The lodge is a quaint, 64-room building situated in the heart of the reserve. We would get a wakeup call every morning at 5 a.m., as our morning safari started at 6:30 a.m. sharp!
It was cold in the morning, around 10°C, and the sun was just rising over the savannah as we drove off in the open-back cruiser for the first time. Within minutes of leaving the lodge, we spotted rhinoceros, water buffalo, elephants, giraffes, warthogs and lions, most having a morning feed of vegetation—well, maybe not the lions. But what cool temperatures! I honestly had to hold my breath to try and stay relaxed as I snapped away with my camera. Such views through my viewfinder! And this was just the first of 15 3½-hour safaris we had booked. We’d be at it seven hours a day, morning and afternoon, for the next eight days! No sleeping in or staying up late for us, not when we had the opportunity to go on safari and spend time with such remarkable creatures. Kapama took excellent care of us with their friendly staff, amazing food and comfortable rooms—the spa treatments weren’t too bad, either! The culture in general is something you need to experience firsthand; it has such a calming effect.
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