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South Africa Safari

Kirkman's Kamp

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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As of April 2006, CC Africa is operating Exeter Private Game Reserve and Kirkman's Kamp, a total of four beautiful lodges in the Sabi Sand. Leadwood Lodge (4 suites), Dulini Safari Lodge (6 suites) and River Lodge (8 suites) are situated in the Exeter Private Game Reserve in the western sector of the Sabi Sand, with a traversing area of 10,000 hectares. Kirkman's Kamp (18 cottages), situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand, has a traversing area of 6,300 hectares.

The expansion of 72 new CC Africa beds in a prime game-rich area will enable CC Africa to strengthen its commitment to its guests - offering the CC Africa safari in all of Africa's wildlife high spots. The agreement is with immediate effect and all attention is now focused on ensuring that the operations, reservations, marketing and sales run seamlessly and effortlessly.

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.

Accommodation            For images of Kirkman's Camp, click Kirkman's Images
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 honour of W. Harry Kirkman, one of South Africa’s foremost conservationists.

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 position.

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 lanternlit bush settings.

At Kirkman's Kamp there are 18 twin, "colonial-style" bedrooms, all recently refurbished in 2000. The camp has a maximum capacity of 36 guests.

The following amenities are also available:
• En-suite bathrooms facilities including a separate shower.
• Insect-proof screening on all windows and sliding doors.
• Mini bar and safe in each bedroom.
• Hair dryers, bath robes, shaver plugs.
• Daily New York Times Fax.
• Private verandahs overlooking the surrounding bush.
• Purified water.
• Internet access, facsimile and e-mail facilities available.
• Filtered swimming pool.
• Traditional enclosed boma where dinner is served under the stars.
• International direct dial telephones in each bedroom - 24 hour service.
• 24-hour electricity, air-conditioning and heating.
• Gymnasium.
• Separate tour guide’s accommodation.
• Complimentary laundry service (min. 2 nights only).
• Safari Bar featuring an international selection of beverages.
• Safari Boutique.
• Bush Gymnasium.
• Video Den/Library.
• Tea and coffee facilities in each bedroom.
• Overhead fans.
• Safety deposit facilities.

Dinner, where one may enjoy venison specialties and haute bush cuisine is served in the grand old African manner, under the stars in a reed enclosed boma. Seated around a log fire, under the starry African sky, enjoying superb food and outstanding South African wines is yet another highlight of the experience.

Children Policy
Children 11 years and younger are welcome (maximum 2 children 11 years and younger in triple accommodation at any one time). Regretfully, children 5 years and younger cannot participate in game drives. Child minders at an additional cost. Only 2 triples in camp at any one time.

Experienced CC Africa rangers and trackers will lead you on morning and afternoon/evening game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park are of the finest Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) game destinations in Africa and you have an excellent chance of spotting the elusive leopard.

The 4-wheel drive safari vehicles enable the rangers to leave the road and provide guests with close up game viewing and fantastic photographic opportunities. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, bring the bush to life at night.

Interpretive bush walks
Explore the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on interpretive wilderness walks led by experienced CC Africa rangers or expert Shangaan trackers, and learn more about the area’s intriguing fauna and flora. Guided bush walks bring you face-to-face with wild Africa at its best.

The Sabi Sand area is known to have one of the greatest diversifications of animal species on the African continent. Over two hundred different species occur in abundance whilst the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds.

The Big Five:
Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhinoceros - the most sought after and dangerous of the world's big game. In previous centuries it was these five species which gripped the imagination of hunters and sportsmen, drawing them to Africa to experience the blood pounding thrill of hunting and shooting "The Big Five". It is in reserves like Mala Mala where this hunting and shooting still takes place, only the hunting is done by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers, and the shooting is done with cameras. But it does not mean that the thrill and exhilaration of encountering these animals in an open Land Rover is any less gripping.

Apart from the Big 5 - Cheetah and Wild dog may also be seen. General game including Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, a variety of antelope and nocturnal animals such as Civet, Genet, Honey Badger and mongoose etc. occur throughout the reserve.

Folk lore and legend are rich with regards to the Big Five. Encompassing beliefs such as the following: " The Great One put the animals here for us to use wisely and respect, even as we hunted them, but he knew that without fear we might lose our respect for these creatures. So he put the five here to help us remember. The lion and leopard taught us fear of the night, that only the daytime was ours. The buffalo, the elephant and the rhino taught us to fear their strength, that we might respect the strength of nature."

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