Timbavati & Associated Reserves
The Timbavati Reserve stretches from the Limpopo province to the Mpumalanga province of South Africa between latitudes 24° 34’ S and 24° 03’ S and longitudes 31° 03’ E and 31° 31’ E and forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. It 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 – a conservation area of more than 2, 000,000 ha (over 5 million acres) - which allows free movement of wildlife between the Reserves. Timbavati & our other associated reserves all form part of the greater Kruger National Park. 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. Currently, there are over 40 mammal species in the area including the Big Five as well as 360 species of bird life. Buffalo occur in very large herds, which we try to avoid, as the reserve management prefer hunters to shoot out of bachelor groups, which are smaller and easier to approach on foot. It is illegal to shoot from a vehicle here. The quality of the buffalo is excellent. Although in body size buffalo from Southern Africa are smaller than their counterparts in East Africa the size of the boss of a big bull here is really spectacular. A .375 by law is the minimum calibre allowed for buffalo. It is unlikely that you will be shooting at more than about 100 yards. 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. 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. Accommodation in some of the reserves is in a comfortable lodge. Our camp in the Timbavati , however, is a traditional tented camp. Compared to our other camps the tented camp is rather rustic yet boasts a wonderful charm of its own. It is the REAL tented camp experience complete with cooking over the open campﬁre. Each tent has a fully equipped en-suite bathroom. As there is no mes tent, the open air dining area under beautiful large Leadwood trees makes for a most pleasant dining experience. There is no electricity. Hyenas visit the camp every night and one usually enjoys a chorus of hyenas, lions and hippo close by. This truly is the real deal!