Kapama River Lodge Luxury Family Safari:
We stayed at the beautiful Kapama River Lodge in one of their luxury Family Spa Suites from Friday 11 September to Sunday 13 September. From the moment that we were collected at the Hoedspruit Airport by the Kapama Rangers, we felt like we were on holiday and we were treated like VIP’s. As being the type of traveller that needs at least a day or two to unwind before I can relax and enjoy myself, I instantly relaxed and felt like i was on holiday from the moment that i first set foot on the 4×4 Game viewing vehicle. We had our first “game drive” before we even arrived at the lodge.
The staff that welcome you are all amazing, from the Rangers/Guides that collect you, to the front desk/reception staff, Lodge managers, etc. By the time that you arrive at the lodge, you have been pre-assigned a Game Ranger/Guide, a Tracker and a Waiter for the complete lenght of your stay. We were very happy to have Andries as our very knowledgeble game ranger/guide and Mateo as our Top class tracker. These 2x guys make an awesome team and they provided for much excitement and excellent viewing during our stay. On the first game drive the Friday evening after we arrived, we spotted 4 of the Big 5! Over and above their excellent knowledge of the bush and wild animals, they are also very patient and kind towards children. We had a very well behaved 6 year old little boy in our group and they gave him extra special attention, making him feel safe & informed. Often some of the more scientific bush/evolution explanations were ended off by short & easy to understand explanation so that the little ones could also understand what they were witnessing. Thomas was our Manager on duty, and he went out of his way to make us feel welcome and to carefully explain the safety rules and to brief you on your programme for the weekend ahead. He made sure that you had a complete understanding of what is to be expected during your stay and contineously checked in to see if you were still happy and enjoying yourself. Joel was a real sweetheart, our designated waiter and always served us with a smile! These guys were really great and I would definately ask for this team again, next time we go to Kapama River Lodge.
Kapama Southern Camp has mentioned that for the very little children that are not allowed on the game drives (below the age of 6 years) – they offer a bush baby drive, straight after the normal morning game drive, where the parents together with the little ones can go out for a shortened version of the game drive to show them a few animals, etc.
The food is out of this world! The vegatables and fruit are all delicious and fresh, as well as these mouthwatering meat dishes and deserts. The buffet also provides plenty options for our fussy little eaters (smaller kids) and the chef & kitchen staff are very willing to accommodate the littlelees. Some of the other Kapama lodges even have little mini chef outfits for the smaller children and will take them into the kitchen to make pizza or cupcakes with them. (Kapama Karula)
The Family Spa Room is luxurious and very spacious with their King Size Double bed and 2x single beds. The room has a beautiful view with a lovely balcony and the big bathtub also looks out onto the bushveld which makes you feel like you are almost having a bath “in nature”. They have a large walk in shower, with a separate toilet. The size of the large room allows for sufficient space for kids to move around in.
I strongly recommend this lodge to families who would love to go on a luxury safari, with their children. Kapama River Lodge is one of the few 5 star lodges that welcome & accommodate children of all ages (all of their camps, except for Kapma Buffalo camp, where only children from the age of 12 and over are allowed)