Buffalo Camp, Kapama Private Game Reserve
Kapama, Buffalo Camp – what can I say about this delightful corner of African goodness. It was the location for my first Wild Dog sighting may years ago and I’m happy to report that my subsequent visits have always been as exciting as that first one.
The camp itself is made up of ten luxury tents each with a glass wall opening up to your own private veranda. They all look out onto a dry riverbed often sprinkled with plains game. The tents are spread out, so you’re never overlooked by other guests staying at the lodge. They are also spacious and kitted out with all the modern extras you’d expect, coffee machines, docking stations, aircon, mini bar, wi-fi, etc. The staff are warm and attentive without being intrusive but may occasionally surprise you with a romantic turn down when you return to your room after your evening meal.
The main lodge is central with a rim flow pool and sun terrace, bar service and wi-fi throughout. The dining area has a large fire for those chilly evenings in the winter and a traditional boma for al-fresco dining and dancing. The meals served at Kapama are of a high standard with a good selection to cover all tastes so be warned best to accept that you will leave a pound or two heavier than when you arrived!
The reserve, whilst private, falls within the Greater Kruger Park and is stunning, incorporating the Big 5, as you’d expect. It also occasionally gets visited by the local wild dog pack but it’s the very healthy population of cheetah that call this reserve home that make it so special. Spotting a cheetah is usually a rarity as it’s thought that less than 7 500 remain in the wild but at Kapama there is a very high chance of seeing these graceful predators on a game drive and what a joy it is when you do. Sitting on an old termite mound scouring the bush for quarry and any threat from lion or leopard is a surprisingly emotional experience and definitely something you’ll want to witness for yourself.
This camp has a very warm homely feel which will want to make your stay a day or two longer than you had planned. You will leave with a multitude of memories for you to share with your friends and family and, if you’re anything like me, make you long for your next visit.