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Timbavati

Timbavati white  lions return

The Timbavati Game Reserve is located to the north of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve on the western edge of Kruger National Park. The Reserve was established in 1956 by like-minded game farmers with the creation of the Timbavati Association.

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 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 sq mi).

The southern border of this great complex of public and privately - owned protected land lies close to the Kingdom of Swaziland and abuts the boundaries of Zimbabwe in the north and Mozambique in the east. 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. Elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and warthog abound together with their attendant predators which include lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. The critically endangered African wild dog is also a regular visitor to the Timbavati Reserve. The larger and rarer antelopes such as Roan, Eland and Tsessebe have been slow to return to this area and their numbers are still critically low.

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 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.

White Lions of the Timbavati

Lions with a recessive gene causing the coats to be snow white (though not albino) reappeared in the Timbavati in 2006 after an absence of many years.

When the White Lions of the Timbavati were discovered in the mid-1970s they became the subject of much interest and debate. The story of the “White Lions of the Timbavati” has been told by several people.

A wrong assumption was made that their white coat prevents them from hunting successfully. Perhaps as a result, white lions have been recurrently removed artificially from the wild to be placed in zoos or the South African hunting and breeding camps. In partnership with lion ecologist Jason Turner, activist and author Linda Tucker has returned white lions to the wild in protected reserves where hunting and removal are prohibited, and have demonstrated over years that white lions hunt successfully despite claims of the contrary. While white lions can naturally be born in the Timbavati region where parents carry the recessive gene, systematic hunting, poaching, and removal have caused a dramatic population decline. Today, less than a dozen exist in the wild (seven of which are protected in Linda Tucker's White Lion Protection Trust reserve). Conversely, hundreds of white lions are kept in zoos and canned hunting camps where they are often inbred to guarantee their white coat. White Lions are revered as spirits of deceased kings by local tribes, notably the Shaangaan people. There have been various “spiritual” powers attributed to the White lions and many people were and still are of the opinion that the lions are a different species. Today scientific research is being conducted to further understand the genetic coding of the white lions.

Interesting to note that all white lions world wide are ancestrally linked to the White Lions of the Timbavati.

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Ngala Safari Lodge

Ngala Safari Lodge

Ngala Safari Lodge (meaning lion in Shangaan) has the ambiance of an old-world haven, as it is tastefully decorated and accentuated with antiques throughout. You can enjoy a restful night’s sleep in one of twenty luxurious thatched cottages. The lodge pool is a great place to relax in the sun and work on your tan, or cool off in the heat of the day.

Set off on fantastic bush adventures when on morning and evening game drives. Your knowledgeable guide will help you track the Big Five and spot majestic Leopards. Birding and photographic safaris are also popular.

&Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge is located in Timbavati Game Reserve, on the boundary of the world renowned Kruger National Park, and it has a pervasive sense of history. This is the perfect spot for a romantic safari getaway.

Ngala Tented Camp

Ngala Tented Camp

While Ngala Tented Camp never lets you forget that you are in the wild, there is nothing primitive about this chic and contemporary camp.

The romance of canvas, with big night sounds and flickering lanterns lighting the camp grounds, mingles with the simple sophistication of polished wooden decks, textured fabrics and clean lines.

Ngala is a true safari experience where guests go to bed to the sounds of lion calling, safely cosseted in modern tented suites and pampered with the warm hearted service that embodies the soul of Africa.

Bateleur Mobile Camp

Bateleur Mobile Camp

The Bateleur Mobile Tented camp appeals to a market which enjoys more of a ‘camping-style’ safari – where forgoing the luxuries in exchange for incredible experiences is part of the adventure. The camp can be hired at a set, daily rate, making this a good option for tourists, as well as South Africans who can enjoy a catered holiday in a private game reserve, with the whole family.

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Kambaku Safari Lodge provides the ultimate escape from busy schedules with its home-away-from-home ambiance.  Attracting guests from around the world, Kambaku Safari Lodge combines simple luxury with a high level of environmental consciousness – we rely totally on solar power for the production of all our electricity. Accommodation is exclusive yet affordable, meticulously designed, beautifully constructed and tastefully decorated to blend in with the charm and serenity of the surrounding bush. This family friendly lodge has a feeling of relaxed intimacy, accommodates only sixteen guests and is ideal for hosting small family gatherings or groups of friends.

Kambaku River Sands

Kambaku River Sands

KAMBAKU  River Sands is well situated in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature  Reserve, which makes up the western boarder of the Kruger National Park.  Without fences inhibiting the free movement of game between the reserves,  Timbavati becomes part of a vast unspoilt natural wilderness area that lies  within the Greater Kruger National Park.

KAMBAKU  (Solitary Bull elephant), takes its name from one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’  tuskers who roamed the Kruger Park for the greater part of the last century.  These elephant were renowned for their impressive tusks – having at least one  tusk with the estimated weight of over 60kg.

Sitting majestically on the  banks of a dry river bed, Kambaku River Sands entices the guest to sit back and  relax.

This  unfenced camp is perfectly situated on a perennial river with continuous free  flowing movement of game both big and small through the camp.

Kings Camp

Kings Camp

Kings Camp offers gracious hospitality in a unique romantic ambience. The camp is positioned on the edge of a savanna plain scattered with Acacia trees. A waterhole located right in front of the camp attracts a wide variety of wildlife day and night. We are dedicated to a gracious style of hospitality from a bygone era, combined with a flexibility that puts the comfort and requests of our guests first.

Nine generously spacious Colonial Suites and two exquisite Honeymoon Suites are luxuriously equipped with air-conditioning, Victorian ball-and-claw bath, indoor and outdoor double shower, fully stocked mini-bar and private verandah. Dark tones of wood and thatch offset the natural colours of the bushveld. The honeymoon suites enjoy the privacy of their own pools overlooking the African bush.

Kings Camp Water Buck Lodge

Kings Camp Water Buck Lodge

Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Waterbuck Private Camp at Kings Camp is situated in an elevated position on the banks of the dry Nhlaralumi river, offering superb views of the bush with excellent game viewing opportunities.

Subtly blended into the natural environment, this Private Camp reflects the charm and romance of a luxurious Colonial past.

Motswari

Motswari

The name Motswari means "to conserve and protect" in Tswana and the owners have held the name to be a promise to each of their future friends who arrive to share in the splendour of an African sunset at this vintage bush lodge.

Arrive at Motswari as a guest and leave as a friend. This sentiment is the hallmark of Motswari, a traditional safari camp which reflects elements of African nostalgia, romance and charm. Set deep in the Timbavati, adjoining the Greater Kruger Park, you are assured of rich game viewing and sightings of the Big 5 in their natural environment, as the boundary with Kruger is open

Shindzela Tented Camp

Shindzela Tented Camp

Shindzela is an authentic tented bush camp, set within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve (Big 5), part of the greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. We bring you an affordable wildlife safari, where you can explore the African wilderness on game drives in open Landrover vehicles and on foot during bush walks. Safari activities are conducted by professional and knowledgeable safari guides. 

Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge

An intimate and child friendly camp, Simbavati River Lodge places emphasis on relaxation. Tents and chalets are comfortably furnished complete with air conditioning, further enhancing your tranquil African Bush experience. The lodge also offers a lounge, bar, restaurant and breathtaking views of the Nhlaralumi river. Breakfast and lunch is served outside on a wooden deck and combines African and Western cuisine offering exciting new tastes for the more adventurous as well as more conventional preferences. Served around the campfire in an open-air boma, Dinner is a memorable occasion for all guests.

Tanda Tula

Tanda Tula

Tanda Tula Safari Camp is located in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

As one of South Africa's most luxurious tented bushveld bushcamps,  we offer our guests an unforgettable experience in game viewing, warm  hospitality and award-winning cuisine. Consisting of 12 luxury tents,  Tanda Tula Safari Camp exudes elegance and combines comfort and style  with African roots. The open plan lodge, which is completely unfenced,  merges luxury with the natural environment.

Umlani Bushcamp

Umlani Bushcamp

Umlani Bushcamp, a rustic yet exclusive lodge, accommodates 16 guests in cosy en-suite reed and thatch rondavels. Umlani's philosophy of simplistic luxury and 'getting back to nature' is enhanced by the romance of operating without electricity, so each hut and the entire camp is lit by candlelight and oil lamps, providing a warm and romantic atmosphere.

Jaydee Bush Camp

Jaydee Bush Camp

Located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Jaydee is a private self catering camp, sleeping 10 people. Gamedrives in an open Landrover with your own private guide and tracker,traversing on 12 000 hectares of prime Game area with regular sightings of the Big 5 and wild dog. Children welcome

Leadwood Private Camp

Leadwood Private Camp

At Leadwood Camp you will experience all the splendours Mother Nature has to offer. Wake up to a true lowveld sunrise and be greeted with all sorts of animal sounds, ready for the new day. Our friendly staff will always be ready and eager to assist in any way they can. Enjoy our hospitality, scenery, our game drives but most of all, enjoy your time with Mother Nature. You will also experience some of the most beautiful sunsets on offer here.

 

Rockfig Safari Lodge

Rockfig Safari Lodge

In a setting simply described as spectacular, Rock Fig Safari Lodge nestles beneath natures's magnificent Weeping boer-bean, Leadwood and Marula Trees.

This refreshingly tranquil hideaway is found along a bend of the seasonal Ross River.

Rock Fig is the perfect bush destination and is suitable for families and or adult groups. You will have the exclusive use of the entire camp and facilities with the convenience of self catering or fully catered. All this within a Big Five reserve.

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