Kruger's unfenced neighbour big on conservation and community

The Timbavati Nature Reserve spans an impressive 580km2 of savannah along the western border of the world-famous Kruger National Park. Conservation is the driving force of this nature reserve, which has at its heart research-centred projects focused on addressing the threats posed to leopard and elephant species and the protection of indigenous bird life. Timbavati is home to over 40 mammals, including the Big 5, over 360 bird species, and 85 listed species of trees. The nature reserve is most famous for its resident white lions, a spectacular sight to behold.


Spot the rare white lion on a thrilling afternoon game drive.
Learn about rhino conservation while participating in the tracking and darting process at Timbavai’s Kings Camp.
Go on an exciting and detailed bush walk, guided by Timbavati’s skilled rangers.
Embrace your inner wildlife photographer with an early morning safari drive.

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Best time to go to Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Timbavati's climate is subtropical with 2 main seasons, the summer season running from October to March and winter from April to September. Winter is the optimal time for travellers to experience the best game viewing. During this season temperatures range from cool in the early mornings and nights to warm and sunny in the daytime. The dry season comes with clear sunny skies, and animals can be viewed more clearly in the bush and around water resources.

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