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Timbavati Game Reserve


Home to the famous ‘White Lions’, Timbavati Reserve has long basked in the spotlight. Although no white lions have been seen at Timbavati for years, several white lions are regularly seen in other parts of Kruger National Park and they could easily reappear in the Timbavati prides.

Forming part of the greater Kruger National Park, the reserve features 12 luxury tourist lodges and is a convenient five-hour drive from Johannesburg. Kruger National Park lies on the east, Klaserie Nature Reserve and Umbabat Private Nature Reserve are to the north and Thornybush Game Reserve is just west.

With no hindrance of fenced borders, wildlife are able to roam freely between Timbavati and the massive Kruger National Park. Thrilling sightings of lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, giraffe and even shy leopard and cheetah are regular occurrences. This is definitely one of Africa’s best!

"Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of the most special places I have ever visited. The game and accommodation diversity sets it apart for most other reserves that I have been fortunate enough to visit. With a variety of lodges and self-catering camps, each offering something a little different, there really is something for everyone. Most of the lodges work together during game drives which means that you are able to see fantastic sightings and get close to the wide variety of game who call the Timbavati their home. Although you are able to get up close, the rangers and trackers are ever conscious of the animal's best interests and never get too close that the game are unsettled. If you are looking for an authentic African safari experience, I'd highly recommend visiting the reserve."
Rob Baird, 22 October 2012

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Accommodation near Timbavati Reserve

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from $502
1 night, 2 adults

Umlani Bush Camp Timbavati Game Reserve

Sleeps 21 Timbavati Reserve Bed and Breakfast in Timbavati Reserve

Umlani Bush Camp is an exclusive rustic lodge accommodating only 16 guests in en suite reed and that...

from $1079
1 night, 2 adults

Kambaku River Sands

Sleeps 16 Timbavati Reserve Hotel in Timbavati Reserve

Know Before You Go Children 11 years old and younger are not permitted at this property. Mandatory F...

from $569
1 night, 2 adults

Motswari Private Game Reserve

Sleeps 30 Timbavati Reserve Safari in Timbavati Reserve

Set deep in the Timbavati, Motswari game reserve promises rich game viewing and a traditional experi...

from $347
1 night, 2 adults

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

Sleeps 16 Timbavati Reserve Tented Camp in Timbavati Reserve

Shindzela is an affordable tented safari camp, set within the greater Kruger National Park, South Af...

from $736
1 night, 2 adults

Kambaku Safari Lodge Timbavati

Sleeps 17 Timbavati Reserve Safari in Timbavati Reserve

Kambaku is situated in the Timbavati Game Reserve, open to the world renowned Kruger National Park. ...