The Timbavati’s climate is subtropical, and features two seasons:
- Summer (October – March)
- Winter (April – September)
Summer is the rainy season, and features temperatures that are moderate to very high, with some humidity and occasional cloudy conditions.
Winter, the dry season, is cool to warm, with clear and sunny skies.
The Timbavati Reserve is located in the Limpopo province of South Africa at the following coordinates:
- Between latitudes 24° 34′ S and 24° 03′ S
- Between longitudes 31° 03′ E and 31° 31′ E
The Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west. There are no fences between the Timbavati and the Kruger National Park which allows free movement of wildlife between the Reserves. The world-famous Kruger National Park is a conservation area of more than 4,500,000 ha.
The terrain is undulating with altitudes varying between 300 and 500m above sea level. The area is characterised as ‘savanna bushveld’ with 6 different landscape types: acacia woodland, open woodland, mopane woodland, combretum woodland, mixed combretum woodland and mixed veld on Gabbro.
The climate is typified by a summer wet season (October – March) with the majority of rain falling between December and February. This is also the hottest time of the year, with temperatures in the region of 32 °C. A typical summer day will be hot with storm clouds gathering for a spectacular late afternoon isolated thunderstorm.
During the winter months (April – September) the weather is dry with little chance of rain. As game tends to congregate around dwindling water sources, game viewing is more predictable. Temperatures can range from 28°C to 10°C in one day. The mornings and evenings can be very cold and warm clothing is advised.