Kirkman’s Kamp, Sabi Sands: The Lowdown

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Kirkman’s Kamp is a true reflection of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve– once a colonial homestead, now an elegant traditional-style safari lodge in one of South Africa’s finest game viewing areas.

What’s Kirkman’s Kamp really like?

Kirkman’s Kamp has all of the advantages of its age and long-standing, with an enviable location overlooking the Sand River. There’s the original tin-roofed homestead with verandah, library and crackling fire. Outside a wander over manicured lawns and past the occasional warthog will lead you to 18 semi-detached rooms (we’re told the official term is “duplex”). Décor reflects Kirkman’s colonial heritage with antique furniture, rich rugs on the floors and claw-footed bath tubs. The rooms are perhaps a little smaller than at some of the flamboyantly luxurious options elsewhere, but then so are the prices- Kirkman’s is a very good value option for this notoriously expensive area.  Standards of service are high and food is plentiful- just make sure the monkeys don’t try to swipe any when you’re not looking…. Kirkman’s has a lovely pool to splash about in between game drives, and there is also a spa should you be urgent need of a massage.

What can I do at Kirkman’s Kamp?

If you come on safari in the Sabi Sands, it’s for one reason- the game viewing. Kirkman’s is in a fantastic area for wildlife. Guides and trackers here are usually excellent, and we’d particularly recommend Kirkman’s for first time safari goers who are keen to spot all of the Big Five- chances are very high here! While morning and afternoon game drives are the main activity here, you can also arrange walking safaris at an additional fee and with advance notice.

Giving back at Kirkman’s Kamp…The company that runs Kirkman’s was once known as the Conservation Corporation, and though the name has changed, the commitment to the environment and community hasn’t. Glass, plastic paper and metal recycled, local school children are given conservation lessons at the lodge and the camp has helped to fund kitchens in the local school and pre-school, meaning that children get one wholesome, healthy meal each day.

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