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Sharing its eastern border with the central Kruger Park, this expansive private reserve is studded with quality camps and lodges offering all-inclusive guided wildlife-viewing packages
This 530-square-kilometre private reserve was created in the 1950s when a group of conservation-minded landowners decided to regenerate an area of degraded farmland bordering the central Kruger Park The reserve is named after the Timbavati River, which flows along its southern boundary before crossing into the Kruger at Orpen Gate. Supporting all the Big Five in healthy numbers, it became an ecological extension of Greater Kruger in 1993, when fences were dropped to allow free movement of wildlife between the reserves.
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Combine Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands with a safari in the Kruger National Park for a relaxing and exhilarating South African safari
per person11 days
Enjoy an authentic African safari. Game viewing possibilities are unparalleled and include the Big Five in the Sabi Sands and white lions in the Timbavati Nature Reserve.
per person5 days
Our visits to Timbavati have always yielded great Big Five sightings (including a superb sit with a leopard up a dead tree on our most recent visit), and we find it to be less hectic in terms of vehicle traffic than many better-known private reserves .
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Timbavati offers a broadly similar experience to the more southerly Sabi Sand. At least half a dozen camps and lodges are scattered around the reserve, and they all offer the familiar all-inclusive private reserve menu of stylish bush accommodation, good food, and guided game drive and walks with knowledgeable rangers. An advantage that Timbavati has over Sabi Sand is that its camps and lodges are more spread out, so the of density tourists is not as high. In general, rates here are lower than those at the better lodges in the Sabi Sand area.
Wildlife viewing is comparable to that at Sabi Sand. Lions, elephants, buffaloes and a wide variety of antelope are quite easily seen. Leopards and rhinos tend to be more elusive but are usually quite relaxed when located. Timbavati is renowned for its white lions, whose unusual pigmentation (a phenomenon called leucism) is associated with a recessive gene that occasionally shows through in newly born cubs. Most lions in Timbavati have normal colouration, however, and no white cubs have survived to adulthood in recent years.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Timbavati Game Reserve
The best time to visit Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is during the dry months of May through September. go there.
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Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…
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Allow us to introduce the brand new, RockFig Safari Lodge. Located in the Timbavati Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, this cool, contemporary lodge creates a contrast between the 30 000 acres of fenced wilderness around you… read more
“Travel, and the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of the experience.” —Francis Bacon Timbavati is a 530-square-kilometre private reserve created in the 1950s when a group of conservation-minded landowners… read more
The Kruger National Park has intrigued so many people, it’s no wonder that it is arguably the most famous park in the world. Conservation and protection of animals is at the heart of what makes this park one of the most beautiful and valued… read more