- Colonial Homestead
- Sabi Sands
- Pool, tennis & croquet
- Manicured gardens
Kirkmans Camp is a stunning historic 1920s homestead set amidst the wild bush of Sabi Sands Reserve. Kirkmans is a good choice those looking for excellent wildlife and a first class lodge that scores high on old world colonial atmosphere.
Build in the 1920s Kirkmans is situated high on a ridge with fantastic views overlooking the Sand River. The green tin roof and manicured grounds of the original homestead form the public areas of camp, with elegant lounge, open air boma and swimming pool. Breakfast and lunch are served on shady verandas, and dinners are shared in the dramatic boma or in romantic lantern lit bush settings. Kirkmans also has a tennis court and croquet available.
Guest accommodation is in eighteen rooms, in nine colonial style outbuildings. Each room has a private veranda overlooking the gardens or bushveld, ensuite bathroom with romantic bath and separate shower. Some rooms can be adapted for triples for families.
Sabi Sands is renowned for its wildlife viewing with a significant big five presence. Sabi Sands shares a 50km border unfenced border with Kruger National Park, with wildlife moving freely between the reserves. Sabi is renowned for leopard and an abundance of Leopard, Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Cheetah, Zebra, Giraffe, Hyena and a wide variety of antelope and other species. Being a private reserve, you have the advantage of the comparatively low density of game viewing vehicles. Even in this game rich reserve, Kirkmans has the pick of the location close to the (unfenced) border with Kruger. Morning and afternoon game drives take place in open 4WDs with breaks for sundowners in the evening.
Families and children are welcome at Kirkmans Camp. The Camp has a relaxing atmosphere and the pool, lawn and children's program will be a welcome sight for kids. Families can pay for a private vehicle, children aged 6-12 are permitted on shared drives at the manager's discretion, (i.e. as long as they are reasonably well behaved) . As with most camps and lodges in the area, Kirkmans Camp is not fenced so sensible precaution is necessary.
- 7 comfortable canvas & thatch tents
- Experienced guide & tracker team
- Open vehicle game drives, bush walks & informative talks
- Instruction: bush craft, practical survival skills, astronomy, spider & scorpions
- Social boma, fire & barbecue area
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.
We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.
We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).
We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)
Jeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019