Greater Kruger, South Africa
Greater Kruger, South Africa
SABI SANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
Kirkman's Camp, boasts spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape surrounding the Sand River. Set in one of the most renowned wildlife regions in the world, it is regarded as one of the best loved lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Originally built in the early 1920s, it was named in honour of W. Harry Kirkman, one of South Africa's foremost conservationists. Today, this charming property has all the modern comforts with gracious staff offering colonial style service.
The moment you walk into the Kirkman’s Kamp you’re transported back in time. Old-fashioned bedsteads and souvenirs of bygone years create a nostalgic safari atmosphere. Bathrooms boast inviting claw-foot tubs and stand-alone showers for complete comfort and luxury. Each of the 18 guest cottages has a private veranda with views across the Sand River. Its where you can forget the cares of the world and slumber into an easy chair with a book from the extensively-stocked library.
Life at the Kirkman's Camp is at a leisurely pace of yesteryear. Take a morning jaunt to view some wildlife; hyena, buffalos, white rhinos, elephants, various antelopes or even the elusive leopard. Choose between the shady veranda or the manicured lawns for breakfast, spend the afternoon in the beguiling infinity pool. Afternoon tea is in colonial style with fresh cakes and pastries, soon followed by an evening game drive.
Kirkman's Kamp SABI SANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
Stay Kirkman’s Kamp is a luxury safari homestead with 18 guest suites. All suites are attractively decorated with a lovely colonial charm. Neutral colour schemes, old-fashioned bedsteads and authentic artefacts and period furniture create a classic nostalgia in each suite. Spacious bathrooms have claw-foot bathtubs with stand-alone showers. It also has all the mod cons and a private veranda that offers a spectacular sweeping view of the surrounding reserve.
The Camp The main area of the Kirkman’s Kamp hosts a beautiful lounge area and elegant dining area, with a large swimming pool looking out to the dry river bed. Meals are usually served in the elegant main dining room or on the charming wrap around veranda. In the evening, a delicious buffet feast is available to guests in the beautiful lantern-lit boma, or for those wanting a more intimate dining experience, a candlelit bush dinner can also be arranged. There is a massage room available at the lodge.
ChildCare This is an ideal lodge for families and children of all ages are welcome to stay at the Kirkman’s Kamp, however, children under the age of 5 years old are not able to join in the game drive activities.
Safari Adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famed for its intimate wildlife encounters, particularly leopard viewing. Home to a host of animals, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), the Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers over two million hectares (almost five million acres), an area equivalent to the state of New Jersey.
Experience The day at the Kirkman’s Kamp starts at dawn with morning tea/coffee and a discussion with your guide on what you hope to see that day. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well known for its leopard sightings and you may well spot one of these elusive cats resting after a successful night hunt. Return to the Kirkman’s Kamp for breakfast and lunch. There will be time for siesta and cool off in the pool before proceeding for a late afternoon game drive that lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for a glimpse into the nocturnal bush life. Enjoy sundowners in a scenic location. Return for dinner.
Location Kirkman’s Kamp is located on the southwestern corner of the Kruger National Park, and in the heart of the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Kirkman’s Kamp has a traversing area of 6,000 hectares and overlooks the Sand River.
Getting there South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg, is the major gateway, offering both domestic and international connections. Fly from (ORTIA) to Nelspruit or Hoedspruit, followed by a 45 minutes road transfer. There are also daily Federal Air flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza Airstrip within the Kruger National Park, followed by an easy drive to the Kirkman's Kamp. To drive from Johannesburg to Kirkman’s is 5 to 6 hours.
When to go Best time for game viewing in South Africa is from March to October. Summer in South Africa, from November to March can be hot and humid but a good time to see lots of beautiful migratory birds. South Africa’s winter, from May to September is dry with cold nights while Spring between September and October is very dry, with hot, dry winds. South Africa rains start end of October until March, with typical afternoon thundershowers in April.