The 1st of November 2018 saw the revealing of phase 1 of refurbishments and additions to the largest of the four Kapama Private Game Reserve accommodation offerings, Kapama River Lodge, which first opened its doors in 2007.

This included the addition of:  A newly completed reception area, curio shop, an expansive cocktail bar and sizeable swimming pool, to this world class Five Star luxury safari destination.


The refurbishment covered major structural work including a new spacious and welcoming reception area, new game vehicle access bays, a comprehensive and styled landscaped garden as well as a sizeable new curio shop.

Well know interior architect Gert Gertzen, once again added his signature style to the décor and design of this much anticipated River Lodge expansion. His expert eye and meticulous attention to detail can be admired throughout every feature, corner, sculpture and wall. Even down to the already popular, puzzle bench, that guests gravitate towards.

The biggest highlight would have to be the unveiling of the brand new cocktail bar and 12 x 12 m swimming pool. The Cocktail Bar, with numerous alcoves, tables and loungers is a wonderful new space that will offer guests the perfect place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of being surrounded by nature, while cooling off in the vast swimming pool. Nyala and warthog graze freely on the abundant fauna surrounding these wonderful new additions, adding to the ambience. View our video here.

River Lodge now boasts 3 swimming areas for guests to enjoy. The original rim-flow pool at the riverbed bar, the serene elongated Spa & Wellness Centre pool that overlooks a watering hole where elephants regularly frequent, as well as this new 12m x 12m addition.

Bernard Roode, MD of Kapama Private Game Reserve said, “This refurbishment will enhance River Lodge’s positioning in the luxury safari lodge space. The new look still falls in line with the vibrant, energetic atmosphere River Lodge has always had, yet still allowing for luxury, relaxation and comfort for all Lodge guests. This follows our strategy of continuing to improve the guest experience at this very popular safari destination.”

More developments including a whole new fine dining experience and facilities for the discerning traveller, together with upgraded luxury suites are in the pipeline for Kapama River Lodge. Details will be shared as each milestone is reached. For more information, email us at [email protected]