Family safaris at Kirkman’s Kamp
Did you know?
Kirkman's Kamp offers specialist safaris - such as birding, tracking, photographic and walking safaris
andBeyond Kirkman’s Kamp is the ideal
destination for a family safari. It's one of the best loved lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to
the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.
Built in the 1920s on a historic homestead, Kirkman’s Kamp has retained its luxurious colonial atmosphere and gracious style. It has 18 air-conditioned guest suites with en suite bathrooms, separate showers, free standing baths and private verandas with spectacular views of the untamed wilderness.
Its large sitting room with 1920s ambience overlooks rolling lawns. Breakfasts and lunches are served on shady verandas, while dinners are enjoyed in the boma or in romantic candlelit bush settings. Guests can cool off in the sparkling pool or browse in the safari shop.
Kids visiting Kirkman’s Kamp have the time of their lives. Families staying at Kirkman’s Kamp are matched with rangers who are trained to interact with younger guests. They engage them in bush activities such as collecting pods, feathers, bugs and leaves, and teach them how to identify different animal species.
Special ‘Pooh Walks’ search out animal droppings and teach children the basics of tracking. Bark-rubbing expeditions add to the fun. With parents’ permission, rangers might take youngsters on carefully supervised target shooting with a pellet gun, go frogging or fishing in the Sand River, or teach them how to make fire using twigs.
During leisure hours children may help with the decoration of cupcakes or bake cookies in the kitchen. They can also enjoy bush tennis, croquet, bowls, soccer and treasure hunts around the lodge. A children’s bush banquet - featuring 'prickly porcupine’s pizza' or 'python’s penne pasta', and marshmallows toasted around the campfire - is another special treat. While they eat they listen to fascinating Shangaan folk tales.
For safety reasons children under 6 cannot participate in the twice-daily game drives unless the family books a private vehicle. However, shorter drives can be arranged in the later morning to allow younger children to enjoy the wildlife from a safer distance.
Experienced childminders can be booked to care for younger children at the lodge while parents go on game drives.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: 27 (0)11 809 4300
How to get here
Air charters can be arranged to the Skukuza airstrip inside the Kruger National Park from where a safari vehicle will transport you directly to Kirkman's Kamp. You can also fly into Nelspruit, and then take a road transfer to the camp (under 2 hours' drive). Or you can drive to Kirkman’s Kamp: the 500km drive from Johannesburg takes 5 – 6 hours.
Tours to do
andBeyond’s tailor-made walking safaris give guests the best possible walking experience in South Africa’s Big 5 wilderness. Qualified guides personalise the experience to suit guests’ needs. You can, for example, enjoy a 2-hour bush walk or a leisurely day walk complete with alfresco lunch served under a shady tree.
The Sabi Sand has 2 distinct seasons with game viewing equally
rewarding during both the spring/summer (September to March) and autumn/winter
(April to August) seasons. September to
March is breeding season for many species while April to August sees the
animals flock to water sources due to the lower rainfall.
What will it cost
Fully inclusive per-person per-night rates are offered.
Length of stay
A minimum stay of 2 nights is recommended.
What to pack
Neutral-coloured clothing, sun hat, sunscreen, binoculars, good walking shoes and a windbreaker.
Where to stay
There are 18 guest suites with private verandas and spectacular views of the wilderness.
What to eat
If you’re a meat lover, try some barbequed