Kirkmans Kamp (Sabi Sand
Game Reserve) South Africa
How the name came about...
Kirkman's Kamp was named in honor of W. Harry Kirkman,
one of South Africa 's foremost conservationists, who
started his illustrious career as a ranger on Mala Mala's
neighboring farm, Toulon , in 1927 In those days the
Transvaal Consolidated Land and Exploration Company owned
Toulon . Harry's job was to protect the TCL cattle from
predators who found the kraaled cattle a much easier prey
than hunting antelope.
Fortunately for the cattle he was a fine shot, using a
.303 rifle, he could fire an accurate headshot up to sixty
yards Harry spent his life alone in the bush where he was
happiest, but he always looked forward to the winter months
as they brought company in the form of the farm owners. When
Wac Campbell was in camp, Harry frequently joined them for
supper in the evening, swapping stories around the fire in
the boma before saddling up and riding the dark, lonely road
back home to Toulon.
Kirkman’s Kamp is situated in the southern area of the
famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The camp offers a return to
the bushveld in the style of yester-year. Located on one of
the most elevated sites overlooking the Sand River, the camp
has spectacular views of the unspoiled wilderness as far as
the eye can see. The Rattray family decided to name this
camp in honor of W. Harry Kirkman, one of South Africa’s
Kirkman’s Kamp, with its spectacular views of the
unspoilt wilderness and the Sabi Sand River, is regarded as
one of the best loved lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
A well known, historic camp, originally built in the early
1920’s, Kirkman's Kamp celebrates the atmosphere of an early
South African lowveld homestead.
Each air-conditioned cottage is furnished in the same
style as the main house, featuring an en-suite bathroom with
ball and claw baths, and its own private front verandah.
Kirkman’s Kamp is historical Africa - the only facilities
not in evidence in the 20’s, but which are now provided for
your comfort, are a swimming pool and air-conditioning. The
tennis court, which provided a venue for tennis tournaments
as early as the 1930’s, can still be found in its original
The colonial atmosphere of gracious style and luxury has
been retained, and guests step back in time upon entering
the original homestead, which now houses the Lodge’s
sitting, bar and dining areas. Each of the 18 guest cottages
has a private veranda and is furnished in the same charming
style. The large sitting room, with a 1920’s ambience, leads
through double French doors onto rolling lawns that provide
a velvety contrast to the wild and tumbling bush surrounding
the Lodge. Breakfast and lunch are served on shady verandas,
and dinners are shared in the dramatic boma or in romantic
lantern lit bush settings.
Activities / Wildlife:
Highly experienced game rangers and trackers will be your
guides, with comfortable 110 open Land Rovers for
transportation. This interaction with ranger and tracker
will be the highlight of your introduction to extensive
legendary bush knowledge.
Game is abundant with lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino,
elephant and cheetah, to name a few, as well as a varied
Enjoy sundowners in a secluded spot as the bush settles
for the night, in anticipation of the spotlight night drive
observing the predator's natural hunting ability to achieve
the ultimate goal of survival whilst still enjoying the
small secretive nocturnals. Back at the lodge the fire is
lit in the traditional boma and the focus is on the beating
drums and Shangaan singers with a choice of exotic venison
dishes and excellent South African wines.
From $790 per person sharing per night. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.