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Glamping while the Lion Sleeps Tonight!

Kapama Karula Private Game Reserve, Krueger National Park

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Nestled within the vast expanse of Kruger National Park lies a sanctuary of unparalleled beauty—the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Spanning over 32,000 acres of untamed African wilderness, this reserve offers an unbelieveable, immersive escape into the heart of nature. Our journey began with a flight on a small bush plane, landing at Hoedspruit Airport where open safari vehicles awaited our arrival.


As we embarked on the 10-mile journey to reach our final destination, the Kapama Karula, the excitement mounted with each passing moment. Along the way, we were granted our first tantalizing glimpses of the reserve's incredible wildlife. Majestic giraffes gracefully roamed the plains, their long necks stretching towards the sky. A pair of water buffalo, with their imposing horns and powerful stature, gazed peacefully alongside a pond. The striking patterns of zebras caught our eyes as they moved in unison, their stripes creating a mesmerizing display. And, to our amazement, we even spotted the elusive rhinos, their prehistoric presence reminding us of the untamed beauty that awaited us at Kapama Karula.



As we approached our accommodations within the Kapama Private Game Reserve, I had anticipated a pleasant lodge experience. However, I was utterly unprepared for the level of luxury that awaited us. We soon discovered that we would be "glamping" (glamorous camping) in exquisite suites that seamlessly blended into the breathtaking surroundings. The elegance and attention to detail were simply astounding.The lobby and dining area, pictured below, exuded a sense of sophistication and warmth. The interior design harmoniously combined natural elements with modern comforts, creating an inviting atmosphere. But the true gem of our stay was our private suite. Nestled amidst the lush greenery, our suite was a spot of tranquility and indulgence. The spacious interior was adorned with plush furnishings, luxurious bedding, and tasteful decor that echoed the African wilderness. Step outside, and we were greeted by our very own private pool, an oasis of refreshment and relaxation. The expansive outdoor deck provided the perfect spot to unwind, soak in the stunning views, and immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of the surrounding nature. It was an experience that exceeded all expectations—a perfect blend of adventure and extravagance. The photos below offer a glimpse into the extraordinary accommodations at Kapama Karula. Simply amazing!



After savoring a delectable lunch of Dover sole and settling into our opulent accommodations, we took a refreshing dip in the pool, allowing ourselves a moment of leisure before embarking on the much-anticipated evening game drive. Just as the extraordinary luxury of our lodging had surpassed all expectations, nothing could have adequately prepared me for the awe-inspiring experience that awaited us on the game drive.


Can you believe it?! To say I was a bit frightened is an understatement. My heart raced as we encountered a sight that seemed to belong only in a zoo within the constraints of an enclosure. There, just a mere breath away from our open safari vehicle, lay a majestic male lion, his powerful form stretched out in a state of deep slumber. The proximity was both thrilling and scary! It was suggested that he had recently indulged in a substantial feast on some unfortunate animal. It was as if the weight of his meal had lulled him into a profound food coma, making him totally oblivious to our presence. The scene before us was a testament to the raw beauty and untamed essence of the African wilderness. And yes, it's true - "in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the Lion Sleeps Tonight!"

Posted by Where2FromHere 09:44 Archived in South Africa

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You are seeing it all on your trip. That is incredible to get that close to a sleeping Lion.

by Jack Schwerman

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