Earlier this year, we announced that Kapama Karula, the flag-ship luxury safari lodge in Kapama Private Game Reserve, the Greater Kruger National Park, was awarded the prestigious 5-star Premium status by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA).  As one of only 18 properties in South Africa to be awarded this honour, it truly was a very proud moment for the incredible team at Kapama Karula.

However, as the country was in lockdown when the announcement was made, TGCSA was unable to hand over the award in person. With the easing of travel restrictions within South Africa in October, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa were finally able to present Kapama Karula with the award. The first week of November, TGCSA’s National Quality Assessment Manager; Nelisiwe Yengwa and the Provincial Quality Assurance Specialist; Rethabile Lebethe presented Karula Managers, Theresa Cronje and Andries Jamneck with the award.

The 5-Star Premium grading status was introduced and implemented on 01 April 2019 to enhance the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa’s (TGCSA) grading standards.  Reserved for the most luxurious product offerings in South Africa, this aspirational level allows the TGSCA to recognise establishments which epitomise the highest levels of world-class luxury in both unique product quality and service going above and beyond other 5-star properties. Kapama Karula is honoured to be apart of this prestigious group.

Christiaan Basson – General Manager: Tourism for Kapama Private Game Reserve, added,

It’s an honour and a privilege to be part of the elite group of properties who have received this prestigious accolade and we are proud of the recognition received from TGCSA. I congratulate the entire team at Kapama Karula for their hard work and dedication and for making this possible. We look forward to bestowing this exceptional level of quality and service onto future Kapama Karula guests

Exquisite fine dining, exceptional guiding from rangers, a world-class luxury spa and wellness centre, direct fly-in option to Kapama Game Reserve via Kapama’s PC-12 Pilatus aircraft, together with impeccable guest service and other international awards, all formed part of the motivation behind Kapama Karula’s award.