The Timbavati is a private reserve which lies on the Western border of the Kruger National Park, and north of the well known Sabi Sands Reserve. With unfenced borders between all the reserves the wildlife moves freely, and the Timbavati has excellent Big 5 game viewing. The area is also famous for the White Lion, which were discovered in the reserve in the 1970’s. People come from all over the world to see these impressive animals.

The Timbavati is a vast area that has only ever been very lightly inhabited. Even today, with the addition of luxury lodges, you are still able to find yourself in real African wilderness. “Savanna bushveld” typically describes the vegetation and landscape. It makes for ideal game viewing.

A very dry winter climate allows you to take advantage of the waterholes and the game that gathers. Magic afternoon thunder storms add to the excitement of tracking the game on summer days!

There are excellent private safari lodge options in the Timbavati. The reserve has made an effort in keeping the number of lodges that operate to a minimum, therefore reducing the number of visitors. This helps for overall sustainability of the area, and means a more controlled impact on the wildlife and vegetation.

You can enjoy exclusivity with one of our preferred partners at Ngala Safari Lodge. Stunning river views, intimate private experiences, romantic luxury tented camps, colonial Africa, and lodges with plenty of space for families to enjoy. With all-of-the-above, award winning service, expert guiding and tracking you are ensured of a rich African safari experience.



Ilze Fox

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About "Timbavati"


Detailed review of a safari at Simbavati River Lodge

Two friends were offered discounted flight tickets to South Africa and took some 'last minute' time off work to go on safari in the Timbavati after a few days in Cape Town. Ilze put their trip together and was spot on with her choice of safari lodge.

Honeymoon safari & paradise island combo

This honeymoon couple loves their African honeymoon. It was well paced with not too much travelling. They combined a Big Five Safari at two safari camps in South Africa’s Kruger region with barefoot luxury time on an island of the coast of Southern Mozambique.