At Sabi Sand Kirkman’s Kamp Kruger, the spirit of the early pioneer safaris is beautifully rekindled and reflected. Here lovers of the African safari can step back into the days of the early settlers of this wild land.

This pristine luxury Kruger safari lodge is named after one of the Kruger National Park’s most iconic section rangers, Harry Kirkman, who served the game reserve from 1933 to 1958.

The lodge is situated in the beautiful Sabi Sand Game Reserve within the well-known Kruger National Park in South Africa, a wilderness area which is regarded as a pristine haven for a wide variety of wildlife species, such as the Big Five – elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard, as well as a wide variety of antelope species and smaller mammals. It’s also home to one of Africa’s most majestic beasts, the elusive leopard.

Reputed to be one of Africa’s finest safari destinations, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve shares a 50km unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park to the east. Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and Sand rivers, sustain the diverse fauna and flora of the area, which boasts one of the highest and most biodiverse wildlife populations in a single African reserve.

The absence of fences between the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park, enable a wide variety of wildlife species to roam freely in this pristine African wilderness.

Here an area of 10 000 hectares (24 700 acres) is traversed at leisure during daily game drives, and strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of your game-viewing experience. Off-road driving enables the best possible view of any exceptional sighting, and rangers are constantly in touch with one another to keep track of animal movements.


Hearty cuisine characterises the food offering at Kirkman’s Kamp. Guests can enjoy scrumptious home-cooked meals, lovingly prepared by the passionate chefs. Fresh ingredients are used to create dishes that appeal to all palates.

Breakfast, with its hot dishes and fruit and cheese platters, is a welcome treat after spending the early morning on a bush safari. Depending on the time you spend in the bush during the early morning drive, breakfast can also turn into a tasty brunch. Delectable lunches can be enjoyed on the open-air decks whilst watching the wildlife frequenting the river.

Tradition African-inspired dinners are served around the fire in the outdoor boma, where guests can indulge in fine wines and great conversation. Mouth-watering desserts are the perfect way in which to conclude the day’s excitement.


The 18 luxurious suites of Kirkman’s Kamp all pay homage to the Victorian era but are equipped with all the modern creature comforts you can imagine. Each suite has retained its original features from when it was built initially, but boast many modern touches.

The styling oozes old-worldly charm, from its earthy tones to eclectic furnishings such as the old-worldly bedsteads and ball-and-claw tubs, allowing the visitor to take a nostalgic journey back in time.

Each suite has a spacious open-plan lounge area with huge French doors that open up onto a private veranda with beautiful views of the riverbed. The beautiful en-suite bathroom features a free-standing ball-and-claw bath, separate shower and modern amenities.

The suites are secluded enough to offer couples utmost privacy, while families can be accommodated in adjacent cottages.

Kirkman’s Kamp Suite Facilities

• Air-conditioning

• Ceiling fans

• Mosquito nets

• Heating

• Open-plan lounge area

• Veranda

• En-suite bathroom with tub and shower

• Minibar

• Safe

• Complimentary Wi-Fi

• Telephone

• Tea/coffee-making facilities.


The main lodge boasts scenic views of the Sabie River and the surrounding wilderness as it is set high up on a ridge. The lodge is located on the original 1920’s homestead, and guests can therefore experience a classic colonial-style safari in opulent luxury.

This beautiful homestead is surrounded by lush lawns and its Victorian architecture transports you back in time. Its green tin roof fuses beautifully into the natural landscape and the stylish boma creates a great space in which to relax and enjoy the company of friends.

The main area boasts a beautiful lounge that spills over onto a shaded deck with inviting rim-flow pool, from where guests can immerse themselves in the breathtaking views of the Sand River valley or laze the day away with a good book on one of the sunbeds. The more energetic can always work up a sweat on the camp tennis court.

All the opulent spaces contain a wide variety of relics of bush life in the past century, adding to the lodge’s nostalgic appeal.

Kirkman’s Kamp Main Lodge Facilities

• Lounge

• Dining area

• Deck with rim-flow pool

• Bar

• Restaurant

• Boma

• Tennis court

• Library

• Spa

• Curio shop

Kirkman’s Kamp Available Services

• 24-hour security

• Baby-sitting service

• Credit card facilities

• Room service (24 hours)

• Mobile connectivity

• Private vehicle available

• Meal on request

• Laundry service (complimentary)

• Internet access (complimentary.


Game drives

Kirkman’s knowledgeable ranger will take guest on early morning and late-afternoon/early evening drives in open safari vehicles during which he will share amazing secrets of the bush which will leave you in complete awe. With more than 6 300 hectares of wilderness to explore, guests can look forward to a range of stellar sightings as this land is rich in African wildlife.

The experienced tracker will use all his skills to track your favourite animals.

In the early morning the bush brims with animal activity as the animals prepare for the onslaught of the sun. Upon your return to camp you can indulge in a hearty breakfast/brunch.

As the sun heads for the horizon, it is time for the late afternoon game drive. Again, the animals come out to play and to quench their thirst. So can you, when you sip on a refreshing cocktail whilst appreciating the spectacular African sunset. As darkness sets in, it is time for the nocturnal beasts to prepare for the hunt. Catching a pair of eyes – maybe that of an elusive leopard – in the spotlight, is a thrill like no other.


If adrenalin is what you are after, look no further than taking to the bush on foot. A bushwalk lends a whole new dimension to your safari experience, as it allows you to connect to the wilderness by involving all the senses. In the company of an armed ranger, you will have the opportunity to interact with the inhabitants of this wilderness, up close and personal.

Photographic safaris

Photography enthusiasts, both novice and experiences, will be assisted by expert guides to capture that once-in-a-lifetime shot. You will be advised on technical aspects such as shutter speed, lenses, filters, angles, just to name but a few.

* Additional costs apply


With a wealth of bird species to enjoy, lovers of feathers, are spoiled for choice at Kirkman’s Kamp. The rangers’ expert knowledge of all the various species will impress. Do not forget those binoculars!

Private safari

Tailor-made to your specific needs, a private safari allows you to explore the wilderness with your own dedicated field ranger, tracker and vehicle. You decide on the duration and itinerary. This safari caters to your own interests, be that predators, the insect kingdom or the rich flora of this wilderness.

* Additional costs apply

Interpretative nature walks

Accompanied by your ranger, enjoy an interpretive nature walk around the lodge, during which you can discover more about the intricacies of the African bush.

Spa treatments

Those in need of utter rejuvenation can request a spa treatment in the privacy of their suite or choose from a range of relaxing treatments and massages at the on-site spa.

Other activities in the area include golf at the Skukuza Golf Course nearby, helicopter rides, hot-air balloon excursions and cultural visits. Guests are spoiled for choice.


Kirkman’s Kamp is situated in the 65 000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve and shares an open boundary with the Kruger National Park to the east, Mala Mala to the north and the Lion Sands Game Reserve to the south. It is situated in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa.

Travelling to Kirkman’s Camp is quick and convenient from Johannesburg or Cape Town, as there are daily flights to the Skukuza Airport in the Kruger National Park. A short and scenic drive from this airport gets you to the lodge.