Wildlife Ratings

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

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

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

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Kings Camp, Timbavati Super Luxury Full Board
Motswari Game Lodge Luxury Full Board
Ngala Safari Lodge, Timbavati Luxury Full Board
Ngala Tented Camp Super Luxury Full Board
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp Full Board
Tanda Tula Safari Camp Luxury Full Board
Umlani Bush Camp Luxury Full Board
Walker's River Camp, Timbavati Affordable Self-catering

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Species list Recent Sightings

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