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SA trip report - Capetown, Phinda Forest, Kirkman's Kamp

SA trip report - Capetown, Phinda Forest, Kirkman's Kamp

Aug 27th, 2008, 05:50 PM
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If it makes a 14 year old cry, what more do you need to say?

Your 4 days there looked wonderful. Wart hogs never visited me at Forest Lodge. Lucky you!
atravelynn is offline  
Aug 28th, 2008, 04:46 AM
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Lynn - you should have seen the resident warthog "charlie" at Kirkman's that slept right next to our cottage door every afternoon!!
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Aug 31st, 2008, 11:13 AM
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Enjoying your adventure! How was Kirkman's Kamp? We will be there and in Kruger in April.
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Jan 18th, 2009, 03:03 AM
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Any feedback on your stay at Kirkmans? Or has anyone else stayed there?
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Jan 18th, 2009, 07:02 AM
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Wonder why jgoebel never finished this trip report??


I spent 5 weeks at Kirkman's Kamp in Nov 08/Dec08/Jan09. I loved every second of it! Saw an average of 3.76 (different) leopards a day with the most sightings of leopard in a day being 11. They have 2 lion prides on their property - the Selati pride and the Charleston pride. Selati Pride consists of 5 adult females and 10 cubs. The 2 dominent males in the area also spend the majority of their time with this pride. I saw this pride taking down 2 adult male waterbuck on 2 consecutive days and finishing both under an hour!! The Charleston Pride consists of 4 adult lionesses and 2 very young cubs(4-5 months). Probably 4 of the best hunters I've come across!

When it comes to game viewing KK is in the top 5 in the Sabi Sands. Accommodation is not that luxurious as other lodges in the Sabi Sands. Food is great and the rangers are superb!

I had a wonderful time and would recommend Kirkman's Kamp in a heartbeat! Alas, I'm going back there for 3 weeks in July!


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Jan 18th, 2009, 07:55 AM
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Was Giles there when you were there?

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Jan 18th, 2009, 09:37 AM
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Giles left Kirkman's Kamp in March '08 already. His time as head ranger at Kirkman's Kamp was severly shortened by the fact that Mr. Michael Rattray put a clause in his(Giles') contract when Giles worked at Mala Mala that he may not drive on any Mala Mala property if he left Mala Mala. Thus Giles could not drive on Charleston. Charleston forms 4000 of the 6500ha of traversing area of Kirkman's Kamp.

Giles is currently head ranger of Phinda Mountain and Forest lodge. From what I hear he's doing much better there.

Murray Tindall is the head ranger at Kirkman's Kamp at the moment and he's doing a superb job!


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Jan 19th, 2009, 12:54 AM
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Thanks, it sounds just what we're looking for.
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