Adjacent to the world renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is famed for its intimate wildlife encounters, particularly leopard viewing. Home to a host of animals, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), the Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers over two million hectares (almost five million acres), an area equivalent to the state of New Jersey.
With no boundary fences between the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park, this reserve benefits from the great diversity of animals found in one of the richest wildlife areas on the African continent, along with the additional benefits experienced on a private game reserve.
Game drives traverse an area of 10 500 hectares (26 000 acres) and strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of the game viewing experience. Sensitive off-road driving ensures that guests have the best possible view of any exceptional sighting and rangers are constantly in touch with each other to keep track of animal movements.
|Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to Availability|
|11 Jan 2020 to 10 Jan 2022||1-5 Nights||6+ Nights||Private Vehicle||Tour Leader
|Cottage||R11 160||R11 160||R13 745||R5 580|
- How to get there
- The lodge
Early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives;
Interpretive bush walks;
Birdwatching; Leopards, spotted hyena, various antelope, elephant, white rhino, buffalo, hippo
A complimentary pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars for your use in every guest room from June 2019
Why we love it
- Big Five game reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, traversing 10 500 hectares (26 000 acres)
- 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
- Imbued with the history of Harry Kirkman
- Relaxed and social family atmosphere
- Famed for leopard sightings
Our favourite camp experiences
See spots in the Sabi Sand
The essence of a Safari game drive
Set out in an open 4×4 safari vehicle in the company of a ranger and tracker team, who will attempt to track your favourite animals. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well known for its leopard sightings and you may well spot one of these elusive cats resting after a successful night hunt. These usually shy and elusive cats have become accustomed to vehicles in the Sabi Sand and, unlike many other areas, where leopards are rarely glimpsed in daylight hours, sightings of these magnificent animals are not uncommon on day drives.
Before setting out on your first game drive, the trained guide will ask you about your favourite wildlife species and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met, whether it is tracking a particular animal or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. The guide and tracker will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behaviour of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits.
While wildlife is the biggest drawcard for most travellers, the guide and tracker teams are also equipped with a wealth of knowledge about the area’s vegetation, including the traditional and medicinal uses of various plants. Birding enthusiasts can ask their guide to identify birds that are specific to the region as well as notable migrant species. Guests with a special interest in photography should let their guide know, as he will then take extra care to position the vehicle to make the best possible use of the available light at wildlife sightings.
Most trackers come from the areas immediately surrounding the game reserve and, as such, will be full of interesting information regarding the region’s culture, language and traditions, as well as local folklore.
The essence of Guided bush walks
For those looking for an active thrill beyond the excitement of Big Five sightings on a game drive vehicle, a walking safari offers an opportunity to connect with the African bush, interacting with all its inhabitants, from largest to smallest. Embark on an adventure where your feet tread in the tracks of zebra and buffalo, your nostrils fill with the scent of crushed wild grasses and you push through the brush and all six senses re-awake as Africa touches you and you touch Africa.
At one with nature, experience a range of natural wonders in the company of your experienced professional guide. Learn how to track, seeing how close you can come to smaller game like impala or nyala antelope without them being aware of your presence. Crouch behind a bush to catch a glimpse of a passing elephant or rhino. Smell and taste wild herbs, learning their traditional uses, and explore the smaller marvels of the bush, from the magnificent tapestry of a spider’s web to the microscopic world of the dung beetle. Watch a multitude of colourful birds as they flit from branch to branch, trilling out their sweet songs. Engage all your senses as you discover an unexpected world where each sound and scent and every bent blade of grass have a meaning.
Each bush walk is accompanied by an expertly trained and qualified guide, who follows strict protocols to ensure your safety and comfort. Your guide will point out the finer details of your environment, from tiny insects to interesting trees and shrubs, as well as animal tracks and dung. Together you will explore the beautiful bush savannah or browse the thickets of the Sand River. Bush walks do not attempt to come close to big game and are safe for guests from the age of sixteen and older.
Local community visit
There’s no better way to get a glimpse into real African life than by visiting one of its rural communities. A trip to one of the villages surrounding the Sabi Sand Game Reserve provides a glimpse into the challenges, hopes and dreams of this local community in a way that not only educates but also inspires.
&Beyond believes in making a meaningful difference to the communities that surround our game reserves and, with the help of generous donations from our guests, we have partnered with Africa Foundation on a number of projects in the surrounding areas. Visit some of these community-led initiatives to get a glimpse of the challenges and triumphs encountered by the local people.
In the Huntingdon community, meet the young learners of Hundzukani Primary School, where classrooms and food gardens have been build, allowing the school not only to ensure that pupils never have to attend school on an empty stomach but also to sell fresh produce to community members. Move on to the older children of Kurhula Secondary School, the first high school to be built in the area.
In neighbouring Justicia, meet the children of the Happy Homes Preschool, the only crèche available to the local residents. This preschool has grown from a corrugated iron shack where 28 children were cared for to a proper facility with brick and mortar classrooms that caters for no less than 212 children.
The Madilika Craft Centre, situated at the entrance to the Sabi Sand Reserve, is the community’s landmark success story. Beginning with a partnership between twelve craftspeople, business and financial skills training carried out here has allowed the group to expand their product range and target the tourist market.
A visit to any of these projects will leave you inspired and amazed at the commitment of this local community towards facing and overcoming the challenges that hold it back from achieving its goals of building a better future for themselves and their children.
Specialist star photography lesson
The essence of a Specialist star photography lesson
Pick up some hot new skills for capturing your holiday memories on film. Book a photography lesson with specialist guide Andrew Schoeman and choose to either upgrade your general photography skills or learn how to shoot the night sky.
Regardless of your level of skill, Andrew will utilise his extensive experience to help you to increase your chances of getting your holiday shot of a lifetime. He is well versed in the use of the most popular camera equipment, including both Canon and Nikon. Lessons begin with a basic understand of how a camera works and move on to information about different shooting modes and focus types. Andrew will discuss aperture and depth of field, as well as ISO and when it is important to change this. Other details tackled include the exposure triangle and understand of exposure compensation and when to use it. Lastly, Andrew will talk about different metering modes and how the camera exposes the image. Each step will be illustrated with practical examples that will quickly and easily demonstrate how you can instantly improve your photography.
A more specialised night sky photography session can be arranged at a secluded spot in the bush, carefully selected to offer minimal light pollution. The session begins with the correct way to set up the camera for this specialised photography session. Andrew will ensure that you are comfortable using your camera’s manual mode, as well as using and understand long exposure. Some dead trees or other interesting background features will help you to understand how to set up a composition at night and Andrew will also show you how to focus your lens correctly. You will learn how to photograph the stars themselves, as well as how to create the effect of star trails. The session will end some creative shooting as you learn how to paint with light.
- 18 air-conditioned suites;
- Private verandas; WI-FI in suites
- Rim-flow swimming pool;
- Open-air boma;
- Safari Shop;
- Harry's Bar;
- WI-FI in guest areas;
- complimentary laundry
- Massages in-room or at the Wellness Centre
- Children of all ages welcome;
- WILD Child programme;
- Childminding available.
- Early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives; Interpretive bush walks; Bird watching;
- Leopards, spotted hyena, various antelope, elephant, white rhino, buffalo, hippo
Airlink operates a daily, scheduled flight which links Johannesburg and Cape Town to Skukuza Airport, neighbouring the Sabi Sand, after which is followed by an easy game drive to the lodge with your dedicated guide who will welcome you at the airstrip.
Connect &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp to Johannesburg, Cape Town, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve in the Kruger Park and &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, or other of Southern Africa’s iconic destinations including Victoria Falls, Mozambique and Vilanculos. All flights route through either Nelspruit or Skukuza.
Selfdrive is an easy drive from Johannesburg to the Sabi Sand
SELF DRIVE DIRECTIONS
Reservations: +27 11 809 4300 | Emergency Tel: +27 83 463 8923 | Lodge Tel: + 27 13 735 2300
RECOMMENDED ROUTE TO &BEYOND KIRKMAN’S KAMP FROM JOHANNESBURG TO KIRKMAN’S KAMP
- Take the N12 (which turns into the N4) from Johannesburg to Nelspruit.
- A ring road has been built around Nelspruit, so that you do not need to drive through the town. When you reach Nelspruit, carry on along the N4, following the signs for Malelane and the Lebombo border post, and bypass the turnoff for the city centre. Once you have passed the bridge, take the slip road for the R40 to White River. Please be careful, as this road is only signposted once.
- Turn right at the bottom of the offramp.
- At the turning circle, take the road that is marked White River to your left.
- Turn left at the second set of traffic lights. This will take you onto the main road heading out of Nelspruit (the R40).
- Follow the R40 towards White River. As you approach White River, continue straight at the traffic circle and do not turn right. Once you have reached White River, the R40 will become the R538. Continue straight and cross over Danie Joubert Street, then turn left onto the R538 (Theo Kleyhans Street).
- When you reach the turning circle on the hill near the Casterbridge Centre, you will see that the road is marked Hazyview in both directions. Turn left onto the R40 once again. Continue straight into town and turn left when you reach the T-junction, following the sign towards Hazyview.
- Once you have reached the centre of town, turn right onto the R536 towards the Paul Kruger Gate. This intersection is at the second traffic light, just past the walkover bridge and at the Blue Haze Mall. You will see a KFC on the corner on your right.
- Continue along this road for approximately 37 km and then turn left into a dirt road at the Kirkman’s Kamp sign (a large, wooden sign). Continue on this road until you reach a Tjunction, where you will see another sign for Kirkman’s Kamp. Turn right, drive over a cattle grid and continue along the game reserve fence until you reach Shaw’s Gate at the entrance to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Please note that there are no signs for Kirkman’s Kamp at the gate.
- You will need to pay an entrance fee at Shaw’s Gate. This fee is calculated per vehicle and per person and is subject to change. The exact fee can be confirmed at the time of reservation.
- Once inside the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, take the road towards Lion Sands. Remain on this road until you have passed Lion Sands, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge and Selati Lodge. You will cross over a big intersection, where you will see a sign for Kirkman’s Kamp. After this intersection the road will split.
- Keep right and follow the sign for Kirkman’s Kamp. Stay on this road until you see a sign for Kirkman’s Kamp and turn left. Follow this road until the reach the lodge.
- Johannesburg / Kirkman’s Kamp 500 km – 5 to 6 hours
- Hazyview / Kirkman’s Kamp 50 km - 1 hour
- Nelspruit / Kirkman’s Kamp 150 km - 1 hour and 45 minutes
If using a GPS navigator, please do not follow the route through the Kruger National Park, as you will need to pay the Kruger National Park day fee in addition to the Shaw’s Gate entrance fee. There is no access to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve from inside the Kruger National Park.
The GPS co-ordinates for &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp are S 24°55'43.207'', E 31°28'45.502''.
We only recommend the use of a GPS when travelling on South Africa’s main roads. GPS maps do not generally feature most dirt roads and thus we advise that you please take care to follow the travel directions provided at all times during your journey to our lodges.
As you approach the lodge, please be aware that you are in a wilderness area where predators and high-profile game roam freely. Do not leave your car for any reason. Please adhere to the speed limits within the reserve at all times.
As you will be entering reserves with wild animals, and driving over gravel roads, &Beyond recommends you take appropriate insurance cover and consider excess-waiver cover.
Should you require assistance, please call the lodge on 013 735 2300.
All rates are confidential, inclusive of VAT and in South African Rand.
Accommodation rates are per person per night sharing, except for family suites, family cottages and villas which are per family suite/ family cottage/ villa per night and excludes any park, conservancy, entrance, gate and landing fees.
Park and Conservancy Fees are subject to change.
Long-Stay Rates: May be applied for a combination of &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to seasonal availability of the offer), for the same guests on a single itinerary. Nights spent at lodges without applicable long-stay rates count towards the long-stay rate at lodges where they are applicable. These cannot be used in conjunction with any other &Beyond offers, including Signature offers.
Single Supplement: A single supplement of 50% applies from the first single room throughout the year. A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.
Triple rooms are suitable for a maximum of two adults.
Rate Includes: Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, 1-hour nature walks accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip.
Rate Excludes: Telephone calls, safari shop purchases, gratuities, all items of a personal nature, champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars, adventures at Phinda, government bed levy, conservancy or park fees and landing fees.
Pilots and Local Driver-Guides: Rate only includes accommodation, meals, teas and coffees. Accommodation in a pilot/guide room is on a twin basis; single rooms will be allocated depending on availability.
Tour Leaders, Private Guides: Normal guest inclusions and exclusions apply. A maximum of 1 Tour leader on a discounted rate per 14 guests. R5 580
Private Vehicles: Private 4x4 safari vehicles can be pre-booked at certain lodges, subject to availability. Rates are per vehicle per night, from 2pm on day of arrival to 11am on day of departure. R13 745
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Please be advised that the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) is not allowed in any of the conservation areas we manage, until such time as their impact on wildlife and anti-poaching initiatives can be assessed. This rule will apply throughout Africa, as our partners in various countries and regions have adopted a similar stance.
- 0 - 2 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults - Free of charge - Cots subject to availability
- 3 – 5 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults - Free of charge - Triple rooms subject to availability
- 6 - 16 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults - 50% of full adult rate - Triple rooms subject to availability
- 6 – 16 years in own room - 1st child: adult rate , 2nd & 3rd child: 50% of adult rate - Max 3 children per room (subject to triple room availability)
Childminders: Childminders are available but must be booked on the day of arrival. A rate of ZAR 60 per hour is payable at the lodge.
6-12 yrs at Lodge Manager's discretion - Nature Walks - 12 years and older
Skukuza Landing fee: R90 - Fly in excluding SA Airlink operated flights
Sabi Sand Gate Fee:
- Fly in & Transfers: 11 Jan '21 - 10 Jan '22 - All Ages Per Person R140 - Per Vehicle R310 - Per Entry
- Self Drive. 11 Jan '21 - 10 Jan '22 - All Ages Per Person R140 - Per Vehicle R310 - Per Entry
- Conservation Contribution 11 Jan '21 - 10 Jan '22 - ll Ages Per Person Per night R152
The spirit of safari comes alive at historic &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp. Step back in time into the gracious early Transvaal atmosphere of this original 1920s homestead and marvel at the spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape that surrounds the Sand River from each of the 18 guest suites. Rolling lawns carve out a niche in a wild and tumbling wilderness that host memorable game viewing in one of the most renowned Big Five wildlife regions in the world. Spacious sitting, dining and bar areas steeped in the colonial atmosphere of gracious style and luxury contain mementoes of a time long past, while the untamed wilderness outside whispers a promise of adventures not to be forgotten. A sparkling swimming pool boasts a magnificent view over the valley of the Sand River.
AT A GLANCE
- 18 air-conditioned suites
- Private verandas
- Rim-flow lodge swimming pool with a view
- Open-air boma
- Safari Shop
- Exceptional family atmosphere and children’s programme
WHAT SETS US APART
- Gracious and genteel lodge imbued with the history of Harry Kirkman
- Relaxed and social family atmosphere
- Famed for leopard sightings
- Big Five game reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park
- Traversing 26 000 acres (10 500 hectares)
- Wildlife includes leopards, spotted hyena, various antelope, elephant, white rhino, buffalo, hippo
- Early morning and late afternoon / evening game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles
- Interpretive bush walks
- Bird watching
At an additional charge
- Luxury walking safaris
- Daily Airlink flights from Johannesburg to Skukuza airstrip, followed by an easy drive to camp. Connect &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp to: Johannesburg, Cape Town, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, &Beyond Vilanculos and Livingstone
- Five-hour drive from Johannesburg on good roads in a two-wheel drive vehicle
- The camp is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Security guards accompany guests at all times when walking around the camp at night
Table Of Fact
|NUMBER OF ROOMS||18||MASSAGE||Yes; in-room or or at the wellness centre|
|CHILDREN||Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in game drives;
children aged 6 to 11 permitted on game drives at lodge managers discretion
|WEATHER||Summer months (November to March) are hot and humid. Temperature start to cool slightly in April and the winter months
(May to June) are warm with cold nights. July to September is very dry, with cold night and early morning / late afternoon temperatures. Spring (September to October) is very dry, with hot winds.
|CHILDMINDING||Yes, at an additional cost|
|TRIPLES||2 (children 16 years and younger)|
|TWIN BEDS||All convertible to double|
|GUIDE’S ACCOMMODATION||Available||RAINFALL||The rains start towards the end of October. November to March can experience rains and typical afternoon thundershowers, which start to lessen in April.|
|INDOOR SHOWER||Yes||TEMPERATURE||Summer: 12˚C to 38˚C / 55˚F to 100˚F Winter: 3˚C to 32˚C / 32˚F to 90˚F|
|TELEPHONE||Yes||BEST TIME TO TRAVEL||All year round, with optimum game viewing from March to October|
|LAUNDRY INCLUDED Yes WHEELCHAIR ACCESS||Yes||ALTITUDE||423m / 1388ft above sea level|
|WHEELCHAIR ACCESS||Yes, with assistance, but not recommended||MALARIA||The camp is situated in a malaria area and necessary precautions should be taken|
|CHECK IN / CHECK OUT||14h00 / 11h00|
|KOSHER FOOD||Available with prior notice and at extra cost||AIRSTRIP||The camp is served by Skukuza Airstrip|
|POWER||220v AC||GPS COORDINATES||S 24˚56.088’ E 031˚33.559’|
|INTERNET ACCESS||Yes, wifi in suites and guest area||LODGE CLOSURE||Open year round|
|PRIVATE 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE||Dependent on availability and at extra cost|
- Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.
- Drones are not permitted at &Beyond Reserves and Lodges.