Valid: 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017.
Timbavati Game Reserve
Home to the famous 'White Lions of Timbavati'
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.
© Motswari/Chad CockingTimbavati shares an unfenced border with Kruger, allowing the animals to roam freely between the two reserves 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.
However, there’s also a very special twist to the wildlife of Timbavati - it’s the home of the very rare and unbelievably beautiful White Lion. The White Lions were discovered back in the 1970s by animal biologist Chris McBride and they quickly shot to worldwide fame. With a recessive white gene, these rare lions have a pure snowy white pelt caused by a condition called ‘leucism’. Incredibly rare, they disappeared from the reserve altogether for many years, resurfacing again only in 2006.
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 Safari Camp
Motswari Game Lodge
Kambaku Safari Lodge
Simbavati River Lodge
Kambaku River Sands
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge
Ngala Safari Lodge
Kings Camp Private Game Reserve
Tanda Tula Safari Camp
Ngala Tented Camp
Makanyi Private Game Lodge
Waterbuck Private Camp
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
Selected Special offers for Timbavati Game Reserve
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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 only.
It is also possible to get to the reserve from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) at Nelspruit, however this will mean a much longer drive or road transfer between the airport and your lodge.
Top Tip: If you book with Travel Butlers, we will ensure you have the most appropriate transport arrangements for your safari.
Arriving By Road
If you have a hire car you can drive to any of the lodges in the reserve, however you will need to make sure you allow enough time to drive through the reservbe to your lodge from the entrance gate. Details ablout distances in the park are available on request.
For self-drive visitors, there is a vehicle entrance cash fee of R120 per vehicle (subject to change) payable at the gate.
The Timbavati Game Reserve is located in a malaria area, so we strongly advise that you check with your doctor to find out what malaria tablets you will need, and when you should commence the course.
If you do not want to have to take malaria tablets then have a look at our guide to safaris in malaria-free areas.