&Beyond as a company consistently delivers a bush experience like no other. Have recently returned from 5 nights in the bush – 3 in Kruger National Park and 2 at Kirkmans in the Sabie Sand. Our group of 6 adults thoroughly enjoyed their whole safari but particularly loved Kirkmans Kamp, as to use an alliterative phrase it was exceedingly exceptional. Why?
Incomparable service – staff were extremely pleasant and nothing at all was a bother. Our butler Moses in particular exceeded the service standard one would expect from a 5 star lodge. Moses you deserve 5 stars all of your own!
All the common areas such as the bar, shop and lounge were spotlessly clean and there was always someone to assist you. The lodge (restored homestead of Harry Kirkman) is beautifully decorated in the original colonial theme. Roaming amongst relics from the past such as gun belts, kudu horns and fine crystal I was immersed in the history from another era.
Meals were absolutely delicious with inventive yet simple menus and gave us the opportunity to try some game meats such as warthog and springbok. Boma dinner in the old cattle kraal the first night was accompanied by the staff singing gospel songs which couldn’t help but touch your soul. Leaving the Boma we were greeted by hyena lazing on the lawn , their eyes glinting in the moonlight obviously waiting to forage for scraps. This is one reason why at night you must be escorted to your room by armed security as the Lodge is totally unfenced and you don’t want to end up as ” carnivore dining”. Dinner the second evening took place by candlelight under a star lit sky on the verandah and proved to again be an experience to write home about.
Breakfast was an event in itself with one morning our treat being champagne breakfast in the bush by the river . Apparently the site had to be changed at the last minute as 2 male lions decided to crash the party. Never a dull moment at Kirkmans.
The infinity edged pool situated a little walk from the rooms is just divine – there is a small “bush gym” area with weights, towels, water and the treatment spa where you can be massaged into a state of oblivion.
Rooms were exceeding comfortable with free standing baths, exquisite toiletries , large showers and luxurious beds . Some rooms have balconies and loved the total ambience of being able to sit looking into the trees across the river bed whilst sipping on a G & T or Amarula liquor.
It is also well worth really looking around the Lodge – the monkeys were hilarious drinking from the flower pots and catching moths around the light fittings. For once I felt sorry for them as the current drought is really taking its toll. Found a most interesting snake in the tree from which I recoiled but which had beautiful colouring. Nature is all around you if you open your eyes.
Game Viewing – I have saved the best for last. Superb. I personally have spent lots of time in Africa but every day is MAGIC in the bush for no 2 days are the same and you never know what is around the next corner. We were not disappointed, our drives were exceedingly good. One hopes to see leopard in the Sabi Sand which was great but seeing 4 male lions take on a 500 strong buffalo herd in the river bed with only one other vehicle privy to the heart wrenching action was truly amazing. See my previous post and video for more action from this event.