Kirkmans Kamp

Game Lodge, Kruger


Thought time travel was impossible? Think again: at this luxurious homestead, it might as well still be 1920. Named after one of South Africa’s foremost conservationists, Kirkman’s retains the old-world colonial aura of a century ago.  Part of a private concession in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve – the Kruger National Park’s premier area for scenery and wildlife, and especially good for leopards – it idyllically overlooks the Sand River and boasts a rim-flow pool, exceptional guides and fabulous food.


Kirkman’s 18 stand-alone cottages each have private verandas offering fabulous bushveld views.  Their bathrooms seduce with claw-foot baths (plus showers), while old-fashioned bedsteads and curious artefacts add to the bygone atmosphere.  Discreet modern luxuries like wi-fi and air-conditioning ensure superb comfort.


The original authentic homestead also contains an open-plan lounge, a library and homely bar areas where guests are encouraged to slump.  Meals are served indoors, through French windows onto a shady veranda with more far-reaching vistas, or beside a campfire in the outdoor boma.  The pool is surrounded by rolling lawns where warthogs graze, and spa treatments can be arranged.


Included in the board are early-morning and evening game drives in 4x4s, the latter featuring sundowner cocktails.  Thrilling walking safaris led by experienced rangers and trackers are available, too, offering an insight into everything from the Big Five to incredible insects via interesting flora, animal alarm calls and spoor evaluation.  Other adventures, such as tracking animals and photographic safaris, cost extra.

Child Policy

Children are welcome to come, with triple rooms possible for those under 16.  If you book an exclusive-use vehicle, safaris can be tailored with kids in mind; otherwise the age limit for drives is 12, with those able 6-12 partaking at the manager’s discretion.  Babysitting is available (surcharge).


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