Timbavati Private Game Reserve is situated in the Limpopo province between latitudes 24° 34’ S and 24° 03’ S, and longitudes 31° 03’ E and 31° 31’ E. It is cradled between the Kruger National Park on the East, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature reserves to the north and Thornybush to the West.
This unique private game reserve was founded in 1956 by a group of farm owners in the Limpopo province. They were witnessing the gradual destruction of the area due to over farming and the rerouting of important water sources and decided that it was their duty to protect the land for future generations. This conservation effort, coordinated as the Timbavati Association with over 50 members, has led to incredible improvements in the area over the last several decades.
Something left for everyone
With this having been said, much of the Lowveld has remained barely touched by human hands and where many places have had to go through a healing period, others remain unspoiled and as wild as the areas glory days.
1993 saw a significant contribution to the movement of wildlife between the Kruger National Park and Associated Private Nature Reserves of which Timbavati is a member. The fences were taken down to promote migration between the areas giving birth to the Greater Kruger National Park which covers over 20 000 000 hectares of land.
World-Class African Safaris
Due to the fact that there are no fences between any of these reserves one can expect to see a huge variety of wildlife if they embark on safaris with Timbavati. There are usually safaris at all times of the day with most in the morning and in the evening. There is also the option of walking safaris which can be arranged with any of the twelve lodges found within the Private Game Reserve.
Timbavati is located within the Savanna Biome of South Africa. This biome covers about 32% of South Africa and is a vegetation type landscape consisting of both grass and trees. It has a more open feel to many of the reserves around it, with spellbinding vast plains. This will give you some indication as to the types of animals you may discover in this part of the world. Herbivores, omnivores and carnivores interact in a diverse ecosystem and because of the conservation projects taking place to protect this delicate balance, wildlife enthusiasts will discover unique interactions.
This area of South Africa is world famous for the types of game one may expect to see. Wildlife such as buffalo, kudu, elephant, wild dogs, zebra, roan antelope, wildebeest, impala, tsessebe giraffe, warthog, waterbuck and many others. Of course there are also the predators, lions, cheetah, hyena and leopard. It is rare for one to see leopard on any game drive, but Timbavati is well known for its sightings with regards to this beautiful creature. If you are a bird watcher don’t worry, it also has over 300 different bird species including the Harlequin quail, the black flycatcher and the
Timbavati has a reputation for a Game Reserve that not only boasts world class accommodation and hospitality, but a unique cohesiveness between the local people and the reserves. However, what truly makes it a one-of-a-kind Kruger Park Safari destination is it’s abundance of both animal and bird life that will satisfy any outdoor lover.