Take a step back in time at the gracious and historic Kirkmans Kamp.
The original homestead of Harry Kirkman has been beautifully restored; the 18 charming suites overlook the bushveld and beautiful lawns surround the lodge and swimming pool, with spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape surrounding the Sand River.
The moment you walk into the main guest area at Kirkmans Kamp you will think you have been transported back in time. The fact that the lawn has warthog grazing on it instead of a neatly dressed party playing croquet does nothing to dispel this illusion, in fact, it all adds to the ambiance of this 1920s South African homestead.
Impeccable and gracious service completes the old world atmosphere, as the spirit of safari comes alive at this evocative camp, set in one of the most renowned wildlife regions in the world.
Reasons to visit Kirkman`s Kamp:
- Day and night game drives, walking safari and bush walks
- Historic atmosphere of authentic 1920s Transvaal homestead
- One of the best loved lodges in the Sabi Sand and perfect for all travellers - families and children welcome
- Imbued with the history of Harry Kirkman
- Relaxed and social family atmosphere
- Famed for leopard sightings
- Big Five game reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, traversing 6 300 hectares (15 000 acres)
Accommodation at Kirkman`s Kamp:
The bedrooms consist of eighteen guest cottages with private verandahs offering magnificent views of the surrounding bush.
Each cottage is furnished in the same style as the main house and has an en-suite bathroom featuring ball and claw baths. Every detail is as authentic as possible, except for the air-conditioning and overhead fans.
Room facilities include:
- En-suite bathroom including a separate shower.
- Full range of guest amenities such as shampoo, bath oil, body lotions, etc.
- Insect proof screening on all windows and sliding doors.
- Hair dryers.
- Bath robes.
- Insect repellant supplied in all bedrooms and on all vehicles.
- Up-to-date magazines in all bedrooms.
- Private verandahs overlooking the bush.
- Purified water.
- Complimentary laundry service (minimum 2 nights stay).
- Tea and coffee making facilities in each room
- Safety deposit facilities
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: All year round; best game viewing from March to October.
RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN: Yes, this lodge is ideal for families. See our Family Travel page.
GUEST SAFETY: The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times.
LODGE AMENITIES: Private verandas, swimming pool, open-air boma
Wildlife at Kirkman`s Kamp:
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 occasionally seen 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 Sands skies. Africas 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.
Activities at Kirkman`s Kamp:
CASCADES and CANYON SPECTACULAR
This spectacular helicopter flight takes off from Hazyview, near the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Soar over cascading waterfalls and along the escarpment to God`s Window, with its panoramic views, and on to the Blyde River Canyon. Land at a magnificent viewpoint to enjoy a delicious picnic. After your flight, you will be taken back to your game lodge.
Family travel at Kirkman`s Kamp:
Children are welcome at the family-friendly Kirkman`s Kamp.
When available, booking an exclusive use safari vehicle means that game drives can be tailored for the shorter attention span of younger children, leaving and coming back to the lodge at any time. A swimming pool is available for families to enjoy.
The lodge is also able to accommodate a limited number of triple rooms. This means that, should parents wish to share a room with younger children, an additional bed will be set up in the parents room for children 16 years or younger.
When not using an exclusive use vehicle, game drives are available to children aged twelve years and older. Children aged six to twelve are permitted on game drives at the lodge managers discretion. While children younger than six cannot participate in game drives, childminders can be arranged during game drives and meal times at an additional cost.
Designed especially for children visiting andBeyond lodges, WILDchild is a filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. On arrival at andBeyond Kirkman`s Kamp, each child will receive a WILDchild branded bag containing a logbook, crayons, pencils and a pawprint tattoo. There is a personalised welcome note for every child, with those under three getting an African-themed soft toy as well.
Recommended route from Johannesburg or Pretoria.
Take the N12, or N4 highway to Nelspruit and White River.
Take the R40 from Nelspruit to Hazyview. At Hazyview turn right onto the R536 towards the Paul Kruger Gate, after 34kms look out for signs indicating the private game lodges on the left hand side of the road.
Turn left onto gravel road (sign posted), travel approx 8.6 km. Follow signs to Shaws gate.
From Shaws Gate, follow the signs to Newington gate.
You will be required to pay an entrance fee.
Daily flights to and from Johannesburg International Airport directly to Kirkman's Kamp on Federal Air.
Federal Air currently provides daily scheduled flights from Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA).
Air transfers (20-30 min) from KMIA to the lodges are operated at an additional charge.