Timbavati Game Reserve
Home to the Big 5 and lots, lots more
Timbavati At A Glance
- 60,000 Hectares
- Big 5 Safari Reserve
- Famous For White Lions
- Unfenced Border with Kruger NP
- Game Drives in Open Vehicles
- Bush Walks at Some Lodges
- Malaria Area
- Scheduled Flights to Local Airports
Arriving By Air
The nearest airport to Timbavati is Hoedspruit Airport (HDS), and this is the airport that visitors should use if possible. Hoedspruit Airport has direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Timbavati Private Game Reserve is top class safari territory. Hugging the western border of the Greater Kruger Park and stretching 60,000 hectares across South Africa’s Limpopo Province, it’s a vast reserve packed with a huge profusion of exotic wildlife. A stunning mix of rolling savanna bushland dotted with waterholes and scattered with acacia woodland, Timbavati really captures the epic magic of Africa, promising a safari experience that you’ll never forget.
Timbavati shares an unfenced border with Kruger, allowing the animals to roam freely between the two areas and giving you a chance to see African wildlife in a truly natural habitat. As well as the classic Big Five, Timbavati boasts a huge volume of giraffe, zebra, kudu, wild dog, waterbuck and cheetah - to name just a few! Alongside some 40 species of mammal, there are over 360 kinds of bird in the reserve, so the branches above are constantly bursting with birdsong.
During your Timbavati game drives, you’ll set off each morning before sunrise to scour the hills, lowlands and thickets for passing herds of elephant, lion cubs playing in the long grass and leopard on the prowl for a morning kill. Just before sunset, you’ll hop aboard your open-topped jeep again to spot wildlife in the dusk, stopping for a scenic sundowner on the way. If you’re eager to get even closer to the action, you can try a heart-thumping walking safari and, for a different take on the bush altogether, you can book a sleep out under the stars.
There are just a handfull of private lodges sprinkled across the huge expanse of Timbavati, so each one feels extremely exclusive and totally tucked away in the bush. Stargaze under blankets in a bush treehouse, relax in complete colonial elegance, plunge into your own private pool or immerse yourself in bygone romance by staying in a camp lit only by flickering candles.
Whatever your idea of the perfect safari may be, we’re pretty sure that Timbavati has it covered.
Shindzela Tented Camp in the Timbavati Game Reserve offers a excellent value for a Kruger safari. Each of the 8 comfortable tents is built on a wooden deck, and has a private en-suite bathroom and a private deck/porch where you can sit and relax.
Children aged 10 years and older are welcome.
Nestled in the heart of the renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve lies Kambaku Safari Lodge, a collection of just 8 thatched, en-suite chalets situated in a semi-circle overlooking a waterhole and surrounded by unspoilt bush and abundant game.
Simbavati River Lodge
Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of a seasonal river in the heart of the famous Timbavati Game Reserve. The tented rooms offers generous bush or water views from their own private viewing decks.
Children of any age are welcome.
Motswari Game Lodge
All 15 luxury en-suite rooms have air-conditioning and overhead fans, and offer magnificent bush and river views. Guests can also enjoy a private 'under the stars' sleep out at the Giraffe's Nest hide. The main lodge facilities include a traditional open-air boma, a spacious lounge and bar, and a swimming pool.
Children aged 6 years and older are welcome.
Kambaku River Sands
Kambaku River Sands is perfectly situated on the banks of a dry river bed in the Timbavati Game Reserve. All 10 suites are elegantly decorated, and boast private viewing decks with spectacular views of either the dry River bed or the surrounding bush.
Children of any age are welcome.