Timbavati Game Reserve

A 5 STAR PRIVATE GAME RESERVE AND LUXURY SAFARI DESTINATION

Timbavati Game Reserve

Established in 1956, Timbavati Private Game Reserve covers 75 000 hectares of unfenced pristine wilderness. Bordered by the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sand Private Reserve the wildlife are able to wander freely between the unfenced reserves, and guests are likely to be treated to frequent Big Five sightings and will have the opportunity to see a broad spectrum of the plant, animal and birdlife. 

The Timbavati is a Private Reserve, which means that lodges can offer to take their guests on night drives and on bush walks, creating a whole new perspective on safari. There are no public visitors allowed in the Timbavati, guaranteeing you will have an authentic safari experience.

  • Excellent Viewing

    Excellent Viewing

    Excellent game viewing opportunities of the Big Five, other wildlife and offers an array of birdlife for bird lovers too.

  • Game Drives

    Game Drives

    Open game vehicle drives are available with experienced game rangers.

  • More Opportunities.

    More Opportunities.

    Special night drives and unique walking safaris are offered for even more game viewing opportunities.

  • Highly Rated Lodges

    Highly Rated Lodges

    Several lodge choices are located on the reserve, and all are well-regarded and highly rated.

  • Convenience Packages

    Convenience Packages

    Most travel packages are all-inclusive for complete convenience.

Umlani Bushcamp

From R3690 / per person sharingKnow More

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

From R8450 / per person sharingKnow More

Kambaku River Sands

From R8070 / per person sharingKnow More

Motswari Private Game Reserve

From R4505 / per person sharingKnow More

Kambaku Safari Lodge

From R5950 / per person sharingKnow More

Simbavati River Lodge

From R6500 / per person sharingKnow More

Activities Spotlight

Game Drives

Game Drives

Rest your feet while going deeper and farther than you ever thought possible for up-close game encounters. The game drives leave just before sunrise, ensuring that you get to see the entire bush wake up. The feeling of excitement and being at one with nature is indescribable.
Night Drives

Night Drives

As the sun sets over the horizon, the African bush is awash with colours and sounds. The evening dawns and the nocturnal animals come out from their sleeping spots. Night time is when new adventures are to be had while on safari. You learn how to slowly scan the trees and shrubs around you and to pick out the shiny white reflections from the light on the animal’s eyes.
Walking Safari

Walking Safari

Head out on foot in the company of your armed guide, and discover an altogether different view of Africa. The walking safari takes on a completely different perspective because each of your senses will be on full alert as you feel the grass and stones beneath your feet; taste the sweet grass of the veld; and hear the crack of a branch indicating you are not alone.
Bird Watching

Bird Watching

With over 300 species recorded, Timbavati Game Reserve is a great birding destination. Migratory birds are present from November to April. Serious birders will have a lot of opportunities to take a look at birds because birding is the main focus during game drives, private game drives as well as safari walks.
Rhino Tracking

Rhino Tracking

Rhino tracking in South Africa is a very popular event. South Africa offers you the finest opportunities to go rhino tracking through an abundance of magnificent wilderness. Rangers and tracker team will help and attempt you to track your favourite animals.
Helicopter Scenic Flight

Helicopter Scenic Flight

This exhilarating flight swoops over deep canyons bursting with vegetation and colour. Your flight will continue along the escarpment which offers awesome panoramic views, allowing for spectacular photographic opportunities. Simply the best way to experience the beauty and capture the splendour of the magnificent Timbavati Game Reserve.
Boma Dinners

Boma Dinners

Returning to your camp after a successful evening game drive, you are greeted with the enticing sight of beautifully presented dining tables all encircling a roaring fire. Sitting down next to the crackling fire you are warmed by its dancing heat as the evening.
Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

The best way to end the day is to swim in a pool, with spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape surrounding. The swimming pools are well situated for both bird watching and game viewing, whilst cooling off with a refreshing drink in hand. Timbavati Game Reserve offers such places of paradise in different lodges.
Spa Treatments

Spa Treatments

Our spa retreats will leave you feeling revitalized and rejuvenated, with treatments that are proven to be beneficial for the mind, body, and soul. Spa treatments are the ideal way to unwind and each of our offerings is created for men and women. The perfect place to rest and relax.

Wildlife

  • Elephant

    Elephant

    Common
  • Giraffe

    Giraffe

    Common
  • Hippo

    Hippo

    Common
  • Buffalo

    Buffalo

    Common
  • Zebra

    Zebra

    Common
  • Wildbeest

    Wildbeest

    Common
  • White Rhino

    White Rhino

    Common
  • Black Rhino

    Black Rhino

    Rare
  • Lion

    Lion

    Common
  • Leapard

    Leapard

    Common
  • Cheetah

    Cheetah

    Common
  • Hyena

    Hyena

    Common
  • Wild Dog

    Wild Dog

    Rare
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