Kirkman’s Kamp

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stamp3Why photographers love Kirkman’s Kamp

Kirkman’s is a 1920s-era South African homestead beautifully restored as a lodge. The lodge is set in the renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve which shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park. The private reserve offers the advantages of off-road driving, night drives and walking not allowed in the national park. Photographers love the prolific wildlife and the area is well-known for great leopard sightings, and you’re likely to see the rest of the big five too.

How we rate Kirkman’s Kamp

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Wilderness starstarstarstar
Lodge & Dining  starstarstarstar
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Guides  starstarstarstarstar

Kirkman’s Camp at a glance

  • 18 air-conditioned suites with en-suite bathrooms
  • Each suite features a private veranda overlooking the lawns and bushveld surrounding the Sand River
  • Main lodge area with dining area, lounge, bar, library shop, open-air boma, rim-flow swimming pool and wellness area
  • 220v power and Wi-Fi in rooms and main lodge area

The concession

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a private reserve west of Kruger National Park with an unfenced border. The area is renowned for wildlife and is famous for leopard sightings. The big five are all present, as are spotted hyena, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, impala, kudu and a variety of other antelope. Kirkman’s has traversing rights over 6,300 hectares.

The seasons

Kirkman’s is a year round destination. The dry season from May to October is best for game viewing. Temperatures are cooler and the vegetation is more open. The wet season, from November to April brings lush vegetation, migrant birds and baby animals.

What Kirkman’s Camp costs

Rates start at $505 per person per night.

Photographers need to know

The Sabi Sands is a fantastic area for wildlife. Guides are constantly in radio contact with each other to find the best possible sightings. Therefore, sightings are managed–only three vehicles are allowed at one time, so you may have limited time at each sighting.

The good news

Kirkman’s is part of the &Beyond portfolio. Not only are their Sabi Sands camps frequently listed among the top hotels in the world, they also have a good reputation for making camps as sustainable as possible and for supporting conservation and community projects.