Camp Jabulani | Kapama Private Nature Reserve

"The Elephant Experience"

This is a very unique property. If game viewing from the back of an elephant is appealing to you, this is a wonderful place to stay. Camp Jabulani is a newly opened property and game viewing can be done from one of their 13 highly trained elephants. The 13 elephants were bought to Camp Jabulani in 2002 from Zimbabwe where their safety was in jeopardy.


Camp Jabulani is located in the 13,000-ha Kapama Private Game Reserve which is located close to Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport, making it very convenient to fly into Camp Jabulani. There are daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Eastgate Airport. The camp will arrange transfers from the airport to the camp. By road it is approximately 480 km from Johannesburg. Kapama borders the Timbavati Nature Reserve.


The accommodations here are 6 luxurious air conditioned tents. I have never been in a tent where it felt like a regular building. The tent pictured below will show you how luxurious they are. The walls have a unique covering and there is even a fireplace in the tents. I have seen many luxury tents in my travels but these are by far the most superior. The ceilings of these tents are thatched. All rooms feature large wood decks with a private plunge pool. There is a victorian bath with a view, outside shower and double vanity. Children under 16 cannot be accommodated unless the entire camp is taken by a group.

the luxurious tent bedroom fireplace sitting area of your tent

Game Drives

Morning and afternoon game drives are with knowledgeable rangers in either open air land rovers or by elephant back. Kapama Game Reserve is home to the Big Five and the reserve offers excellent opportunities to experience the animals and the tranquility of the bush. The reserve incorporates the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center, which is widely known for its contributions to the conservation of wildlife. During the elephant-back safaris, guests are seated on comfortable canvas covered saddles positioned behind an experienced elephant handler. The elephants move single file through the bush and the experience of viewing the animals from this vantage point is truly remarkable.

Visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center. A visit to the center is included in your stay if you wish to learn about the conservation efforts underway to protect the wildlife of South Africa.

private plunge pool

Spa and Gym Facilities

The camp offers a sauna, gym and spa with various treatments available.

Dining and the Lodge Public Areas

From their lavish breakfasts to gourmet picnics and dinners, the camp features the finest cuisine. The main dining room table in the lodge is very elegant and set with fine crystal and exquisite china. The entire lodge is furnished elegantly, with attention to the smallest detail.


If you want to experience elephant back safaris, this is one of the most luxurious places to visit. Very easy access and outstanding accommodations.

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