Overview – Kapama GR
Kapama is a private game reserve with several high-end safari lodges offering a range of activities, including elephant-back safaris and elephant interaction. Although all large safari animals are present, including the Big Five, the emphasis is more on the activities in this wild setting.
Pros & Cons
- Aside from game drives and bush walks, elephant back and balloon safaris are offered
- Several luxury lodges with different styles and atmosphere
- Excellent wellness center
- Expensive packages and no self-drive option
- Less authentic experience than in larger eco-systems
All major safari animals are present in Kapama, including the Big Five. The reserve is a former cattle ranch and has been re-stocked with animals that would have previously occurred here naturally. It is fully fenced and isn’t part of a greater ecosystem, which takes away some of the wilderness appeal.
Kapama's habitat consists of savannah woodland, grassland and riverine bush. Several waterholes and dams provide water throughout the year.
Weather & Climate
Kapama GR can get uncomfortably hot in summer, between October and April. These months tend to see the most rain – the combination of heat and moisture make for sticky conditions. In contrast, little rain falls during winter, from May to September, and the temperature hovers around an agreeable 27°C/81°F.
Best Time to Visit
As the vegetation shrinks back in the Dry season (May to September), and wildlife hangs around the few remaining water sources, this is the best time for viewing animals. Activities may be interrupted during the stormy, rainy season (October to April), although birders will appreciate the chance to see migratory species.
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