Kirkman's Kamp is a handsome colonial-style five star lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.
Kirkman’s Kamp is situated within the Sabi Sand Private Reserve on the banks of the Sand River. The unfenced 65 000-hectare reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger area, where animals are free to roam across an area the size of Israel. Kirkman’s Kamp dates back to the early 1900’s, when it was the original homestead of Harry Kirkman, and it has been stylishly renovated to still possess an old-world feel. This area is well known for providing Big Five sightings, with very high frequencies of leopard sightings. At Kirkman’s Kamp, there are 18 spacious suites overlooking the unspoilt bushveld surrounding the camp.
Little touches inside the suites evoke a nostalgic atmosphere and remind one of the style and grace of yesteryear. The suites are decorated with a touch of old world charm and the en suite bathrooms feature free-standing ball-and-claw bath tubs. Still, there is no shortage of modern luxuries. All the rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, telephones, heating, an in-room safe, mini bars, and tea and coffee stations. The suites have spacious open plan lounge areas with French doors that open out onto well-kept lawns. Wildlife sightings are occasionally enjoyed from the private verandas.
Breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed in the comfort of the main house or under shade-dappled verandas. Dinner is served outside in the bush boma, illuminated by lanterns and dancing flames. The lodge also offers an infinity pool to cool down in and a small curio shop to purchase souvenirs from. For relaxation, guests may opt for an in-room massage.
At Kirkman’s, the likelihood of encountering the Big Five is very good, due to the high frequency of leopard sightings in the area. The leopard is typically the most elusive member of the Big Five, but at Kirkman’s leopards are frequently seen, leaving a lot of time to find elephants, rhinoceros, buffalo and lion. Night drives provide the opportunity to observe nocturnal activity, such as bush babies clambering between trees, or even a big cat hunt. Interpretive guided bush walks are a good way to experience the bushveld up close and personal and also a superb way to enjoy bird watching.
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