Exclusive and atmospheric
Buffalo Camp is the most rustic of the Kapama Lodges. The site of the family’s first farm, it has anchored Kapama’s development into a sizeable private enterprise. Its basic elegance exudes charm.
Good drives and walks
The tested private lodge formula of twice-daily drives is augmented by opportunities to walk after breakfast. Here it is worthwhile to try tracking buffalo on foot if that presents itself as a possibility.
Reliable Big Five
All of the Kapama lodges traverse over 130 square kilometres of bushveld, adjacent to the Kruger border, but fenced in to create a private enclave. Big Five sightings are as good as guaranteed, and have the benefit of the dramatic backdrop of the Drakensberg Escarpment.
Tented suites on stilts
Ten plush tented suites are on stilts on an elevated riverbank among tall shady trees, with a seasonal river below. Inspired by expeditions into the wild in a bygone era, Buffalo Camp offers an old-world-style tented Safari experience.
Large bedrooms with open views
Built from natural stone and dark woods, the interiors are luxurious with white cotton linen, leather, and African design throws.
Expansive open en-suites
Open bathrooms are spacious with free-standing baths and his-and-her sinks.
An intimate lounge nestles under a vaulted thatched roof with ceiling fans that create a welcome breeze in summer. At night, oil lanterns illuminate the wooden walkways connecting the suites and the Lodge, creating subtle light and ambience.
The communal areas of Buffalo Camp are surrounded by wild gardens of aloe and euphorbia. A sleek, elevated rim-flow pool offers views directly into the forest canopy. Sun-dry on the loungers before taking a lazy nap in the shade under a wide canvas umbrella. The Buffalo Bar is at your disposal for refreshments.
A la carte dinners are usually served in the boma around an open fire. Breakfast and lunch are taken under a canopy of thatch.
Kapama offers a sleep-out platform with a difference (at a premium). A five-course dinner is served to you by a personal chef at an intimate table for two. You can then retreat to your outsize double bed with billowing mosquito nets and a view over a waterhole to observe the goings-on of the night. A ranger is on standby by radio.