Timbavati Private Game Reserve


Timbavati Private Game Reserve covers over 53,300 hectares of private land adjoining the Kruger National Park.   Since 1962, the Timbavati Association, a non profit organisation, has been dedicated to conservation by maintaining the biodiversity of species which would have continued to exist had man never encountered the land. 

Currently, there are over 40 mammal species in the Timbavati including the Big Five of Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant, as well as some 360 species of bird life.



Kings Camp

Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp is situated facing an open savannah plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife, day and night...


Makanyi Private Game Lodge

Makanyi offers 7 luxury suites, situated on the edge of a natural dam in the game-rich Timbavati region of the Kruger Park. Traversing a massive 6,000 hectares surrounded only by private...


Motswari Safari Lodge

Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Motswari is a family-owned and operated safari lodge that prides itself on its warm atmosphere and luxurious accommodation. Accommodation is in...


Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge is situated in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. The reserve is home to the famous White Lions and offers exceptional game...


Tanda Tula Safari Camp

Tanda Tula Safari Camp is set on the banks of the Nharalumi riverbed, shaded by trees and overlooking a watering hole that attracts abundant wildlife in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve...


Waterbuck Private Camp

Waterbuck Private Camp is a completely private camp situated on a dry river bank, with great views affording excellent game viewing opportunities. Waterbuck at Kings Camp is a 4-bedroomed...


Ngala Tented Camp

Ngala Private Game Reserve is situated within the western boundary of the world renowned Kruger National Park, at the heart of the South African lowveld. This is one of the richest wildlife regions on...


Kambaku Safari Lodge

Kambaku Safari Lodge is located in the Timbavati Game Reserve which has open borders with Kruger National Park. Kambaku have a total traversing area of 12 000Ha and over 1000Ha of sole traverse area a...


Kambaku River Sands

At Kambaku River Sands, they have created an experience that will give you all the space and time you need to pause, breathe in and reconnect with the here and now. The rooms and bathrooms are designed to create an atmosphere of blissful solitude. Glass-encased spaces invite the outside in as you immerse yourself in the vastness of the surrounding nature.


Day 1 - 3: Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Madikwe Game Reserve is the newest of South Africa's prime safari destinations. A public-private partnership resulted in the creation of this Big Five game reserve on almost worthless cattle farms and today it is home to 66 mammal species. Madikwe is a haven of amazing diversities. The landscape has mountainous areas, plateaux, rocky hills, a perennial river, seasonal wetlands, a variety of sandy and clay areas, bushveld, Kalahari veld and savanna areas. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities in a malaria-free environment.

There is a good chance of seeing the Magnificent Seven which comprises the Big Five as well as the rare and endangered wild dog and cheetah. The reserve is home to the largest elephant population outside the Kruger National Park, black and white rhino, and the biggest disease free herd of buffalo in the country. In addition to these, one may see brown and spotted hyena and all other South African predators. A multitude of plains game includes giraffe, zebra, springbok and sable. There are also large populations of wildebeest, impala and warthogs. For bird watchers Madikwe is an unmissable destination with the latest official bird list boasting an incredible 340 species.

Day 4 - 6: Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

Timbavati Private Game Reserve shares a common, unfenced border with Kruger Park and encompasses many exclusive private lodges. The region is best known for the ‘white lions of Timbavati’, two unusually pale lion cubs discovered here in the 1970s, their colour due to a rare recessive gene.

The Timbavati is a “Big Five” Game Reserve: Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo roam freely as do many more species of predators and antelopes. Over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species have been identified within the area. This, together with the abundant variety of flora, the tranquillity and the natural beauty of the land, ensures an adventure to be remembered. It said to have the densest giraffe population in the world.

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