South African borders are open to all countries. President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced on 22nd March 2022, changes to Alert Level 1 lockdown regulations which included an announcement that international travellers entering South Africa, who are fully vaccinated, no longer need a PCR test. All unvaccinated travellers entering the country will still require a negative PCR test issued within the last 72 hours. But travellers who wish to be vaccinated will be offered a vaccination on arrival.

As per the South African Ministry of Health, unvaccinated children under 12 are not required to show proof of a negative COVID test to enter the country. 

Where pre-departure tests are required, for unvaccinated adults, PCR tests need to have been conducted within the 72 hours prior to departure, and rapid antigen tests within 48 hours before departure.

In addition, Kapama Private Game Reserve has pledged to uphold and adhere to the Tourism and Hospitality Industry Standard Protocols for COVID-19 Operations, during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Kapama Private Game Reserve’s Response Plan

We completely understand that guests may still feel uncomfortable about travelling and Kapama Private Game Reserve remains sensitive to these fears. For our policy on cancellations please visit our rates page here.

The elevation of our already stringent hygiene and cleaning protocols including our game drive vehicles, lodge suites and all guest facilities is our top priority.  We have dramatically increased the availability of hand sanitiser throughout all operations.

Key staff members have been identified and trained in all aspects of the COVID-19 by the steps put in place by the South African Health Department utilising the COVID-19 Hotline number: 0800 029 999.

We are advising all of our guests to please adhere to the below essential principles.

  1. The wearing of a face mask in all public areas
  2. Regular washing of hands with soap and warm water for longer than 20 seconds
  3. Avoid coughing or sneezing without having covered your nose and mouth with either a tissue, handkerchief or upper sleeve of your clothing
  4. Regular, extensive, vigorous use of hand sanitiser

PCR Testing

Should Kapama Private Game Reserve be our guest’s final stop before returning home (to borders outside of South Africa), Kapama will be able to assist guests with obtaining a PCR test, should this still be required by their next country or destination. Kapama will arrange to transport guests the day before their departure, to a designated medical facility in the town of Hoedspruit. The test will be conducted at the testing facility in Hoedspruit and results will be received the following day. The cost of the test is R500.


Should you have any concerns, questions or queries regarding your reservation, please contact our Reservations Department at [email protected]

Kapama’s current Covid-19 Protocol plan can be viewed here

For further information about COVID-19 relative to South Africa please click here 

For information from the World Health Organisation, you can click here