Kirkman’s Kamp

Gauteng & Mpumalanga, South Africa

On Request

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Kirkman’s Kamp

Set in one of the most renowned wildlife regions in the world, the Kirkman’s Kamp boasts spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape surrounding the Sand River. Experience the old world atmosphere; colonial in style with impeccable and gracious service.

UNLEASH IT: AT THE COLONIAL STYLE CAMP WHERE THE SPIRIT OF SAFARI COMES ALIVE!
 

We Love
  • Gracious and genteel lodge imbued with the historic atmosphere of authentic 1920s Transvaal homestead
  • One of the best loved lodges in the Sabi Sand with relaxed and social family atmosphere
  • Famed for leopard sightings and Big Five game that shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park
Need to Know
  • The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. &Beyond staff accompany guests at all times when walking around the lodge at night.
  • Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

The Review

Located high on a ridge, the camp overlooks the Sand River like a stylish matriarch gazing down upon the landscape. The manicured grounds carve out a soft and cultured niche in the wild and tumbling bush. Private verandas attached to each suite offer a secluded spot to drink in the breathtaking views. Old-fashioned bedsteads combine seamlessly with modern comfort and souvenirs of bygone years to create a nostalgic safari atmosphere.

Wildlife
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.

Why Stay
Step back in time into the gracious early Transvaal atmosphere of this original 1920s homestead and marvel at the spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape that surrounds the Sand River from each of the 18 guest suites. Generous claw-foot bathtubs complete the picture, while stand-alone showers in each room provide an up-to-date touch.

Spacious sitting, dining and bar areas steeped in the colonial atmosphere of gracious style and luxury contain mementoes of a time long past, while the untamed wilderness outside whispers a promise of adventures not to be forgotten. A sparkling swimming pool boasts a magnificent view over the valley of the Sand River.

Experience
The day 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. You will stop for refreshments at a scenic spot during your drive.

Return to the camp 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.

Getting There

OR Tambo International Airport (formerly Johannesburg International) is the major gateway, offering both domestic and international connections. There are also an increasing number of international flights direct to and from Cape Town, and a few direct to and from Durban (King Shaka International Airport). There are daily Federal Air flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza Airstrip, followed by an easy drive to the camp.
 

 
Kirkman’s Kamp Gauteng & Mpumalanga, South Africa

Kirkman’s Kamp


Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Slip into the leisurely pace of yesteryear at the charming and historic Kirkman’s Kamp. Indulge in private time in the fascinating library or while away a few hours in front of the roaring fireplace in the guest sitting room. Leisure hours can be spent by the pool admiring the bush landscape and enjoying wildlife sighting in the river valley. Enjoy the ritual of afternoon tea served on the spacious veranda or rolling lawn, perhaps in the company of a wild but friendly visitor or two.

Rating                            Classic Camp
Type                              Safari Camp
No. Rooms                      18 classic tents
Max Occupants                36 guests
Occupancy/Tent               2 (plus one child 16 years and younger)
Interests                         Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                          Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                    Visa, Diners, AMEX and Master Card
Power                             220v AC


Policies

Children Policy
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives;
    Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls”, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment by credit cards is not accepted.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
    Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     12:00 PM
    Check out:     11:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night

 

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

The entire Big Five is well represented in Sabi Sand and other rare animals, such as the cheetah and hyena are often sighted. Various antelope species, from impala, waterbuck and duiker to kudu, bushbuck and nyala can also be seen, as can giraffe and warthog. However, it is the leopard that is the real star of the show at Sabi Sand, with the area well known for some of the best leopard experiences in Africa. This shy and elusive animal, normally the most solitary of the African cats is often viewed both in daylight hours and during game drives.

A number of lion prides have territories in the Sabi Sand area and are regularly spotted on game drives. Although not as common as the leopard or lion, the cheetah is also a frequent sight at Sabi Sand. Built for speed instead of power, this formidable predator generally hunts during the day when its rivals, the lion and the leopard, are resting. This daytime hunting habit occasionally creates spectacular sightings of the fastest animal in the world in action. The fascinating social structure of the spotted hyena can also be clearly observed in a number of packs in the Sabi Sand.

Sabi Sand also boasts an ample array of bird life, ranging from water birds, which congregate in the riverside reeds to a staggering array of birds of prey. The bateleur, with its distinctive shape and energy-conserving flight technique, is a frequent sight in Sabi Sand’s skies. Africa’s largest eagle, the martial eagle, is also often spotted on the reserve. Their gigantic nests, in the shape of an inverted cone, decorate many a knob thorn or other large trees throughout Sabi Sand.


When to go

Summer months (November to March) are hot and humid. Winter months (May to June)
are warm, with cold nights. July to September is dry with cold night and early morning / late afternoon temperatures. Spring (September to October) is very dry, with hot, dry winds

Rains start towards the end of October; rain is common from November to March, with typical afternoon thundershowers and potential scattered afternoon thundershowers in April. Best time for game viewing is from March to October.

Temperature
Summer: 13˚C to 38˚C /55˚F to 100˚F
Winter: 3˚C to 32˚C / 32˚F to 90˚F

Currency    
US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
The lodge is situated in a malaria area; necessary precautions should be taken
British passport holders do not require a visa to enter South Africa for stay upto 90 days.


Getting There

OR Tambo International Airport (formerly Johannesburg International) is the major gateway, offering both domestic and international connections. There are also an increasing number of international flights direct to and from Cape Town, and a few direct to and from Durban (King Shaka International Airport). There are daily Federal Air flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza Airstrip, followed by an easy drive to the camp.

Skukuza Airstrip    
GPS Coordinates    S 24˚56.088’    E 031˚33.559’
Camp Closure        Open Year-round