Gracious service and old world atmosphere bring the spirit of safari to life at the evocative Kirkman’s Kamp, set in one of the most renowned wildlife regions in the world. Gracious and historic, the original homestead of Harry Kirkman has been beautifully restored. The 18 charming suites overlook the bushveld, while lush lawns surround the lodge and swimming pool.
Guests find themselves stepping back in time at the original 1920s homestead of Kirkman’s Kamp as they marvel at the spectacular views of the unspoiled wilderness that surrounds the Sand River from each of the 12 guest cottages. Rolling lawns carve out a niche in a wild and tumbling wilderness that hosts memorable game viewing in one of the most renowned Big Five regions in the world.
Spacious sitting, dining and bar areas contain mementoes of a time long past, while the untamed wilderness outside whispers a promise of adventures not to be forgotten. Clean, lines and authentic furniture transport guests to the 1920s, while sheer comfort is never compromised. Guests can 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 sheer scope of the vast bush landscape and maybe even enjoying a special sighting of wildlife in the river valley.
Adjacent to the renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famed for its intimate wildlife encounters, particularly its leopard sightings. Home to a ample resident game, including the Big Five, the Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers over two million hectares. With no boundary fences between it and the Kruger, the Reserve benefits from the great diversity of wildlife found in one of the richest wilderness areas on the African continent.
Game drives traverse an area of 6 300 hectares and strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of the game viewing experience. Guests are likely to track individually recognisable leopard and lion, as well as clans of spotted hyena. Sensitive off-road driving practices guarantee that guests have the best possible view of sightings and rangers are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements
The drive from Johannesburg to &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp is approximately 500 km and takes five to six hours. The camp is accessed through Shaw’s Gate to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. All except the last 10 km of the road is tarred.
Federal Air offers daily scheduled flights from OR Tambo to Skukuza Airstrip, followed by a short drive to Kirkman’s Kamp. The flight time from Johannesburg to Skukuza is approximately one and half hours. Guests also have the choice of flying to Nelspruit or Hoedspruit, followed by a road transfer to Kirkman’s Kamp. The distance between Nelspruit and Kirkman’s Kamp is approximately 150 km and the road transfer takes an hour and 45 minutes. Hoedspruit is approximately a three-hour drive from Kirkman’s Kamp.
Weather & climate
The summer months (November to March) are hot and humid. Temperatures start to cool slightly in April and winter months (May to June) are warm, with cold nights and early mornings. July to September is very dry, with cold night and early morning/late afternoon temperatures. Spring (September to October) is very dry with hot, dry winds. The first rains start towards the end of October. Rains or typical afternoon thundershowers occur from Nov to March, with potential scattered afternoon thundershowers.
Summer: 13˚C to 38˚C
Winter: 3˚C to 32˚C
The currency is the South African rand.
Visas and documents
Nationals of other African countries often do not require visas for South Africa. Visitors must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport.