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Kirkman's Kamp

Sabi Sands, South Africa

Kirkman's Kamp has spectacular views of unspoiled wilderness as far as the eye can see. The homestead serves as the recreational hub of the camp, particularly at mealtimes, and each of the eighteen cottages has its own private veranda.

At a Glance

  • Brilliant for families

  • Dine in the open air boma for an authentic evening

  • A welcome large swimming pool and expansive lawns

  • Wake up to the traces of animals having walked through camp

  • Wonderfully friendly and welcoming staff

Wildlife, Family

Insider's View

Count how many cats you see during your stay at Kirkman's and you will be completely overwhelmed!

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

Cool off from the African sun with a swim in their lovely pool before the afternoon game activities begin.

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

Kirkman's has more river access than most camps in the Kruger region, offering a great habitat for leopard and other wildlife

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Did you know the camp has an average of more than 800 leopard sightings each year?

Scott Dunn team


Overlooking the Sand River, Kirkman’s Kamp is a historic camp, which was originally built in the early 1920s. The camp was named in honour of W. Harry Kirkman, one of South Africa’s foremost conservationists, who began his illustrious career as a ranger in 1927. A colonial atmosphere of gracious style and luxury has been retained, and one steps back in time upon entering the old homestead. The camp is situated in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Kirkman's Kamp offers 18 gorgeous suites with spectacular views of unspoiled wilderness, surrounding the Sand River. Old-fashioned bedsteads and souvenirs of bygone years create a nostalgic safari atmosphere. Bathrooms boast inviting claw-foot tubs and stand-alone showers for complete comfort and luxury.

Undoubtedly the most prestigious game park in South Africa, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is renowned for having the best ‘big five’ game viewing in the country. Located on the southwestern corner of the Kruger National Park, there are no restricting fences, thus enabling the animals to roam freely just as nature intended.


Kirkman's Kamp offers 18 cottages with spectacular views of unspoiled wilderness surrounding the Sand River. Old-fashioned bedsteads and souvenirs of bygone years are used to create a nostalgic safari atmosphere. Bathrooms boast inviting claw-foot tubs and stand-alone showers for complete comfort and luxury.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Kirkman's Kamp but there are no specific facilities except babysitting.


Facilities at the lodge include a swimming pool, spa treatments, library, gorgeous sitting room and dining area.


Game drives and bush walks are included in room rates. Luxury walking adventures, tracking animals in the park and photographic safaris are charged additionally.

Location & Directions

Sabi Sands, South Africa

Situated in the heart of the 65,000 hectare (160,600 acre) Sabi Sand Game Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Kirkman’s Kamp has a traversing area of 6,000 hectares (15,500 acres) and overlooks the Sand River.

When to go

There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.

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