We stayed at Kirkman's Kamp for our one year anniversary and it is an AMAZING place. It is part of a larger group of lodges, owned by &Beyond, and we heard from many of the other guests that they have loved all of the places run by this company.
We arrived on Sunday, after a vvvveeeerrrryyyy long drive from Joburg, and were greeted with a delicious glass of lemonade and a quick tour of the main lodge area. Everyone knew our names and knew that it was our anniversary. It was extremely welcoming.
The schedule of the day is as such: wake-up knock on the door at 5:30am, grab a coffee/tea at main lodge at 6, head out on morning drive, stop 2/3 of way thru for coffee/tea/hot coco (sometimes spiked with kahlua type liquor), get back for breakfast at 9:30, hang out by the pool or get a massage, have lunch at 1, take a nap, go on afternooon drive at 3:30, stop 2/3 of the way thru for a drink/snack in the bush, get back around 7, go to bar for drinks/apps, dinner in the outdoor pavilion, bed. Can you get any better than that?!?!
The game viewing is incredible also. We saw the "big 5" in our first 2 drives. We were even 10 feet away from lion's mating on our first drive! Awesome. Our guide, Mark, and tracker, Jerom, were so knowledgeable about the area and we learned so much on every drive. We originally were planning on staying in Kruger, but I'm so glad that it didn't work out and we stayed in Sabi Sand instead. We were able to off-road and drive anywhere, which I don't think you can do in Kruger...you have to stay on the roads. We talked to a couple while we were in Cape Town who stayed in Kruger and they barely saw any animals. And the ones that they did were from far away. That was definitely not the case at Kirkman's...we were so close to the animals.
Kirkman's is more expensive than some of the options, but it is so worth it. The level of service is incredible (every room has their own butler...ours was wonderful!) and everything is included. Food, all drinks, they even did laundry for us.
Hope you have an amazing time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The spirit of safari comes alive at historic Kirkman’s Kamp. Step back in time into the gracious early settler atmosphere of this original 1920s homestead and marvel at the spectacular views of the unspoiled wilderness from each of the 18 guest cottages and the lodge’s rim-flow swimming pool. Rolling lawns carve out a niche in a wild and tumbling wilderness that hosts memorable game viewing in one of the most renowned Big Five wildlife regions in the world. Spacious sitting, dining and bar guest areas contain original mementos of a time long past. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kirkman`s Kamp Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- AndBeyond Kirkman's Kamp South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve