The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is not short of accommodation options for visitors into the Kruger region. Choose a world class game viewing holiday at one of 18 all-inclusive luxury lodges, or 4 self-catering camps. Your safari accommodation choice contributes to Timbavati’s sustainable tourism model – to conserve all wildlife and biodiversity, and to support the surrounding communities.
The Timbavati is one of the oldest private game reserves in South Africa, sharing a fence-free border with the Kruger National Park. Picture 60 000 ha of soul stirring wilderness where excellent value for money private game lodges and safari camps promise top class Big 5 game viewing.
This kind of individualised ecotourism is behind Timbavati’s vision to showcase Africa’s magnificent wildlife and conserve this healthy restored ecosystem that is part of the Greater Kruger. Add Timbavati to your bucket list, if not just to catch a glimpse of the famous white lions.
Check out our selected top Timbavati game lodges in the Greater Kruger region below. Get in touch with us to book that dream Africa safari to one of 18 deluxe safari lodges or 4 self-catering camps. The perfect addition to a Southern African game viewing holiday, Timbavati can also be integrated into a multi country package deal.
We love &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge for its ultimate family safari holiday where you expect the usual personal service and characteristic special touches off an &Beyond property. Simbavati River Lodge also promises a world of adventure and make-believe for kids, a family safari lodge with lavish family villas. Simbavati River Sands shelters beneath huge Jackal berry and Leadwood trees, an opulent yet homely tented camp and Motswari Camp, meaning ‘to conserve and protect’, offers guests a night in the delightful Giraffe’s Nest Hide, peeping over the Xanatsi Dam, a lavish outside bedroom.
Our top picks are our ‘big five’ Timbavati lodges based on value, service and positive feedback over the years. We offer awesome itineraries and the best package deals for a safari into the Kruger at Timbavati:
The dry winter season, May to September, is always best for game viewing. The absence of rain means thinner vegetation, easier driving and it is so much easier to spot game. Animals tend to congregate around waterholes from October.
But don’t write off the green season as migrant birds arrive with the rains, December until April. The African bush comes alive and predators make abundant kills during this time. The sprinkle of rains, the budding of trees and grasses – and something special happens – tiny birds, calves, cubs and other newbies are spotted!