The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, a vast wilderness of more than 4 million hectares.
The Timbavati is known for its abundance and variety of African wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino).
The reserve is also known for its numerous lion prides as well as the famous White Lions of the Timbavati. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (with its surrounding Klaserie and Umbabat reserves), is one of the only places on planet earth where you will see naturally occurring White Lions. Read more about the White Lions here.
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve enjoys acclaim for its low human impact. With only 9 lodges in more than 50 000 hectares, guests experience the African bush at its most pristine. The lodges have mutual traversing areas and co-operate with each other in animal sightings.
The bushveld varies from Acacia thornveld and Marula trees to open savannah grasslands as well as dense riverines with majestic Jackalberry and Fig trees, allowing for superb viewing of zebra, antelope, giraffe and wildebeest. Since the game fences came down between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve 20 years ago, we have enjoyed large breeding herds of buffalo, up to 1000 strong, as well as large elephant herds.