The Timbavati Game Reserve is most famous for its white lions, which are still spotted in this area from time to time. The Timbavati is a collection of privately-owned game reserves which share an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. It is a vast Big 5 game reserve situated to the west of Kruger, and to the north of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The bush and game viewing in the Timbavati is similar to what you will find in the Kruger National Park.
- Privately-owned game reserve
- Part of the greater Kruger National Park
- Big 5 game viewing
- Open vehicle game drives
- Off-road driving and night drives are permitted
- Bush walks are possible, tracking rhinos on foot
- Selection of luxury and budget safari lodges
The Timbavati Game Reserve is similar to the Sabi Sand in that it is privately-owned land that forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. By mutual agreement, the landowners have dropped their fences with each other and with the Kruger National Park, allowing unrestricted movement of the animals through the reserve.
Big Five game viewing
Its immediate neighbours include the Kruger National Park to the east, Umbabat to the north, and the Klaserie and Thornybush reserves to the west. Although the vegetation and scenery differ slightly from the Sabi Sand, the game viewing is very similar and you will find exactly the same diversity of wildlife in the Timbavati, including the famous Big 5; lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant.
What really sets Timbavati Game Reserve apart from its neighbour, though, is that it is the only reserve in the world where the incredibly rare wild white lion occurs naturally.
There are fewer private game lodges in the Timbavati than in the Sabi Sand, which means there are fewer game drive vehicles around. The game viewing is excellent and off-road driving is permitted. Night drives and bush walks are also conducted at most of the lodges in the Timbavati.
Accommodation options in Timbavati Game Reserve range from affordable tented safari camps to luxury safari lodges. A daily conservation fee is payable by all guests staying in the Timbavati, similar to that of the Kruger National Park.
By road - Timbavati Game Reserve is a six-hour drive from Johannesburg. If you're staying at Timbavati and would like to visit Kruger Nation Park, direct access isn't possible. You will have to exit the Timbavati gate, drive around and enter Kruger at Orpen Gate.
By air - You can take a scheduled flight to Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport
Below is a map showing the Timbavati Game Reserve and many of the lodges in the area.
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