 days before the scheduled departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 7 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
  • If cancellations are due to COVID related restrictions we will refer to our COVID refund policies and allow a part credit voucher.
  • See up to date full terms online at https://hotspots2c.co.za/agent#terms
Child Policy: Kapama is child friendly
  • Children under the age of 12 years old sharing with two adults can be charged less 50% of the per person sharing rate.
  • No children under the age of 12 years old allowed at Buffalo Camp.
  • Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on game drives, except on a specially arranged "bush bumble" safari.
  • Children between the age of 6 and 12 years are permitted on game drives at the sole discretion of the ranger.

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Know Before You Go

 what to expect

 

South Africa

  

11 official Languages Spoken

Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa

How to say hello?

Molo – Xhosa

Sawubona - Zulu

Hallo - Afrikaans

Dumela - SeSotho

 

Electricity – Volt & plug

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.

Measurements 

Metric System

 

WiFi/Internet Access on tour 

WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.

 

When to go

South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however, Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.

The shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.

Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all-time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather. 

The Garden Route enjoys a Mediterranean Oceanic climate, which is intrinsically temperate and mild almost all year round. Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cool. Second only to Hawaii, the Garden Route is acclaimed for having one of the mildest climates in the world.

However, the winter rain season can cause some delays for outdoor activities but the mild sunny days and the appeal of seeing the Southern Right Whale migration makes the Cape Whale Coast & Garden Route an ideal destination during the European summer holidays. You can expect cool mornings and evenings, but usually the climate remain bright and sunny during the day.

 

Best time to go where?

Jun-Jul ( mid winter) = Safari in Kruger region

Jan-Feb ( mid summer) = Cape Town city or beach destinations along the Cape Coast

Year-Round = Moderate weather in the Garden Route region

 

Public Holidays

With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.

1 Jan   New Year's Day
21 Mar   Human Rights Day
30 Mar   Good Friday
2 Apr   Family Day
27 Apr   Freedom Day
1 May   Workers' Day
16 Jun   Youth Day
9 Aug   National Women's Day
24 Sep   Heritage Day
16 Dec   Day of Reconciliation
17 Dec   Day of Reconciliation Holiday
25 Dec   Christmas Day
26 Dec   Day of Goodwill

 

Visa & Travel docs

Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).

Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries

 

What to pack

We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
  • For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Hotspots2c we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 

  

Health & Safety

There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.

The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your doctor or a local travel clinic on what is recommended for your country to visit South Africa.

 

For more info about the safety regulations on tour - please see https://hotspots2c.co.za/ideas/safetravels

 

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Here are some tips: ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation or keep valuables at a safe place. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.

 

Getting Around 

South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.

There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.

From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.

 

Money 

Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping. 

Tipping

  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Petrol Stations and Car Parking - Petrol station attendants may be tipped a few Rands if they wash the windscreen, and offer to check oil and water and the tyres. Car-guards or parking-attendants are usually given R2 - R5. Car parks and areas around many popular tourist spots are populated by locals in day-glo yellow vests who offer to direct you to a space or to "look after your car for you." They are not threatening and you do not have to pay them, but giving them a few Rands may stop them from turning to petty crime. Cape Town has recently instituted a more formal parking attendant system in the downtown area, where uniformed attendants with handheld machines take payment for parking.
  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, However, should you wish to tip, the recommended tip is usually R10 per person on a day tour and R15 per person per day on multi-day tours. For private tours, R50 per person per half-day tour and R80 per person per day for a full-day tour is the norm.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may choose to leave money for housekeeping, this is often between R10-R50 per person per day but is in no way compulsory. It can also be done at the end of your stay
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