Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is pure, unspoiled South Africa. All forms of wildlife move freely between Kruger National Park and this reserve as there are no fences to hinder natural migration. This wondrous part of South Africa’s bushveld region is regarded as truly unspoiled and recognized as genuine wild land, as opposed to the “restored” and “restocked” lands commonly found elsewhere.
This is true “Big Five” territory and the area is home to more than 40 mammal species and 350 types of birds, including large raptor varieties and the famous white lions. Travellers become intrepid adventurers who have an opportunity to spot lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino on safe, expertly guided excursions.
Speaking of which, Timbavati Game Reserve is renowned for outstanding rangers and trackers, who are knowledgeable in the wealth of flora, fauna, bird life and cultural heritage of the region.
Luxury safari lodges and award-winning bush camps dot the reserve, offering a range of authentic experiences. While hyper local activities include game drives and night drives, bush walks, bird watching and overnight walking safaris, there are a wide variety of accessible daytime activities outside the Timbavati Game Reserve.
Wherever you choose to stay, you are guaranteed an unforgettable South African encounter!
Some of the Highlights
Authentic Immersion – From luxurious hilltop lodges to glamping to self-catering camps and mobile-style tented camps, travellers find their perfect match amongst a wide range of highly-rated options.
Intimate & Romantic – All of the lodges and camps in the Timbavati are designed to host a select number of guests. For those seeking total seclusion, a few are available for exclusive use.
Spectacular Game Viewing –The main habitats in the parks are grassy plains and mixed woodland. While the vegetation tends to thicken in the rainy season, off-road driving permits ensure continued access. Guests benefit all year round from thrilling morning and evening game drives, night drives, walking safaris and photographic safaris. The fact that no day visitors are permitted adds exclusivity to every experience.
Rare White Lions – This is the only place in the world where the famous Timbavati White Lions can be seen in their natural habitat.
Effortless Accessibility – Those intending to visit Timbavati from abroad fly into the O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) at Johannesburg, with a connecting flight to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit. The reserve is about 15km/9mi from the airport, which makes a transfer to the reserve very easy. Charter flights to the park may also be arranged by our reservations team. Driving from Johannesburg is another option. The reserve can be found on the R40 near Hoedspruit, and west of Kruger National Park. The 450km drive takes approximately 5 hours.
Community & Sustainability – In 1956, a group of conservation minded landowners formed the Timbavati Association with the aim to reclaim the land for the benefit of all. The Reserve is now a magical place and there are over 50 members who have succeeded in restoring the land to its former glory.
With an eye on the future, the Timbavati Foundation is currently active in various sustainability programs within neighbouring communities, as well as in outreach and educational programmes in primary schools and high schools.
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