South Africa's 53000-hectare Timbavati Nature Reserve was formed in 1956, and is a wildlife-rich region of undulating open woodland and dense mopane tree belts. The Timbavati is made up of a conservancy of private land-owners, all of whom have a common conservation aim. The park has a handful of luxury tourist lodges and several reasonable self-catering camps. A major benefit of experiencing a safari in this area is that the density of lodges and vehicles is lower than most other reserves in the Lowveld. The Timbavati is home to a large number of wildlife species, including the Big Five, excellent general game, and many other fauna and flora species. Large herds of elephant and buffalo are seen in the area fairly regularly, whilst the leopard-viewing is good. The reserve is particularly famous for its few rare ‘White Lions’, of which many books have been written and documentaries made.

Why we like it

Big 5 reserve; Famous white lions; Leopards often spotted; Uncrowded Lowveld reserve

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 53 000 Hectares
Reserve Type: Conservancy
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: White Lion
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Hoedspruit

Accommodation in Timbavati Nature Reserve

Walker’s River Camp, Timbavati

Walker's River Camp is a self-catering safari camp, located in the heart of the renowned Big 5 Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in South Africa. The camp is set on the banks of the Klaserie River, and consists of five chalets, accommodating a maximum of ten guests. The chalets feature en-suite facilities, as well as outside showers and mosquito netting on…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Ngala Safari Lodge, Timbavati

The magic and mystery of Africa comes alive in the colonial ambiance of elegant Ngala Safari Lodge. Ngala Safari Lodge’s 21 classic safari cottages overlook a private waterhole frequented by wildlife. The Lodge’s fun-filled children’s adventure programme makes it the ideal place for families. A timeless, unhurried atmosphere, combined with the quaint traditions of a bygone era, creates an aura…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Ngala Tented Camp

Sophisticated ‘camping’ at its best, Ngala Tented Camp’s nine luxurious safari tents overlook the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River. Each suite boasts simple elegance, sophistication and comfort under the romance of canvas. While Ngala Tented Camp never lets you forget that you are in the wild, there is nothing primitive about this chic and contemporary camp. Big night sounds…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.
Species list Recent Sightings
Where

Lookout for

Elephant
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Nyala
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Buffalo
Elephant


BRIDS
Martial Eagle
White-backed Vulture
Bateleur Eagle
Marabou Stork
Ground Hornbill


REPTILES
Snouted Cobra
Rock Monitor Lizard
Bushveld Sand Lizard


TREES
Mopane
Red Bush Willow
Knob-thorn Acacia


HABITAT TYPES
Mopane Belt
Savannah Woodland
Dry River Beds
Rocky Outcrops
Riverine


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8
Mammals: 8.5
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 7