This renowned South African game reserve was established in 1986, when the late Johann Roode bought a farm called Moria near Hoedspruit. He used it for cattle grazing, but soon more land was needed and Drakensig farm was acquired.

Harsh conditions and predators took their toll on the cattle, and a year later Johann began the transformation of the vast property into an ecotourism business. Named Kapama for the river that runs through the reserve, today Buffalo Camp stands on the original farm and River Lodge on the second farm. Extensive tracts of land have since been acquired and added to Kapama.