Kirkman’s Kamp is located high on a ridge, the camp overlooks the Sand River like a stylish matriarch gazing down upon the landscape.
The green tin roof and manicured grounds carve out a soft and cultured niche in the wild and tumbling bush. 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.
While gracious style abounds at Kirkman’s Kamp, the landscape beyond is never forgotten. Wander through the spacious guest areas and admire the many mementos of a time gone by. Clean lines and authentic furniture transport you to the 1920s at Kirkman’s Kamp, while sheer creature comfort is never compromised.
At 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 a special wildlife sighting in the river valley. 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. Generous claw-foot bathtubs complete the picture, while stand-alone showers in each room provide an up-to-date touch.
Kirkman’s 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 Kirkman’s Kamp you’ll think you’ve 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.
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.
A shared passion for creating extraordinary guest experiences unites all across Africa. For the staff members at Kirkman’s Kamp, there is no better way to spend the day than in making our guests’ safari dreams come true. Our chefs, butlers, housekeepers, security and workshop staff are trained with the same dedication as our field staff, but their pleasure in sharing your special moments is something that cannot be taught. They are the magic ingredient at Kirkman’s Kamp and their commitment to creating moments that take our guests’ breath away is genuine.
&Beyond is renowned for having some of the most highly trained, professional, passionate and knowledgeable rangers and trackers on the continent. They have a passion for people and wildlife, ensuring unbeatable interpretive safari experiences. Our rangers at Kirkman’s Kamp impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about local habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, small animals and insects. Many of our rangers and trackers belong to the surrounding communities and can share cultural information with our guests.
&Beyond runs three full-time ranger training schools headed by professional ranger trainers in Africa. Each ranger at Kirkman’s Kamp undergoes a rigorous training course at one of these schools before joining the team. They then receive further on-site training and benefit immensely from their colleagues’ ongoing mentorship. It is through their passion for what they do, and their desire to develop and learn that &Beyond’s guides are among the finest in the world.
At every lodge we seek out small (and sometimes not so small) but meaningful ways of putting our values into action every day. Each &Beyond lodge supports the conservation of wildlife and contributes to its neighboring communities in one way or another. In addition, we seek to limit our impact in terms of fossil fuels, the use of renewable energy, water and waste management, and recycling.
“We stayed at Kirkman’s for 2.5 days and it was the best travelling experience we’ve ever had. The grounds are beautiful; the buildings are saturated with history yet with all of the modern amenities. Spacious cottage style rooms with private full washrooms (huge antique clawfoot iron tub and huge stand alone shower) and porch. Strong and free wifi. The food was amazing, with lots of choice; not only were we never hungry we had more than we could eat. The entire staff is welcoming and accommodating – some of the best service we’ve ever had. Shuttle service to/from Skukuza airport included. The rangers and trackers knowledge and enthusiasm for the animals was infectious. We saw the big 5 and a myriad other animals and birds. The viewing limits on the vehicles (3 max and only 2 for some animals) meant we were able to spend long periods of time in very close proximity to the animals who literally prowled around the vehicles. Loved every minute of our stay.” –jmkilty
“Kirkmans is a beautiful lodge inside and out. The food was amazing and Moses our butler was always helpful and kind. We had some great drives in completely different scenery to our previous lodge (Ngala), seeing leopard at close proximity. The room was comfortable and lovely to have a balcony looking out onto the bush with different antelope often visiting. wonderfully quiet at night. We enjoyed the social meeting at the bar every evening prior to dinner. It was great to meet lots of different people from all over the world. Service (as we found throughout our stay in South Africa) was second to none. Thank you Kirkmans.” –devonlady45
“Recently stayed three nights and it was AWESOME. Magical does not describe the property or the people. Our Ranger was Ralph and David was the Guide. Ralph was patient and very experienced we saw the big 5 many times. I was amazed at some of the sightings then finding them. Learned about footprints and who and where they were headed. Saw more animals than I can begin to describe sometimes at a distance sometimes within feet. Leopard walked 2 feet away from us it was amazing. Moses was our Butler and he catered to our every desire. Nothing was too hard for him. Cannot begin to describe the quality and amount of food. Many special touches but do not want to ruin the surprises for new guests. Rooms were clean and very comfortable. Catherine the manager was on the spot always and quickly helped us with any issues. WIFI works to a degree but you are in the middle of Africa! I bet we took over 1000 pictures across six drives and the lodge is something very special. If I was going to do one safari and this was available it would be a no brainer.”-Jon C