Timbavati (South Africa)

Country

South Africa

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Area

534km²

The beautiful Timbavati Game Reserve is located on the border of the Kruger National Park, in North-Eastern South Africa. There are no fences between the two reserves, allowing wildlife to roam freely and aiding the already exceptional game viewing. The Timbavati is easily accessible and gives visitors one of the best safari experiences in South Africa, combining the great animal density of Kruger with the privacy and exclusive nature of a private reserve.

The Timbavati is easily accessible and gives visitors one of the best safari experiences in South Africa, combining the great animal density of Kruger with the privacy and exclusive nature of a private reserve.

Attractions & Activities

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The Timbavati game reserve is home to the elusive and rare Timbavati White Lions. These lions were first spotted in the mid- 1970′s and the genetic mutation has resulted in plenty of valuable research in the last 40 years. The Reserve goes to great lengths to protect these unique animals and to help them flourish in their environment. The Timbavati is also home to over 40 different mammal species, including the Big 5. Bird watchers will find themselves in one of the most prolific birding environments, with over 360 bird species.

Visitors to the reserve have a variety of options available to view these incredible animals: Open game viewing vehicles offer a great way to traverse a large area in a short amount of time. It also gives you an elevated vantage point to view and photograph the animals.

A walking safari will provide you with a rare opportunity to get as close to the wildlife as possible. Moving through the bush on foot allows you to discover and see the finer details of the the bush as your guide educates you along the way.

 

 

For something a little different, settle down for the night around a blazing campfire and fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush and the brilliant stars after a great bush meal. Sleep-outs are an unforgettable way to experience the bush, with nothing between you and the night sky.

A walking safari will provide you with a rare opportunity to get as close to the wildlife as possible. Moving through the bush on foot allows you to discover and see the finer details of the the bush as your guide educates you along the way.

For something a little different, settle down for the night around a blazing campfire and fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush and the brilliant stars after a great bush meal. Sleep-outs are an unforgettable way to experience the bush, with nothing between you and the night sky.

When to visit the Timbavati 

The best time to view game here is between the months of May and September. This is the dry winter season when temperatures are lower, and low rainfall means the bush is less dense, making it easier to spot animals. The dry season also sees animals congregating around water sources, making them more visible.

October and November are also great months for game viewing; during this period the rains begin to fall, making the area very hot and humid and leading animals to cluster around available water sources.

 

The summer rains between December and April transform the Timbavati into a beautiful, verdant oasis. The bush is more dense and the animals become more dispersed, making animal spotting a little more challenging. This is, however, the perfect time to see baby animals, and increased predator action.

"The Timbavati is one of my favourite safari destinations, the game viewing is amongst the best in South Africa and the reserve has some safari lodges offering amazing value for money without compromising on luxury. "

Owner & Founder - Adam Malmnas