Kirkman’s Kamp

Sabi Sand, South Africa

Home to a host of animals, including the Big Five the Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers over two million hectares.

Kirkman’s Kamp is imbued a spirit of historic adventure, evoking memories of gracious luxury. The camp is built around Harry Kirkman’s historic homestead with overlooking the Sand River and the spectacular unspoilt landscape beyond. The Sabi Sand borders the Kruger National Park and has a well-earned reputation as some of the best big five country in Africa. The camps relaxed and social atmosphere is perfect for families with children.

The camp’s 18 guest suites are set amongst rolling lawns vividly contrasting with the wilderness beyond. These air-conditioned suites combine modern comfort with ageless charm, old fashioned bedsteads and claw-footed bathtubs creating an authentic safari atmosphere whilst stand-alone showers provide a modern touch. Verandas keep the suites cool in the heat of the day and provide a wonderful space from which to enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding bushveld.

The guest areas include spacious sitting, dining and bar areas which draw inspiration from the homestead’s historic past dating back to the 1920s. Guests are able to take advantage of a fascinating library or simply spend time in front of the roaring fireplace in the guest sitting room. The swimming pool provides respite from the heat of the day as well as magnificent views of the country.

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve shares an unfenced boundary with the world famous Kruger National Park and is part of a conservation area which covers nearly five million acres. This is some of the richest game viewing in Africa with a huge diversity of game. Activities include game drives, conducted over fifteen thousand acres, with strict limits to vehicles at sightings ensuring the exclusivity of sightings. Both early morning and late afternoon game drives are conducted in open 4 x 4 vehicles with afternoon drives continuing into the early evening. The camp also offers interpretive bush walks allowing guests to develop an understanding of the smaller creatures of the reserve.

In Outline



Kirkman’s Kamp is easily accessible with daily Airlink flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza Airstrip, followed by an easy drive to the camp.

Alternatively Kirkman’s Kamp is a five-hour drive in a two-wheel drive vehicle from Johannesburg on excellent roads.


From ZAR 7260
January – December
ZAR 7260


The Sabi Sand region experiences summer rainfall (September to April) falling as late afternoon and evening thundershowers.


Summers in the Sabi Sand are hot with temperatures reaching mid 30o Celsius.


Winters are cold in the morning with midday with temperatures between 2o and 16o Celsius.


  • 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
  • Famed for leopard sightings
  • Big Five game reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park

Travel Notes

Game Sightings

A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino. The reserve is particularly well known for leopard sightings with lions, and African wild dog also often seen.

Best Time to Travel

Kirkman’s Kamp is a year round destination however the best game viewing is from March to October.

Bird Sightings

The Sabi Sand provides good bird viewing with approximately 260 species of birds found withing the park. These include Woodland Kingfisher, Scops Owl, Marico Sunbird, Spotted-backed Weaver and White-throated Robin.

Guest Safety

Kirkman’s Kamp is situated in a wildlife area and is not fenced. Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and camp management.