Kapama Karula – Pure South African Luxury

17 04 2011

As promised, the first post of a few of our AMAZING South African vacation.

The first part of our trip was the Safari which Joe and I were both looking forward to but really had no idea what the expect.  We had hoped to see some animals, relax and experience a bit of luxury and Kapama Karula completely exceeded all of our expectations.

I can’t remember exactly how I chose Kapama Karula but I do remember doing A LOT of research ahead of time.  South Africa is full of safari camps and I wanted to make sure we chose what was best for us as more likely than not, it would be our only safari.  We wanted something nice as we’d been living in not the easiest of conditions so we ended up with Kapama.

Kapama Game Reserve is 13 000 hectares of land which is part of Greater Kruger National Park.  They have four separate bush camps in which you can choose to stay.  We chose Karula over the others because it is the smallest – with 7 luxury tents and 5 chalets.

Our tent

The interior of our tent. The front was pretty tent like, except with air conditioning!

All of the tents and chalets are accessed through your own personal path and there is no one else around you.  (Except maybe the monkeys!)  The front of the tent was tent-like while the bathroom at the back was completely built in.  There was also an outdoor shower out the back.

The bathroom at the back of the tent.

The entire camp was serene and beautifully decorated.  Even though we were quite busy all of the time, you couldn’t help but feel relaxed.

Drinks were served here before and after our game drives.

The pool overlooked a riverbed on the other side.

The food was impeccable.  The staff was wonderful and went out of their way to make sure that our stay was perfect.  They would often come and chat with us about our trip and were so accommodating to anything we needed or wanted.

Most of our meals were eaten here.

By the end of the stay, Joe was talking of becoming our ranger’s apprentice and we both didn’t want to leave.  All of the staff lined up when we had to depart to say goodbye and Joe and I were so reluctant to get in that vehicle but we knew we were on to Cape Town!

Next up – Game Drives & Animals

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3 responses

17 04 2011
Jeanie

Looks spectacular Jay! I am so glad that you found an oasis of relaxation.

18 04 2011
Jessica

That looks amazing Jay, so relaxing and luxurious! I’m so glad you guys got some well deserved vacation in such an extraordinary place!

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