Located in South Africa’s Limpopo province just north of the famous Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is perfect for those seeking a destination that is home to the greatest variety of wildlife that an African safari has to offer.
The reserve was founded in 1956 when a group of like-minded conservationists who owned game farms on the western boundary of the Kruger Park came together to form the Timbavati Association. There are no fences separating the Timbavati from the Kruger National Park, so lion, elephant, cheetah and many other species roam freely between these two regions, resulting in spectacular game viewing. While numerous species of game flourish in this Reserve, the most famous is the “white lion”. These white lions of Timbavati were discovered in the early 1970’s and helped Timbavati become a popular tourist destination. Timbavati is well known for these remarkable animals, and although there are currently no white lions in the Reserve, the recessive gene causing this unusual pigment phenomenon is still carried by the local prides, which are significantly paler than most other lions.
Accommodation at Timbavati is offered in colonial style game lodges, traditional thatched bush lodges, and luxury tented safari camps. Spend your days viewing the abundant game in the company of experienced trackers, or take a guided wilderness hike through the bush. Enjoy an evening game drive and stop for sundowners before dining under the stars around a roaring fire. It’s hard to think of a better way to enjoy your travels in Africa.